25 Perfect Place Settings for Your Reception

Finding the quintessential place setting for your reception dinner can be tricky for even the most seasoned decorators. Whether you are a bride or an experienced planner, find all of the tablescape inspiration you need from real wedding receptions.  

By: Emily Goldman

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  • Christmas Cheer

    Christmas Cheer

    Gold-rimmed glasses and cutlery complement cranberry napkins.

    Photo: Elevate Photography

  • Bright Colors

    Bright Colors

    A patterned, blue china plate pops against a white charger and gold silverware.

    Photo: Trish Kemp Photography

  • Go for Gold

    Go for Gold

    Why settle for silver when you can have an all-gold setting?

    Photo: Larissa Marie Photography

  • Glass with Class

    Glass with Class

    Glass accents look great against exposed wood.  

    Photo: Ama Photography


  • Fruity Flair

    Fruity Flair

    For a tropical take on the big day, place some fruit on the napkin.

    Photo: Krystal Zaskey Photography


  • Fine China

    Fine China

    Reach for classic fine china for a sophisticated-yet-simple place setting.

    Photo: Jasmine White Photography 

  • Golds and Pinks

    Golds and Pinks

    Have your charger match the greens on your table for a fun effect.

    Photo: Monique Dao Photography


  • Purple Ponderings

    Purple Ponderings

    Give the royal hue a go with rich napkins atop gold plates.

    Photo: B.Rich Photography

  • See-Through


    Give your guests the Cinderella treatment with glass plates.

    Photo: Arrowood Photography  

  • Copper and Blue

    Copper and Blue

    Opt for a Tiffany blue hue plate and copper cutlery for an elevated, modern-meets-vintage feel.

    Photo: Mullinix Weddings

  • Laser Cut

    Laser Cut

    Textured linens were topped with gold chargers, die-cut menus, and each guest’s laser-cut name.

    Photo Credit: Damion Hamilton

  • Gold Elegance

    Gold Elegance

    Beige dupioni linens and gold bedazzled chargers add some dramatic elegance to the table.

    Photo Credit: Ueda Photography

  • Rose Gold

    Rose Gold

    A millennial bride’s dream place setting – rose gold meets blush.

    Photo: Torianna Brooke Photography

  • Pretty in Pink

    Pretty in Pink

    From pink florals to blush tablecloths, seat your guests in a rosy wonderland.

    Photo: Polly Alexandre

  • Powder Blues

    Powder Blues

    A white plate stands soft against a powder blue charger, creating a calming, oceanic effect.

    Photo: Ashley and Justin Photography

  • Silver Styling

    Silver Styling

    Wrap a cream colored napkin around a silver plate for a classic, elegant look. 

    Photo: Melissa and Beth


  • Fun Shapes

    Fun Shapes

    Add levels to your décor with non-circular plates.

    Photo: Acorn Photography

  • Scalloped Edges

    Scalloped Edges

    The scalloped edges of these plates add an elegant detail to a simple silver place setting.

    Photo: Virgil Bunao

  • Modern Elegance

    Modern Elegance

    Keep things clean and simple with all-white tablecloth, plates, and napkins.

    Photo: Samantha Ong Photography


  • Formal Wear

    Formal Wear

    Add something cute and surprising for your guests, like these napkins folded around menus to mirror the groomsmen's tuxes.

    Photo: J&J Studios, LLC

  • Textured


    Gold-edged glass plates styled with evergreen sprigs pop against a textured table cloth.

    Photo: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography

  • Wood Work

    Wood Work

    Elevate your dishware, literally. For a rustic, woodsy-themed affair use blocks of wood as place mats.

    Photo: Audrey Mills Photography


  • Winter Fun

    Winter Fun

    For some festive flare, place cranberry-hued napkins next to green garland and gold plates.

    Photo: Elisha Oren Photography

  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    Gilded flatware and horse figurines lend touches of splendor and whimsy.

    Photo: Chris Cornwell

  • Flower Power

    Flower Power

    Delicate flowers adorn fine plates, popping against a wood table.

     Photo: Marc Daniele Photography 

25 Perfect Place Settings for Your Reception


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