Post # 1
One of my main wedding colors is eggplant (deep purple). I’ve already decided that I will be having pink (hot pink and light pink) flowers along w/ purple in the bouquets because I love the way pink really pops against purple.
I’m struggling with the table decor for the reception. Our reception is for 75 people and will take place in an intimate garden setting. There will be twinkle lights strung up, lanterns hanging from them, etc.
I was thinking of going with white or ivory linens w/ a deep purple napkin at each place setting (its a buffet, fyi – so no charger plates). However, all the “purples” I’ve been shown by the rental company aren’t eggplant – they’re brighter shades and I think it looks strange.
I can’t really do the opposite (darker table cloth) and white/ivory napkins because I worry that I will make the space look even smaller. Just so you know, my centerpieces will be 3 cylinders with submerged vanda orchids in purple, fucshia and light pink.
Just trying to make everything flow nicely… not look too ‘overly decorated’ and not too ‘under decorated’ either.
What are you doing with your table linens / decor? Or, what would you suggest in my case? Would appreciate the insight.
Here is a pic of the reception location (the tables shown won’t be the ones we use).
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Post # 3
If you are DIY and “up” for it, we bought satin overlays and cut, and sewed napkins so they would match the table runners. We basically “folded” the overlays in thirds and cut to make them as even as we could-ironed and hemmed the edges. We bought from http://www.weddinglinensdirect.com They carry eggplant. 🙂
Post # 4
Your reception site is so beautiful, I think it would be nice to keep things simple. You could just do white or ivory table clothes and napkins, and have the centerpieces bring in the color, put a purple flower on each table setting, or if you’re having menus make those the purple color you want.
Post # 5
What about light pink napkins? Your venue & color palet is both dark & light, and i can picture it very well with a garden feel, very pretty! So I don’t think it would be weird to have the pink napkins, since it adds to the soft garden look.
And you could incorporate eggplant into something else that may be on the tables (not sure if you are using table numbers? but you could use eggplant there) or if you are putting favors on the table, incorporate the color there.
Post # 6
Eggplant is one of my colors too. I’m using burlap overlays over white tableclothes. The only eggplant on the tables will be flowers though.
Post # 7
Eggplant is my main colork, so we are doing eggplant table cloths. We bought them online from linentablecloth and are just going to sell them after since it’s the same price to rent as it is to buy. We are then doing white napkins, plates, and our centerpeices are going to be a variety of colors of flowers since we are just getting whatever they have at our local farmers market.
Post # 8
hi! your space is really lovely and everything will look great no matter what! i also did ivory/plum for table linens. i ended up making my own plum table runners to go over my nice ivory tableclothes because everytime i found ‘plum’ anything for sale or rent it looked like Barney purple. i did a post on diy runners, but for round tables you could do a nice big square in the center to go under your vases, that would look so good! i also had buffet, so to make the tables look less empty we just set a favor in front of every chair.
if you have time go to a fabric store and find some nice fabric that looks like you want it to, then either diy some runners/squares or ask a handy family member or Bridesmaid or Best Man to help you. it really wasn’t hard at all, just a bit time consuming. large fabric napkins also work for squares if you can find a nice purple shade.
Post # 9
Eggplant is one of my colors as well. For the tables I am using a white tablecloth and an eggplant runner just to give it a little color and tie it in with the rest of the room.
Post # 10
my main color is eggplant/lapis as well. go to cvlinens.com – they have gorgeous linens and tablecloths, etc. for great prices!!! I’ve read on this site actually, that someone had ordered from cvlinens and the colors were what was shown online! I plan to do white table cloths on all my tables with eggplant satin runners on each.
Post # 11
You could always pull the plum/eggplant in with the flowers, candle holders and napkins rings. Also if you are doing seating do the place cards with plum/eggplant lettering or trim.
Post # 12
Wow. Your wedding sounds just like mine and it is the day before mine. lol. Great minds think alike. 🙂 We are getting married in a garden as well and our colors are Eggplant or Plum, Mauve, Fushia, and Silver. We are doing eggplant tableclothes, silver chargers (we are doing a buffet too but I didnt care), mauve napkins, and array of candles on the table, and flower centerpieces. I dont think it looks overdone. Here is a link to a post I made asking for help with napkins. It has some pictures.
Post # 13
I had about 75 guests also (8 tables) and decided to use a patterned linen, with eggplant cushion covers, and napkins. At first I wanted a monochromatic carnation pomander in a tall black candlestick vase, but I couldn’t find the correct vases anywhere and apparently poms, even with carnations, are really expensive b/c of the # of flowers they use and the amount of time they take. My mom ended up finding this purple vase, so we used this with a variety of colored purple florals. I don’t think it looked busy at all, and I loved that it looked more like a sophisticated “dinner party” than wedding — which is the look I was going for!
(I also used the linen for all my inspiration colors (even for my invites, etc), so even though there were a lot of shades of things, they all went together)
Post # 14
are you having a dinner reception? Because outside with minimal lighting, a lighter purple may look more eggplant anyway.
Post # 15
Oh, and I made the votives myself–out of velum, which had 3 different textures, with electric candles inside. I had a buffet also, but I put menus at each place with a description of the items. The bookmark on the table was their favor–since the wedding was at a library!!
Post # 16
@moneypenny02: The table linens you used are so cute!! Did you rent those? My “rentals” company only showed me solid colors or stuff w/ sparkles in it, which totally doesn’t mesh with my whole setting.
@charmedlife357: Very cool! I see you are from (or getting married in) Noblesville, IN… I am from there originally! I lived in Indiana (Muncie/Indy) my whole life before relocating to South Florida a couple years ago! I am going to check out your link. I thought about doing chargers as well, but I didn’t want people to carry them up to the buffet thinking they needed to eat off them… sometimes, you never know what guests will do/think. lol!
@JennyW1: Yes, our reception starts at 7pm and is outdoors, we’re having the white christmas lights and lanterns strung from the palm trees. That’s actually one of the reasons I’ve strayed away from having a dark linen … because I just assumed it would end up looking black one it got dark.
Okay.. after taking all this in… at this point, I am kind of leaning toward ivory linens and matching ivory napkins. Sounds boring, I know… but I’ve figured out the centerpieces and they will look like the picture below… same flower type (vanda orchids), and I’ll have 3 cylinders instead of 2… each w/ a differnt flower color – dark purple, fuschia and light pink. If I surround these with mini-candles and some colorful menu/seating cards… do you think it will prevent everything from becoming too plain jane? Just to add… I didn’t have many options of chair cushions, so those will be ivory as well, chivari style (darker wood color). Opinions needed/appreciated!!