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Setting And Styling Your Reception Tables

The way in which you choose to set and style your wedding reception tables can largely impact the evening's ambience. You will have to decide on linens, silverware, centrepieces and much more, while still ensuring your tables are balanced and set in the correct manner. As this can be an overwhelming task, we have put together some of our top tips to help you establish your perfect reception tables.

Mix And Match

Do not be afraid to mix and match your silverware, glassware and plates. While styling a table that is harmonious exudes formality, mixing and matching different elements can help your tables to be more unique. If you choose to mix and match your plates by using different colours or patterns, we recommend that you ensure that they are kept to the same size around your tables. This will help to tie the elements together despite their differences.


Centrepieces are an important element for your tables. Consider mixing in your centrepieces at different heights to create interest at your tables and across your venue. Often if styling is placed all at one height, the table can look flat and dull. Although, whichever kind of centrepiece you decide upon, ensure that they are not placed at eye level as this can make conversation at the table difficult.


Your table linen should not be overlooked. Linen can add texture, colour and an overall element of warmth to your venue. Tablecloths and napkins come in an array of colours, textures and prints. When choosing yours, keep in mind the style and formality of your wedding. If you opt for a traditional white tablecloth, try adding a nod to your wedding style or colours through your choice of napkins. Table runners are also the perfect option for layering and adding texture.

Basic Table Setting Guidelines

When it comes to setting your table be sure you are aware of everything you need and know where it will go. This includes different types of glasses, silverware and china. For a formal setting, set the silverware on the table in the order it will be used – with the farthest away from the plate being used first to be used. For glasses, set the table with all the glasses that will be used during dinner – starting with a water glass and followed by wine glasses. In most cases, the only piece of china that would appear on the table would be a bread plate, and if preferred, a charger plate.


Lastly, ensure your tables are balanced. Over styling your tables by using excessive colours, patterns, and touches of décor can risk your tables looking messy. To ensure balance, know your space, focus on symmetry and ensure your tables have enough “white space” to avoid them looking too busy and unbalanced.