When you are planning your table decorations, the key thing is to consider the settings of your wedding party. If you go for rustic celebrations in a barn, the white table cloth and four-armed candelabras on the tables may not be the right choice, and if you are celebrating your wedding in a beautiful ballroom, then crushed velvet and tea lights on paper plates will probably not be the way forward.
If you decide to have the wedding party at a restaurant or a place where the tableware, table cloths, etc. are already decided, you can still add a personal touch in the form of flowers, place cards or small details on the table. This may be an overall colour scheme or flowers that match the bride’s bouquet. If you have a garden wedding, then make a virtue of the informal setting by mixing and matching different styles of tableware and decorating with wild flowers in preserving jars.
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There are hundreds of different place cards; however, it leaves a sweet sentiment to make place cards that the guests can take with them after the party. This may be small potted succulents or a fine stone with the guests’ names on.
If you are celebrating the wedding in a tent, then use fairy lights and rice paper lamps to create a cosy atmosphere.
If the groom is a passionate music collector, then you can place a record under each place setting; or if the bride is an avid horticulturist, then you could give each guest a small bag of seeds for a special flower to bring home.
Whether your guests are seated at long or round tables, you should consider the height of your table decorations. It is best if your guests can speak to each other across the table, which they cannot if there are flowers in tall vases or large candleholders on the table. Instead, place several small bouquets in low vases rather than a few big ones.
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Should aunt Kirsten be seated next to toastmaster Mikkel – and what about my deaf uncle? The seating arrangement is one of the things that may draw out when you are planning your party. But do not despair, you will succeed.
The key thing is not to mix your guests too much. You may want to spread all the festive guests, but you should also be looking for similarities when making seating arrangements. You can also gather all guests under 13 years at a children’s table. They will have the most fun, so will the other guests, who may not enjoy sitting next to a 5-year-old. You can choose to cut out the names and remember to leave good time to make the seating arrangements, this allows you to factor in all considerations and create the best evening for everyone.