Post # 1
Hi Bees! My wedding has a mid-century-mod feel to it. The colors are silver and gold and we are using small christmas lights (fairly lights) as a major visual style. Like so many of us do, I spent loads of time on pinterest trying to figure out my table decor. I quickly realized that table runners are the norm, so I assumed I would have them. I originally thought I would use gold table runners sort of like like this:
But I have not been able to find any god table runners that I like AND that I can afford (how are strips of fabric so expensive!). And I’ve sort of been stressing over it way more than is reasonable! And then I stumbled across these fantastic images of white table cloths, black napkins, and no table runner at all. Amazing!
I think this no-table-runner idea really suits my mid-century-mod aesthetic and I wanted to see what you all thought. Because the more I look at table runners, the more they feel like something I’m trying to force. So what do you think? No one will care right?
And black napkins? Is that too big of a contrast on white table cloths? Or will it work with my mod aesthetic? I could add a ribbon or something if the black feels too harsh? Or maybe ivory table cloths instaed of white – would that make it seem softer?
Just to help you picture the final table: here are images of my DIY flowers and centerpieces (this is on my 6 ft dining room table, but the wedding tables are 8ft banquette tables). Thanks for the advice guys!
Post # 2
I think the tables are totally fine without table runners! That being said, I felt like I got a ton of visual interest from my table runners for relatively low cost. Lots of bang for my buck, so to speak. If you’re interested in table runners but are concerned about cost, have you looked into rental? We spent approx. $130 to rent ours and it was worth every penny.
I’m not sure which of those pics above fits your theme better because i don’t really know what mid century mod means. Do you have any other inspiration pics?
Post # 3
Love the black napkins on white tablecloths. I’d keep it white, not Ivory, the contrast is what makes it. Beautiful!
Post # 4
I love the black napkins on the white tablecloths, especially with your centterpieces. I love contrast and simplicity.
If you know how to sew, or with a few quick lessons you could learn on youtube, you could make your table runners if you find fabric you like. Jo Anns has discounts all the time, plus coupons you can use up to 5 at a time, one they print in their flyers, email ones you can print out, mobile ones, and they take competitors coupons too. Just a thought. It would be a simple straight lines to sew, if you wanted to go that route. I”m sure you could also find other fabric online if you wanted to.
Like I said, I don’t think you need them, just offering a suggestion if you want. I say take them out of your look, and let go of the stress!!! Good luck, bee!
Post # 5
Black and white is such a classic, elegant look. It reminds me of a tuxedo.
Post # 6
Thank you everyone for the input! You convinced me! I was reading a different Bee post about stressing about strange things, and I realized I was doing the same thing with table runners. Yeah, I think maybe letting go of the stress is the best idea. Lol!!
I will totally ask my rental comany about this. $130 isn’t bad. I just didn’t want to spend another $350. Thanks for the bang for buck advice!!
Also, Mid Century Mod just means the architecture and geometric design of the early 19960s – like “Mad Men”. I actually had a hard time fining pics of it… But we’re getting married in Palm Springs and pretty much all weddings in Palm Springs are mod styled! So here are some examples of Palm Springs mod weddings – funny thing is, none of these happen to be our venue. Ha!
Post # 7
I like the black napkins against white tablecloths. However, I do prefer the look of the runner over no runner for those long rectangular tables. If you don’t do a runner I think you would really have to fill the middle of the space with flower arrangements, plants, candles, etc., or else it will look sparse. The third inspo pic from the top does a better job of pulling off no table runner than the second pic from the top, IMO, because the space in the middle of the table is filled better. The table in the second pic looks sparse.
Post # 8
Mid centry modern refers to the style of design, architecture, furniture and accessories post WWII .
It originally targeted the years 1945-1965 but has been extended to cover the late 60’s.
It was a very colorful style of decorating using bold graphics as opposed to minimalist modern decor.
Madmen re-introduced the style.
I love the white cloth and black napkins. It is a very clean modern look.
if you wanted to use a graphic runner, this would work
or this with the bright blue so common in mcm
Post # 9
I much prefer the simple/clean look of no runner with only the black napkins and your centerpieces and decor!
Post # 10
No runner with black napkins looks awesome.