Planning your wedding reception décor is a really fun part of your wedding planning prep. Your wedding table decorations – from your wedding centrepieces to table runners and even napkin choices – allow you to show off your theme, colour palette and creativity.
If you’re on a tight budget, cheap wedding table decorations can bring a venue to life; if you can splash out, your candles, flowers and favours will be the perfect finishing touches.
Your guests will spend a significant portion of the reception at their table so put in as much effort as you would for all your other décor. Think about using complementary and accent colours to your palette, and adding height, light, scent and interest to the table (but nothing so high it stops people speaking across the table!)
Wedding Table Decoration Inspiration
Your caterers or venue will normally provide white or ivory tablecloths as a blank canvas to decorate. At a minimum, each table will need a centrepiece and table name or number, and each place setting will have a place card, wedding favour, napkin, and some additional flourishes, such as a spring of rosemary on top of your menu.
1. Multi-Level Candles
Build up different levels of candles in vases and votives for a warm, modern look that’s great with metallics and plenty of green foliage. You’ll need to check if you’re allowed naked flames at your venue, otherwise use LED candles. We’re obsessed with these dripping gold candle holders from Not On The High Street for a contemporary, glamorous display.
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2. Miniature Crates
Give your tables a rustic feel by using wooden crates rather than vases for your flowers – this is a great look for barn, tipi and farm weddings. You can buy personalised wooden crates that are the perfect size for centrepieces here.
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3. Bud Vases
Intersperse bud vases or old milk bottles filled with sprigs of foliage and wild flowers with colourful taper candles and glassware for pops of colour along a banquet style table arrangement. We love these vintage style bud vases.
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4. Seasonal Touches
5. Subtle Florals
Flower centrepieces naturally add elegance and romance to your reception tables, but you don’t need to go for one big display. With subtle floral and foliage additions, you can transform your table.
6. Elevated Arrangements
We absolutely love tall floral centrepieces that have space underneath for guests to keep the conversation going. Elevated florals arrangements with square frames like the ones above also leave plenty of space for pillar candles in hurricane jars.
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7. Potted Herbs
Herbs make great lowkey and low-cost centrepieces. They'll add a gorgeous scent to your table, as well as colour if you choose a herb like lavender. Try to match your herbs with the seasons: mint and basil are fantastic for spring and summer, hardier herbs like rosemary and thyme work for autumn and winter.
8. Blossom Trees
Blossom trees make for romantic and impactful wedding table centrepieces. We love the tiny tea light filled baubles hanging from the ones above, buy these hanging tea light holders from Hobbycraft for a similar effect.
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9. Spring Blooms
In spring and summer, a smaller selection of vibrant wildflowers is enough to bring a table to life. Choose bright-coloured blooms like cornflowers, foxgloves, tulips, daffodils or poppies that are simple but statement.
10. Florals and Fruit
Use fruit to add a whole other dimension to your floral displays. Autumn really suits red apples, pears and pomegranates while summer displays look majestic with vibrant citrus fruits like lemons and juicy green apples.
11. Hanging Hoops
If you're having a traditional long top table facing out to your guests, adding something to the front is a good idea. Not only will it tie in your theme, it will also give a beautiful shot when your photographer snaps you doing your wedding speeches! We love these unique floral hoops, ask your florist about sourcing some to add foliage to or buy some decorated with artificial blooms.
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Boho brides, is there anything more free-spirited and cool than a macramé table runner? We're also obsessed with wall and chair hangings, all of which can be rented from Knot Again Jill.
22. Textured Table Runners
Table runners are a great chance to add texture to a plain table. We love how this vibrant burnt orange table runner adds colour to the white table cloth and provides a beautiful base for the antique gold votives – you can get some matching ones from Etsy.
23. Greenery Garlands
Not all table runners need to be fabric. How stunning is this foliage display against the rustic wooden table underneath? It’s accentuated here with lemons and seasonal herbs.
24. Bold Contrasts
We love how the muted shades of the surrounding walls and floors have been complemented with the sandy coloured florals in this boho style set-up but what really catches our eye is the contrasting turquoise table names. Try adding contrasting elements to your wedding tables for a look that really pops.
25. Seaside Accessories
Are you marrying beside the seaside? This wedding table decoration idea should float your boat! We love the watercolour stationery alongside the glassware in varying shades of blue and green as well as the shells of course. We love these elegant shells from Etsy that also serve as place cards.
26. Statement Chargers
While not entirely essential, chargers can add decadence and colour to your wedding tables. We particularly love this ruffled edge gold one which can be hired from Ambience.
