5 Chic Wedding Reception and Table Settings Themes


Planning your big day can take a lot out of you. There’s the ceremony, the reception, caterers, florists. You’ve got to figure out what you’re wearing and you’ve got to figure out your wedding theme and colour palettes.

It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Deciding on a theme and leaving yourself plenty of time and funds to execute it perfectly can be an exciting experience, especially when you see it come together.

This is a list of five beautiful and stylish wedding reception themes to help inspire you and get you started on planning your reception décor and table settings.

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Vintage elegance

Your vintage wedding would be elegant and timeless. You can draw plenty of inspiration from classic films and your gran’s wedding album. Aim for a simple colour palette of white, cream, grey, light pink, gold and silver.

Visit some opportunity shops to find some old lace table cloths and pair them with floral centrepieces using peonies, roses and hydrangeas. Light the venue with old-fashioned chandeliers and antique silver candelabras.

Use classic timber tables and with white crockery and silver cutlery and follow a table setting guide to make sure you set the tables appropriately for the dinner you will serve.

A little Rustic charm

Rustic weddings are in vogue right now and for good reason; they are simple and gorgeous. To make sure your beautiful rustic wedding reception stands out, find a great venue.

A barn might not look impressive to begin with, but with some expertly strung lights and some beautiful floral brocades, the barn will look like something you’ve seen in a magazine.

Your rustic wedding will use natural materials like reclaimed wood, hessian, and greenery. Use rustic benches as tables and hessian lined with lace as the table runners.

You can make simple and pretty centrepieces for each table with pillar candles to light your tables and bunches of white Baby’s Breath flowers in mason jars.

Seaside Dream

If you want to make the most of a summer wedding, why not get married on a beach with an invigorating ocean breeze to keep you cool and warm sand to keep your feet from getting cold?

Under a marquis or on some decking, decorate your beach wedding using white canopies, coupled with a pop of a fresh colour like green, yellow, pink or orange.

Use tropical flowers like hibiscus and orchids, as well as shells and dried starfish in your table centrepieces. Light the beach with Tiki torches and fire pits to keep your guests warm as the sun sets.

Once Upon a Fairy-tale

All little girls dream of their fairy-tale wedding. A true fairy-tale, romantic-style wedding is timeless and classic.

Your guests will be dressed to the nines in ball gowns and black tuxes, so it’s only reasonable to decorate your reception with regal colours and gold accents.

Floral arrangements are important; decorate the hall with garlands and pomanders of roses for the centrepieces on every table.

You want a classic table setting on crisp white linens, with crystal glassware and the highest quality beautiful crockery and cutlery.

A Bohemian Affair

If you want something laidback but still beautiful, a bohemian wedding might be for you. Whether in the countryside or the seaside, a boho wedding can work anywhere.

Decorate your bohemian wedding reception with Moroccan lanterns, Persian rugs, and brightly coloured floral arrangements using Zinnia flowers.

Use candles and lanterns in centrepieces on big timber tables and scatter large patchwork cushions by a fire pit, to keep your guest warm and comfortable.

There are many wedding themes to choose from that will transform a space and an event. Find one that best suits you and your style and make it your own.