Table Setting Must Haves

Table settings are often an overlooked element when planning all of the details for a wedding reception. But a few minor touches to a table can set the tone for the lavish reception you want your guests to enjoy. Remember that guests love noticing the thoughtful details to help make their memory of your big day last.

Candles:

Never underestimate the power of a candle or two. Candles are the romantic touch every table needs. In the featured collage, the tables on the right have floating candles in tall glasses that vary in height for an aesthetic appeal. These images note that while focusing on a gorgeous centerpiece is a must, so is focusing on what will surround that centerpiece so that it doesn’t look too idle. The largest photo creativity places a candle inside a lantern to make it the focal point of the table, while also having small votives surround the lantern in antiqued holders. The elegance of the candles screams romance!

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Varied Pinterest Inspiration

Identification:

There are so many adorable ways to identify your table numbers so that your guests know where to sit. Brides usually list the guests’ names on a place card on the dinner plate itself, or having a separate location for guests to pick up their place card and assigned table number. Some brides even get creative and avoid table numbers and instead, name their tables after their favorite travel places. The featured photos below include classic calligraphy on a gold-framed chalkboard, as well as a California post card placed on a rope knot. There is no wrong way to do this as long you clearly and elegantly identify your tables or where your guests will sit.

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Photo: Brushfire Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings
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Photo: Mustard Seed Photography via Brides.com

Personal Touch:

There’s always a way to add a personal touch to your dinner tables so that your guests can be surprised or touched by your efforts to provide a beautiful reception for them. In the photo collage are a few ideas that guests have brought to life in their receptions in The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor. A personal touch could include drink tags with the guests names on them so that no one gets their glasses confused. This can also serve as a place card! The bottom row of photos from left to right feature wedding favors placed behind the bread plate, a small pumpkin to accentuate the fall theme, and a small white rose next to each menu.

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Varied from receptions in The Great Hall at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

While some personal touches may seem like a small gesture, remember that less can be more.  You don’t need a personal touch on every aspect of your wedding. Just remember that table settings are where you want to add your details!

Floral Inspiration for Creative Centerpieces

Planning the floral decor for your wedding will most likely be as stressful as choosing the right wedding dress. There are just so many styles to choose from and so many floral elements to consider, that it’s tough to know where to begin. For this blog, we’ll be exploring inspiration for creative centerpieces to help narrow down the wide world of wedding florals.

The Wow Factor:

If you’re looking to really impress your guests, you’ll want a centerpiece that speaks for itself. For this effect, consider adding different textures and colors on a larger flower holder. With floral textures, consider mixing the soft with the rustic. In the featured photo below, the lavender and soft pink carnations stand out with the charming and dark branches. The tall vase is thoughtfully skinny so that the centerpiece is a conversation piece, yet it won’t be an obstruction for your guests when they sit and enjoy their dinner together. When planning for a Wow Factor centerpiece, you’ll want to consider your wedding venue. Notice how the wood in the centerpiece below compliments the wood in the Great Hall of Celebrate at Snug Harbor. It completely flows with the space and doesn’t look out of place.

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Rustic and tall centerpiece

Focusing On Color:

If tall and textured doesn’t match your style, opt for a centerpiece that is more low key in terms of height, yet speaks volumes with it’s color variety. This featured centerpiece holds multiple types of eucalyptus leaves, pink and yellow solidago, with purple and orange as the accent colors. If you want your centerpiece to look as though you’ve gathered the finest florals from a lush garden, this is the style for you. When including more than one vase at the table, changing up the base of one of the centerpieces with aspidistra leaves will make each arrangement stand out even more. Remember, you’re going more for color here, and so the deep green of at the base will only further accentuate the eye-catching color scheme of the arrangement.

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Eucalyptus, solidago, with purple and orange accents

The Ever-Elegant White Centerpiece:

White flowers at a wedding are timeless.  When undecided on how to have your centerpiece best compliment your wedding theme, white florals will match any indoor or outdoor wedding. You can also get creative with mixing white roses, hydrangeas, and white daisies for the varied hues of white each flower carries. You’ll notice a hint of yellow in the floral combination featured below. Lastly, don’t forget a few green leaves to make the white stand out even more. If you’re going for classic, white florals are unfailing and sophisticated.

