Wedding Reception Table Decorations

Ashley Rader

Ashley Rader is the owner of Moments of Elegance, an online wedding boutique specializing in beach wedding favors, summer wedding favors and a huge collection of unique wedding favor ideas that will say thank you with style and will truly make your event unforgettable.

There are lots of ways to decorate your wedding reception tables with flowers, favors, candles, plants, fabric and place card holders. Here are some ideas for making your table decorations special.

table #2 at reception overlooking Boston

Floral arrangements are a very popular way to decorate the tables at your wedding reception. These can be large or small arrangements. Use vases filled with long stems of roses or gerbera daisies against white tablecloths for an elegant look. For an outdoor wedding, use flowers and greenery in pots to decorate the tables. Give the pots away as favors to members of the wedding party or special family members.

Use candles alongside flower arrangements to give an evening reception a beautiful glow. Float candles and flower petals in large bowls of water to create a unique centerpiece. Hang candle lanterns above the tables inside a tent or an outdoor gazebo to create mood lighting.

Use green plants like ivy to give the tables a natural look. Add candles for an elegant look.

Use slim vases to display calla lily-topped pen favors. Place flower pot pens in bunches at tables in lieu of flowers. Stack boxes of Jordan almonds and swath with layers of organza or tulle fabric.

Use fabric as a table runner. Use alternating colors of tulle to make a crisscross pattern on the white or colored tablecloth. Secure to the tablecloth with double-sided tape or safety pins.

Use themed place card holders to display place cards. Use seashell holders for display at a beach wedding or use these cute flip flop place card holders for a fun look. At a garden wedding, use Victorian-style tea light place card holders for an elegant table display.

For a spring wedding, use floral favors in the décor. These daisy votive holders and daisy candle favors offer a fresh spring feel to your wedding reception tables. For a summer wedding, add coconut candles to the tables for a tropical, luau theme. Mix the coconut candles with these palm tree candles to complete the luau look.

An autumn wedding calls for a warm palette of color. Use bright red and yellow table runners with these autumn leaf place card holders. Use these fall-colored boxes with brown or gold bows filled with Jordan almonds to decorate the guest book table. Spice things up with these harvest grape-scented wine glass candles.

For a winter wedding, set the stage with a mini Christmas tree decorated with these pretty snowflake place card holders. Arrange the place cards for the table around the tree. Create a winter wonderland scene on your wedding reception tables with these snowmen candles. Give your guests a place to set their warm cups of cocoa with these frosted glass snowflake coaster. By using your imagination and creativity, you can create a beautiful scene on your wedding reception tables.


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  • Wice says
    If I was to put my two cents in - and of course I am - then I would say that one of the most important things to bear in mind with wedding table decorations is their size in relation to guests and also to bear in what else is, or is going to be on the table.

    I've been to several weddings where food was served on platters on tables and it has been absolute chaos as everything has had to be moved to to to make enough space for the dishes.

    Another, problem is tall flower arrangements that block guests vision across the table so that conversation becomes limited to those on either side of each guest rather than involving the whole table.

    Finally, simple usually works better than fussy. Candles or votives always look gorgeous if the wedding is in the evening. A lovely wedding favour for guests to take home is to have the individual glass votive holders engraved with the names of the bride and groom and the date,
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