50 Wedding Table Setting Ideas for Every Season

Creative place cards, bold linens and unexpected china all come together to make these wedding table setting ideas shine.

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September 19, 2019

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Earthy Farmhouse Charm

Farmhouse charm isn't just for the home. Today’s farmhouse look leans more towards an Italian garden party than a country hoedown, making it an ideal romantic wedding theme. Hammered copper accents add an elegant vintage charm when layered with earthy terra cotta clay chargers.

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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Incorporate "something blue" into your wedding reception with moody linens, plates, candlesticks and florals in varying shades of slate.

Classic Romance

For plated dinners, or meals that will be served to you, preset utensils and napkins will still provide the table with style and flair. For a classic black-tie affair, silverware and clear glasses pair perfectly with a simple white napkin.

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Moody Industrial Modern

Say hello to the newest trend sweeping the wedding world — deep, moody table settings. Here, the weight of onyx flatware, dark stoneware and cast iron serving pieces is softened by the addition of worn wood and airy yet graphic-forward linens.

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Calm and Cool

Bring a breath of fresh air to your wedding palette with soothing cool tones such as the misty gray linens seen here. Pair the shade with an abundance of greenery to create a serene, garden-esque reception space.

Say Yes to Vintage

We're totally here for incorporating vintage, full-of-character dishes into wedding tablescapes. Whether they're hand-me-downs, estate sale finds or rented from an event vendor, these pretty pieces can make all the difference in a table spread.

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Gorgeous in Gilt

We are head over heels for gold-leaf. Jazz up any accent such as place cards or invitations for a high-end look that's oh so pretty.

Sophisticated Glam

Ready to tap into your glamorous side? Matte black and shiny gold combine for a high-end, chic look while soft pink below the place setting creates an updated elegance that is both modern and refined.

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Stick With One Color

Take a cue from our friends at HGTV Magazine and dare to be different. Have a favorite color? Go all out and carry that hue through from the table linens to the plates, glassware and centerpiece. Sticking with that one color will also make it easy to mix different patterns while still creating a cohesive look.

Or Choose All the Colors

Crazy for color? Incorporate the rainbow in a fun way with an array of eye-catching colored glassware. Pair them with neutral linens, like white lace toppers, to make the bold pieces really pop.

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Leafy Place Card

Think outside the box (and save $$) by putting nature to work. A magnolia leaf serves as a place card and pops against a black place setting on this romantic, moody tablescape.

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Rustic Meets Refined

One rule that designers always follow: Contrast is key. Mixing inexpensive (AKA free!), earthy elements, like this wood slice charger, with delicate, vintage china makes the woodsy element feel more organic. By contrast, the hand-etched details and gilt edges of the heirloom dishes take on a new level of sophistication.

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Crazy for Copper

Brighten up your table setting by replacing boring silver utensils with sultry copper. This season's most desirable wedding metallic, copper complements any tablescape perfectly, adding just a hint of glitz without going total glam.

Add a Timeless Touch

To really kick your reception tables up a notch, swap fabric napkins for vintage handkerchieves. You can inexpensively purchase the real deal at estate sales and thrift stores or buy them in bulk online. The different combinations of detailed floral prints and embroidery look beautiful grouped together.

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Silver + Gold

Instead of making your table selections too matchy-matchy and dependent upon one set color, don't be afraid to mix metallics and textures throughout. Here, a gorgeous rose quartz plate charger with a gold edge is used beneath a silver place setting, adding an instant luxe factor to the table.

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Flowy Linens

One aspect most people don't think about when choosing their table settings is the length and size of the linens. Make sure to double-check with your venue on the size of the tables beforehand so that when the linens arrive on the big day, you aren't stuck with a tablecloth that only drapes halfway down. The more flowy, the better.

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Hues of Blues

This gorgeous tablescape takes a cue from the breezy seaside. Cobalt blue water goblets pair seamlessly with a soft blue table runner for a spread that is oh so calming and serene.

Simplicity is Key

Lining the length of the table, silver dollar eucalyptus and gold tapered candles add simple, elegant color to this formal table setting.

A Pretty Upgrade

Forego traditional napkin rings and opt for soft florals, like thistle and eucalyptus, knotted together with leather cord instead.

Glam Affair

Set a chic and romantic scene with a simple color palette of white and green with touches of gold. The florals nestled between varying height candles create a sense of intimacy and warmth throughout.

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All the Fall Feels

Say hello to the new rustic-chic: Mismatched metallic vessels paired with vintage cross-back chairs and moody blue table runners. Black and amber glassware perfectly complement the autumnal floral centerpiece.

