Create the Perfect Wedding Table Settings: Ideas and Inspiration

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One thing that can add a touch of panache to your wedding is your wedding table settings. You can make your style stand out with how you choose to set your tables.


To make your wedding truly stand out will be to choose personal details for your dinner table that will make it unforgettable. You can choose to be casual, detailed, or even formal.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a table setting?

Choosing a table setting typically depends on the occasion, the formality of the event, and personal preferences. For a formal event, a traditional table setting with fine china, silverware, and crystal stemware is appropriate, while for a casual gathering, a more relaxed setting with everyday dishes and utensils may suffice. Consider the number of courses being served, the type of food being served, and the number of guests when deciding on the appropriate table setting. Additionally, incorporating decorative elements, such as table linens, centerpieces, and place cards, can add a personal touch to the setting.


How to Set a Wedding Table

Setting a wedding table is a tad different from setting a regular dinner table. So we have put together a few tips for creating beautiful wedding table settings. You would need to consider the following.

  1. Place settings
    Most venues have this as part of their package, so you will not need this. If yours doesn’t however, look into renting plates, glasses, flatware, and chargers. If you have a color scheme or theme to follow, keep that in mind when making your choices.
  2. Linens
    Table cloths, napkins, table runners, and so on. These will be the base of your table settings. It is safe to go with neutral colors, but you could also use bright pastels or bold jewelry if you are looking to match your color scheme.
    You could also play around with textures and patterns. If you are not afraid to think outside the box, you might be surprised by the results.
  3. Centerpieces
    The most important accessories for your wedding table decor, are your centerpieces. Your wedding theme would come into play here. If you’re having a rustic or bohemian-themed wedding, you could switch the classic vase and bloom with origami, feathers, and beads; something different, unique, and eye-catching.
  4. Stationery
    Also important when thinking of wedding table setup ideas is your wedding stationery. Things like menus, place cards, and table numbers will help guests locate their seating. The design of your wedding stationery would have to match your theme and choice of table setting, to tie everything neatly together.
  5. Chairs
    This goes without saying, that your guests would need chairs to sit on. However, for options, some favorites include x-back chairs, folding chairs, and Chiavari chairs. If you’re going for something completely different, you could also use comfy poufs.
  6. Favors
    Something you can add to your wedding table decor is the wedding favors for your guests. Some people prefer to set them at the exit so guests can just pick as they leave. Another method, however, is to place them on their plates, so they see their favors as they sit down to eat.
  7. Extras
    Asides from the usual items, it is okay to add some extras to complete your theme. These could be transparent vases filled with pebbles or confetti, lovely scented candles, you name it.


Wedding Table Setting Examples

Outdoor wedding table settings

Outdoor wedding table settings typically feature natural elements, such as floral centerpieces, greenery, and wooden accents, to complement the surrounding environment. The tables may be dressed in rustic or elegant linens, depending on the overall theme of the wedding. Tableware, including plates, glasses, and cutlery, may also incorporate natural elements or feature classic designs.


Unique table setting design

For something unique, you will have to think outside the box. Go to a flea market and see what calls you. Brass bracelets could be napkin rings, you could get lovely colored candles, agates, and scarves as table runners. Things like this would stand out and could create romantic wedding table settings.

Simple wedding table settings

Less is more most of the time, and a simple setting is always a classic. Traditional China, gold votives, and neutral linens are the type of items you will need to create this timeless look. For wedding centerpieces, you could have peonies, roses, privets, or scabiosa.

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Table setting for buffet wedding

For a buffet wedding, you would have to prepare much in advance. The recipes, the location of the buffet table at the venue, everything. Each detail would have to be well thought out so that dinner can go on without a hitch. This also involves the table setting, so decisions like placing side dishes after entrees would have to be made.

  1. When setting your wedding tables for a buffet it is best to use risers to create a variety in height for when you stack the plates. A simple one to use would be soft drink crates. Placed on different areas of the wedding table, they would give an interesting visual effect.
  2. It is also a good idea to place the cutlery at the end of the buffet line, so guests have their hands free while serving. They can get the cutlery when they truly need them, in the end, without having to worry about dropping them.
  3. Another idea and this is a money saver are to place the more expensive cuisine like fish and meat at the end. Guests will have these in smaller amounts after having selected other food like sandwiches and pasta.

Table setting without plates

For a truly unique and bohemian feel, you could set your table without plates. Decorate wooden farm tables with pomegranates, roses, and olive branches. Don’t forget your napkins, you could place guests’ favors atop each one for that true rustic vibe.


Basic Wedding Table Setting

A basic table setting is a typical classical setting. The order is (left to right): fork, plate, knives, and spoons. For a basic and inexpensive table setting you can use a fresh flower as a decor. Your guests will love this!

Formal Table Setting

There are steps to setting a formal wedding table. These are:

  • Make sure the forks sit below the bread plate and butter knife.
  • The dessert spoon and fork sit below the dinner plate.
  • Set the stemware in a way that forms a triangle. The knife is below the water glass with the white wine glass to its lower right, all below the red wine glass.
  • The forks to the left are for the main course and the salad.
  • On the right side of the plate, from the left, are the dinner knife and soup spoon.
  • The napkin can be set under the forks to the left of the plate, or the left of the forks. The napkin can also be placed on the charger or center plate.


Casual Table Setting

A casual table setting is exactly as it sounds, casual. So it can be relaxed and follow your wedding theme without being too rigid. You might want to try tie-and-dyed table runners and simple napkins. You could also use copper flatware or any of your choice, with olive branches for decor. True casual style.

To help you keep in mind the main rules on a table setting, we’ve made for you table setting etiquette infographic. Click “Pin It” and save!


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Wedding Table Settings On a Budget

If you are on a budget, you would have to create your fairy tale wedding, but at less cost. There are certainly a few steps you can take to cut costs and not break the bank.

  • Don’t cover your tables. The design of your tables could add to the beauty of your table setting.
  • Dress up your table with a lot of greenery. This is more cost-effective than purchasing flowers.
  • Re-use the flowers from your bridesmaids’ bouquets for the table setting in addition to the greenery. They won’t need the bouquets after the ceremony after all.
  • It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to set your wedding table. You can still have a lot of detail but at a fraction of the cost.

The beauty of your wedding table settings adds a lot to the total decor of your wedding. Whether you are on a budget or not, it is a great idea to decorate in line with your overall wedding theme. When you have your theme, take some time to browse pictures of wedding tables around this theme; this could help too. Either way, we hope that we have been able to give you sufficient wedding table settings and even centerpieces tips to inspire ideas for your setting. However, if you’re having a unique, casual, or simple table setting, then the world is your oyster, as they say.