Tablescapes are often overlooked when planning a wedding. There's the dress, the photographer, the flowers, the venue, the reception, the DJ... who has time for tablescapes!? But tablescapes can be a playground of fun and can be relatively stress-free if you do it piece by piece. So I've created a simple 6 step guide to creating a tablescape that even Pinterest would be jealous of (not to mention your new mother-in-law).
In general you want to stick with these key words: neutrals, texture, pops of color, greenery, levels, layers, metallics, and knick knacks.. These key words will be in bold throughout this guide to make it easier to see the pattern for adding visual interest to your pin-worthy tablescape.
Step 1 - Choose your Tablecloth
Pick one solid color for your tablecloth - think of this as the canvas for your tablescape. You can choose traditional white/black or you can pick one of your wedding colors. If you go with one of your wedding colors, I would suggest picking a lighter shade or more neutral tone since tablecloths take up a lot of real estate. You wouldn't want your hot pink tablecloths to overwhelm the rest of your pin-worthy tablescape. Picking multiple colors of tablecloths is fine as long as you keep everything else fairly neutral.
Step 2 - Choose your Runner and Napkins
Choose a runner that is a different color and texture from your tablecloth - this adds layers, visual interest, and frames your centerpieces (Note: Pattern is considered to be a type of texture). In general, runners work better on square or rectangular tables but you can add a square layer of fabric to circular tables and get the same effect! For napkins follow these same rules.
Step 3 - Add Greenery
This is the main part of your center piece and is a FANTASTIC way to reuse your bridesmaids bouquets! Greenery adds texture, color, and levels to your tablescape. I will caution you not to make the centerpiece too high as this makes it hard for guests to talk to the person on the other side of the table. Try finding cute small vases or boxes to put your greenery in, this also adds more visual interest! Note: if you want a rustic look, try adding elements of wood as well!
Step 4 - Add Metallics
Metallics are a beautiful thing. They are considered a neutral, a color, a texture, and add a little extra something shiny! But use metallics in moderation as they can quickly become overwhelming for your guests. Finding metallic chargers and/or candle holders is a great way to add this element to your tablescape. (I say this because I had to learn it: a charger is the plate underneath the plate.)
Step 5 - Add Knick Knacks
Knick knacks are a great way to fill the space, add visual interest, and add a personal touch to your tablescape that your guests will appreciate. When choosing knick knacks, keep in mind our key words: neutral, texture, pop of color, metallic, and levels. Knick knacks can be anything that goes with the theme of your wedding, from slices of cut wood, to candle holders, to your new initials, to antique bird cages... this is where you can have a lot of fun at the craft store!
Step 6 - Edit your Tablescape
Take a step back and see what you can remove from your tablescape to make it less cluttered, you don't want your guests to feel cramped while eating! If anything, remember that less is more.
I hope you have enjoyed this guide and I hope it has made the process of making a wedding tablescape a little bit easier. There is so much more details I could go into, so if you want more advice don't hesitate to contact me!