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Wedding Table Setting Ideas

Updated on May 25, 2012

Ideas For Your Wedding Reception

I loved setting up the wedding tables for my sister's wedding. It was fun seeing everything come together, after weeks spent planning and purchasing.

Doing the settings ourselves saved a lot of money, too. For each place setting, we purchased melamine plates, lace placemats, paper napkins, and glasses; we used silverware we already had on hand, and rented tables and tablecloths. Each setting ended up costing about $4 altogether.

For more thoughts on this decorating scheme, check out Blue Wedding Decorations and DIY Table Centerpieces.

Sample Wedding Table Setting - Watch the Table Get Set!

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Colorful Melamine Plates - Great For Your Wedding

We used melamine plates for my sister's wedding. I loved how the bright, warm colors complemented the otherwise blue color scheme. Melamine plates are light and sturdy enough to move easily (especially when stacked!) but heavy enough to hold down lace placemats when the wind picks up.

If you're trying to save money, keep an eye out at local big-box and dollar stores. You can often find great deals, especially around the turn of the season.

Zak Designs Posie 11-Inch Melamine Dinner Plate
Zak Designs Posie 11-Inch Melamine Dinner Plate

The colors of this plate are similar to the ones we used.

Jane Jenni 9-Inch Melamine Plate, Love Bug
Jane Jenni 9-Inch Melamine Plate, Love Bug

Express the perfect wedding sentiment!

Zak Designs Confetti 11-Inch Recycled-Melamine Dinner Plate, Turquoise
Zak Designs Confetti 11-Inch Recycled-Melamine Dinner Plate, Turquoise

This recycled melamine plate is good for the environment.

Two Lumps of Sugar Simply Elegant Black and White 10-Inch Bamboolamine Plate, Set of 4
Two Lumps of Sugar Simply Elegant Black and White 10-Inch Bamboolamine Plate, Set of 4

This set of four plates is elegant and a good value. It also contains bamboo!


A Close-Up of the Wedding Table - Easy and Beautiful

To create rolled silverware like this, first lay a square napkin diagonally on your surface. Place a fork and knife on one corner, and then roll. Cut a length of one or more ribbons long enough to tie around the bundle. Wrap and tie a bow. Now repeat!

Here's What You'll Need - Just a Few Things

I suggest using paper napkins instead of cloth if you're doing it yourself, unless you really want to have a large number of cloth napkins lying around after the wedding. Also, don't cheap out on silverware, because; the cheap stuff is often uncomfortable to use. To save money, borrow items from friends, or buy forks and knives in bulk instead of whole silverware sets.

Video: IKEA Wedding Table Decorating Ideas - Everything From IKEA

If you live near an IKEA, this video has some great ideas for one-stop wedding table setting shopping!

Want To Go White With Plates? - Set of 12 Catering Plates for Less Than $3 Per Plate

Plates: Buy, Borrow, or Rent?

It's a good question. If you're trying to keep costs way down, you might want to borrow extra plates from neighbors. If it fits with your theme, paper or plastic plates can be a good choice. Buying some nice plates like these can help you create a certain look, but you'll end up with a lot of plates on your hands! Then again, depending on local rates, it could still be cheaper than renting.

10 Strawberry Street Catering Set 10-1/2-Inch Dinner Plate, Set of 12
10 Strawberry Street Catering Set 10-1/2-Inch Dinner Plate, Set of 12

These inexpensive plates are a nice size, and sturdy. They'll look great on a colorful placemat; alternately, you can create a monochromatic look with all white.


Wedding Table in Green - Like What You See?

Here's another great example of wedding table decorating.

Image source: Flickr.

The Sparkle of Wine Glasses - Add to Any Table Setting

Libbey 12.5-Ounce Wine Party Glass, 12-Piece Set
Libbey 12.5-Ounce Wine Party Glass, 12-Piece Set

It's not hard to find inexpensive wine glasses, either online or locally. For example, these wine glasses work out to less than $2 each. Even if you're not serving wine, they are elegant to drink out of. And it's always good to have extras, especially if you tend to break them like I do!


Video: A Variety of Wedding Table Inspirations - Plenty of Ideas Here

This video showcases a variety of beautiful wedding table settings.

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Another Gorgeous Wedding Table - Getting Ideas Yet?

This venue creatively used the napkins as holders for the programs. I'm a big fan of making decorations functional!

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    • Janet2221 profile image


      6 years ago

      I am totally in love with this color scheme and your choice of dinner plates. Beautiful, fun and elegant all at the same time! ;)

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      7 years ago

      another good lens and a cheer to the lensmaster!

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      7 years ago

      good work :) i loved the pink theme,, really really nice

    • kislanyk profile image


      7 years ago from Cyprus

      Beautiful wedding table setting ideas and pictures, they really do look inviting.


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