Place settings are a practical — and essential — component of your wedding reception. But other than serving their main purpose (the celebratory meal, of course), place settings are an important part of your wedding decor, showcasing your style as a couple and making your guests feel welcome as they take their seats. We're sharing our favorite wedding place setting ideas to highlight more than a dozen unique and beautiful ways to adorn your tables.
Take a look at these creative wedding place setting ideas.
Mix-and-match patterns create an eclectic feel that's perfect for a whimsical wedding. if your style is more laid-back, don't be afraid to combine multiple patterns and color palettes. Add playful elements like painted china, geometric woven runners and floral napkins for a pieced together effect.
Greet guests at a seaside wedding by placing a steamed crab and mallet atop each place setting. If you're not totally in love with this idea but like the beach-inspired concept, consider empty clam shells, oysters, or driftwood instead.
Create an oh-so-sweet vibe by pairing a crocheted lace tablecloth with vintage floral china and coordinating glassware. Blue and white is a classic combo that's gorgeous at an outdoor summer wedding, but pastel hues in general are ideal for vintage style. Add a sprig of fresh green viburnum for measure!
Iridescent details put a psychedelic twist on your wedding place settings. Gold flatware, dark purple linens, and votive candles are just some of the elements you'll need to recreate this cool bohemian look.
Botanical wedding style is one of our favorite of-the-moment trends. This modern tropical aesthetic is perfect for beach weddings, destination weddings and summer weddings. We love the bright colors and fresh fruit accents in this island-inspired setup!
Classic wedding place setting ideas don't have to be boring. Make monochromatic white china feel less "stuffy" by adding an elegant silver pear and subtle greenery as unexpectedly chic accents.
Adorn your place settings with air plants that double as eco-friendly wedding favors. Stick to a slightly neutral color palette — pale green, beige, ivory — for the most natural effect.
Pale pink stoneware and sheer floral linens are an undeniably ethereal combination. Accent your place settings with gold flatware, lush greenery and colored glassware for a romantic tablescape that's worthy of a fairytale.
For a rustic-meets-modern vibe, start with bold black charger plates and striped napkins in a charcoal gray hue. Incorporate gold details (think flatware and candlesticks), greenery centerpieces and geometric details for an ultra-trendy spin. Triangular stationery with hand-lettering is the perfect finishing touch for this farmhouse-style setting.
Sometimes, the best wedding place setting ideas are also the simplest. Couples who love minimalist wedding style will appreciate this no-frills place setting that includes only the essentials — plus a touch of greenery for decorative flair without being over the top.
Old World Elegance
White china with an ornate pattern is an excellent starting point for place settings that evoke Old World flair. Finish the look with hand-painted watercolor menus, pastel table linens and unique wedding place cards, such as this one written on an ivy leaf.
Mini baguettes are sure to please your guests upon arrival, and they're also one of the best wedding place setting ideas for any couple getting hitched at a vineyard or restaurant. Turn the baguettes into decorative accents by adding baker's twine and rosemary sprigs. Voilà, instant appetizer!
Go for gold (literally) with dramatic place settings featuring black, white and metallic details. Opulent pieces, such as menus with laser-cut filigrees, are key to pulling off a grand tablescape that would impress even Gatsby himself.