5 Table Styling Ideas for Your Wedding Reception!



Looking for wedding table styling ideas and inspiration? You’re in the right place! From plates and cutlery to napkins and glassware, there are so many beautiful ways to bring your wedding vision to life through your reception tables.

Keep scrolling as we share 5 modern table styling ideas for your wedding reception below, including our tips on piecing together the perfect place settings using our range of tableware here at Hampton Event Hire.


Planning a boho celebration? You’ll want to mix and match your tableware to create an eclectic feel. We’d suggest starting with a solid timber dining table, and building on this with a mix of earthy colours – think rust, terracotta, dusty pink, olive green and even deeper hues like magenta or navy blue. Linen napkins, flowers and candles are an easy way to add a pop of colour!

For a moodier look, contrast your colour palette with some striking black plates, copper cutlery and coloured glassware.


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If you want to create a soft, romantic tablescape, go for a neutral colour palette with hints of pastels. Start with white or timber tables paired with white or gold dining chairs, and then layer your table settings with blush pinks, peaches or lilacs.

We love our French scalloped edge dinner plates, crystal glassware and gold cutlery for an elegant and romantic feel. Complete the look with some cascading florals, greenery garlands and scattered tea lights.


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If you’re planning a coastal-inspired celebration by the ocean, use your table settings to create a luxe, seaside-inspired feel. You’ll want to use neutral tones as your base (such as white, cream and oatmeal) and layer this with soft accent colours like stone grey, duck egg blue or sage green.

The perfect coastal tablescape should be packed with texture, so consider incorporating interesting details like rattan charger plates, soft flowing linens and nautical pieces like jute, clam shells or coral. Finally, include some gold cutlery and decorative crystal glassware for an elegant, elevated look.


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If sleek and sophisticated is more your style, pare your table settings back with a “less is more” approach. For a minimal look, forego the layers and instead keep things clean and simple with a classic dinner plate, crisp white napkin and crystal glassware.

No need to get fussy with your colour palette, either – white-on-white (with a hint of black, silver or gold) works beautifully for a minimalist wedding.


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For a deep and moody look, you’ll want to use a dark base of black or charcoal paired with a pop of rich, jewel-toned colour (think magenta, plum, ruby or emerald). Pair our black dinner plates with a coloured linen napkin, then add a hint of luxe with some gold or copper cutlery.

Tie the look together with some dark, moody blooms and ambient lighting!


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Wedding Reception Table Styling Tips

Putting together the perfect table settings for your wedding can really be an art form! You’ll want to use a good mix of colours, layers and varying heights to create an interesting and visually beautiful tablescape.

Don’t forget the practical details too, such as leaving enough room for a feasting-style menu and ensuring you’ve ticked off all the right items including entree cutlery and dessert spoons. You can read everything you need to know about styling your wedding reception tables on the blog here!

Not sure how many tables you need for your wedding? Check out our guide to planning your wedding table layouts here.

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