Hello you lovely lot! It's been quite a while since I did a blog on my favourite table place settings, so this week I am doing just that! I have chosen 6 of my favourite table place settings that I have done over the last year, both for weddings and at home, and wrote a little bit about them here...
Here is one of my favourites, as it is just so soft and pretty. I love to use lots of gold and brass elements on my wedding tables, and this one had it in abundance. With a bright white, lace tablecloth I added vintage and modern pieces together to create a fresh look. With calligraphy stationery, for a soft and relaxed look, and stunning flowers in gentle pastel colours, the overall look is romantic and elegant.
I love the muted tones on this wedding table in the woods. Again here, I've used vintage lace with lots of gold and brass touches, to bring a touch of luxury and upscale the whole table to wow your wedding guests. By continuing with one metal - like the gold here - you create an elegant and sophisticated look. I chose calligraphy stationery again, as I think it really works well with wedding tablescapes like this one.
Some tables just don't need over-doing. When you have stunning flowers like this, I really like to make the most of them and pair-back the table. I love the pinks and greens of these flowers, overflowing from their stone pot onto the blue linen cloth. With simple vintage cutlery and glasses, complimentary candles and pale a blue napkin, it's a simple yet striking tablescape for a more laid back wedding.
I loved creating this table runner from eucalyptus - a cost effective way to add a wow-factor to a dining table for a dinner party. The other elements I chose on the table are in pretty soft tones, like the dusky pink linen napkins and the blue & white Burleigh dinner service. I chose to keep it simple with vintage cutlery tied with ribbon, all on a white vintage tablecloth in order to show off the individual elements and eucalyptus table runner. This was for a dinner party round my house, but would also look lovely at a relaxed wedding.
This is one of the first tablescapes I created, using my vintage china to show that if you use a certain kind, in can create an elegant and refined look, and not at all shabby chic. Again, by being consistent with your metals you uplift the look and create luxury. Here I chose vintage floral fabric for my starting point, and then lots of pretty details to pick out the florals and the white to soften the look. It was created for a relaxed Easter lunch, but again could be fun for a relaxed wedding.
Photography: Katie Rogers
I created this pretty table for our Valentine's dinner in our kitchen, showing you how easy it is to step away from the boring table setting for a special meal or dinner party. With a base of blue and white, I added gentle pinks to bring in the romance and I used lots of vintage cut glass to keep the look soft. Again, it would make a really pretty wedding table.
So what do you think of my 6 ideas for a pretty table setting? I do love to lay a table, it's one of my favourite parts of the job! Do you also love laying tables? Perhaps you make an effort for dinner parties? Either way, I hope you got some inspiration out of these.
Having a beautiful wedding tablescape for guests to sit at can make such a difference to your wedding styling. Guests are sitting at the table for a fairly large chunk of the day, so it's great if you can uplift them and try and change up the traditional white cloths and bog standard wine glasses that the caterers will use. You can ask the caterer if there is an option to upgrade thing like the cloths, cutlery, glasses, china and napkins, or you or your stylist can source them all individually. There are some really beautiful options out there now, like linen tablecloths and gold cutlery. Also, choose the perfect florist for you who can work with you and/or your wedding stylist to create stunning florals for your tables for the finishing touch.
I have a range of gold cutlery and elegant vintage china available to hire and you can see the range here. Also do take a look at my services, as by choosing my package, The Whole Vintage Kit & Caboodle, you receive complimentary hire of any of my props, decor, tableware etc along with the wedding design and styling. I'd love to chat to you, and you can get in touch here.
Thanks for reading, VA x
PS. If you would love some tips for styling your dinner table, I am running a workshop on 24th March in London. You will learn how to style a table all ready for Easter, how to create a floral centrepiece for it and how to photograph it. With stunning professional stationery to use, a gorgeous cake, plus bucks fizz, lunch and a complimentary goodie bag worth £50, it really will be a fabulous day. Tickets are limited to 8 people and you can book your space here.