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White hydrangeas, roses, and daisies

Choosing a centerpiece for your reception can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to look out for. Remember to take into account the colors and textures you want your centerpieces to possess. Then, speak with your wedding planner to get his/her suggestions on what would look great in your reception location. The possibilities are endless! Celebrate at Snug Harbor is home to what seems like endless possibilities to host your dream wedding with your favorite floral arrangements.

Unique Wedding Themes and Ideas

Here’s comes the bride, all dressed in…a Vegas showgirl-inspired wedding dress? Many couples are turning to unique and innovative ways to celebrate their big day. Have you ever attended a circus themed wedding, 80’s retro New Years Eve wedding bash, a Halloween costume ball celebration? Putting on an outlandishly themed wedding may be over-the-top for some, but there are ideas we can borrow from these over –the-top parties to create your own wow-factor.

 

Photo: Ruffled Blog

80’s Themed Wedding

80’s Inspired Décor One of the most-clever ways to leave a great impression on your guests is to decorate interestingly. If you and your partner at known as the music buffs to your family and friends, then they won’t be surprised to see old records as placemats at your reception. Personalize this idea further by labeling the records some of your favorite songs!

Party Like It’s 1985 Another great way to bring the 80’s to your wedding is by integrating inflatable, neon-colored, rock and roll “toys” into the reception. Neon colors are not something expected to be seen at a traditional wedding, but who says you’re traditional? All this sounding corny to you? Picture your drunken friends singing along and playing inflatable guitar to your favorite Bon Jovi or Journey songs. Now that’s a photo-op!

Music, Dance and Bling Add some fun to your 80’s themed reception by inviting guests to wear their best “glam rock” wardrobe, big hair and lots of tassels. Electronic music ruled and so did the “Flock or Seagulls” mohawk.  Clear the dance floor by starting a dance train featuring all your favorite 80’s moves – The Running Man, MC Hammer “Can’t Touch This” dance, the “Moonwalk” and “The Macarena”.

 

Photo: Style Me Pretty

Carnival Themed Wedding

Kiss and Tell If you’re looking for an adventurous x-factor to build into your wedding, this may be the one for you. A kissing booth is a fun and playful way for your guests to interact with one another. You can choose to have the booth during the cocktail hour or during the actual reception.

Carnival Treats One of the things people most look forward to when going to the carnival is all the fun foods. Make this a part of your wedding by feature treats like candy apples, a popcorn machine, cotton candy, mini hotdogs, slider hamburgers and roasted peanuts. This is a great option for a day time, outdoor wedding cocktail hour or reception.

 

Photo: TBDress

Vegas Themed Wedding

Vegas Entertainment Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without the shows. The most talented performers from around the world strive to perform in Sin City. Bring some of the show time magic home to your wedding by featuring a Vegas-inspired performer!

Creative Cakes If you love Vegas (or just gambling), but want to be more subtle in your approach to showing it at your wedding, have your cake say it for you! Wedding cakes are always more fun when they’re creative. Cake pops can also make a great treat for your guests as they leave the world you just created for them. But don’t just stop at rolled-up cake dipped in chocolate. Enhance your theme with theme-related Cake Pops.

 

Photo: New England Fine Living

Candy Themed Wedding

Cotton Candy Galore Who wouldn’t want to go to a candy themed wedding? Instead of having your reception look like the Willy Wonka Factory, give your big day a sweet touch with cotton candy. Having someone churning fresh cotton candy is something everyone will enjoy. Or you can get really creative and have the cotton candy spun around glow sticks so people can enjoy their sugar while dancing!

Candy Buffet Of course you’ll be offering your guests a sit-down or buffet dinner option, but why not provide a candy buffet option too? You can make this part of the décor by coordinating the wedding color scheme into the candy you choose. It’s just a simple but enjoyable touch that will make your wedding that much more memorable. Looking for someone to customize a candy buffet at your wedding?

 

Remember…

Sometimes you don’t need to do much to create a theme. Often, your venue may provide it for you. If you plan a wedding at a venue near the water, think about incorporating a nautical theme. If your location has an intimate feel, you may want to transport your guests into a fairy tale wedding with your décor.  Use the natural beauty of your wedding’s atmosphere to your advantage.

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