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Confetti Recommends - Table Decorations

Purple place setting

When it comes to planning your wedding, there's nothing more important than your table decorations, as these are what your guests will spend a great deal of their time looking at and, if well-chosen, enjoying. With a little inspiration from confetti.co.uk you'll be able to create the most stylish looking reception tables to wow your guests and keep them talking about your wedding for years to come.

When planning your table decorations it's best to start with an overall theme. Wedding themes can be based on your favourite colours, styles or even a certain period in time; you may want to choose something that makes a statement about who you are or what you love. Delicate, feminine touches, such as paper butterflies or sparkling diamante table crystals can be enough to make a subtle statement if you love simplicity and are not keen on a lot of fuss, or you may want to push the boat out and go for a more obvious matching scheme using smaller accessories simply as an accent. Traditional themes have included roses and love hearts, ivory and lace, while current hot wedding themes include black and white contrast, butterflies and birds and bright colours such as hot pink or turquoise.

Essential wedding table decorations include: table centrepieces to create a stylish focalpoint to each table, favours for each guest - your little good luck gift to thank them for coming, place cards to ensure each guest will know where to sit and those all important children's entertainment packs to keep the little darlings quiet while the speeches are made! Optional additions include table confetti to add a little sparkle or colour to your table, ice-breakers such as the very popular table trivia to encourage your guests to get to know each other and have a great time and a guest book for your guests to write their best wishes to you.

Alternative ideas along these lines include a wishing tree in which you invite your guests to each take a wish card on which to write their wishes for you before hanging with ribbons on to the branches of a tree. You could hire a small potted tree to place inside your reception venue, use a real tree outside your venue (as long as it's not scheduled to rain!) or ask your florist for some willow branches to make a twig tree which you place into a tall, weighted vase at your reception.

Your centrepieces may be tall vases with extravagant looking long-stemmed flowers or smaller, neater floral arrangements to ensure your guests can still see the person opposite them. Topiary centrepieces and Everlasting flowers are a great investment as while they may cost you more at the outset you'll be able to keep them forever as a constant reminder of your wedding day, give some away as gifts or even sell them after the wedding. Elegant candelabras, floating candles in ornate vases or fish bowls, pretty Victorian style bird cages decorated with flowers or even tiny doves all make excellent centrepieces, as do pretty cake stands decorated with flowers, favour boxes or tiny iced cup cakes, one for every guest.

Wedding favours were traditionally five sugared almonds, given to each guest to represent happiness, health, wealth, fertility and long life. These days your wedding favours can be as individual as you are. From personalised gifts of chocolate or alcohol miniatures with your names and wedding date on to lottery tickets and even seed strips, the range of ideas is endless. Sugared almonds or small individually wrapped chocolates in pretty ribbon-tied boxes or organza bags to match your colour scheme are ideal.

A pretty posting box or wishing well for wedding cards is a lovely addition and particularly useful where there is no gift list as guests will be able to safely post cards with enclosed cheques or vouchers for the happy couple, the posting box being styled to fit your theme accordingly.

Place cards and decorative place card holders are functional but can still add a touch of style to any wedding reception table. Table name or number holders are also functional but can still be fun. Matching your place cards with your holders and your table planner makes a real style statement. You can have fun coming up with a personal list of table names instead of numbers or name them after gem stones, planets or famous married couples.

The final touches to your reception tables may include disposable cameras, which can be matched to your colour scheme, personalised matchbooks, coasters, napkins and napkin rings, ribbons or wedding bubbles. If you're planning a fun or informal wedding then helium balloons and balloon weights could be just the thing.

Last but not least, once your reception tables are all decorated, you'll want to ensure your room decorations echo the style of the tables and add to the overall look. Hanging love hearts, lanterns or crystals around the room will add interest, as will well-placed candles or fairy lights, particularly for evening receptions and winter weddings.

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