Table Setting for a Small Wedding with Calligraphy

The Beauty in Simplicity

This has been a challenging year and our expectations, hopes and dreams especially for wedding planning have been upended. All of my 2020 couples have had to make the hard decision to postpone, cancel or scale the size of their wedding. In the end, focusing on what will make the day beautiful, happy (and healthy) is what matters most. Are you getting married this year with with the plan of a more intimate or “micro” wedding? Here are a few ways for designing and setting the table for a small wedding reception with beautiful, simple and memorable details for your guests.

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the tablescape

If you are going to be using wood tables, leave spaces where the wood shows through. It creates depth and texture and contrast to your dishes and florals. Lightweight table runners and napkins with a flowy texture are perfect to complement wood and bring the table elements together. Make a runner like this one out of cheesecloth and dye to match the table design and setting colors.

By leaving space between the florals, place setting, calligraphy place cards, menus or keepsakes for guests, it allows for the whole table to breathe. This makes it visually appealing for your guests and photographs beautifully.

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calligraphy & menus

Have each guest’s name hand written in calligraphy on handmade paper. The texture of the paper and the feathery edges is an elegant way to welcome guests to the table. And they are simply beautiful keepsakes for your guests.

A menu for each guest is a lovely addition to the table. Include a special quote, personal detail, a drawing or make the menus individual to each guest.

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For a smaller wedding reception, you may be looking for florals that you can put together yourself. Choose flowers growing in your own garden or look for “weeds” like Queen Anne’s Lace. Local flower farmers often have buckets of flowers for purchase for DIY centerpieces.

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vintage place settings & decor

Vintage place settings are wonderful and versatile option that add interest and individuality to each setting. There are a variety of styles to suit a range of tastes and vision for your wedding table. They look beautiful under handmade paper and calligraphy. Don’t forget chargers to set off the plates and vintage candlesticks to dine by candlelight.

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Photographs by Melanie Zacek Photography

Vintage place settings and table styling collaboration by The Borrowed Teacup

Calligraphy place cards & menus designed and created by KZ Fine Artistry

Contact me here with any questions or to book for this year or a future date!



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