HERE'S A TRUTH: Tablescapes in any form are fun. Whether it’s for kid’s birthday party, annual holidays, Galentine’s Day, or family gatherings - tablescapes are just plain fun to create and admire. However, when it comes to Weddings, you should strive for a tablescape that is not only beautiful, but functional. The challenge can arise when you see all of these amazing Pinterest-worthy tablescapes, but have no idea where to start or don’t have any idea as to how functional it is based on your details. We want to provide you with some helpful tips you can use when planning your perfect and swoon-worthy Wedding Tablescape.
GATHER YOUR WEDDING DETAILS
Consolidate all the high level information you have about your Wedding - your venue, floor plan, food service style (buffet or seated), your guest count, and the time of year of your event. (These are just a few items to start with as you may need to take into consideration other items). Once you’ve gathered all this info, then begin to think about your color palette and theme, if you have one. Have all of this information quick and easy to access.
PLAN YOUR FLOOR PLAN
Once you have gathered all of the above information, review (or develop) your reception floor plan. Is it comprised of round tables, square tables, estate tables, or King’s tables? Once you floor plan is set, you can decide how many different tablescapes you can have or want to design. You may want to do multiple variations or you may want to stick with one type of tablescape. It all depends on your style preferences and decor budget.
START DESIGNING YOUR TABLESCAPE
Start with one type of table on your floor plan - this may vary if your floor plan is comprised of various table types i.e. a Sweetheart Table versus a head table, etc.). For purposes of this blog, we will start with a traditional round guest table. However, before we start with the fun part, make sure you know how much you want to spend on decor. This BUDGET is critical to knowing whether or not, you’ll be using folding chairs or chiavari chairs! (Need help planning your budget? Check out our blog on Developing your Wedding Decor Budget!)
Now, back to the table - one helpful trick we learned is think about where your guests will be spending the majority of their time. If they will be spending a good amount of time at their table, then you should plan to spend a bit extra time, attention (and maybe budget?) on the tablescape. The reason for this is to help set the atmosphere and tone of the event and ens