Innovative ideas and trends for your wedding tables

10 May 2017

Wow your guests with your wedding tables by taking a look at some of these on trend ideas

Warm accents

Rose gold, brass and copper accents are currently big business for wedding tables. Keep your linen plain and simple in neutral tones and decorate with pops of captivating colour: metallic charger plates, glittering cutlery, golden edged candle holders and rose tinted glassware will add just the right touch.

 

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Personalisation

Luxury stationer, Armorial Paris, is seeing a trend for personalisation and an increasing desire for couples to tell their own individual story through the table decorations they select for their wedding. Customising menus, place cards, table plans and coasters with specially designed motifs, such as family crests or their own choice of illustration, is both meaningful and unique.

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Susie Young, founder of venue styling company, Knot & Pop, says: "Have fun with your table settings. We always view the table as if an artist's canvas that is built up with textures and interest. Accessorising your table with unique charger plates, coloured linens and personalised favours is a great way to make your settings more unique, and reflect your personality and style."

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Dawanda recommends this personalised coffee set, which can feature customised text or a symbol. The same motif can be used on your invitations or thank you cards to extend the theme of the day, and small sets can even be used as favours for your guests to take home.

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All-white and statement centrepieces

If you are embracing the concept of a white wedding with all-white decor, you can make occasional statements which contrast with, yet perfectly complement, the theme. Super-sized centrepieces will create focal points (and talking points) at the table while adding an awe-inspiring element to the wedding photos. 

The 'undone' wedding table

Rambling foraged foliage, dripping candles and naked cakes are all key elements of this laid-back look which draws on cool Scandi influences and natural materials for inspiration.

Louise Hughes, founder of Cheshire-based wedding planning business, One Stylish Day, says: "Clean lines and minimal embellishments are a great backdrop to this look with nothing fussy or contrived; start with scrubbed wooden tables with simple linen runners. Floral arrangements are wild and unstructured, and include dried twigs, seedheads and bracken."

"Try layering tones and textures of white for linen and ceramics and adding calming grey-greens and soft pinks and mauves for colour," Louise continues. "Use muted metallics, uncut glass and plenty of candles to add highlights."

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Multiple centrepieces

Conversely, rather than making a statement with one centrepiece per table, you can use multiple elements of interest with varying sized vases, jam jars and/or charming crockery. Mismatched teacups filled with flowers or small bottles containing understated flower arrangements offer an alternative approach and look similarly stunning when captured on camera. This décor idea lends itself well to long tables which aren't centred on a focal point. Scattered flowers amid elegant candles can also look spectacular on rectangular table set-ups. 

 

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Contemporary vintage

"When working with a contemporary vintage theme like a simple '60s trend, seek tableware that is gorgeously puritan, yet with enough quirk to give it attitude," says Ima Shah, trend manager at notonthehighstreet.com.

"Tonal white linens act as a minimal base, with more expressive colourways including pastels and soft greys working particularly well for plate and bowl sets - preferably combined together. Cutlery looks most fresh in rose gold applications, and is even more suited to vintage themes when combined with white. Coloured glassware in textural or sleek applications work well as centerpieces and look especially impactful when styled together in harmonising hues. Flowers can also be used to decorate but overall the execution should be minimal, with a focus on only a handful of flowers."

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Burgundy place settings 

Rich berry shades are bang on trend for 2017 weddings and, when coupled with copious amounts of greenery and whimsical displays of foliage, can look truly stunning. Place settings and stationery are a great way to harness the fashion forward colour scheme, but go too dark and you could venture into gothic territory. Maintain a balance and add warmth with golden cutlery and muted or distressed metallic hues. 

 

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Terrarium trend

Terrariums are one of the latest trends when it comes to styling your reception tables. Lindsey Hunter at Get Knotted advises: "Place large protea heads, leucadendrons, pair plants and succulents in handmade terrariums with a copper finish for a minimal and contemporary approach to flowers."

"Combine this look with terrariums filled with copper wire micro lights for some additional romantic lighting and place them on log slices to create different heights. Add lots of baubles above the tables to complete the look."

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Pops of greenery

Take a leaf out of biophilic design when considering your centrepieces, after all, marriage is life, renewal, growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and environment. The principles of biophilic design both celebrate and embody these concepts, as detailed by the team at Arabian Tents

"Take your guests back to a material connection with a natural environment; with hints of raw earthiness, such as the knots and grains of wood or scatterings of plants and herbs. Use materials, grains, textures and elements in design that distinctly reflect the environment and the great outdoors to create an overarching sense of the natural world."

"Clever hints of nature can subconsciously transport your guests to greener realms. For décor, think lush green foliage and wildflower centrepieces. We are seeing succulent cacti as centerpieces as a big trend this year."

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Revamped chair covers

Traditions are being revised in favour of contemporary ideas to dress your dining chairs. Satin sashes are given a modern-day makeover with hessian burlap and beads are replacing bows for a sublte statement, such as those pictured from Bijou Weddings. Sequinned fabrics and glittering threads are also proving popular for a dazzling décor idea.

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Floral focal points

The team at London florist, Lavender Green Flowers, recommend allowing floral centrepieces which add colour and impact to your tablescape. ''For the below wedding we have experimented with beautifully high and contrasting low displays scattered throughout the room for added theatre," says the team. "Some tables would feature high statement displays incorporating stunning flowers such as larkspur and contorted willow and others featured smaller versions with larkspur but also avalanche roses and spray roses with seasonal foliage.”

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