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27. Bold Balloons
28. Beautiful Bows
29. Dried Florals
We love this mix of coral toned roses with dried pieces and pampas grass, it not only creates a gorgeous colour scheme but gives a thoroughly modern vibe to the table décor too.
30. Colour Co-ordinated Details
Mixing shades can create a vibrant and fun feel but we love a fully co-ordinate scheme too. We're obsessed with the rich, emerald green of the napkins and the matching taper candles in this set-up – you can find just about any candle colour on Etsy.
31. Light-Up Letters
We've seen plenty of giant light-up letters but we love the idea of adding them as centrepieces to wedding tables too. We're particularly fond of these whitewashed ones from Hobbycraft.
32. Alternating Arrangements
Can't decide between rosy arrangements and wildflower centrepieces? Alternate the two styles for a beautiful mixture of colour and texture.
33. Ombré Florals
How this for a table runner? We love this ombré effect created using tightly packed rose heads. Go all out with the pink by adding blush toned glassware and menus too.
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Table names, numbers and runners, each one of our wedding table decoration picks will elevate your wedding reception styling and give a personal feel.
34. Personalised Natural Wood Name Place Setting – £7, Bespoke & Oak Co.
Let your guests know where they're sitting with a rustic, wooden place name. We think these can also double up as wedding favours at a woodland themed wedding, we can totally see them on a desk or shelf.
35. Gold Table Runner – £21.99, Magpie Décor
Sequins are an easy and inexpensive way to add decadence to your wedding table decoration. With size and colour options available, you can buy a sequin table runner to suit your colour scheme and table size. If you're going for all out sparkle, you can also purchase matching placemats and napkin bands.
36. Personalised Wooden Standing Wedding Table Number – £23, Lisa Angel
Statement table numbers can add wow-factor and personality to your wedding tables. We love this wooden table number with a base engraved with the name's of your wedding guests. You can make sure it complements your colour scheme by choosing from one of four ribbon colours.
37. Engraved Place Setting Vase Favour – £2.95, Sprinkle More Joy
These engraved bud vase favours can easily double up as wedding table decorations. Slot a sprig of foliage, dried stems or some wax flowers in each to create colour and texture across the table.
38. Personalised Wooden Place Setting – £4, Sunday's Daughter
Wooden details like these place names add a rustic touch that's perfect for country weddings. Lay them over the top of a napkin in a key wedding shade for an eye-catching colour contrast.
39. Wooden Tree Slab Stump Wedding Centrepiece – £19.50, The Wedding of My Dreams
Wooden tree stumps can elevate your centrepieces, whether you've chosen candles, bud vases, floral arrangements or something else. They also add a rustic, woodland vibe that would work beautifully for barn or festival weddings.
40. Personalised Embroidered Napkins – £15, Undercover
These embroidered napkins not only look luxe by they also double-up as wedding favours. Choose from white or neutral fabric and from six embroidery shades to truly make them personal.
41. Acrylic Wedding Table Numbers – £35, The Wedding of My Dreams
Acrylic table numbers look fresh and modern, plus they allow the colours of your flowers and other wedding décor to peek through.
42. Duo of Pink Velvet Napkin Bows – £16, Truffle Tablescapes
Napkin bows look romantic and whimsical, especially in pink velvet. Tie in the shade with candlestick holders and florals in complementary hues.
43. Wine Bottle Fairy Lights – From £7.50, Etsy
These cork bottle stoppers can be added to any bottle for a flawless (and battery pack-free) effect. As the light goes down for the evening, they'll really add ambience and glow to your wedding tables.
44. Hoop Wedding Table Centrepiece – From £15 Each, Oak and Acorn Store
We love how these wooden hoops double-up as centrepieces and table names. You can add a number or word to each and add some faux foliage or ask your florist to embellish them with some blooms.
45. Beeswax and Soy Blend Twist Pastel Candles – £4.50, Retroverse Vintage
Taper candles are a cheap and easy way of adding colour and ambience to your wedding tables. We love these twisted candles in pastel shades.
46. Boho Green Glass Candle Holder – £15.95, The Best Room
We're seeing coloured glass candlestick holders everywhere right now and we're loving the look. Keep it simple by adding white taper candles or create a colour contrast with a candle in a bright hue.
47. Wooden Heart Shaped Wedding Table Confetti – £3.99, Ginger Ray
Table confetti is an easy way to add colour and texture to your tables. These wooden hearts will add a seriously romantic touch.
If you’re looking for more reception décor ideas, check out our favourite wedding décor ideas under £10.