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10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception

  |  By Alexandra Davies
10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception

Instead of settling for plain old place settings at your reception, step up your table decor with creative and stylish designs. It's a time to decorate to your heart's desire, and with so many options to choose from, there's truly something for everyone.

Create gorgeous arrangements by choosing colours and elements to match your theme, and incorporate beautiful dishes, stunning stationery, and fabulous favours for a celebration your guests won't stop talking about. Go ahead: get inspired!


Vintage vibes

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo by Katya Nova Photography.

If you dream of having the ultimate vintage-chic wedding, copy this stunning design. From the soft colour palette to the fine details on the flatware and plates, this place setting is perfectly old-fashioned. Simple yet stunning, it blends in effortlessly with any theme.

Twinkling tea lights? Alabaster blooms? Satin napkins dressed with a bow? Welcome to an evening of elegance.


Rustic elegance

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo by Kim Kalyn Photography.

For a rustic-themed wedding, dress up your tabletop with mason jars labelled with cute name tags. The flowers appear perfectly plucked from a home garden, and cream for the base colour gives you space to experiment.

Gorgeous, yet easy enough to do on your own, this is one DIY reception we're loving.


Blushing bridal table

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo by Mango Studios.

This beautiful pastel table is completely tied together with blush elements. We love the look of a single pink rose atop crisp white linens.

It's perfectly put together, with all the elements of romance, and you can do the same by incorporating your go-to hue into elements such as name cards, napkins, candles, and straws. Subtle touches make a visible impact for this blushing bride.


Wonderland whimsy

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess.

This place setting design is brought to life with its vibrant colour scheme and varying shades of pink and blue for a lively, whimsical feel.

It's brimming with bold hues from the top down, so the eye simply can't miss this stunning display. Go over the top with bright blooms and vibrant bursts for a one-of-a-kind vibe.


High tea tete-a-tete

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo courtesy of Meaghan Elliott Photography.

Inspired by the high tea affairs of the 20th century, vintage meets modern in this enchanting setting. Opulent teal, cream, and gold are perfect for a vintage wedding.

We especially love the ornate dishes, as they take the table to the next level. It's a look we simply can't get enough of.


Royal regality

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo courtesy of Mark Brooke.

Welcome to a reception even the queen couldn't turn down. This gold-infused place setting is composed of creamy hues and warm, welcoming candles. Place your favours right on the plates so your guests won't forget to take them!

We're loving that regal rosy glow and the wax seal on the place settings quite literally seals the deal. It's your happily ever after moment, so why not make it a night to remember?


Downton Abbey dining

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo by Rachel Peters Photography.

The Crawleys are calling, and they're requesting an invitation to this luxurious evening. Elaborate floral tableware and lace-patterned wine glasses can create a picture-perfect place setting for a vintage, fairytale-inspired celebration.

It's all in the details, from carefully sprawled calligraphy perched oh-so-perfectly on the plates to elegant settings that appear straight out of a Victorian storybook.


New England charm

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo by Rachel Peters Photography.

Preppy gingham and marine-inspired elements perfectly complement a nautical-themed wedding. It's sweet, simple, and so on brand.

Rustic wildflowers add a charming touch to the table, while sea star and rope-inspired napkin holders bring us back to summers on the sea. With vintage newspapers as place settings, opulent oyster dishes, and a seafood-heavy menu, this is one affair guests won't soon forget.


Mismatched meal

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo courtesy of Charlotte Tittle Photography.

For your whimsical wedding theme, choose varying pastel colours and mismatched patterns and shapes for your china. This one appears like you're attending a fairy's ceremony in the forest, and it was purposefully designed that way.

Vintage tableware, lace, glassy elements, and moss green touches reflect an all-natural aura we can't help but love.


Simply stunning

10 Pretty Place Settings for Your Reception Photo by Yorke Photography.

Some might call it bare bones, but we love how this otherwise simple place setting is spiced up with a peacock feather tucked into the napkin — very chic and sophisticated!

Unexpected touches make all the difference, and they could become the highlight of the entire evening if you get creative enough. Here, that feather's exotic touch breaks the routine in a sleek setting.

This article was originally published on Jul 11, 2013

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