Table Styling 101 for Event Pros

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Social media has redefined wedding design. The impact of Pinterest and Instagram on the perceptions and expectations of couples can never be understated. Whether they are feeling inspired, suffering from a bit of FOMO or are envious of friends and family, to-be-weds are far more aware of the possibilities than ever before. Table styling, in particular, has changed forever thanks to real wedding features and the explosion of styled photo shoots. A plain white linen tablecloth, folded napkin and icy water glass simply does not measure up anymore.
What does it take to style a proper table these days? Where can you find ideas? Here is our quick guide to Table Styling 101 for curious wedding pros.

Top Trends

Tabletop design is booming. Couples are not only bringing in décor pieces to augment what is already available from their venues, they are renting or buying their own versions of the basics and swapping out standard site offerings more than ever. Velvet, metallic, florals and jewel-tone linens, china, glassware and accessories will be huge in 2019. The clean, sleek, modern look is also expected to dominate in the New Year.

Find Inspiration

Styling great tables requires that you stay on top of the latest trends and know how to look for what’s hot in design. Start with social media, but broaden your horizons. Look closely at the furniture, home décor, and fashion worlds. They are the leading edge of style and a great resource for discovering popular colors, fabrics, patterns, and textures.

Show Them Something New

Don’t be afraid to present ideas to your clients that sound a little out there at first. Being a confident sales person is key! Presentation counts. If you get genuinely excited about your ideas, 9 times out of 10, clients will buy in. Put together a look or sample so clients can see your ideas in practice, and work together with other professionals like your florist, rental provider and caterer so you’re all on the same design page.

Beyond the Base Plate

Don’t forget to include layers in your design. Specialty chargers and glassware completely transform a look and make a bigger impact than you can imagine. Ask your rental supplier to help you set up a sample table to aid clients in understanding the true impact of mixing up a look.
The best news for wedding professionals is that tabletop design is not only an accessible art to most creative types; it’s also the fun stuff! Get inspired and conjure up the next Insta-worthy table today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Rouffe is the Director of Sales and Partner of Atlas Event Rental, a full-service event rental industry serving the Southern Florida market for over 30 years based. Recently named one of the top 30 rental companies in the US by Special Events Magazine, Atlas provides top quality merchandise and unparalleled customer service to each and every customer.
 
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