How to Set a Proper {Lovely} Table, Part IV

Friday has arrived and the rain is slated to fall. We couldn’t be happier as it’s been months and months since we’ve felt the rain. It didn’t quite feel like fall without it! Needless to say, a busy weekend is in front of us, including polishing up planning and plotting ideas for a number of clients. Designing tables that not only work and feel comfortable, but look stunning is a big part of our job and ensures a wedding or party design is cohesive. Today we’re rounding out the last of our polishing tips for setting a proper and lovely table.

1. serve up drinks in festive vessels table side. Whether it’s wine, a Moscow Mule or non-alcoholic drink, when guests are treated to a lesson in what they’re drinking and served up at their seats it’s a nice treat.

2. Tie in hand painted or unexpected elements like ornate menus and old books for table numbers. These sweet details help to create a lovely finishing touch on a design.3. don’t forget about coffee service! Coffee and tea are often a welcomed apres-dinner treat for guests. Choose serving utensils and mugs that tie into your motif.

4. use candlelight galore! Even in lighter months a dinner can take on such a magical glow with an abundance of candles. We look to creative avenues to find unique vessels and shapes of votive holders and candlesticks.

5. try and test what a place setting will look and feel like before you dedicate to a design. Make sure guests will have ample elbow room at the table – we think at least 2′ for each place setting is a great start.

Photos: Bryan Miller Photography for Valley & Co. | Exquisite Weddings Magazine | Flowers: Grand Floral | Venue: Tower 23 Hotel | Chairs and dishes: West Elm | Hand painted stationery: Momental Designs

What did you think of our Etiquette Week on Weddings? What is your favorite element when designing a table?

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  1. lisa says

    I love the table setting here and those flower boxes are exactly what I’m looking for for my wedding! Would love to know where you got those and how much!?

    • admin says

      Thank you kindly! So glad you enjoyed! Those boxes came from Grand Floral in San Diego. We believe they were made by Robin.


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