How to dress your tables for the wedding breakfast

04 Jan 2017

Whether you're dressing your wedding tables yourself or advising your wedding planner, here are the key aspects to consider

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Dressing tables for a wedding breakfast is a fine art, especially if you want to make your settings memorable, but it can also be a simple process provided the rules are followed. Here, founder of Your Planning Angel and luxury wedding planner, Heather Angell, offers her key considerations to keep in mind when perfecting your table set-up.

Size matters

If you are having large round tables it is very easy for the settings to look a little lost, so you can afford to choose a wider centrepiece and include additional decoration around the centre point. With long tables this isn’t the case as it is very easy to overcrowd the center line of the table with flowers candles and decoration. It will look beautiful, but can be impractical if water and wine are also on the tables.


Add interest

You can use whatever you like to dress your table but fresh flowers work so well and can give the table setting a really elegant feel. Using large candles or tea lights is another easy way to bring a warm romantic feel to the room and if space is limited, you can place these simply in the centre of the table or use a table runner and place them along the length of the table.

Perfect presentation

Make sure that the linen, including napkins, have been ironed. Creases or unkempt linens are a no-go; they should sit flat to the table. 


Crockery and cutlery

Place your charger plate on the table. Make sure that it is perfectly set in line with the chair as we will be building the setting up from this point. If you are not using charger plates, position the napkin in the centre instead.

Now add your cutlery. For an informal style at the top of the setting, the dessert spoon (or dessert knife) goes at the top with the handle facing the right and the dessert fork underneath with the handle facing the left.

Glasses can really make a place setting and usually you will have a water tumbler, wine glass and champagne flute. To add a touch of colour choose a coloured water glass to match the theme of your day. 


Five further details to consider:

Once your table has been set up, here are the five finishing touches that will bring your concept to life:

  1. Centrepieces - think about the theme of the day and how you can tie it together with your chosen centrepiece
  2. Favours - what are you gifting your guests with?
  3. Additional decor - scattered crystals or rose petals can add to the overall aesthetic
  4. Chair covers - plain and simple or extravagant and exuberant... it's your call
  5. Stationery - place names and table numbers should be displayed prominently to guide your guests to their seat

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