When table dressing, keep in mind that less is more! It’s easier to go subtle by sticking to solid colors that match everything else in your space rather than adding patterns everywhere. The idea here is that minimal table dressing will make it look like there’s no effort at all put into your table settings – when in reality, it only takes a few minutes (or hours) to pull off something special using things you probably already own.
Here is How to get started with table dressing:
1. Find a tablecloth in your table’s colors (usually 2 colors is enough).
Make sure this tablecloth is large enough to cover the table + extra room around the table, and long enough for you to keep it out of view. Many tablecloths come in an assortment of colors and patterns, so make sure you find one in the theme you’re going for.
2. Making a centerpiece:
A simple way to add something special to your table with minimal effort or money spent is by making a centerpiece out of greenery/flowers that are abundant throughout your area. For example, if taking photos outdoors near trees, picking up some fallen leaves and flowers from the ground won’t cost anything! Keep your table simple by placing greenery in a basket or vase at the center of your table.
3. Find some flatware that matches your tablecloth’s color or pattern.
Better yet, make it gold! If your tablecloth has an intricate pattern, consider using flush-set gold cutlery to complement the tablecloth without overwhelming it. This is especially important if the tablecloth itself has very little color/pattern to it.
4. For seating cards, buy 1 cardstock in white or cream to match your tablecloth + table setting and print out info on it yourself regarding who sits where at dinner time.
To keep costs down here, only have the front printed with this information + use flip flops/print 2 sides for the table number and name.
5. Add lemon water to glasses for a nice touch (and maybe use it as a table centerpiece?)
This is an easy way to add something special that will make your table look beautiful without much thought or money spent! Simply put some fresh lemons in a container of water, and then place them on each table setting or on top of your table covering. You can do this with flowers too! If you want to get really fancy, tie little bows around the stems of the lemons/flowers before putting them into their container.
6. Keep decorations on the table minimal by limiting what’s on their vs what’s elsewhere in your space (“stage dressing”).
If there are other table decorations in your space, keep table decorations to a minimum by only placing things on the table that were made for it. For example, if you’ve got table-top frames with photos from your wedding guests, consider keeping them in a stack off to the side or in a Dias at the front of your table so they don’t clutter up your tablecloth. This will help create a more cohesive sense of style within your space and makes sure nothing gets lost under table cloth.
7. If going for a more formal look with tablecloths that have fringe or tassels on them, be sure they’re tied down when not needed!
This is especially important when taking photos with table cloths hanging over edges of tables as table cloths with fringe/tassel can get caught on people or other table decorations. If you have tablecloths that are already very long, consider folding the extra length under your table for this reason.
Remember that tablecloths are meant to be temporary in most cases.
Don’t make your table settings too complicated – they’re supposed to protect table surfaces, not draw attention away from other aspects of the wedding space. Keep table decorations on the table limited if there are things in your space you don’t want people to focus on when photographing them (“stage dressing”). You want your table top decorations to look pulled together without being overwhelming or distracting. Also, it’s easy for table cloths with intricate patterns to get caught on people/other table decorations/flowers when getting near them so keep this in mind while decorating!