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5 Tips for Designing Wedding Tables | Tablescapes
Wedding Centerpieces and What is a Tablescape?
5 Tips for Designing Wedding Tables & Tablescapes -- brides and grooms are constantly looking for wedding centerpieces and wanting creative, unique and different tablescapes. After a lot of years in the industry and working with lots of brides, I can tell you that their table decorations are very important.
First, in order to choose/design a great centerpiece we must understand 3 things -- 1) the definition of a tablescape 2) what items are included in a tablescape 3) how this affects your centerpiece choice.
The design for your guest tables is more than just the centerpiece. It is an important part of your overall décor plan. Knowing the details will ensure your tables include all the items your guests will need in addition to the lovely décor you have chosen.
On with the tips!
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#1 - What is a Tablescape?
A Tablescape is...
The centerpiece and so much more...
Tablescape was added to the Oxford American Dictionary in 2006. It was used prior to this addition but has really found it's stride in the early 21st century.
A tablescape encompasses EVERYTHING you put on a guest table -- not just the wedding centerpiece. A list of often used items might include:
- Linens -- table cloths, napkins, overlays, place mats
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Tablescapes | Setting the Table with Style - Learning from the Pros
In this book, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman outlines why we set a table, why it's important and the etiquette connected with setting a table. She uses photos and lists to show you how to set a table for 100 guests down to setting a buffet for a baby shower.
Whether your event is a swanky party at an upscale venue or a quiet get together in your home, Kimberly has ideas for you!
#2 - Choosing a Centerpiece
Coming Up with Designs for your Wedding Tables
I have seen it time and again:
The bride chooses a centerpiece based on a design she or a floral designer have come up with. They set it on the counter or a table at the floral shop with
pretty linens and remark how gorgeous it is.
In practice at the actual reception, the bride may find out too late that the centerpiece is too large, doesn't fit the size or shape of the table or that there is not near enough room for all the Have-To's that belong on the table.
A table overwhelmed with all the necessary items and then your décor items just looks messy, unorganized. You lost the beauty and ended up with a hodge-podge.
A little pre-planning by taking into consideration EVERYTHING that will need to be on your tables before you choose a centerpiece can avoid this problem.
Set a "Mock Table" with everything in place and try the different centerpieces you are considering.
#4 - Questions and Decisions
Research before you Decide
Talk with your venue manager and your caterer (if they are not the same) before coming up with your ideas for tables. After choosing your menu, your caterer should be able to tell you everything that will be needed on the tables in order to serve and consume the food. From your caterer, find the answers to questions like:
- How many glasses will be on the table? (Water Glasses, Wine and/or Champagne Glasses, etc...)
- Will you be using chargers?
- Will the napkin be placed on the plate/charger? in a glass? or on the table at the top or to the left or right of the place setting?
- What condiments will need to be on the tables?
- If dinner rolls are on the menu, will they be served in a basket or on a bread plate?
If you are opting for a Buffet Style or Stations meal, you won't have as much on your tables. Condiments, plates and flatware may be supplied on the buffet itself. In this case, you are freer with your centerpiece and tablescape plan.
From your Venue Manager, ask things like:
- What shape are the guest tables?
- What diameter (60"? 72") or length (8ft? 6ft?) are they?
- Are there any restrictions like no open flames? no confetti allowed?
- Do they provide linens or do you have to rent them from another vendor?
Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee, Drink Station Design by McDaniel's Catered Elegance, Paris, IL
Centerpieces for Weddings - or Any Event
To me, a centerpiece is more than just one item in the middle of the table. I actually prefer to create a vignette -- or grouping of items. Candles, vases, vintage items, themed items, etc... anything that furthers the theme you have chosen.
Don't fall into the trap that all the tables have to look exactly alike. Make each one different or choose a few variations you can use on the guest tables. This makes the room look much more interesting that an ocean of the same thing.
These votive holders are very elegant with the drop crystals and white, wrought iron. They would work well with all sorts of other items on a table.
These magnetic bud vases are so cool! I can see them surrounding something in the middle. They come with a metal disk that will work through the table cloth and are strong enough to stay standing.
#5 - DIY Centerpieces
Do It Yourself
The evolution of the centerpiece continues... Couples and event hosts alike, are continually searching for new and different wedding centerpiece ideas. The results are gorgeous!
Centerpieces are not just about flowers anymore! DIY centerpieces for weddings and other events are a growing trend. People are using collections, vintage items, hobbies and more in a showcase as a their centerpieces. This makes for a truly unique display, is eco friendly (reusing) and allows you to personalize your event.
Check out some ideas for using DIY Centerpieces at your event.
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Bonus Tips: Wedding Tables & Centerpieces - Resource Articles
- Centerpieces for Weddings and Events
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- Do It Yourself Centerpieces | Vintage Style
Having worked the wedding and event industry for more than 20 years, I have noticed in the last few years do it yourself centerpieces have become more and
- Facts You Should Know When Planning Your Event
Facts you should know when planning your event. Do you know how much space is needed between tables? Do you have a copy of your venue's floor plan?
- Wedding | Do It Yourself Centerpieces
Creating wedding do it yourself centerpieces is simple when following a few design guidelines. Make your wedding or event memorable through your décor.
- Vintage Centerpieces | Centerpiece for a Wedding
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- Vintage Centerpieces | Vintage Rat Pack Ideas | DIY Weddings and Events
Vintage Vegas, Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra themes for weddings are popular. But what do you use for centerpieces that will convey that theme? Creating an atmosphere of vintage Vegas
Tablescape Resources - Wedding Centerpieces
My goal was to educate with this article. I hope these tips will better prepare you to plan your wedding ideas for tables.
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