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What Do I Need For the Guest Tables at My Wedding Reception?

Posted by LO on 9/5/2018 to Helpful Tips
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There are so many little details when it comes to planning your wedding, and they can sometimes be more stressful than the big things. Your table settings might be one of those small things stressing you out, but there's no need to fret! Here are some essentials to include when you're setting your guest tables for the reception.

Table linens

The first thing you need for the guest tables at your wedding reception are the table linens. They add the perfect touch of elegance to your decor. Plus, you can get the linens to match or complement your wedding colors and theme so everything ties together visually.

Table skirt clips

If you’re using table skirting on any of your tables (the head table, food catering tables, etc.), table skirt clips really help complete the look by keeping your skirting in place and looking great. Table skirts have a loop fastener across the top back portion, and table skirt clips have hook (rough) fastener to make sure your table skirt is secured to the edge of the table all night. You don't have to worry about any rogue toddlers pulling off the skirt and breaking anything.


This may seem obvious, but with all the other wedding planning details you have to keep track of, it's not a hard one to forget. There needs to be glasses, utensils, plates, and bowls on the table for every guest. They need several sets of each for things like wine, water, salad, main course, and dessert. If you're working with a catering company that's providing dishware, make sure their items won't clash horribly with your chosen linens.


Again, napkins are kind of obvious, but we're just covering all of our bases here. Where you place the napkin is up to you, but most people will fold it nicely on top of the center plate or to the right of each place setting.


To add a nice little pop to your tables, you can place the centerpieces right in the middle. Make sure you think about how many people are sitting at a table so you know how big you can make the centerpieces. It's also better to stay away from anything too tall or bulky so you're not blocking your guests' views all night.

Name cards

Your guests are going to need to know where to sit, so placing their name cards at the table is a great way to let them know. You can put them wherever you decided to put the napkins.

There are typically 2.4 million weddings performed in the United States every year. For yours, make sure you include all the things listed above on your guest tables so your friends, family, and assorted plus ones can enjoy your wedding as much as you will!

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