Post # 1
So, my mom has been great through the whole planning process but I started chatting with her about reception decor (specifically napkin colors) and was surprised when she responded no, flowers can be whatever, centerpiece stuff, whatever, but linens should all be traditional white – that’s table cloths, napkins, etc.
What are your guys’ thoughts on this? I don’t mind conceeding on the white napkins if I at least get the table cloths I want (probably some sort of light brown linen – burlap? I feel like that’s too stiff but you get the idea). The carpet in the reception location we’re looking at is hideous so I’m pretty anti all white because I don’t want it to stand out in contrast. I would love your thoughts, and if you went through something similar, how you dealt with it.
Post # 3
I actually chose white tablecloths and napkins. I like the idea of having my centerpiece flowers the pop of colour the room needs.
Post # 4
@kristinh525: napkins don’t HAVE to be white. It depends on what color your linens are (table cloth/overlay)
Post # 5
My florist, after we described to her the reception venue space and the vibes we were striving for, actually advised against all-white everything. She said, “Don’t make it look like a hospital.”
Don’t get me wrong: I love the monochromatic look of pale shades when they’re done well, but our florist was correct – it wouldn’t have worked for US. So our napkins were bold red, as was the tablecloth for the cake table.
What does the carpet look like?
Post # 6
Hmmm great advise. It looks like I might need to loop my mom in on talking with the florist. The tough part is I have a mom and step-mom who aren’t particularly fond of eachother and each wants say – so part of it is trying to balance all that as well. I’m trying to keep my mom more focused on my stuff and my step-mom more focused on decor, and balancing random input from both (fun times). Anyway, the carpet has large brown stripes with additional stripes (the sizes differ) of red, navy, rust orange, and cream. My intended wedding colors are light blue (playing off hydrangeas), dark blue (irises), and yellow (sunflowers). I was hoping for either white tablecloths with dark blue linens to draw the eye away from the carpet, or a burlap overlay to essentially neutralize a lot of the color, with white napkins. The wedding has a rustic traditional feel (think tree slices as the base for centerpieces, etc.). My mom is insisting on white tablecloths, napkins, and china …
It’s not the best picture, but here’s what the carpet looks like
Post # 7
@kristinh525: Most of our Moms make their decisions based on their recall of the last time they were involved with wedding planning. Have a session with her checking out weddings on Pinterest, Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, WeddingGawker etc.