Thursday, January 5, 2012

{Bright Idea Thursday} Place Settings

One of my favorite parts of events is setting the table and making it look pretty!! There are a plethora of options out there and thanks to pinterest and blogs you can find amazing ideas. Let me help you decide on your wedding’s style plus give you some wicked awesome setting layouts (yep, I sneaked in some Boston slang). Are you more of a bright color, rustic, luxurious, modern, earthy, country, or Victorian style person? Are you going to have red or white wine glasses? Do you want the wine glasses right side up or upside down? Is it buffet style, so no plates at the tables? Would you like the napkins set on top of the plates or next to the plates? Maybe have the napkins folded in an interesting way - learn how to fold napkins here: or Make sure you ask the venue, cateror, or linen rental companies if they will fold the napkins for you, otherwise, your wedding planner (me) will be doing it for you! 

Classically, the groom sits to the bride's right and the best man sits to her left. The maid of honor sits to the groom's right. Depending on how large the table is, the other attendants can also be seated near the bride and groom.
(So that when you are looking at their faces it will be Mr & Mrs)
If you are at the table looking at the back of their chairs this could be the order:
Bride’s Mom, Bride’s Dad, Bride, Groom, Groom’s Mom, Groom’s Dad
Family Tables: Often, the parents of the bride and groom sit opposite each other at a large family table, with grandparents, the officiant (only if they are friends with them), and other close friends. An alternative is to have the bride and groom's parents "host" their own tables, consisting of their family members and close friends. In the case of divorced parents, each parent may also host his or her own table, smoothly diffusing any awkwardness or discomfort.

Now that I have your brain whirling, let me give you some eye candy. Enjoy!

Focus on Fabric and Color

Or maybe have luxurious tablescapes:

Are you more of a rustic table style?

Do you love candles?

Let's just focus on the close up of the actual place setting details:

Any decisions yet? What style do you like the best?


  1. You have out done yourself! This post is so helpful!! Passing along to others right now :)

  2. My favorite by far is the calligraphy on the doily!! Love that look :)

  3. I love setting the table to - these are all gorgeous and such good tips!

  4. You did a wonderful jobs all of these are such great options!!!

  5. Such a helpful and inspirational post. Thanks for sharing! ps. Happy New Year! :)

  6. what an informative post! love all the images.


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