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Elevate Your Table: Design Elements and Tips for Exquisite, Bespoke Table Settings

Creating a captivating table setting is an essential part of curating a memorable event. From the choice of décor elements to the arrangement of each detail, every décor aspect of your table setting contributes to the overall ambiance and aesthetic.

Creating a bespoke table setting is not just about the aesthetics but also about infusing personal touches that reflect your love story to create those special, lasting memories for your guests.

In this blog, we'll explore the key design elements required to elevate your table setting that goes beyond the ordinary, along with expert tips to ensure you can create a stunning and cohesive wedding table setting.

Design Elements for Exquisite Table Settings

Floral Arrangements

Flowers are a timeless addition to any table setting, bringing freshness, colour, and elegance. Opt for seasonal blooms in coordinating hues to complement your theme and décor style.

Silk florals can be very realistic and when mixed with fresh florals they can help to reduce the cost.

Choose a colour palette that matches your theme (bridesmaids dresses, or bouquets for example). Bouquets can also be used on the bridal table.


Candles add warmth and ambiance to the table, creating a romantic atmosphere. Choose a variety of sizes and styles, including taper or pillar candles, tea lights, and floating candles to create depth and dimension.

Fairy lights or copper seed lights can be intertwined amongst florals or table garlands. They work beautifully with fairy lights in the roof of a silk lined marquee.

Table Linens

Table linens set the foundation for your table setting, adding texture and visual interest. Consider using tablecloths, table runners, or placemats in coordinating colours and patterns to enhance the overall look.

Dinnerware and Glassware

Don't forget to select dinnerware and glassware that align with your theme and aesthetic. Mix and match different shapes and designs to create a curated and personalised table setting.

Design Elements that tell YOUR story

Personalised Details

Infuse the table setting with elements that hold special meaning to you.

This could include incorporating photographs, quotes, or items that symbolise important moments in your relationship.

You could also add hand-written notes, or hand-written place names. Maybe even a special cocktail, or your favourite wine.

Include elements that represent part of your story - in the photograph we included lavender from the Grand-mothers garden and drift wood from the beach where the couple met.

Tell a Story Through Decor

Consider incorporating décor elements that narrate your love story. For example, if you met while traveling, incorporate travel-inspired décor such as vintage maps or souvenirs from your favourite destinations.

Non-Traditional Decor Elements

Break away from traditional table setting norms and opt for unconventional décor elements that make a statement and leave a lasting impression for your guests.

This could include unique centerpiece ideas, such as pot-plants, terrariums, a stack of vintage books, or books of your favourite authors or even fruit and vege displays.

Try interactive elements such as cameras, or advice cards where guests can share words of wisdom, or trivia questions to test guests' knowledge of your love story.

Embrace Cultural Traditions

Embrace your cultural background and heritage by incorporating elements of your culture into the table setting.

This could include traditional fabrics, colours, or ceremonial items that hold special significance to you.

Showcase Shared Interests and Hobbies

Highlight your shared interests and hobbies, whether it's a love for music, art, or nature, by incorporating these elements in the décor to reflect your passions.

Tips for Stunning, Bespoke, & Memorable Table Settings

  • Consider the overall theme and colour palette when selecting your design elements.

  • Create visual interest by varying heights, textures, and colours throughout the table setting.

  • Consider the height of floral arrangements, using see-through plinths if necessary to lift the display out of the line of sight of guests seated at the table.

  • Pay attention to lighting; candles and/or fairy lights can enhance the ambiance and create a warm glow.

  • Don't overcrowd the table; leave space for guests to comfortably dine and converse.

  • Personalise the table setting with meaningful details and unexpected touches that reflect both your personality and style as well as telling a story about your journey so far.

  • Focus on your uniqueness by incorporating unexpected and unconventional elements to create a visually striking and memorable table setting.

  • Encourage guest interaction and conversation that fosters engagement and memories by adding interactive elements.

  • Pay attention to the detail; ensure all elements complement each other and follow a theme, be it your colour palette, or personal items you want to highlight on the table setting.

  • Pay attention to the positioning and placement of all of the table décor elements to ensure a cohesive design on the table.

  • Carefully consider your statement centerpiece; it serves as the focal point of the table, drawing the eye and should tie the entire look together.

Designing an exquisite table setting requires careful consideration of all the elements, from floral arrangements to dinnerware and all the other décor accents!

Table Setting Decor Checklist

  • Centre piece - Floral or Quirky

  • Lighting

  • Table linen

  • Table runner or placemat

  • Dinnerware

  • Glassware

  • Cutlery

  • Napkins

  • Place cards or menu cards

  • Additional décor elements - garlands, personalised elements, interactive elements

While designing an exquisite, personalised and memorable table setting is an opportunity to celebrate your love story and to create an unforgettable experience for your guests, it also requires careful consideration of all your décor elements, from your table centerpiece to the linen and dinnerware.

At Elbee Events we will incorporate all of your personalised details.

We love to embrace either traditional or non-traditional décor elements as long as the focus is about your uniqueness and vision.

Working alongside you we will create table settings that reflect your unique style while also leaving a lasting impression on all who attend your celebration.

Lets get your story captured within your table setting and design a setting that truly tells the story of your love.

At Elbee Events we promise to give you:

a table setting that has a stunning cohesive design,

a table setting that sets the stage for an unforgettable celebration,

a table setting that creates cherished memories for years to come,

and a table setting that is creative and personal.

How about joining our Elbee Events staff in an exclusive styling session that will take the guess work out of designing and creating a table setting just for you.


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