From Edwardian elegance to 1920’s glam, Downton Abbey has gripped the nation with its portrayal of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. We take a look at how you can bring some of the early 20th century style into your wedding seating plan.

Seating plans and escort cards

Simple yet stylish, these tented escort cards (below) are reminiscent of the Edwardian style and, as such, would add an authentic touch to your reception décor.

To add a little of the heady flapper style to your escort cards, you could embellish them with a pearl and feather detail.

Moving on to the episodes set in the 1920’s, this Art Deco seating plan is full of the glamorous style of the era.

If you love everything Art Deco, you can read more in our ‘Timeless chic Art Deco‘ article where we draw inspiration from Audrey Hepburn to the Charleston.

Edwardian themed escort cards

Edwardian themed escort cards –

1920's inspired art deco seating plan

1920’s inspired art deco seating plan –

Table names and numbers

If you are directly basing your seating plan on Downton Abbey, there is plenty of inspiration to draw on to create a range of table names from the popular series. For example:

  • Your favourite main characters – Robert Crawley, Lady Edith Crawley, Elsie Hughes, Violet Crawley, Beryl Patmore to name but a few.
  • The settings for the series are simply stunning, ranging from the incredible Highclere Castle in Hampshire (Downton Abbey), the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire and the West Yorkshire towns of Easingwold, Richmond and Thirsk. These real life locations would make great table names, with the added challenge for guests to work out where their table features in the series!

Alternatively, if you are using table names or numbers of your own, you can add some 1920’s authenticity by printing them in the Art Deco style ‘Parisian’ font and sticking to a bold black and white theme reminiscent of the Art Deco designs.

Table décor

Lace, pearls, pink and white roses and vintage china can combine together to make a sophisticated Edwardian style table setting. Tie lacy scarves around chair backs, with a pretty posy of roses for the top table chairs.

Use antique silver candlestick holders, platters, cutlery and condiment sets to take your table décor back in time to the beginning of the 20th century.

Other ideas

A number of our previous articles will complement this Downton Abbey theme very well. For example:

  • Keys add a vintage twist.
  • A garden tea party theme provides that quintessential touch of British style.
  • Discover how to include the Edwardian love of lace detail in your seating plan.
  • There are even more old style ideas in our vintage chic seating plan article.

Plus, of course, we have created a Downton Abbey inspired Pinterest board to go with this article, where you can find even more inspiration!

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A little bit about Adam, founder of TopTablePlanner...

Adam has been working in the wedding industry since 2006. After discovering that arranging the seating is one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding, he launched TopTablePlanner in 2007. See his Google+ profile.