Most couples will leave the decision of setting up table centerpieces to their wedding organizer, but participating in the process adds a personal touch to the decorations that will make the celebration extra special.
These are the things you need to keep in mind when customizing your table centerpieces.
Plan the Room Layout. The layout of the tables for the reception should consider factors, such as the size of the room, number of guests, ease of movement or traffic flow of guests, lighting, visibility of the head table, and areas for performances.
Consider Individual Tables. The shape, size, and types of tables will also matter when it comes to the room layout. Round tables might look elegant and give more opportunity for conversations among guests, but most wedding organizers prefer the rectangular tables because they can maximize the space.
Match the Theme. There are so many great ideas you will find on the Internet about table centerpieces for wedding celebrations, but always try to stick to the theme you have in mind. The centerpieces should add to the ambiance, not contrast the decorations. You might want to do a mockup of the table centerpieces before the wedding so you can still make adjustments.
Don’t Forget Function. Don’t overcrowd the tables with decorations, because they are not placed there to showcase flowers and candles, but for the food and dining ware. The seat plan should also be taken into account, because you would not want little kids to sit at a table full of breakable items.
Choosing the Flowers. Your selection of flowers is up to you. You can try to match the colors of the decorations in the venue or you could pick flowers in season. Talk to a wedding florist about the different options and if they can do the flower arrangements for you.
Choosing the Linens or Runners. The most popular colors for table linens and runners are white, but you can also choose other colors to match the centerpieces. Just don’t overdo it by mixing clashing colors that will hurt the eyes.
Add Other Pieces. You can choose to make every table different instead of settling for just one theme, but this will cost more and take more time to prepare. Instead of the usual flowers and candles for example, try decorative glass bottles, decorative table numbers or cards, lanterns, photos of you and your partner, seashells for beach weddings, and outdoor plants.
Miscellaneous Tables. You might also consider decorating miscellaneous tables such as the food and cake tables, gift table, and DJ or band table. A simple centerpiece and matching linens will do the trick.
Don’t Forget the Head Table. This is the most important table in the venue, besides the food tables, so don’t be afraid to go all-out with the flowers and decorations for the centerpiece. However, all the seated individuals must be visible to the guests.