On the most wonderful day of your life, you’ll spend the majority of your wedding day enjoying the reception – having a wonderful meal, listening to speeches, cutting your designer wedding cake and then probably dancing until dawn.  So it’s vital to enjoy it in an environment that you feel totally comfortable in. To create that environment means choosing the right surroundings and colour scheme. Try to picture in your mind a colour scheme, whether it’s just one colour or a combination of two. Silver and gold combine well with most colours, or maybe a contemporary look such as turquoise and pink.

If you’ve already chosen your colour, you’re halfway there! If you haven’t, take
inspiration from your venue. Perhaps there is a colour that will work particularly
well. If, for example, the venue has a red carpet, or beautiful shrubs or flowers, you might decide to align with those.

Consider too the time of year and the time of day of your wedding. Rich, heavy colours
tend to work well at a winter wedding, while bright summer weddings lend themselves to pastel hues and soft shades. And, finally, think about what you both like. There’s no point
having pink if your fiance hates the colour!

Making your wedding colour scheme work

When you’ve decided on your all-important colour scheme, consider how you can introduce
it to the room. Generally speaking – less is more! Simple, elegant touches and splashes
of colour will be more effective than having everything in your chosen shade. Table linen,
china, glassware and chair covers are all effective ways of bringing in colour. White
tablecloths are a safe option, but you might decide to accompany that with a coloured napkin.

Equally, white plates always look stylish, but you could have a coloured base plate or
wine glass. Consider decorations too. Table flowers are an obvious way to introduce colour to the table. A wonderful arrangement can transform the look of a simple white table. Likewise, confetti, favour boxes, place cards, menus, candles and napkins are all available options. But….  remember – the table is a place to eat – don’t clutter it so that your guests can barely see their food!

Wedding table settings

Coloured china and wonderful linens sound great, but most venues can only offer the basics. This is where the hire company comes in – enabling you to hire anything from fabulous pink plates to stylish designer glassware. However, unless you have a fortune to spend, be selective. Remember too that having things on every other table, or even just the top table, is still effective although significantly less expensive.

When you have the perfect table layout in your mind, practise at home. It’s always worth setting the table to see what it looks like before investing in various items and deciding that you don’t like it. The next step is to speak to your venue, find out who will be decorating your tables on the day (unless you have a helpful wedding planner), and let them know exactly how you’d like it to look.

Then, enjoy it all on the day………..