One of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding or any special event is choosing the centerpiece for the table. The flowers and colors you choose for the centerpiece are one of the most memorable aspects of the event and often gets a lot of attention. But instead of just focusing on the centerpiece, why not add some color and personality to the whole table? Your guests will likely spend the majority of your event seated at the table, so make it special. Here are five ways to “upgrade” your table.
(1) The Linens: Most venues offer a standard linen in a neutral color in an easy-care fabric. Ask if you can upgrade the linen to a color or print to complement your color scheme. Linen is a great way to transform the table – you can go with a bright color or pattern, or even a muted pattern with details that are only visible up close. If you’re worried about adding too much color or pattern by doing a linen, try a table runner instead. Napkins are also a great way to add a pop of color – it doesn’t have to match the linen, but it should complement it.
(2) The Chairs: Banquet chairs vary from venue to venue. But most are pretty nondescript. I’m not a fan of chair covers myself, but they are still used by many brides. Instead of covering chairs, consider renting chairs that better match your color scheme. Chiavari chairs are a standard rental option (and might be in inventory at some venues), but consider a colorful chair pad or even a ribbon tied around the back.
(3) The Glassware: Specialty dinnerware is a fun option, but if you want to get a bigger bang for your buck, try upgrading your glassware. A tinted goblet is a great all-purpose glass that can add some color to the table in a subtle, muted way.
(4) The Charger: I love a stylish or elegant charger. It’s a great way to add texture and depth to the table setting.
(5) The Centerpiece: While most people already think about the centerpiece, try thinking bigger. You don’t need to have a huge arrangement that blocks guests’ views, but you can have a centerpiece and then some smaller bud vases or candles to add visual interest to the table.
You don’t need to incorporate all of the various elements; choosing one or two but making them bold – such as a bold linen and centerpiece with an otherwise understated chair and dinnerware can really make the color or print pop. It’s a great way to add detail and dimension to the place where guests will likely spend the most time during your event.