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Designing Your Wedding Reception Tables

Wedding Reception

Designing the wedding reception tables for a compelling tabletop is important for the entire experience. You should coordinate your chinaware, linens and table décor. We have a few tips to help you design your wedding reception tables.

Chinaware on the Table

Chinaware is a significant part of the design. You might not consider your dishes to be décor, but these decorative elements create a balance of color and texture on the table. A standard place setting will consist of a charger plate, napkin, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon, dinner knife, water goblet, wine glass and champagne flute. While the etiquette for the placement on the table is pretty standard, you can create a dramatic effect with the design and the way you coordinate the pieces.

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Linens on the Wedding Reception Tables

Napkins and runners add color and texture to the table setting. You can insert a napkin into a goblet and spread it in the shape of a fan. You can add dimension with an elegant triangle fold that pops off the plate. You can tuck a menu into the fold of a napkin or insert a sprig of lavender or an orchid. Coordinate your colors and textures with an elegant table runner to complete the look.

Accents on the Wedding Reception Tables

Some small decorative touches have purpose on your wedding reception tables. Table numbers usually consist of a paper in card stock that is folded to create a tent card and embellished with designs and a calligraphy number. Place cards will designate seating for each guest. Menus can be tucked inside of the fold of a napkin for an elegant touch. Favors provide a keepsake for your guests. Candles add a romantic glow to the table. Candles can be used in lanterns, hurricanes or tall glass spheres. Using different sized candles can create the perfect accent to other table décor.

Designing with Centerpieces

Your centerpieces will set the tone within your wedding venue. If you dream of the rustic look, bring the outdoors in with garland runners and oversized floral arrangements. Oversized candelabras and lanterns design elegant spaces. Create a romantic vibe with vases filled with your favorite wedding flowers. Flowers are romantic and expressive. There are just a couple rules to designing your wedding reception tables. You should always avoid strongly scented floral arrangements where guests will dine. The scents will affect the way they experience the food. Also avoid blocking the view of guests. The widest part of the arrangement should be over the tallest person’s head or beneath the shortest person’s head.

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Crystal Ballroom Ocala

Plan your wedding day with Crystal Ballroom Ocala, where all of the furnishings and décor are included in the creation of your fairy tale. Meet with professional designers inside of the design studio and choose your chinaware, floral arrangements and décor to design a wedding reception from fantasy. Plan with Crystal Ballroom and host your magical moments in a venue designed just for you.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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