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50 Gorgeous Ways to Dress Up Your Reception Tables

Décor has the power to set the tone for your entire wedding, but centerpieces are just one part of the equation. Linens (or lack thereof), colored glassware, plates, candles, and other personal touches all work together to create a harmonious tabletop design. Mix different heights, layer various textures, and include fun details that speak to your personality — the options are virtually endless. Here are a few show-stopping examples to help get your creative juices flowing.

By: Stefania Sainato

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    Wedding Tablescape

    Sequined table runners are trending, and we love the way this bride juxtaposed hers with dreamy pastels.

    Photo Credit: Stephanie Brazzle / Event Design: Meggie Francisco Events / Floral Designer: Treasured Blossoms Flower Market / Linens and Coverings: BBJ Linens

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    Wedding Tablescape

    The pop of blue in the napkins and table numbers lends a fresh feel to this reception space. Plus, how gorgeous are those ghostwood branch centerpieces?

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Choose an accent color to tie all of your different decorative elements together — in this photo, it's gold — and create a luxe look for less.

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    Wedding Tablescape

    A springtime wedding calls for a lush tablescape — bird cages adorned with greenery and flowers will do the trick. 

    Photo courtesy of Eventos Euforia / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Grouping each flower type separately and using smaller vases of varying heights will give your tables the look of an abundant garden.

    Photo Credit: Jen Kroll Photography / Event Design: A Day In May Events

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    Wedding Tablescape

    The bride made these tree centerpieces for her botanical garden wedding with the help of her mom. In keeping with the motif, she chose napkin rings resembling a tangled root pattern.

    Photo Credits: B. Jones Photography

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    This English countryside-inspired look with moss-covered arrangements and vintage china calls to mind Downton Abbey.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    For a rustic yet elegant look, forgo traditional linens and use greenery or garlands to line your tables instead.

    Photo Credit: Phase4Photography

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Throwing a backyard wedding? Keep the focus on the beauty of the natural scenery with wildflower arrangements and a couple of candelabras.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    From the variety of gourds to the scattered leaves and dark tablecloth, this tablescape is perfect for autumnal nuptials.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Set the stage for a cozy wintry wedding with branches and pinecone place settings.

    Photo Credit: Lis Photography / Floral Design: Creative Muse Floral Design and Just Weddings

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Bring your winter wonderland vision to life with silver linens and bedazzled wine bottles topped with adorable snowflake table numbers.

    Photo Credits: JDHowell Photography

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    Wedding Tablescape

    Lace, burlap, and craft pearl accents make this shabby-chic centerpiece a standout.

    Photo Credit: Shakar Photography

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Fit for a princess — low centerpieces in varying shades of pink are pretty without being saccharine.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Medina Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Jeweled napkin holders add a luxe touch to a ballroom reception.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Whimsical hot air balloon centerpieces took this wedding décor to new heights!

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Bring the outdoors in with charming topiary centerpieces and a garland-draped ceiling.

    Photo Credit: Aaron Delesie

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    We spotted this two-tier setup at an industrial-chic loft wedding, and we've been smitten ever since.

    Photo Credit: Chameleon Imagery

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    We wish we would have scored an invite to this fun Disneyland Hotel wedding featuring Mickey Mouse ears hats for each guest.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Select colorful goblets and coordinating pillar candles for a rich and dynamic ambiance.

    Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    We spotted this modern take on red roses at a chic city wedding.

    Photo Credit: Fred Marcus Studio / Floral Design: Tantawan Bloom

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Do you have your heart set on tall centerpieces? We love the twinkling effect of these cascading arrangements, enhanced with a floral base at the bottom.

    Photo Credit: Samuel Luna Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Baby's breath takes on a regal and impressive appearance when grouped together en masse atop crystal pedestals.

    Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    With centerpieces this bold and colorful, it's best to keep the rest of your décor as simple and clean as possible.

    Photo Credit: Del Sol Photography / Event Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Citrus hues such as raspberry and orange are great for couples looking for out-of-the-box decorations for their big day.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    This tablescape incorporates a vintage frame in such a fresh and unexpected way.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Highlight three different hues from your color palette for a bright and cheery tablescape befitting a seaside bash.

    Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Transform your venue into an enchanted garden with branch centerpieces featuring twinkling votives and a floral-covered base. Champagne-hued tablecloths complete this magical look.

    Photo Credit: Zasil Studio / Event Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Mirrored glass vases are dazzling from every angle.

    Photo Credit: Duke Photography

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Spray-paint antique lanterns for a glamorous yet affordable look.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Simply stunning! Mix and match your table shapes, and use alternating centerpieces for each.

    Photo Credits: Front Room

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Candles in varying heights add drama and romance to a trio of monochromatic centerpieces.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Set an ultra-romantic tone with three different forms of lighting.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Pair crystal accents with patterned silver china for a sophisticated take on bling.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Ruffled chair covers take this exquisite tent setup to the next level (limit them to your sweetheart table and bridal party table to cut costs).

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Medina Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    This neutral color palette is anything but boring, thanks to loads of greenery and rustic table runners.

    Photo courtesy of Eventos Euforia / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    A box of seasonal fruit gives your guests a sweet pre-dinner treat.

    Photo courtesy of Kelly Oshiro Design

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    This reception décor has a vintage-inspired vibe, thanks to a lace table runner and scattered petals.

    Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography / Event Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    As a fun homage to the groom's horseback riding pastime, this couple included horseshoes and miniature figurines in their ranch wedding tablescape.

    Photo Credit: Tana Photography / Planning & Design: Soiree Weddings & Events / Submitted by IDoWED McCall

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Make a statement (without blowing your budget!) by using patterned table runners and napkins.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    It's no secret that you'll get more bang for your buck with in-season blooms, and sunflowers are synonymous with a summery affair. Wooden coasters and blue accent décor add another layer of dimension.

    Photo Credits: CTG Photography

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    A country-themed wedding featured these vibrant paisley table runners, and napkins wrapped with a cowbell.

    Photo Credits: Kate Holstein

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Bookworms will appreciate this adorable stacked centerpiece/Scrabble table number combo.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    For a casual yet charming wedding style, incorporate a plank table runner, decorative votives, and calligraphed place cards.

    Photo Credits: JoPhoto

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Hibiscus-inspired menu cards take center stage in a tropical destination affair.

    Photo Credit: Relate Studios

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    For a creative twist on a traditional menu card, print your courses on a bag containing a baguette.

    Photo Credit: Jacqui Cole Photography / Event Design and Coordination: Tracie Domino Events

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Model your reception menu design after your gorgeous invitation, like this couple did.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Add a bold pop of color using bow-tied napkins.

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Raffia chargers and wooden napkin rings fit the laid-back style of this outdoor wedding.

    Photo Credit: Melissa Mercado Photography / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

  • Wedding Tablescape

    Wedding Tablescape

    Display folded napkins prominently to add a regal flourish to your tables.

    Photo Credit: Lucidum Photography/Vincent Guihard / Event Coordination and Design: Eventos Euforia

50 Gorgeous Ways to Dress Up Your Reception Tables

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