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When you are setting your table for dinner, it is a routine situation, setting out the cutlery, plates, glasses, and so on. However, when you are planning the tables for your wedding reception, it is an entirely different matter. Now you are designing something that has to be both practical and at the same time look sensational.

In fact, it is on such a different level that they have now invented a name for it – tablescaping. Presumably along the lines of landscaping, but on a smaller scale.

Before you can decide on what sort of design you want, and the colours, and so on, it is a good idea to have a basic theme in mind. One good idea is to base your design around the flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Unless you have a limitless budget, flowers in season are going to cost a good bit less than those that are out of season and thus have to be imported.


So, at this time of year, for example, you could base your design around bluebells. That is if you have access to them. They can last for ages in water and give off a sweet scent. And once you have them as a theme, you have a colour scheme, so you can use blue as the basis for the rest of the table decorations.

Whether you have square tables, round ones, or rectangular ones set into long lines, you will need tablecloths, and here you can use white as a neutral base for your wedding centrepieces. Alternatively, you can use a patterned tablecloth with colours that match your basic theme. It is a good idea to match the napkins to the tablecloths which helps to make the table feel cohesive.

Flowers and candles are a great idea for centrepieces, but if you have long tables, don’t make them too high. They will get in the way of guests talking to each other across the tables. However, if you have round tables then it is OK to make the centrepieces taller.

Your wedding decorations for the venue can include drapes in a variety of materials and colours, and they can match the tablescaping or they can stand out. Lighting is also important, even if you have candles, and at Kenza Creations we can produce the perfect effects for your wedding reception.

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