Once you have done all the big wedding tasks such as booking your venue, finding your dress and choosing your wedding photographer, you can start to think about all those little details that will help make your wedding day unique and personal to you.
When planning your wedding reception, as well as finding the perfect centrepieces for your tables, think about how to create the perfect place setting that your guests will love to sit down to.
We take a look at some of the prettiest place settings out there – and we promise they don’t have to cost the earth!
This feather place setting captured at Crowne Plaza Gerrad's Cross is such a simple idea that will look fantastic in your wedding photos and is so budget friendly!
You can buy already painted feathers from craft stores or if you can’t quite find the shade or tone you are looking for then buy plain white feathers and spray them.
Image credit: Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross
Another idea that is simple, easy to recreate and so pretty is this beaded place setting at The Tattershall Castle. Simply buy a long strand of clear beads that you can drape across each place setting. What makes it extra special is the sequin table cloth providing the perfect glitzy backdrop to your wedding place setting.
Image credit: The Tattershall Castle
If you want to really make an impact with your wedding place settings then consider having charger plates. We adore these clear charger plates at The Hospital Club that are finished with metallic beading and a beautiful but simple menu card to tell guests what they are about to enjoy.
Image credit: The Hospital Club
Rustic brides will be in awe of this amazing rose gold place setting at The Kedleston Country House. Rose gold cutlery is beautifully offset with a mint green charger plate, a peach menu and a sprig of greenery.
Read More: The Ultimate Rose Gold Wedding Guide
Image credit: The Kedleston Country House
If you are planning an ultra-glam wedding day then you are going to love this glittering gold place setting created by wedding planner My Amazing Events. A metallic charger plate is then giving a girly finishing touch with a gold napkin and a pretty pink flower.
Image credit: My Amazing Events
Keep your place setting simple and cost effective with this rustic idea captured by Amanda Forman Photography. A simple white napkin folded square and tied with rustic string and a touch of greenery is beautiful and easy to recreate – why not recruit your bridesmaids to help create this look?
Image credit: Amanda Forman Photography
Why not have your beautiful place setting also double up as the name card for your guest? These cute chalkboard name cards can be pegged onto your napkins and personalised with each guests’ name – available to hire from Rustic Rentals.
Image credit: Rustic Rentals
We adore this floral place setting captured at Minnehaha Events, this tipi wedding venue is given a touch of sparkle with gold glittering table cloths, crisp white napkins and a vibrant pink orchid for each guest. We love how this simple design really makes the reception tables look extra special.
Image credit: Minnehaha Events
This sage green place setting created by Holly Cadogan Flowers is so fresh and different and it could be perfect for a spring wedding day.
If you want to recreate this look then speak to your florist and see is they can source some small individual flowers for your reception tables. Or if you are on a tight budget then consider silk flowers – you can find these in your local craft shop.
Image credit: Holly Cadogan Flowers
If you are looking for some truly glamorous wedding inspiration then you can’t go far wrong by looking at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard for ideas. We love this beautifully elegant place setting and also adore how the napkin rings and the charger plates are colour matched exactly.
Image credit: Shangri-La at The Shard
We love the idea of using your menu cards to create the perfect place setting. This modern geometric design from ByBlossom Wedding Stationery ties in beautifully with the table number and the place cards and we think the metallic detail is stunning!
Image credit: By Blossom Wedding Stationery
If you are planning a Beauty & the Beast style wedding day or you simply love classic and romantic ideas then this place setting at Sheene Mill will be exactly to your taste. Clear charger plates are given the perfect finishing touch with a crisp white napkin and a single red rose – how stunning does this look!
Image credit: Sheene Mill
Glitzy brides are going to love this glittering gold place setting idea captured by Jessica Davies Photography – combining our favourite style of charger plate with a sequin table cloth and gold accessories. The cluster of berries adds a winter feel to the table, making it a perfect option for a winter wedding day.
Image credit: Jessica Davies Photography
How stunning is this table set up at South Place Hotel? The muted grey, pink and yellow tones work beautifully together and we love the vintage keys that double up as pretty place cards. If you want to recreate this look then you can bulk buy keys and luggage tags to create your own vintage wedding place cards.
Image credit: South Place Hotel
Indeco Wedding Flowers show how florals can really transform your wedding place setting. The navy ribbon adds a beautiful contrast and will look amazing in your photographs, the vintage style silver cutlery is the perfect finishing touch.
Image credit: Indeco Wedding Flowers
We adore this wintry place setting at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The buddle of winter wedding flowers work beautifully against the metallic and green crockery and the colours perfectly complement the centrepiece.
Image credit: Shakespeare’s Globe
If you are looking for some truly rustic place setting inspiration then this gold and lace deisgn at Askham Hall is perfect for you. The matte gold gives a traditionally glamorous colour scheme a more rustic vibe and the wooden cutlery is a unique finishing touch.
Image credit: Askham Hall
The Chalk Spot show how a simple menu card and a single flower can create the perfect place setting. We love the font that has been used and the hessian table runner complements the look beautifully.
Image credit: The Chalk Spot
Another stunning design from The Chalk Spot is this dramatic black and gold look. We love how a touch of gothic wedding style can still look really pretty and feminine and it simply adds a touch of glamour to your reception tables.
Image credit: The Chalk Spot
Top Tips for Creating the Perfect Place Setting
Keep It Simple
Don’t forget that creating a mock up place setting might not feel like a lot of work, but you could be increasing your workload (or your caterer's workload) x 100 once you have done the same design for every guest. Keeping it simple is key!
Embrace Your Colour Scheme
Just a hint of your colour scheme can really tie in the whole look of your wedding reception. A simple piece of ribbon or a single flower is all you need.
Create Fun Menu Cards
As many of the place settings above show, a beautifully designed menu card can be all you need to create the perfect place setting – speak to your stationery designer and see what ideas they can come up with.
So now you have decided how to dress your tables, what about naming them? Take a look at 47 unique and fun table name ideas.