Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. If no other day in your life is ever perfect, this one should be. But perfection is very elusive especially when we need it the most. Wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to ensure that you have the perfect day? The table setup is one of those aspects that will ensure that your wedding stands out. The following are simple tips that will guide you in avoiding disasters on your special day for your wedding table setup.
1. How to Set a Wedding Table
When planning your wedding, you will realize that you would need to have an opinion about things you never thought about. Some of these things are like the table setting.
There are a lot of options to choose from. If you don’t care much about the table set up, most caterers have a preferred setup, but you are very welcome to tell them what you want.
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To be on the safe side, you need to choose what table setup you want for your guests and ensure that it also matches with the theme of your wedding. The following are basic table setups that will help you along the way.
The Classic Fold
The classic fold is the most basic table setting out here. It goes very well when you have a pre-plated salad for the guests before they sit. The fold also goes well with different types of glasses, whether, champagne, water or wine. It is one of the most comfortable setups especially when you have a large number of guests.
You also need to make sure that the linen matches well with the theme. It will create a great aesthetic for your wedding.
Here is how you make the classic fold:
- Place your napkin on a flat surface when the seam side is placed upwards.
- Fold the napkin into half and then fold the half again.
- After, rotate the fold in half in the opposite direction
- Then place your cutlery on top of the folded napkin.
The Long Fold
This one is one of the most complicated of the napkin fold but more to that it goes great with a menu. If you have developed a menu with your caterer, this fold will come in very handy.
Here is how the long fold is made:
- Place the napkin on a flat surface with the seam side facing down wards
- Fold the napkin into half
- Fold the half into another half
- Then flip the seam over down
- After that lip the menu in, the place the napkin on the plate.
- If you do not have a menu and love this setup, you can place your silverware on the extended fold.
2. Come Up with Creative Ways to Set Up the Table
Most weddings have a cliché procedure. We expect vows, cake, toasts, and flowers too. It is however a good idea to make sure that your wedding is memorable for your guests.
A great way to do this is to personalize the sitting areas for your guests. Having personal details at the table will make your wedding more memorable to your guest.
One great way to do this is to add a unique piece to the dinner table. You can add a detailed menu, an unexpected centrepiece, creative dishware, or innovative tablescape.
These might be just what your wedding needs to have your personality infused to it.
Another great idea is to try new colors maybe or even shapes that your guests are not used to. New textures can also transform the décor of your reception.
Falling back on the traditional classic decoration is not a bad idea, but it could be great to add a personalized to the décor to make your wedding more memorable. You can even choose to go with a design that no one else has ever tried.
3. Have a Realistic Wedding Table Setting For the Buffet Dinner
After having a great set up for your wedding, you have to come up with creative ways to make sure that your guest is going to enjoy the dinner you have prepared for them. One thing you have to keep in mind is ensuring that you keep your set up organized.
For a big event such as a wedding, it is essential to keep everything organized. The caterers need to set up the food in a way that will help boost the eating experience of the guests. So how then do you set up the buffet dinner to ensure that the dinner runs smoothly?
Place the silverware on the dinner table
In some buffet, you will find that the spoons and other utensils are placed at the end of the buffet line. So when the guest is done getting their meals, they will pick up the utensils then.
It is however advised to have the cutlery at the dining table so that the guests can focus on getting food without having to worry about dropping anything when going back to sit.
Put the expensive food at the end of the line
According to experts, guest are used to getting more portions at the beginning of the line which is best for appetizers while viands such as pork, fish are found at the end of the line because they are available in smaller amounts.
This will ensure that almost all the guests have a taste of the foods in small amounts.
4. Group The Items In An Odd Number
In most cases, you will notice that the dining table set up has seven main items. They include the spoon, knife, fork, placemat, drinking glass, plate, and a table napkin.
They are grouped in an odd number. You will also notice that the serving place also come in threes. It is said that decorating in an odd number is visually pleasing.
5. Get Creative
Rather than traditionally placing the cutlery, you can decide to tie them with a piece of string that matches theme of your wedding. Come up with ideas to place your set on the dinner table that is out of the usual. You can also find plenty of inexpensive table runners to upgrade the look of your table.
Avoiding a wedding table setup disaster at a wedding is quite easy. In most cases, all you have to do is get creative, and all will turn out perfectly. Design a fine set up and enjoy your wedding!
James Smith says
Hello there, I find your blog very interesting. I completely agree with your point that the wedding days are most important days of our life. Thank you for writing about the tips to set up a wedding table, it helped me alot to make my wedding unique. Keep posting such beautiful blogs!