What To Do For Wedding Table Decorations
Table decoration ideas for a wedding reception, including what to do for table decor, place settings, linens, and seating arrangements.
Wedding table decor is an important part of the overall decorations; for some beautiful yet inexpensive ways to decorate guests’ tables at a wedding reception, consider some of these ideas.
Wedding Table Decor
- Dress up plain tables inexpensively with paper (they look like linen) or felt table runners.
- Emphasize the parents' table through special decorations such as a different centerpiece, special chair decorations, or a unique colored tablecloth.
- If there is glass on top of the tables, place engagement photos or family photos underneath the glass if there are photos of the guests sitting at that table, even better.
- Beautiful table number cards are important.
- Scatter colored confetti (which can be made inexpensively simply with a three-hole punch) or sparkled lightly over the table cloth before it is set.
- If using personal tablecloths, take a wedding stencil design (available at any craft store) or a stencil of the bride and groom's names or initials and line the edge of the tablecloth with it using washable paint in a subtle color like a soft silver or light blue.
Table Setup and Placement
- A nice table arrangement is to have all of the guests' tables arranged in a circle around the dance floor, with the head table at the top of the circle.
- Consider square tables instead of round. If the corner of the table points towards the head table, it means no one really has their back to the bride and groom. Make the vases for the centerpieces square as well.
- Try putting the head table as a round table in the middle of the room, surrounded by all the guest tables. This would allow everyone to feel close to the couple.
Keeping Wedding Guests Entertained
- It has become a tradition to leave disposable cameras on the table for guests to take pictures. Include some instructions with the cameras such as "Please use this to take photos of the reception. When finished, please leave on the table for us to pick up" or "Please take pictures for us of the reception. We want the funniest, silliest pictures possible."
- Place small games at each table, such as Rubik's cube or mini checkers. Not only is this a great icebreaker for some tables but it will add some fun for guests.
- Leave a bottle of champagne at each table and have one person at each table pop it at the same time, such as when the bride and groom enter the reception hall or after the first toast. Or give each guest a mini bottle of champagne to pop on their own.
From table placement to decor to small ways to get guests talking, there are many easy ways to give wedding tables some unique style.