When designing an event, I ask couples to think of their favorite things and how they would picture their “uber” home, using that concept as the starting point when creating their wedding design. We are so used to being asked about “color schemes” when really we need to think about the space being used and how to select elements reflective of your personalities, passions, inside jokes and experiences. Oversimplifying your wedding design to a mere color palette is a lost opportunity to tell your story. Think beyond color combos and include the things you love…this will create a more residential-styled environment providing both warmth and interest.
When it comes to your reception, I always recommend thinking about the tablescape as an extension of the overall interior design of the reception space, as this is where your guests will spend a large majority of their time. Tablescapes can and should be more than just your favorite florals or a centerpiece … they should add dimension, depth and personality.
Try adding rich-layered textiles and textures via chargers, glassware, fabrics and inspired decor in addition to (or in lieu of) florals to help create your tablescape; picture flowers as more of an accent … they should be one member of an ensemble cast, not the star backed by a chorus line.
Don’t be afraid to omit florals all together if they are not a part of your design story. Use of botanicals, trees and assorted greenery is also an effective way to create a residentially inspired space rich in textures and depth.
However, if you are very modern or conceptual in your storytelling, try utilizing the alternate tactic of presenting an abundance of the same item for more of a dramatic and less residential approach. This is particularly effective on long tables where the impact stems from the metronome-like repetition of identical items down the length of an extended space.
In addition, just as it is often effective to include tables in a variety of shapes and sizes, do not be afraid to have a number of different, yet cohesive tablescapes throughout your room, mixing mediums and patterns.
In terms of seating options, consider including several styles of chairs or even a complete mix as long as they have cohesive characteristics. Additionally, incorporating benches and upholstered pieces such as poofs, ottomans, slipper chairs and sofas can be very effective in creating an intimate environment within your reception space.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to have fun with it!