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The centerpieces. The plates. The napkins. The glassware…
There are so many different elements that go into setting a table, it’s possible to create any tablescape you can dream of! But sometimes, all that freedom means having to make difficult choices.
Want to make sure your wedding planner perfectly captures your vision? Looking for unique table décor or one-of-a-kind wedding table décorations for your DIY wedding?
Here are 13 gorgeous wedding tablescapes to inspire you while planning your big day!
1. The Elegant Tablescape
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Having a roaring ‘20s or Gatsby-themed wedding?
Suspend crystal chandeliers above your tables. Cover your tabletops with crisp white tablecloths. Use candelabras with taper candles as table centerpieces.
Add on loads of traditional flowers, such as roses, hydrangeas, or orchids, and you’ll have a table set for a gorgeous prohibition-era party. The only difference? The booze will be flowing freely at yours!
Add geometric and metallic elements to bring even more art deco style to your big day!
Related: How to Pull Off a Retro Wedding
2. The Romantic Tablescape
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Opt for full-on romance and set your tables with small, elegant centerpieces, tea light holders, and glass vases filled with pretty pink roses.
A blush pink and white color scheme screams classic wedding decor. Incorporate some metallic elements and turn your classically romantic wedding into a modern masterpiece.
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3. The Garden Party Tablescape
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Getting married outdoors? Make your wedding reception feel like a shabby-chic garden party by opting for long tables that can seat over a dozen guests.
You can create the perfect garden party tablescape by covering a long rectangular table with a white tablecloth, adding a colorful table runner, and displaying small floral centerpieces from end to end.
Stick with simple white dishes for a classic look or set places with a combination of mismatched dinnerware to create a more casual, carefree look.
4. The Color Crush Tablescape
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Show your fun and funky side by decorating your tables in a combination of bold colors, patterns, and multiple textures! The more color you decide to use, the more creative you can be.
You can add tons of contrast by incorporating metallic accents and matte finishes. You can add color through flowers, drinkware, and candleholders.
You can combine different patterns in napkins and tablecloths. You can layer your plates on top of multicolor chargers and mark each place setting with an individual place card.
You can even sprinkle your table with colorful confetti or flower petals. The options are endless …
5. The Rustic Tablescape
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Looking to create a simple wedding table with a rustic vibe for a boho wedding? Add a white table runner or burlap tablecloth to a wood table. Decorate it with eucalyptus garland and lush greenery or succulents to create a natural, beautiful look.
Add mercury glass votives, floating candles in jars, or small chalkboard table signs and place cards to pull off a perfectly rustic look.
6. The Beachy Tablescape
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Planning on having your wedding ceremony on the beach? With draped tulle, fresh white flowers, and a bit of greenery, you can set a perfectly beachy reception table.
Whether you’re going for full-on elegance or casual seaside charm, we love the idea of incorporating some natural elements into the design. Use driftwood candle holders as wedding centerpieces. Hang bamboo or rattan lanterns overhead. Fill mason jars with sand and label them with your table numbers.
The way to make your beach wedding stand out is to incorporate unique accents that are meaningful to you.
7. The Moody Tablescape
Photo: Jihan Cerda
Create a dramatic and moody tablescape with dark plates, dark napkins, and dark burgundy flowers. A smokey color palette offers lots of ambience and is perfect for a fall or winter wedding.
Mix black taper candles or dark grey pillar candles into your centerpieces to create an even more magical, mysterious vibe!
8. The English Garden Tablescape
Photo: Amanda Watson
With floral-rimmed plates, colorful stemware, and floral centerpieces, you can make a small reception feel like a lush English garden wedding.
The English Garden tablescape is timeless. It’s romantic. With white chairs and white tablecloths on classic round tables, the colorful floral arrangements and drinkware become the stars of the show.
9. The Fairytale Tablescape
Photo: Monika Greenaway
Rose gold accents, taper candles, and a draped white table runner can turn a basic wood table into an enchanting fairytale tablescape.
Equal parts elegant and woodsy, this table design is ideal for an outdoor wedding, especially one in a forest setting with lots of natural greenery, towering trees, and fresh flowers.
10. The Dreamy Tablescape
Photo: Anna Delores
By mixing colors, textures, and finishes, you can turn a rustic wedding table into a dreamlike space!
This motif is incredibly versatile and works well for any type of wedding celebration. If you’re having an elegant wedding, add a crisp white tablecloth underneath your centerpieces and table settings. For a more rustic look, leave the wood table exposed.
11. The Wonderland Tablescape
Photo: Sotiris Tsakanikas
Create a mad tea party tablescape with colorful taper candles and a combination of multicolor floral centerpieces.
The trick to pulling off this tablescape is to extend the design outside the table by mixing and matching different chairs, hanging string lights or birdcages overhead, and adding tons of color everywhere you can.
Coordinated but not matchy-matchy, this tablescape is perfect for the couple looking for a whimsical and memorable way to wow their dinner guests.
12. The Boho Tablescape
Photo: Amberly Valentine
Ditch the chairs in favor of pillows or floor cushions and you’ll instantly create a boho-chic vibe.
What makes this tablescape truly unique is its lack of décor. Plates, napkins, and utensils are all you need. In this boho design, the food becomes the centerpiece, making it look like a lush, welcoming feast for both the eyes and the stomach.
13. The “You’ll Never Forget My Wedding” Tablescape
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When it comes to creating a gorgeous tablescape, a little bit of color goes a long way. But a lot of color goes even further!
Do you want every guest at every table to feel like they’re sitting down to dine in a one-of-a-kind space? Give each person a chair, placemat, charger, and napkin in a different color.
By combining various textures, colors, fabrics, and details, you can create a table that’s soft and romantic or funky and unexpected.
Note: You can do the same with your bridesmaids’ outfits. See our guide on How to Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses.
You can keep your tablescapes classic and elegant with gold utensils and bone-white china. You can create a modern wedding tablescape with minimalist accents, sparse tables, and small floral arrangements.
Or, you can infuse tons of color, tons of texture, and all sorts of decorative accents to make your table as one-of-a-kind as you.
Just like wedding dresses, wedding cakes, and wedding flowers, wedding table decorations come in every style imaginable. So take your time choosing what you’re going to put on your tables and have fun doing it — your vision will be captured in photos forever!
No matter what your theme or color scheme is, it’s easy to create a stunning tablescape. Just like every other element of your wedding day, the only thing that truly matters is that it’s a reflection of you!