TABLE SETTING INSPIRATIONS

There is something very special in dressing a table ready for a feast.  Even for a small dinner party at home I always like to put some effort into making the table looks nice.  I feel it’s a way to respect the meal and make the guests feel extra special.  Decorating a table for many guests at your wedding is a whole other ball game and so I though I’d share a few of my favourites that I’ve photographed below.

1. RUSTIC YET ELEGANT

I feel simplicity is always the key when it comes to table dressing, although that doesn’t mean empty!  What every you decorate your table with, just make sure you have lots to them.  I love this table filled with elegant white candles, a table runner of green foliage, on a rustic wooden trellis table.  So inviting.  They had welsh cakes as their wedding favours made by their nan.

Elegant Boho Table Setting / https://philippajamesphotography.com/table-setting/

 https://philippajamesphotography.com/table-setting/

2. HINT OF GOLD 

I’m a big fan of a gold, and it was a massive theme at my own wedding… I sat with a mate and dipped hundred of white feathers in gold glitter!

3. THEMES

Themed table settings are very popular and it’s a chance to share your true passions.  I’ve seen a lot of travel themes such as cities, or countries, music is a popular theme, bands, tv shows – one wedding I shot had a game of thrones table setting theme!

4. MINIMALISTIC

This is the first time I’d seen such an eco table setting.  It was super minimalist and the wedding favour was two metal straws wrapped in a reusable tote bag.  Love it.

The Oxford Wedding Blog | https://philippajamesphotography.com/table-setting/

5. RUSTIC

This is a very popular theme as it’s so simple, and very effective for the low cost.  White table clothes, long hessian runner and flowers or greenery in jam jars.

6. VINTAGE

This usually consists of mix matched plates, drinking wine out of tea cups and flowers in tea posts.

Vintage Table Setting

7. INVOLVE YOUR GUESTS

I love a table setting which has little games or things that can involve your guest, this one was especially original, a drawing challenge.

8. CLASSIC FINE DINING

The classic table setting, with plant pots and large napkins folded, suits the grandness of the venue.

9. MODERN ELEGANCE ON WOODEN TRELLIS

These table settings are soooooo adorable.  Elegant tall candles, long wooden trellis tables, and chiffon fabric running through the middle.

More from these shoots can be seen here: YARNTON MANOR WEDDING SHOOT  and SULGRAVE MANOR – OXFORDSHIRE WEDDING VENUE

Modern Table Setting at Yarnton Manor | https://philippajamesphotography.com/table-setting/

ross and ross wedding events

10. DIY BOHO VIBE

A lot of weddings I shoot have an element of DIY in them.  The groom made these candles out of cement, and they were placed on picnic tables in a tipi.  You can see more from this wedding here: A TIPI WEDDING AT THE MAYBUSH IN WITNEY

The Oxford Wedding Blog - Tipi Venue - The Maybush

Tipi Wedding Venue Oxford - The Maybush

11. LEATHAL FAVOURS

OMG!!! The coolest favour ever!! There was no way I was not going to share this idea in this blog post!

12. BRIGHT COLOURS

Bright colours are a very popular theme at weddings, and I love what this wedding have done to decorate their standard shabby chic chairs

13. RUSTIC SHARING PLATTERS

A sharing platter is a table decoration in itself.  The Perch is famous for these and you can see more here: A CHAT WITH THE PERCH INN OXFORD

14. AFTERNOON TEA

I’d never seen this idea before and the guests absolutely loved it!  More from this wedding can be seen over on LOVE MY DRESS

table setting - afternoon tea at a wedding

So there we have it… some of my favourite table settings that I’ve seen at weddings over the past few years.  If you’d like some advice with choosing your table setting, or wedding styling have a look at this blog post here: WEDDING STYLING.

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