Post # 1
My reception hall has about 20 round tables seating 8 people each.
My wedding is in a little over 3 weeks and I don’t have much to spend on the tables, but I want the room to look pretty and welcoming.
This is the closest thing I have found to the look I want. Add a little cornflower blue, and those are my wedding colors.
I’m going as low cost as possible, so my caterer is giving me white plastic table cloths and white paper napkins, and the dishes will be clear plastic with reflections silverware. The dishes will not be on the tables when the guests come in, as they will get their own in the buffet line.
I also have glass fishbowls for centerpieces and am putting one blue hydrangea in each, like this:
The ceiling above the dance floor (in the center of the room) will be hung about with tissue paper poms like these:
The favors are gold-foil wrapped chocolate buckeyes. There will be 2 at each place setting when the guests come in. There are no plans for table numbers, name tags, or table themes.
To summarize: there will be a white plastic tablecloth and white napkins on the table, along with the favors and the centerpiece. That’s it right now. I am dreading having really boring, drab table settings. I was thinking of setting the fishbowl centerpiece on a gold foil doilie instead of a mirror to tie in the gold. Or maybe something like these paper heart wreaths scattered across the table in yellow or blue:
Do I need more yellow on the table? More blue? A table runner? Should I splurge on pretty linens? How do I dress this up? What do you think? Help!
Post # 3
@EmilytheSecond: I don’t think you need more on the tables. If you want to splurge, I would get pretty napkins in blue or yellow just to add a little color. But I don’t think you need to do it if it is out of your budget.
Post # 4
What about using paper doilies instead of a charger plate to add something to the place setting?
If you like you can write the guests names on the doilies to also act as a placecard.
This looks especially nice if you do have the clear plates on the table. The guests can carry the plate to the buffet. I know some people don’t like that idea but it’s really no big deal. Either way, the doilies will work. The doilies can be the color of your choice.
Another idea is to use scapbook paper as a placemat.
Post # 5
I agree with the doilies. You definitely wouldn’t want the table to become over-crowded and I think that would be a great idea.
Post # 6
I think that candles always are a greay way to add a little something extra to your tablescapes, without costing too much. I bought a case of flameless candles from the dollar tree and split it w/another bride, costing us each $24 for 72 candles. Instead of buying candle holders, etc., I’m going to make my own luminaries with vellum by just cutting them and rolling/taping them into a small cylinder shape. They look like frosted votive holders, but are super cheap because they’re made of paper..and you don’t have to worry about them bursting into flames because they’re fake candles lol. Put a few of those on each table, and they create soft lighting effects, and a simple elegance. Sorta like these images I found online:
Post # 7
Thanks for all the suggestions! I love the scrapbook paper and doilie ideas – so cute! My reception hall is well-lit with natural light so I am avoiding candles.
I am keeping it simple and just adding a table runner. Since I have plastic tablecloths, I am using the most appropriate material for the table runners: wallpaper! Ha!
Sorry for the huge pic…Isn’t it pretty though? I also realized that I have plans to do a coloring-page guest book, so those will be at each place along with crayons and the favors. My tables are feeling more complete now. Thanks for all the help.