Every couple seeks unique ways to make a statement and carry their theme and colors from the ceremony space to the wedding reception. The tricks to creating the fairy tale all come down to how your dress your tables and design your space. Let the colors and theme flow into your reception with these ideas for creating an unforgettable wedding reception.
Setting the Wedding Reception Tables
Chinaware and linens are actually a significant part of the design. Your charger plates and fine china will become a focal point on the table. Frame the napkin with a decorative charger plate and napkin ring. Create a balance of color with the linens and flatware accents. Let the table become an impressive canvas for the edging of the plates, the patterns on the dishes, and the overlays and runners. A standard place setting will consist of a charger plate, napkin, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dinner knife, water goblet, wine glass and champagne flute. While the etiquette for the placement on the table is pretty standard, you can create a dramatic effect with the way you coordinate the pieces.
Small Touches on the Wedding Reception Tables
Table numbers are decorative signs with purpose. They will help your guests find their table. If your theme calls for it, you could name each table with a place, character or song, instead of a number. Place cards designate seating for each guest. Menus are other paper accents that can be tucked inside of the fold of a napkin for an elegant touch. Favors provide a keepsake for guests, and another opportunity to decorate the table.
Head Table or Sweetheart Table
Traditionally, the bride and groom sit with their parents and the bridal party at a head table. Some couples hold to the old traditions, but many couples choose to sit alone at their own romantic sweetheart table. Sitting alone at a sweetheart table eliminates all the confusion about tradition and creates a separate space for the bride and groom to celebrate. Couples do not normally spend a lot of time at their table during the reception, but their table should be elaborately designed. The only rule for the sweetheart table is to avoid tall centerpieces and oversized floral arrangements that would block the view of the bride and groom. This is especially important for photography.
Centerpieces on Your Wedding Reception Tables
Set your wedding reception tables with centerpieces. Think about the shape and size of your tables for a dramatic look that fits the space. A long table could be perfectly designed with linear centerpieces, such as rectangular baskets of wheat grass and gerbera daisies. Round wedding reception tables are best suited for clusters and a large centerpiece as a focal point. You might consider alternating the height of centerpieces on different tables to break up the space and add dimension to the room.
Crystal Ballroom Lake Mary
Crystal Ballroom Lake Mary is an all-inclusive wedding venue with an in-house wedding design team and planners that are dedicated to creating the ceremony and wedding reception of your dreams. Meet with professional wedding designers and pick and plan your magical moments, from the colors and fabrics to the flowers and centerpieces that will create your fairy tale. Walk the red carpet to a ballroom designed just for you.