Creating a Luxury Wedding Tablescape

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When it comes to wedding planning, I believe the little details are so important and all piece together to create a beautiful, memorable day. One of the most visually captivating elements of your wedding is the tablescape design. Your wedding breakfast is where your guests will spend a significant portion of the celebration, so it’s essential to make it not only functional but also super pretty. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps I use to create stunning tablescapes that leave a lasting impression.

deciding on your style and colour palette

Before diving into the finer details, it’s important that you’ve decided on the style and colour palette for your wedding. The tablescape should complement the overall aesthetic of your celebration. Whether you’re going for a rustic, bohemian, classic, or modern look, choose colours and decor that reflect your styles and personalities.

choose quality linens

Linens are the base on which the rest of your tablescape design will be built, if the linen is of poor quality, it will really affect the overall styling. Investing in high-quality tablecloths and napkins that match your chosen colour scheme makes a world of difference.

Most venues and caterers will provide linen, but it’s often poor quality and pretty uninspiring. In my experience, it tends to be creased white tablecloths that do not fall all the way to the floor, exposing ugly table legs and ruining the overall aesthetic. These paired with white napkins of the same material do nothing to lift your table styling.

When hiring in alternatives there are many options available, from heavy drape fabrics with beautiful textures to soft runners and draped knotted napkins.

Using a neutral colour for a base will always be a timeless choice, but you can also experiment with subtle patterns. Soft pastels help create a more romantic feel or you can be brave with a bolder choice – one of my favourite designs to date featured a teal cloth with a hot pink napkin, it worked perfectly for a Christmas wedding.

select elegant tableware

Your choice of tableware, including charger plates, glassware, and cutlery, can significantly impact the tablescape’s overall design.

There will always be something that suits your chosen aesthetic, it’s important to keep the rest of your styling in mind when selecting your tableware. If, for example, the vibe of your day is laid back boho, you might be better choosing a rattan place mat than a lace edged china charger plate.

A coloured water glass is a simple substitution which really lifts a tablescape, whether it’s an elegant pastel toned tumbler or a deep berry coloured goblet, there’s something to suit all weddings in all seasons.

I’d always advise upgrading the cutlery in your tablescape design – venue standard is often old, silver and in need of a polish. With so many options available it’s an easy hire-in to create huge impact, metallic gold which ties in with your candlestick holders to matte black for a sleek, modern finish.

create centerpieces with impact

Centerpieces are the main focal point of your tablescape. I’ll always advocate for having something floral as, in my opinion, the romantic atmosphere flowers create is unrivalled. You could also use candles, either in candlestick holders or wider glass cylinders. A mixture of candles and flowers is always a winning combination. Tall centerpieces can add drama and height, while low arrangements promote conversation among guests. Ensure that centerpieces don’t obstruct the view or conversation between your guests.

textures and layering

Texture adds depth and visual interest to your tablescape. Incorporate different textures through elements like chargers, place mats, and linens. Layering different textures creates a dynamic and aesthetically pleasing table setting.

personalise with place cards

Personalised place cards not only help guests find their seats but also add a thoughtful touch to your tablescape. If your stationery is cohesive throughout your wedding, it instantly adds a luxe feeling to the whole day. This is another area you can incorporate textures too, perhaps a hand torn paper or beautiful calligraphy.

romantic lighting

Lighting sets the mood for your wedding, and it’s equally important for your tablescape. Use soft, warm lighting with an abundance of candlelight to create a romantic ambience. Your venue will play a part in the best lighting to consider, in barn settings, overhead fairy lights can look magical, where an old castle might benefit from soft uplighting.

pay attention to detail

Small details make a big difference. Think about incorporating decorative elements like ribbon-tied napkins with a floral sprig, or individual menus at each place setting. If you’re opting for favours, be careful that they don’t cheapen the overall look of your tablescape. It’s not uncommon for couples not to provide favours these days and guests certainly don’t expect them so I’d always suggest using that budget towards the overall experience.

keep it balanced

Maintain a sense of balance and symmetry in your tablescape. Ensure that there is enough space for each guest to comfortably dine and converse. Overcrowded tables can feel chaotic, while too much empty space can look sparse.

test and adjust

Before your big day, set up a mock tablescape to see how everything comes together. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the tablescape looks cohesive and suits your vision.

conclusion

A stunning wedding tablescape is a combination of careful planning, attention to detail, and a reflection of your style as a couple. By selecting the right elements, colours, and textures, and infusing personal touches, you can create a tablescape that not only wows your guests but also creates beautiful memories of your special day. I hope you’ve found this Journal entry helpful and will leave you with a selection of some of my favourite tablescape designs to date.

With love,

Hannah x