Mock table set up for reception

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 4
5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I like everything except the plant in the middle I would cover the pot to make it pretty. I really would change the green plant for a prettier option. 

Post # 5
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

I would get rid of the paper runner and maybe use strips of ribbon? This way it doesn’t overlap the doilies and I think they’d look nicer under the wood slices.

I would also definitely dye the doilies with tea so they pop. I didn’t even notice them until I read about them!

And lastly, personal taste, I would get rid of the pumpkins. I think if you did orange mums and orange napkins, that would be enough of the theme colour.

OR if you’re concerned about the width, why not push two tables together to make a square size one?

Post # 6
9652 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not a fan of the paper runner in the middle. I really like the burlap utensil holders!

Post # 8
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I like everything except for the plant itself… i think a succulent would look cuter IMO

Also, instead of the paper runner… why don’t you do a doily runner? 

Post # 9
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Aelie:  Did you stain the paper yourself? Maybe try to go a bit darker with the stain. I feel that maybe then the runner will pop a bit more off the tablecloth and the pumpkins will pop off the runner…


Post # 12
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

I like everything, but I would likely lose the doilies, they do seem like they are a bit big for the width of the table. 


I also think that you should go with white napkins. 

Post # 13
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Aelie:  maybe white or biege candles instead of a plant


Post # 14
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would lose the doilies or stain them and put them under the table runner as a border. They will frame the pages.  I think it will look great with the bigger plants on the wood slabs, candles in mason jar (that is what I think you are doing).  I think you should go with fall colors for the plants not just orange but get the orange napkins.  I would also remove the blue ribbon from the burlap pouches and use twine or off white lace.

Post # 15
9652 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Aelie:  I can’t quite put my finger on why really. Guess I just prefer maybe more simple runners without writing. 

Post # 16
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Aelie:  I understand that you like the paper runner.  I do to. But you seem to have two different/competing themes going on: the rustic-vintage-book theme and the fall harvest theme.  I believe that is why the the runner doesn’t seem to fit.  There is nothing else that goes with it.  You need to bring the two together, or lose one theme.

I also think the runner is too wide for the table. So unless you are willing to use twice the number of tables, twice the number of table cloths, and have the space for twice the tables, I think you should decrease the width of your runner.


Perhaps you could use a large leaf punch (about 2-3″) and punch paper leaves that you string together for your runner.  A paper leaf could also be tied to your burlap silverware holder (instead of the bow). 

To take it even further, instead of trying to tea stain the doilies (which may not work if they are paper-based b/c they won’t retain their shape), you could place one of your punched out leaves in the center as a reverse stencil and then just lightly spray paint in in a complimentary color (e.g., light brown, light orange, darker ivory, etc.,) and then remove the leaf. Just a very light coat, holding the can 2 feet or so above the doilies.

The potted mums will look vantasic on those great wood slices.  I like the mini pumpkins and squashes (plural???) too.  

These are just my opinions and ultimately it is what you like/love.  It already looks good.




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