6 Steps to Styling a Tablescape as a Wedding Planner

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Styling a Tablescape as a Wedding Planner is an art but it’s one you can absolutely learn. Have you ever wondered how you desing a tablescape with the wow factor? One that gets pinned hundreds of times on Pinterest?

At the Wedding Academy our Advanced Certificate in Wedding Planning, Styling and Business is one of our most popular courses. It goes into detail about the creative side of weddings. We have an entire section dedicated to tablescapes.

In these 6 steps to styling a tablescape we’re giving you the basics to get started:

No 1 – Nail your Client’s Style

Pin and collect images that truly reflect their colour combination and aesthetics. Then share with them on a site like Pinterest where they can collaborate with you. 

No 2 – Consider the Venue

Study the lighting, structure and design to determine the type of table, linen and colours you want to include. Then identify if you’re going for a natural and raw table or if you want to use tablecloths. This is the time to establish the base of your design.

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No 3 – Select the Chairs

Chairs can make a statement, so make sure they complement the table, design and space creating harmony and enhancing the tablescape not conflicting with it.

No 4 – Design your Centrepiece

This is often the showstopper of the table so why not explore other items. Don’t just limit yourself to flowers. There are so many options including candles, greenery, lanterns, wood, statement vases, candelabras, to name but a few.

But whatever you do make sure your guests can still see across the table to the person sitting opposite them. Don’t block their view with your gorgeous design. 

Designing a Xmas Tablescape

No 5 – Choose the tableware

This is your chance to really tell the story of your design. Select plates, flatware and glassware to create a setting that not only complements but invites the guest in and makes them want to take a seat.

There are no limits here from beautiful coloured glasses to matt gold cutlery, the options are endless and a good rental partner will help you fashion your design.

No 6 – Accent your tables

These are the finishing touches that complete your tablescape and should be used sparingly and not overdone. A folded napkin with a menu card sat on top can add that extra pop of colour and enhance your design to its fullest.

Another element, which we love, is votive candles that provide atmosphere and warmth.

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Want to practice your skills? We’re running a fun Xmas Tablescape Competition and we’d love you to take part. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS…


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