Beautiful place settings can be found in infinite varieties, but the most beautiful almost always include elements of nature. This gallery will give you ideas on incorporating flowers, fruit and more into your wedding reception place settings.
Balls of Flowers
Create interesting centerpieces by arranging flower domes on your table. Use shallow bowls, saucers and wide mugs as a base. Add a little water and arrange your first layer of flowers with the blooms just hanging over the edge and the stems in the center. Add the second layer, bringing them slightly inwards and letting them rest on the first. Continue building your flower dome until you can place the final flower in the top center hole.
The most important aspect of beautiful decor is consistency. For this decor idea we used carnations, mossy twigs and white tulle in our place setting, centerpiece and chair decor to tie everything together. Mossy branches are uniquely beautiful when placed with a variety of flowers and can be found in many interesting shapes and colors.
Add miniature bouquets to each place setting by using your guest's glass and napkin. Begin by creating a small bouquet of flowers and tying the stems together. Place the napkin in the glass by pushing the center of the napkin to the bottom of the glass, letting the edges fan out of the top. Nestle your tiny bouquet in the folds of the napkin and add the glass to your place setting.
Glasses of Flowers
For a stunning centerpiece, fill a variety of glass containers with flower blossoms. Use glass containers of various heights and shapes for interest. Cut the stems off the flowers right at the base of the blossom and fill the jars. For a yellow and blue color scheme we mixed blueberries in with the flowers. The shape and color of fruit often contrasts nicely with flowers and can help make your centerpiece really unique.
Large cascades of flowers can be a bit time consuming, but they are stunning additions to your table decorations. If you don't want to make one for every chair at your reception, consider making them for the wedding party or even just the bride and groom. Use floral wire to weave your flowers, fruit or whatever else you are using together in a triangular shape.
Floral Table Cloth
For a unique approach, try using a beautiful floral table cloth instead of real flowers for your place setting. Complement the woven flowers with interesting greenery and dried woodland elements. We accented this place setting with a few succulent clippings, ivy leaves, pinecones and a twisted root.
Create interesting centerpieces by combining contrasting elements such as ivy leaves and pinecones. Give your arrangement a feeling of controlled chaos by paying careful attention to the direction and placement of your different elements. Use carefully hidden hot glue or wire to hold all of your elements securely together.
If you want to keep your table cloth simple, try painting flowers on your dishes. Find ceramic paint in your local arts and crafts store and follow the directions to create food safe, permanent paintings on your plates, silverware and even glasses.
These flowers are simple to paint, even if you don't have a lot of experience. Use a round, pointed brush to create thin lines of green for your stems, and then dab on your petals with a slightly larger brush. If you have a lot of painting to do, try throwing a painting party. You'll have a blast and your helpers will treasure using the hand-painted dishes later.