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5 Wedding Table Setting Ideas to Get Your Guests Talking

Gathering your wedding guests ’round the table isn’t always an easy task. Most of them probably don’t know each other, and some may even refuse to talk to each other.

What can you do to help things run smoothly? The key is to set a scene that’ll make everyone feel warm and welcome. Here are five gorgeous wedding table setting ideas, straight from our team at jesGORDON/properFUN, that’ll break the ice … and keep the conversation going all night long.

Romantic Wedding Table Setting

Share your love story with your guests by creating a fairytale-like backdrop, like this one here.

Traditional chairs with gathered chair scarves, gold trimmed-linens, table draping, and soft colors create an aura of elegance, beauty and romance. Hydrangea, cymbidium orchids, phlox, and garden roses add a graceful finishing touch. This sweet and tender setup is sure to draw your wedding guests to their seats (and hopefully each other!) like moths to a flame.

Royal Wedding Table Setting

Want to throw a wedding soiree that even Will and Kate would envy? These regal banquets are fit for a king and queen, but they’re still warm and inviting for guests.

Personal touches—like elegant draping, plenty of cozy lighting, and simple-yet-striking floral centerpieces—make everyone feel like they’re part of the royal family. Hanging grapevine, cyclamen and roses create a calm and majestic ambiance on the left, while cherry and pear blossoms make an imperial statement in the larger venue on the right.

Rustic Wedding Table Setting

Nowadays, rustic- and garden-themed weddings are all the rage, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re easy on the bride and groom’s wallet, and their fun and laid-back atmosphere makes guests feel right at home too.

Natural and woodsy elements (like the tree wood bark, stoneware plates, wooden lanterns seen here) are perfect for striking up casual chats in the open air, and bright flowers (just like the begonia florettes, hydrangea, viburnum, dahlias and zinnias in the photo) add a pop of color and excitement to the conversation.

Cultural Wedding Table Setting

What better way to get everyone talking than to make them part of a tradition? Your guests will love collectively diving into the sounds, sights and tastes of your culture, whether they’re familiar with it or not.

Chinese lanterns, tulips and Nerrine lilies were used to set the Asian-inspired theme on the left. Not into ethnic customs? Incorporate some art into the scene instead! Vintage books were used to anchor the roses, parrot tulips, hydrangea, cymbidium orchids and wild aster on the right.

Modern Wedding Table Setting

We all know that color can change everyone’s mood for the better, so why not use lots of it to get your guests into the party frame of mind? Set a clean black-and-white background on the table and transform it into a work of art with simple bursts of color.

Red and orange poppies do the trick for the table on the left. Or, you can turn the table into a bonanza of complementary hues. Just mix-and-match three of your favorite colors and infuses them into everything from the tablecloth to the flowers. Pastel linens and glassware were paired up with poppies, anemones and sweet peas to create the vibrant setting on the right.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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