Simple Ways to Add "Oomph" to Your Tabletop Decor

If you've been around here for any amount of time you've probably noticed that I LOVE tabletop decor. It started with collecting plates while antiquing with my mom growing up. We would have dinner parties with friends and everyone would have "their" plate.  I loved the conversations they started and making people feel special remembering those little details.  The love of plates then grew to a love of silver, then glassware, then serveware...etc.  With Haviland, that love has transitioned to event decor and grown to a real passion for tabletop decor that reflects each one of my clients.  I think we tend to focus on really gorgeous flowers to add something special to the table and a perfect arrangement can completely transform a table but there are so many more pieces you can add to a table to step up the design and make it unique to you.  Below are three ways you can easily incorporate into your wedding.  

1: Fun Glassware! 

You can rent colorful glassware from awesome local rental companies and it completely changes how the table looks.  Vintage Placesettings and Nimble Well both have great selections and are a joy to work with. Each stem rents from about $1.50 - $3 and is a great way to add some fun and color to either your cocktail hour, or your tablesettings. Look at how much of a difference the blue glass makes in the pictures below.    

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2: Focus on Your Head Table

If it isn't in your budget to rent fun place settings for every single person at your wedding, why not focus on the head table instead?  You can go all out of flowers, plates, glassware, chargers, etc for your VIPs.  Use the Pinterest inspiration picture that is way too over the top to do for everyone but is completely feasible for just your head table. You would have the detail pictures to add to your wedding album and if you did your toasts around the head table, it could be captured even more and make for some perfect toast pictures.  Below is a picture of a styled shoot I worked on recently to show how awesome your head table could be.  Each placesetting would be about $20 to rent.  (photo by Michelle Cox Photography

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3: Add Fun Linens

I have a wedding this season that we've decided to upgrade the linens from the standard ones provided by the venue.  The total cost is less than $200 and it will make a huge impact.  We're also adding BBJ Linen's new velvet linen to the head table for a little extra oomph.  For another wedding coming up in June, we're doing the classic ivory linens the venue provides but adding fun green patterned runners to the tables for a pop of color.  This is a really simple upgrade but it can make a big difference in differentiating your wedding from others and making it reflect the style of you and your fiancé.  Check out #tablesettingtuesday for some fun linens.  Hint: the next couple will have bold patterns and I'm so in love with them. 

Want to explore the options for your wedding tabletop?  I'd LOVE to talk with you about it (I could talk about plates all day).  I've recently added a design consultation to my services for just this scenario :) Shoot me an email at if you'd like to brainstorm with me!