If your wondering where to start with styling your tables for your big day, here are some pointers to help you achieve the look you are after without going off track.
1. Commit to a style
Is your style modern, shabby chic or rustic? Check what overall look are you going for and try to stick to it, otherwise your decor pieces may begin to look mismatched. Unless mis-matched is the vibe you are going for.
2. Commit to a theme
It's easy to get carried away when you see things you like, so keep referring back to the theme to check it aligns. For example if your theme is vintage, old books and glass cloches will look stunning and make the perfect centrepiece. Seasons come into play when styling, bringing nature inside helps to enhance the time of year your getting married.
3. Commit to a colour palette
Too many colours going on can be too busy for the eye, so stick to a colour theme throughout your decor to compliment the look of the day. Two to three colours is a safe bet, and if you are wanting to involve more, check your colours look pleasing on the eye first with a mood board.
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.
5. How many tables
Know how many tables you have, you don't want to be over buying or not getting enough decorations. So be sure to know how many tables you have, and how many guests they seat.
6. 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.
7.Consider your venue
What room you have to play with will determine alot 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.
8. 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.
Before you scroll the internet and search your local shops for items you can use, have a root around at home first, raid your parents, grandparents and friends cupboards, garages and sheds. You never know what treasures you may come across that you can use. Your granny is likely to have old vintage tea cups stored away, and your mum may have glass vases that she does use anymore that they would be more than happy for you to borrow. It will also add to the story and give the item a new meaning. Don't forget to look in charity shops and antique shops as well for some unique finds.
10. 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, 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.
If you don't feel comfortable styling the tables yourself, ask the venue for help or bring in a wedding stylist to help you. They will ask you for a mood board to get an idea what you are trying to achieve, and then you can leave all the hard work to them.