Some girls dream about their wedding their whole lives, growing up knowing exactly what dress they want, where they want the reception to be, and have every single detail nailed – right down to the type of wedding chair covers they want. Some girls don’t though. If you’re in the second group and have no idea where to start, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to share some tips for decorating your wedding reception and hopefully inspire you with some stunning table decoration ideas.
When styling a wedding reception, there is a huge range of options to choose from to help you to achieve your preferred look. If you are really stuck for inspiration why not take a look through our ‘Venues & Galleries’ photos.
When you have chosen your preferred theme, and are thinking about how to decorate your tables, then keep this checklist in mind:
Table Size and Shape
A quick look at any furniture store website will show you that tables come in various shapes and sizes – however, wedding venue tables tend to be standardised. Round tables are popular at the moment, but if you have a large group of guests, you may want to opt for long rectangular tables instead. You should also consider the shape of the room if you have an option on tables – round tables are best for more uneven shaped rooms while long tables work better in a narrow room.
You may be lucky enough to get access to tables that are so beautiful that you want to show off their style. For example, a Manor House type venue may have heavy wooden tables that are just too gorgeous to hide away under tablecloths.
However, we know from experience that these occasions are few and far between but whether your tables are round, square or rectangular, we have the tablecloths, overlays, runners and napkins you need to make them stand out from the crowd.
Sometimes brides have been disappointed in the style of chairs that their reception has offered them, feeling that they will bring down the look of their reception. This has led to the rise in the popularity of chair covers which can help to dress your room, fitting in with your theme whether it is classic and elegant or a bolder look.
Once you have decided on your table linen style, you then need to consider you place settings. This is the glasses, cutlery, and crockery that you want your venue to use when serving your guests. You may not have a choice of course, as many venues nowadays just have one set and that is what you are stuck with – but if you are lucky enough to be offered a choice, then you should go with the one that fits your chosen theme – be it formal or informal. Of course, you may want to do without a place setting if you are having a cocktail reception.
There are a broad range of wedding centrepieces available from bird cages, lanterns, votives, and ostrich feathers – or you may want a mix of all of these. There are so many beautiful things to choose from it can be hard to narrow it down, so just try and stick with things that match your chosen theme and also think about your guests when they are sat eating their meal – you don’t want to block their view of the rest of the people at the table.
Place Cards & Table Numbers
Having a formal table plan makes it easier for the waiting staff at your reception venue to deliver specific meals to specific people – for example if you have guests who want vegetarian or gluten free meals. You can have subtle table numbers, place cards and menu cards or you can use them to help you make a statement.
For more wedding decoration ideas or to discuss what we can do for you, please give us a call on 0800 830 3000 (tel), 07580 333 000 (mob), or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org