Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table

We’re well aware that by the time you get to planning your wedding table settings, idea fatigue may be setting in. To help you from falling into the overwhelming deep digital hole of inspiration, Alchemy Fine Home gives us six tips on how to execute a beautiful tablescape with the sense of Spring fresh upon us and Cavin Elizabeth Photography capturing the beauty. The best part is, these concepts are not just useful for your wedding, but overall entertaining needs once become Mr. and Mrs.

Christian Lacriox’s Caribe Collection

To illustrate, Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Fine Home brought us this Parisian modern-inspired shoot featuring the bold tropical Caribe dinnerware collection designed by couture fashion designer Christian Lacriox. For this porcelain collection developed by Vista Alegre, Christian Lacroix has imagined a decoration with tropical exuberance. Flowers, feathers, ferns and fireflies pose like a baroque herbarium over a white porcelain set with cutouts and friezes, evoking the English embroidery on the pristine petticoats worn by the beautiful women from Salvador da Bahia. Bold lush florals were topped with birds and butterflies drawing from the Caribe pattern, while the living wall of the Westgate’s roof created a lush backdrop. She mixed in various colors of the Bicos collection, a pressed glassware from Portugal, to enhance the color scheme and compliment the fresh floral arrangements designed by Isari Flower Studio.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table

Image 1 & 2: Jeff Corrigan Photographics | All Other Images: Cavin Elizabeth Photography

1. High-texture and Patterned Linens

Lace, patterns, and textures are hot right now in the wedding world. Instead of a traditional solid table covering, an embellished linen or unique fabric will bring instant dimension. Geometric monochromatic textures, couture lace overlays, rosette textured linens, sequenced runners, patterned fabrics and vintage doily tablecloths are all excellent ways to add punch to any spread.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
2. Colored Glassware

For couples looking to add an unexpected color pop, you may choose to incorporate colored glassware to the spread, like we have done with the Bicos glassware. Tinted glass is a sure-fire way to make your guests “ooh” and “ahh.”

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
3. Think outside the classic floral arrangement
Float candles, fruit, or succulents or a mix of fresh florals with drape branches of greenery around a center object can add appeal and something exotic to the tablescape. A nice tip is to remember that candles make all the difference as day turns to night. Not only do people look more flattering in ambient light, but candles set a romantic mood and make for some pretty swoon-worthy photos. Whatever you place in the center think about your guests  – make sure they can see across the table for delightful conversation and interaction.
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
4. Unique Chargers and Plates

In lieu of classic white 10″ plates, adding a colored charger or unique dish will polish off the look. To complement your traditional wedding, you may choose to incorporate a vintage gold-rimmed setting, a modern metallic saucer, or a royal purple charger for an added burst of color. Some brides and grooms also collect an array of plates to create a cool, eclectic vibe in the room.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
5. Long, Rectangular or Square Tables

Round tables are always a great way for guests to easily see one another and enjoy intimate conversation during a wedding. However, long banquet tables allow an unique perspective of the whole party, all lined up in a row. Long tables can make you feel connected to everyone, even if they’re twenty seats down! Large square tables also add a modern vibe to the floor plan and can be mixed with rounds for an angular look.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
6. Linen-less Table Spreads

Most of us are conditioned to thinking that every reception table needs linens. However, wedding tables are also becoming more about stylized furniture, which looks beautiful when it stands alone. Many couples are putting their linen funds towards furniture rentals instead. Popular finishes include rustic wood, polished acrylic, and glamorous mirrored surfaces.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Reflect Your Personality

Some of the most thoughtful details can reflect true personality and are actually really easy to pull off, leaving more time to focus on the forever “I Do” part. Whether it’s a beachfront bash, a rustic barnyard party, or an opulent soiree, the venue sets the stage for the event. However, once the venue is selected, and the theme determined, it is the décor that really brings the celebration to life. Remember your tablesetting is what the wedding party and guests will be looking at as they spend time chatting, dining and enjoying the festivities.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Exclusive Wedding Registry Partner

As Alchemy Fine Home’s exclusive wedding registry partner, the Caribe dinnerware collection is purchasable online. As you can see, these collections bring the WOW-factor to your home and table. The great news it that, as part of being the exclusive partner, our audience can register at Alchemy Fine Home with your name + “#SW” to enter to win a $500 credit toward your registry of $5,000 or more.

The Caribe Collection can be viewed here.

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table

To purchase from top down, left to right: 
Caribe Bread & Butter Plate | Caribe Coffee Cup & Saucer | Caribe Pitcher | Caribe Dinner Plate

Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table
Six Tips for Planning Your Wedding Table

To purchase from left to right: 
Bicos Green Red Wine Goblet | Bicos Lavender Wine Decanter

Credits:

Planner, Designer: Alchemy Fine Home | Photographer: Cavin Elizabeth Photography | Photographer: Jeff Corrigan Photographics, Still | Motion | Venue – Westgate Hotel | Florist – Isari Flower Studio | Linens – La Tavola Linens

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