is an important detail to get right and it needn't cost you the earth! I've
been to and seen some fabulous ideas and will share some of these with you so
that you can mix and match and play with to hopefully come up with something
totally unique for you!
Bridal Table Dressing
The Spring & Summer Table
This can depend upon the type of bridal occasion you are having. If you are
having a wedding breakfast it can be a lovely to see large centre piece vases
full to the brim with bright, fresh fruit and sprigs of Himalayan birch that
have been wrapped with a Swarvoski crystal vine varying between diamontes to
hints of the wedding colour theme.
Fresh flower arrangements filled with seasonal flowers and intermingled with
twisted willow and Swarvoski crystal vines can look breathtaking, not to mention
the scent that these give. I've also known brides have large fish bowls filled
with gold fish, however depending upon the guests depends upon the suitability
of this type of table decoration! A spring or summer table scattered with rose
petals shouts out romance and for place names why not consider buying simple
glass coasters and writing in glass paint each person's name. It may be time
consuming but these will also serve as a keepsake of your special day. Why not
commission some crocheted lavender stuffed hearts with your guest's embroidered
initials; another keepsake. Simple place names that are scented with an
essential oil of your choice can serve two purposes, they are inexpensive to
create and yet depending on the oil used can either evoke romance, invigorate or
calm your guests; you could even have different scents for different tables!
Lavender for those party animals that may need taming, neroli oil for the
singles table, the options are limitless and you can have fun with it. How
about hand gathered stones or shells that have been washed and then paint each
guests' name on, varnish if you like for a memory they can keep forever.
The Autumn Table
Depending upon the colour theme of your occasion, generally this time of year
is warm and glowing. There are so many options with this season and some of
them are autumn leaves, especially acer or maple due to the vibrancy of their
colours. A large vase loosely filled with these bright leaves and battery
operated fairy lights can look beautiful especially as darkness draws in. I've
been to a wedding where each table had a turkish style lantern lit to give a
smouldering romantic glow to the occasion and slices of wood had been cut for
each guest and their names burned into them, these proved lovely items to keep.
What about hand crafted chocolate boards with the guests name inscribed, an
edible fancy to keep hungry guests at bay!
The Winter Table
You may feel this would be a stereotypical type of table dressing with
everything being so seasonal, but why not try something a little different.
There are some fantastic feather butterflies in all the colours you can think of
why not have these mingled in with cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire or
(Dogwood). These shrubs have fantastic bright red stems in the winter and if
these are entwined with Swarvoskis, fresh water pearls and some fairy lights
you have centre pieces everyone would remember. What about handbaked ginger
biscuit place names with either the guest's name inscribed in icing or put a
hole at the top and have a raffia and wooden plaque with the name written or
painted on. Another edible goody for your guests to smile about! I've also
seen tea-light holders made from gingerbread so that the scent of ginger wisps
around the tables, have a little fun seeing which table can hold off eating
their holder the longest!
These are just a few ideas that you can mingle with your own to create that
unique bit of magic for your table decorations.
Of course, your table settings may well be dictated to by the time of year
i.e. autumnal colours, winter freshness or deep reds, blues or greens but
whatever you choose, be creative and most of all have fun!