How to decorate a wedding table

Top wedding table with bridesmaids bouquet in vases with rose gold runner

There are plenty of aspects of your wedding that you want your guests to be wow-ed  by. You want them to love your dress, devour the food and dance the night away with a memorable band or DJ. But one design aspect that you might not have thought about is your wedding tables.

When your guests sit down to eat, they’ll be sat at their tables for at least two hours. There’s the three-course meal to eat and then the speeches to get through as well. Therefore, you want your wedding tables to be beautiful and a place where your guests will enjoy eating, sitting and chatting.

No matter what your budget, a beautiful wedding table is certainly achievable. Below, I’ve identified how you can decorate your wedding tables to make them beautiful and look stunning in your wedding photos.


How to make your wedding tables stand out

If you have a little more budget to play with, don’t be afraid to hold back. Your wedding tables can become stunning features that will Wow all of your guests.

First, you need a good base to your table. Many brides stick to white tablecloths but there are SO many other options out there.

You can add some of your personality to your tables and either use colours that are part of your theme (the same colour as the bridesmaids’ dresses, for example) or you could go with something completely different like rose-gold sequins or even black. Don’t forget that your chair covers should complement the colour tablecloth that you choose.

Once you’ve chosen your base colour, you need to think about your centrepieces. Do you want something incredible like 6ft blossom trees or something simple like a chandelier with some roses wrapped around it? Again, the centrepieces should reflect the personality of both you and your husband/wife-to-be.

For round tables, a centrepiece on each table would work well. For long, banquet-style tables, you may want to choose a simple, but effective, runner.

Wedding banquet tables decorated with a foliage runner


I love this beautiful, rustic style decor. It suits the venue perfectly and the green foliage and white napkins break up the wood of the tables and chairs.

The final touches may only seem small, but they can make a big difference. You may want to think about the design of your plates. Some brides go for plain white, whereas others want something patterned of colourful. You should speak to your caterer about the crockery options. Don’t forget your favours too! Whether you choose something foodie or something more personal, it should go with your theme and be pretty to look at.


How to decorate wedding tables on a budget

Even if you’re on a budget, you can still make your wedding tables look beautiful.

The best way to decorate your top table is with your bouquets. Ask the venue to place vases of water along the top table, and when you and your ‘maids arrive, the bouquets can be put in the vases and will make your top table look instantly beautiful. Add some candles and tea lights and your top table is complete.

Other cheaper options include sprinkling petals on the table and using lavender sprigs as napkin rings.

If you wanted to, you could buy your centrepieces and sell them on after the wedding. This means you could add some height to your table with candelabras that are filled with scented candles. Renting them can be a waste of money, so it’s better to buy them and make some money back.

Finally, you don’t have to go crazy with your favours. You could fill some jam jars with sweets or chocolates.


Deciding on how to dress your tables can be fun. Whether you do it yourself, or have the help of a venue dresser, the result will certainly be beautiful.