(Closed) Anyone doing “tablescapes” instead of one “centerpiece?”

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
8 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

So I am doing tablescapes! We also seem to be having similar weddings…i am in Seattle and getting married on August 20th with a laid back, rustic theme 🙂

I choose tablescapes because we would like to have a family style meal since we only have 35 guests and I was also worried that one centerpiece in the middle of the big long table would be weird.

I took all of the tablescape photos I liked and made one big inspiration board, so i could see what kind of tablescapes i liked. I than broke it down into categories ie. lighting/candles, florals, big statement pieces, extra small stuff and than thought about what ratio of each I want to see.  I want more kitchy, fun stuff than anything else so that is like 50%, flowers are 30% and the rest is candles/lanterns and other lighting. I would also consider how dense you want the tablescape. Your photos show a fairly shaped out tablescape which would be farily easy to put together.

I am worried about too much stuff but I am trying to just keep it simple. I would rather run out and get more things a couple days before than have so much stuff that its overwhelming.

I am starting to collect stuff now so I am hoping to be able to start experimenting soon and see how it goes!

Post # 4
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not, but I love that look and I wish I had that option. My venue just has round tables. That inspiration pic is lovely.

Post # 5
46403 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

One of the bees here used barnboards down the center of the tables, then placed flowers, candles etc down the length of the board.

Post # 6
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

First, I am IN LOVE with your venue!  It’s exactly what I was looking for but couldn’t find.

Anyway, I love the look tablescapes as opposed to centerpieces.  My tables will be round, but I’m still going for the same look.  I love the wine bottles on the tables in your pictures, they really add to the atmosphere.  To be honest, I think you’ll absolutely know if you’re overdoing it.  If there’s no room for plates; overdoing it. Just use your first instinct!

Good luck!!

Post # 7
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We didn’t have a tablescape – per se, but we had 8ft tables and spread everything down the table on a runner.  We could have probably filled in the space a little more with moss or something… but we were happy with it just the way it was.


Post # 8
46403 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@VagabondGurl: Love your burlap runner and monogram!

Post # 10
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

this is how my tables are too.  never thought of the phrase tablescape… i think i must google that or something for ideas.  I have no clue what do do for “centerpieces” but tablescaping makes much more sense:) 

thanks for this post, and please keep the pictures coming…  >subscribe to topic< LOL

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