Congratulations! You have met the person of your dreams and you have decided that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. You have chosen the outfit you will wear, the hall, the kind of religious or civil ceremony that you want, designed the invitations, and bought the ring. The last thing that you need to work out is – the wedding table settings.
As you are the one who is getting married, the actual tasks of napkin folding, setting silverware, and similar will be left to the caterer. However, to make your wedding a memorable occasion it is far better if you are the one to come up with the wedding color scheme idea and the style that you would want to follow for the table settings.
Every society and culture is different, and this will affect the lay-out of the tables in the wedding hall. For example, in many western countries, having a seating plan is extremely important and the hall and the tables will be mapped out thoroughly as soon as the RSVPs have been received. But in other countries, knowing how many people will attend is enough, and everyone will sit wherever they want. In some societies, men and women sit separately, while in others they sit together. And what about a top table? This is where the bride and groom sit, with their immediate family members. Is this something that you want? All of these factors may affect the design of table setting that you are looking for.
You may want to design your table setting around a centerpiece. A cheap wedding table centerpiece may consist of some dried flowers and rose petals, or a dried flower table arrangement. On the other hand, you may want something a little more elaborate, as long as it doesn’t break the bank, in which case you could add a pair of pretty candles and a copy of the menu. Some people like to add a photo of the bride and groom as a nice, personalized souvenir. However, it is probably better to keep the centerpiece simple rather than going over the top because there will be quite a few items on the table, including the actual place settings, some bottles of drink, place cards, glasses, and salads and trays of food as they are handed out. There may also be some rolls or bread left on the table.
You may want to choose a specific style for your wedding table settings that reflect something of yourselves. For example, you might be interested in Asian table settings, if you first met each other during a trip to Thailand, or country table settings if you share a love of the great outdoors.
Finding a proper table setting that suits you, looks good, and does not add too much to your wedding bill does not have to be an arduous or difficult task. With a little creativity, it can actually be fun trying out different ideas and color schemes. And at the end of the day, even if it does take a little work, hopefully you will only have to do it once…