Unforgettable Wedding Reception Table Decor

Helpful Tips and Tricks for Styling Unique Outdoor Reception Tablescapes Your Guests will Never Forget!

Wedding reception table decoration sets the stage for your party, works as a great ice breaker for your guests and illustrates who you are as a couple. You might find yourself here because you’re wondering… “Where do I start?” It can feel overwhelming diving into the world of wedding table design. We will discuss where to start when creating your tablescape, along with other helpful tips and tricks for curating and implementing your wedding reception table décor. You will also find a collection of wedding day reception table settings to get you inspired. Here’s to creating an unforgettable dinner table for your guests!

Darling window boxes filled with florals suited this garden inspired outdoor wedding reception.

Decide on a wedding “theme”. Examples of wedding themes include: Garden Inspired, Fairy Tale, Vintage, Modern, Rustic, Cultural, and Bohemian… just to name a few. Next, add an adjective to describe how you want your reception space to feel. For example: Cozy and Rustic. Romantic and Modern. Friendly and Colorful. Voilà! You’ve narrowed down your inspiration search.

The Elements of the Reception Table. We promise this isn’t chemistry class…but there is a science to the reception table. Potential elements of your reception tables include: place settings, linens, centerpieces, stationary elements (menu, place cards, table numbers), the chairs, favors, and lighting. If you’re going for a minimalist theme, having each of these displayed on every table may not be ideal, whereas a glamorous wedding may be all about the formalities.

Curate your table décor. The best part! Before you dive in to the world of curation, consider…

    1. Your Venue: Are open-flame candles allowed? If your venue is outside, are your items wind proof? What kind of décor is not allowed?

      Tell the story of your happily-ever-after with pictures of your journey at each reception table.

  1. The size and shape of your tables: While round tables may look best with larger, single centerpieces, rectangular tables can sport three (or more) smaller clusters of décor items. Table size and shape also affects the style and size for table linens. We advise finding out these dimensions before falling in love and purchasing linens that don’t fit.
  2. Guest Comfort: Your décor may be amazing and the flowers out of this world, but grandma isn’t going to be happy if she can’t put her plate down or see Uncle Bob who is sitting across from her. Practical table décor can also be stylish. You do not have to sacrifice style for function nor function for style.
  3. What’s already available to you: For some, this means talking with your decorator and/or Day of Coordinator about items they have available for you to use. For others, this means collecting vintage dishes and vases from friends and family.
  4. Have fun! Add a touch of the unexpected. Pops of color, mismatched centerpieces, embarrassing pictures from your childhood… it keeps guests intrigued and your space unique.

TESTING, TESTING, 1, 2, 3! You practice your vows, you practice walking in your wedding day formals, but did you practice your table set-up? Set-up your wedding reception centerpieces on a table with the same dimensions as your venue’s tables or call up your venue and see if you can test out your centerpieces on a table or two. Now, snap a photo – anyone placing your décor the morning of will thank you! As an outdoor venue, we also suggest setting up your décor outside (for several hours) to make sure it’s ready for any elements such as wind.

Time to get inspired! Below we have included some of our favorite table arrangements for added inspiration. Happy planning!

Romance grows in mountains of florals on the Rustic Refined table. Photo credit: Charnell Timms Photography

This BOHO inspired table centerpiece paired well with a simple, formal wedding reception place setting.

White drapery, linens, and table settings on round reception tables allowed these colorful floral arrangements to take center stage.

Placing guest favors on each plate ensures that each of your loved ones receive a special gift from you. (Make sure to have spares – just in case!)

Recycled bottles paired with wildflowers are perfect for vintage inspired weddings, eco-friendly weddings, and minimalist minded weddings. So simple. So sweet.

Lanterns are an elegant and simple addition for round table reception decor. Not only are they lovely during the daytime, but they light the night for guests who talk well into the evening.

Centerpieces do not have to be dramatic to be, well, dramatic! Twinkle lights and the soft flicker of candles created a fascinating scene on these hand-crafted cedar banquet tables. Photo By: Sophisticated Grace Photography

Mid-century vintage vibes are trending and we love it! Add in some mixed Rustic Refined chairs to carry on a cozy feel to your entire head table.

Minimalist and moody – Who says that your centerpieces can’t have a little attitude?

White chairs and a simple table setting paired with a delicate floral garland and hints of friendly garden florals suited this inviting, outdoor garden wedding reception celebration. Photo By: Taryn Christine Photography  

Bursts of color on the tables and bursts of color in the air of the outdoor wedding reception tent created the perfect cultural wedding decor.

While we are focusing on Unforgettable Table Decor, let’s not forget about it’s best friend: Dreamy Tent Decoration! Photo By: Whitney Anderson Photography  

Table decor also includes the seating around the table. Mismatched dining chairs surrounding the King’s Harvest Table suited this wedding couple’s sophisticated, modern outdoor wedding style. Photo By: Captured Glory Photography 

These rose folded linen napkins were the talking point of this classic, garden-inspired wedding table decor.

Art Deco inspired wedding decoration with hints of contemporary, geometric designs created a pleasant, cottage atmosphere for this outdoor tent wedding reception.

Forest green napkins, gold accent lanterns, natural wood placeholders, and real peacock feathers, all displayed on hand-crafted cedar banquet tables is the perfect combination for any outdoorsy couple’s wedding reception table decoration.

Choosing different tables (think: some banquet style and some round tables) can add visual appeal and added table decoration options.

Lovely, natural themed weddings deserve fresh greenery and florals. Added benefit: Your reception space will smell amazing!

It’s very rare that the chairs take center stage… but we love how the sweet touches of pink accents were simple enough to make the chairs seem oh-so-inviting for this September wedding.

Glamorous decor meets the great outdoors ~ Wow! your guests amongst the green backdrop of nature with bold linen choices and formal place settings.

Formal place settings, linens, glassware, garland, a centerpiece, menu, party favors, and lovely chairs… This is a perfect example of utilizing the elements, sticking to your theme, and not getting too cluttered. Photo Credit: Jeannine Marie Photography 

Classic, white wedding in the garden… makes you just want to pull up a chair and catch up with family and friends.

Unique centerpieces don’t always have to include florals. This stunning garden wedding’s combination of greens and rich reds added luxury to the outdoor theme.

Couple’s who embrace their cultural heritage love to incorporate these styles into their wedding reception decorations. What a great talking point for guests!

Looking for ideas for your high-top (or cocktail) table decor? Click here to learn about 12 Memorable Outdoor Wedding High-Top Table Decor Suggestions.

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