10 Tips for Styling Wedding Tables

Written by Rea Shaw


Posted on November 03 2020

If your wondering where to start with styling your tables for your big day, here are some amazing pointers I am sharing with you today, to help you achieve the look you are after without going off track and creating them like a pro.

Commit to a Style

There are lots of wedding styles to choose from, so it's important to find out what feels right and aligns with the kind of couple you are. Are you looking for modern, traditional, rustic, whimsical, bohemian, vintage, industrial? If you are not sure then start looking at what you are drawn to, to help you narrow it down. I am a wedding stylist who can help you figure out your style, you can read more about my service here.

 Commit to a colour palette

Too many colours are going on can be too busy for the eye, so stick to a colour theme throughout your decor to make sure everything feels cohesive. Three to five colours is a safe bet, and if you are wanting to involve more, using colours that are the same tone is your safest bet. If you would love some help with creating a mood board to give you a clear direction for your wedding I can help you with that. You can read more about it all here.

Consider your Vibe

Whether it be Romantic & Dreamy or a Stylish & Sophisticated vibe think about how you want your guests to feel as they walk into the venue. Making them feel welcome and relaxed is a vital ingredient for happy family and friends. Your table decor will set the tone as they are seated so make sure it feels just right. Candles, tea lights, music and scent will all help set the mood.

 How many tables

Knowing how many tables you have is really key, as you don't want to be over buying or not hiring enough decorations. So be sure to know how many tables you have, and how many guests they seat. Logistics are key to a successful table design.

Consider the size & shape of your tables

Depending on what size and shape your tables are, will depend on what kind of decorations will look best. For round tables which seat a lot of guests, you may have lots of room in the middle for your centrepiece, using height to create a stand out feature. For long tables you may want to have smaller decorations as your guests will be facing each other therefore will need to be lower. Large centrepieces on small tables will not look or feel right so make sure to select items that get the balance right. And equally, small items on large tables will be lost on the guests.

Venue: Stockwith Mill Lincolnshire

Consider your Venue

What room you have to play with will determine a lot in your decision making. 
Venues with high ceilings can most definitely carry off tall flower centrepieces and candelabras. But be wearer off smaller reception rooms, as you wouldn't want it to feel cluttered. Work with what you have in a clever way.

Try not to Overload Table Décor

It is quite easy to get carried away with your table decorations as there are so many beautiful and inspiring décor ideas, so you may have to rein yourself in! Overloading your tables with lots of beautiful pieces will look very busy and full, remember you have to fit all your cutlery and the glassware on there too! Remember less is more, make more of a stunning impact with selective décor that will draw the eye. Getting sizing of your tables from the venue will allow you to play before the day, getting it just right.

Add Show Stopper Stationery

I don't think a wedding table looks finished until it has it's stationery added. Place cards and table numbers help your guest find their allocated table and seat for the evening. Menus are a lovely addition, especially if they are personalised too. And you can even add wedding favours to add personalised touches to make your tables feel and look extra special.


Foiled Menus

Foiled Name Tags

Hire Table Decor

Hiring table decor is much cheaper and eco-friendly than buying decor yourself. It also means you haven't got the hassle of dealing with everything after the wedding. If you use a wedding stylist or prop hire company they will be able to offer you a wide selection of props that are on trend and quality pieces. They will also be able to offer you a set up and take down service too meaning less stress for you on the lead up.

You can check out my prop hire service here >>

Have fun with it!

Use your imagination. Be creative. If that doesn't come naturally, the internet is a great source to start to inspire you. Look at an idea and adapt it to suit you, using what you have already. This is after all the fun part of the wedding, where the style of the day will have it's most impact on your guests. You want your décor to be a talking point, to wow them, wonder how you achieved it, and where it was all from. Have little elements of surprise perhaps, this maybe in your favours, or a  personalised gift for them. They are sat there for the entire meal so going above and beyond to make them feel special will not go unnoticed.


I love helping couples create their dream vision, so if you would like some help styling your wedding venue, you can read more about my styling services here  



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