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A good table setting can do wonders for your wedding, but it’s easy to get stuck with over-done ideas that don’t express your personality or sense of style. Use these five fun table setting ideas to develop your own take on table settings that will help your wedding stand out as something truly special.
Turn Your Centerpiece into an Herb Garden
Herbs like basil, thyme, and cilantro can look as good as they taste. Lavender and rosemary will also add a delightful scent to your wedding. Buy fresh, potted herbs and plant them in attractive containers that you use to decorate the tables. Use a seed packet double as a table number. You can encourage your guests to use the freshy herbs to flavor their meals. Or, when the event is over, your guests can take home a pot to either enjoy the herbs immediately or plant them in gardens. That way, a bit of your wedding lives on for years.
Pick a Card, Any Card
Getting married in Las Vegas? Or perhaps you plan to honeymoon in Monte Carlo? Make a table setting that incorporates cards into the theme. Instead of table numbers, you can use a card. You don’t have to use everyday playing cards, either. Customized cards could have your names and wedding date printed on them. You could even replace the king and queen with your faces. At this point, you reach a bigger question, though: who will be the joker, and do you let him give a toast?
Finger Puppet Scenes and Caricatures
If you crochet, then you could relieve some stress leading up to your big event by making finger puppets. They’re simple and they give you a chance to get creative. You can then use the puppets to decorate your tabletops. Perhaps you’ll want to make scenes from your favorite movies; set up scenes showing what you want to do during your honeymoon (keep it clean, folks); or even make a kind of puppet caricature for each guest. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun.
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Make Your Own Table Setting
Who says you have to take control of your wedding’s every aspect. Leave some of the decision-making up to the guests. Buy plain paper mache numbers. Artfully arrange crayons and other craft supplies on a paper tablecloth and encourage your guests to make their own table settings. There’s always some downtime between the ceremony and the reception, so they will have time to get creative while you have your pictures taken or recover from saying your vows in front of a few hundred people. The surprise table settings will also give you something to talk about as you make your rounds.
Custom Wine Bottles with Table Numbers
Have custom wine bottle tables made that will tell your guests where to sit. It’s as simple as having large, elegant stickers made with the table numbers on them. If you want to keep things inexpensive, make the stickers on your home PC. If you don’t mind spending a little more, hire a professional calligrapher or designer to make the wine labels for you.
These ideas just scratch the surface of what you can do when you get creative and think outside of traditional table settings. You can essentially do anything you want as long as it looks good to you.
This article was contributed by SimplyBridal, an online wedding retailer.
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