Here’s what hip brides everywhere are incorporating into their receptions:
While there’s nothing wrong with white china and clear glassware, more and more trendy couples are choosing vibrant tabletop designs for their wedding receptions. Glassware comes tinted in every shade imaginable, as does china. If you want to add just a hint of color, pair classic plates and glassware with tinted chargers, vases, and votives. And remember, colors need not precisely match. Choosing hues of the same family is another way to add a little custom color to your palatte.
The Boho Wedding
Part old country and part new world, the romantic Bohemian wedding expresses a love for global style and eclectic accessories. Using an exotic palette of warm colors that includes reds, pinks, oranges, and golds, dress your reception table with luxurious fabrics, gleaming brass, and silver metal chargers and serveware, flickering lanterns, and, of course, lots of candles. Start your reception by serving an international array of hors d’oeuvres: salty Spanish-style patatas fritas, tender skewers of chicken and beef satay from Thailand, and crisp fritters, or pakoras, from India.
The Zen Affair
The Zen wedding celebrates simplicity, tranquility, and harmony. Choose soothing, natural colors for your palette, like soft greens and blues, and calming neutrals like grays, sands, and creams. Accentuate your tables with simple centerpieces in low bowls like floating camellias, orchids, or magnolias over a bed of smooth river rock; create a Zen garden with stones and sand in a bento box; or have lush squares of moss or wheat grass in lacquered boxes. For hors d’oeuvres, serve rolled sushi and teriyaki skewers on wooden sushi blocks, along with a choice of hot and cold sake and Japanese beers.
The Monogrammed Table
Event planners know a well-placed monogram adds instant style to whatever it embellishes. We’ve seen monograms grace reception tables in a variety of places: on china patterns, napkin rings, guest favors, and more. Easy and inexpensive monogram ideas include printing your design on the menus or etching it onto glass votives and vases.