Ingenious Ways to Inspire Your Wedding Reception Tables

After the flurry of the ceremony & formal photos are over you FINALLY get a moment to visit with your guests on your wedding day. While they wait, it's common to host a cocktail hour while guests find their table according to your personalized seating arrangements. Your décor is beautiful, the florals divine, food will be served, but it's almost always the personal details that your guests take away from your big event.


These unique touches can be thoughtfully added to your dinner tables through centerpieces, detailed menus, pops of color in your dishware, table-scapes, textures or layers, your wedding personality & vibe can leave the impression you dreamed of for all your family & friends!


Get inspired by Willowynn Barn's own past clients and try new colors, shapes, textures, menu & place cards to fit your own wedding style!



Destination Vibes

Take your guests to your favorite destination by using patterns on your plates that are reminiscent of a locale you have visited with your newly wed.


Table Texture

Add layers for table texture or use textured plates to enhance your place settings. Opt for textured plates or charger plates for a beautiful, sophisticated look. Consider incorporating macramé at each setting as the ideal base to pair with a textured linen napkin in the most beautiful way.


Wow With Watercolor

Instead of calligraphy try using watercolors on the menu with clear plates to make the colors really stand out.


Pretty in Pinks or Pops of blue

Try Boho chic with the placement of colored vintage glassware.

Not interested in a multi-plate setup? Keep your settings simple, but dress them up with color instead. Consider incorporating handmade plates for a splash of color to make your dinner that much more special.


Copper & Gold Tones

Create an elaborate place setting or go with a simple choice, and then add your note right on top for a special touch.


Rustic, inspired by nature or simplistic

Add natural touches of nature using logs or wood pieces, rocks or adding an olive branch, fig branch or twig and leaves mixed with simple baby’s breath. Carve your guests names into the wood chargers as a take home gift.


Classical Charm

Think neutral linens, gold votives, and traditional china. Centerpieces featuring votives, roses, peonies, sweet peas, and privets. Incorporate a modern and clean look with monochromatic centerpieces, linens, and glassware. Include subtle texture with striped napkins.


Use the following pieces to accessorize your tablescape:

• Wedding Centerpieces

• Gold or Silver Charger or Wicker Plates

• Candles

• Floral Table Decorations

• Table Runners

• Table Names and Numbers

• Place Cards

• Place Setting Garnishes

• Colored Glassware

• Play with patterns and linens


Your guests will spend a significant portion of the reception at their table so make it memorable and put in the effort for your guests to enjoy as you would with an other aspect of your wedding decor! Think about using complementary and accent colors to your palette, and add height, light, scent via eucalyptus or florals. Make sure your centerpieces are at the right height so they do not block views or people speaking across the table.


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