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Creative ideas for designing the perfect wedding table set-up

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There are many things to plan for your wedding day, and putting together your reception is just as important as picking out your dress or writing your vows.

This part of the day allows your loved ones to meet and break the ice while enjoying the day and making memories. The reception also allows you to inject your personality into the day by decorating the room however you and your partner see fit.

The choice is yours, whether to keep it simple with minimal decoration or to go completely extravagant with large centrepieces. We’ve compiled a list to provide inspiration for wedding table set-up and cover a variety of ideas for whatever direction you want to take your wedding day.

Practical things to consider when setting up wedding tables

The perfect wedding table setup

Table width

Before you start filling out the floor plan, decide on the shape and size of your tables. Will you and your partner sit at a sweetheart table, or will your wedding party sit at a long king’s table?

In any case, make sure you and the band are in a central location where the majority of the guests can see you. Then, decide whether your guests will sit at round, square, or rectangular tables and how many people each table can accommodate (which will help you figure out your total table count).


Tablecloths, napkins, and table runners, for example. These will serve as the foundation for your table settings. It is safe to use neutral colours, but if you want to match your colour scheme, you could also use bright pastels or bold jewels.

You could also try different textures and patterns. You might be surprised by the results if you are not afraid to think outside the box.

Centrepieces height

Playing with different heights is another way to make your tablescapes feel lush and interesting. Consider using a variety of heights for your flower arrangements, table numbers, candles, and votives. These various heights or “levels” can actually make the entire room feel more spacious, and they will also photograph better in your reception photos.

Decor placement

This is the most crucial aspect of your reception styling. To tie everything together, select the right décor elements that will complement your theme. To achieve a consistent aesthetic appeal, all of your décor elements should adhere to a specific colour theme.

Remember that each décor element should be there for a reason, contributing to your wedding’s overall theme. If you don’t know why a particular piece of décor is on the table, it’s probably unnecessary and can be removed. Don’t go overboard. It is best to keep things simple.

10+ Wedding table set-up ideas that will amaze your guest

1. Floral Height

A tall vase or flower stand can be used to embellish for table set-up wedding

Tall floral stands can add a special touch to the table runners and make a statement while adding visual interest. The table numbers will be visible because the table decor is at eye level.

2. A Seasonal Touch

Table centrepieces that reflect the current month can help set the mood.

Including the seasonal month in your wedding table decorations can provide inspiration and a colour theme. A clay jug and autumnal flowers add a homey touch. Vases come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but when you choose what works for you, it is simple to match your theme.

3. Floating Candles

Candles make the space more cozy and romantic

Floating candles with tea lights are a great daytime option because they create a whimsical feel, and these small details will not be overlooked by the wedding party. The glass cylinders, which incorporate clear water and elevate the light, are an elegant choice.

4. Lantern Delight

Lanterns create a point click for the setup of the table.

Lanterns are a romantic and one-of-a-kind way to set the tone for your evening reception. The candles can be swapped depending on how much light they emit, and the rustic edge adds character.

5. Keep it Simple

A simple style.

Are you on a tight budget? Or are you looking to let the venue speak for itself? A romantic touch can still be added by using small items or a place card. Consider small vases, confetti, a pop of colour, or simple small accessories.

6. Green Foilage

Greenery is a beautiful addition to any wedding reception

Another idea for your big day is to decorate the tables with greenery. The search will be more efficient, and nature can still play a role in the day without the floral touch. Wedding table decorations come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so select the best option for you.

7. Black Taper Candles

Long, dark taper candles would give the evening ambience

Is your wedding taking place in a castle? Or perhaps in the winter? Long black taper candles could be used to add character to the evening. Adding character and making space for guests to interact with one another.

8. A Seasonal Approach

Your wedding tablescapes can also be inspired by the season

Another option for the day’s inspiration is to match the season with your wedding table decorations. Depending on the season, use dried fruit like pears, apples, or even pumpkins. Rustic wooden tables work well with this theme.

9. A Tropical Paradise

Decorate your wedding tables with simple elegance and mindful decor

Getting married abroad or attempting to recreate that feeling? Large tropical leaves and banana leaves may be your best bet. Bring mindfulness to your wedding table decorations while remaining simple and elegant.

10. Romantic Blush

Tables can be customized to suit individual tastes by using a range of colours and accents

Go with your desired theme; if that is pink, go with it. Using a variety of colours and accessories will help you create the perfect table for you.

11. Wild Flowers

Enhance your wedding reception with a bouquet of free-range summer flowers

Adding wild summer flowers to your wedding table decorations can eliminate the need for a vase, but this idea would work either way. Adding a variety of colours, such as blue, pink, red, or orange, works best for this idea.

12. DIY Fairy Light Edition

DIY your wedding table decorative pieces

A florist or another supplier does not have to style everything on the reception table. Why not buy some jars and fairy lights and make your own wedding table set up?

13. A Hoop Wedding Centrepiece

The ornamentation makes the room feel more playful

You don’t have to stop with candles or flowers; a thin wooden hoop can add height and texture to the table. The decoration also serves as a stand for the tealights and adds a whimsical touch.

14. Lantern Light

Lanterns and lamps can be used to subtly alter the lighting effect

It is nearly impossible to add a filter to the table, but the lighting effect can be slightly altered with lanterns and lamps. These can dim the candlelight for a romantic evening atmosphere and add character to the colour of your choice.

Whether what is your choice, the wedding table set-up suggestions above are great ideas for you to make your wedding stand out and be different. Have you chosen any ideas yet?

Visit Designa Studio to get more inspirations and don’t forget to check out other Designa blog posts for helpful tips for your upcoming wedding!

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