The way your tablescape looks will transform the whole feel of your wedding, that’s why we’ve created this quick guide to help you style the ideal table scape to suit the vision and style of your big day.
1. Think about the basics. Who is coming to your wedding? How many guests will be attending? Are you having a seating plan? What are you having to eat and drink? How is the food being served? You need to know the answers to these basic questions in order to make your table functional and knowing these details can help form the look of your tablescape.
2. Colour palette. The colours that you choose will ultimately set the scene of your wedding and define the overall image. Usually, tablescapes include either one or two dominant colours and sometimes they’ll use a mixture of different colours that are all in the same tone, like pastel or jewel tones.
Here are two examples of tablescapes that use a mix of colours from the same tone – jewel tones (above) and pastel tones (below).
If you have certain items you know you’ll be including in your table décor, then base your colour choices on those items. Maybe you have a vintage red teapot that you want to use, so you would base your colours on red as the dominant colour. When choosing colours use either analogous colours – different colours of the same shade – or complimentary colours – those that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. When you know your dominant colour, select one or two secondary colours to compliment this shade. Then, using glassware, crockery, candles and other décor items, accent your colour palette with metallic colours like gold, copper or silver or neutrals like white, black and beige – this will add a little glimmer to your wedding!
So, in the end, you should have one or two dominant colours, one or two secondary colours and some accent colours. The example below includes purple and pink as the dominant colours, navy blue and green as the secondary colours and white and gold as the accent colours (including gold metallics to add glimmer).
3. Layering pattern, shape and texture. You want to create a visually compelling tablescape that looks stylish and collected, not messy and cluttered. To achieve this balance, use symmetry in your styling. To make it easier, it helps to arrange table elements around a focal point – this could be florals, a cluster of vases, stacked books, anything that you choose! Be consistent with how you place objects on tables – the most successful table scapes often include objects of varying heights and shapes and layer in lots of texture and pattern. In these tablescapes, you can often see a ‘triangle’ element in terms of the way the objects have been placed. This is more appealing to the eye and creates an obvious focal point.
4. Beautiful blooms. The easiest and most stylish way to bring life to a tablescape is by using fresh flowers, plants, foliage, dried flowers, fruits, vegetables or moss as your botanical element. They create stunning centrepieces and focal points and who doesn’t want loads of flowers at a wedding anyway?!
5. Add a personal touch to your table top. It’s the personalisation that is going to make your wedding truly memorable. Add place cards, name tags, menus and favours to make your guests feel valued and special at your wedding. Instead of table numbers, why not use dates from when you and your partner were born, right up until the date of your wedding day and the milestones in between… This creates a truly personal touch.