Stationery Guide: Styling your Tables
I do love a good tablescape. So many pretty details, blending into a beautiful whole.
There's a real skill in doing it well though; it's a fine line between a generously styled wedding feast and guests having no room once the food arrives! As far as the paper elements go, I always feel they should work hard for their place on your table. Simply looking pretty is one thing, but each element of table stationery should serve a purpose beyond that.
Seating Your Guests
Unless it's a very small, intimate affair, if you're celebrating with a sit-down meal place cards and table names or numbers are pretty much essential. Combined with a table plan or escort cards, these will guide guests to their seats with a minimum of fuss.
I wonder what we're eating...
A menu on each table, or at each place setting is a lovely way to make everybody feel looked after. As there's usually a pause in proceedings whilst guests get themselves settled, your friends and family will appreciate a peek at the treats you have in store for them.
It's a rare wedding that doesn't have people sat a a table together who've never met before. And whilst the pre-dinner drinks will go some way towards getting people acquainted, it doesn't hurt to help things along a little. Menus can be good conversation starters (after all who doesn't like talking about food?). Or you might consider some sort of activity or challenge: a card for guests to offer advice to the newlyweds, for example, or photography bingo to put all those cameras to good use.
I love it when couples use their stationery to help create a wedding that's really personal to them and table markers offer a brilliant opportunity. One of my favourites from previous weddings is the couple who's table names were all derived from films or theatre performances they'd seen together whilst dating; printed under each name was the date and location, from the London film festival to the Opera in Venice. Just a lovely way to tell their story. Another couple stuck with traditional table numbers for their afternoon tea reception, but had scoured literary classics for references to tea and used a different one for each table.
There are so many different ways to use stationery at you reception, it's really worth taking a little time to consider what will work best with the vision you have for your day. Do get in touch if you have any ideas you'd like to explore, I'd be delighted to discuss your plans.