Forget formal flower displays and let your personality flourish with these original ideas
THE DIY TABLE
Whether it’s down to the budget or you’re feeling super creative, a DIY table, when executed well, can be a real talking point at the party. Explore markets and antique stores for original trinkets or pick up something sentimental on your travels. Organisation is key, so ensure you can set up the day before or leave someone trustworthy in charge.
THE ENTERTAINING TABLE
Getting everyone to their allocated seats and keeping them there when they need to be can be a challenge, especially at a large venue. Ensure everyone is seated when they have to be by giving them something to do at the table. Whether it’s a questionnaire about the couple or even dress up pieces, it will keep the party atmosphere going.
THE MEMORY TABLE
Everyone loves professional photographs from their big day but there’s nothing better than having some candid snaps in the album too. Leave disposable cameras on each table and encourage your guests to share the day from their perspective.
THE FOODIE TABLE
Food is the key to people’s hearts, fact. Weddings are enjoyable but long, fact. Food equals more energy for partying, fact. So what better way to crowd please than to fill the centre with delicious snacks?
THE OVER-THE-TOP TABLE
When money is no object and your guests are expecting the best of the best, why disappoint? The best way is to come up with an original outlandish idea. From a mini aquarium with real fish, to a live contortionist turning up halfway through the night, these are sure to provide the ultimate wow or/and shock factor.
THE THEMED TABLE
Whether it’s a colour scheme or full-blown costume affair, the tables are key to setting the scene. A good wedding planner will be able to accommodate pretty much any idea, but why not go hunting yourself for unusual and unexpected pieces. Think costume shops to getting pieces made, this saves on costs and means you get an original look.
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