Love Wins

Rock the rainbow for your wedding reception or any get-together by mixing vintage dishes in ROYGBIV's saturated shades.

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Jewel Tone Bliss

Incorporate color into your tablescapes in a trendy way with a jewel-toned theme. Here, rich teal candlesticks and goblets complement the moody-hued florals in the centerpiece arrangement.

Beachy Texture

Let texture be the star of your table. Rustic, nautical elements like grasses, linen and driftwood are right at home at a seaside ceremony. Add a piece of personalized driftwood at each place setting as a sweet, natural memento.

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Mix and Match

The key to the mismatched look is playing with a mix of textured dishware, patterned textiles and vintage flatware. By keeping the table styled in a cohesive color palette, multiple textures and patterns look hip, not hectic.

Place Cards That Double as Favors

Use an assortment of gray, white and painted metallic pumpkins for a classy approach to a fall setting. Mini white pumpkins make great place card holders and double as favors.

Greenery Galore

Calling all greenery lovers! The foliage trend is used here in a big way by not only lining the middle of the table with a lush amount of mixed eucalyptus and white waxflower but also by adorning each plate with its own sprig.

The Whole Set

Turn on the charm at your reception with beautifully styled settings. This blue-and-yellow themed table gets a chic addition thanks to the gold and teal marbled stacked dishware.

Trendy Watercolor

Wedding table decor is more than just the flowers. Watercolor accents can lend an artistic, romantic feel to your big day, like the pretty name cards seen here.

Pretty in Pastel

Romantic and charming, pastel color palettes are ideal for table settings. Combined here in a color block pattern, the hues each shine on their own while combining harmoniously.

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Blooming Blue

Design your tablescapes with calming hues of blues for a timelessly beautiful spread. With the help of a party rental company or even your own savvy thrifting, achieving a vintage-inspired table set-up might be easier than you think.

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Incorporate a Table Runner

If your venue only includes plain white linens, consider adding a contrasting table runner on top. This is the perfect way to incorporate texture and color without going overboard.

Spring It On

A mix of light gray and white sets the perfect backdrop for a springtime table setting made up of vibrant garden tones.

Light the Way

For a centerpiece, a collection of candles in big and little glass hurricanes is an eye-catching choice. Style with a natural-hued place setting for an organic look, then light the candles as the sun goes down so the magic continues.

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Full of Romance

'Tis the season for a romantic reception that’s full of color and earthy elements. Slate blue plates mimic the cool-toned hue of the succulent centerpieces while dark glassware and silverware stand out against the wooden table.

Totally Boho

Boho doesn’t have to look secondhand or overly exotic. The new spin on this look is sophisticated yet soft, feminine yet neutral and definitely full of personality. Try adding woven accents to the table with a crocheted table runner or a small braided macramé piece that guests can take home as their favors at the end of the night.

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Into the Woods

The place cards in this rustic setting by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo get some height from birch log slices that echo the wood bark chargers.

Stunning Southwest

Featuring gold hand-lettering, small slices of light pink agate denote seating arrangements at this eye-catching Southwestern-themed sweetheart table.

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Festive for Fall

If you're planning a fall wedding, take advantage of the seasonal colors and include them in your palette. Throw in unexpected colors like pink to change up the autumnal tones. Gourds make lovely vases, too.

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DIY Sun Print Place Cards

Remember this fun craft you did as a kid? It's back in a big, grown-up way. Cut and fold a completed sun print to make a chic, garden-themed place card, then write each guest's name with a silver or gold permanent marker.

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Bright and Springy

Spring doesn't have to be all about pastels. Instead, bring in bold punches of color that complement them. Coral, celadon, hot pink and light aqua all work together to create this beautiful setting.

A Rustic Touch

A simple burlap table runner adds major rustic flair to this reception table, allowing the bright-hued florals to take the spotlight.

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Vintage Tea Party

Vintage elegance is all the rage in weddings these days. Having a charming backyard wedding? Dainty tea cups with handmade place cards and floral print plates will perfectly accent that.

Zesty Nuptials

The citrus duo orange and yellow pair perfectly together for a Southern summer wedding. For an outdoor reception in the middle of the heat, consider serving your guests sparkling lemonade to help them cool down.

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Lace + Burlap

Lace and burlap are a match made in heaven for a sweet, country wedding day. For a light and springy feel, use soft yellow and lavender as shown here or you can vary the color scheme to master the look for any season.

Plated Petals

Fabric flower pom-pom pins add individual drama to each place setting in this stunning tablescape. As a bonus, guests can wear them at the wedding or take them home as favors.

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