When it came to putting our table settings together on our wedding day, I was ecstatic with the way our vision came to life. Over the course of planning, we had boxes of candle votives, printed quizzes, wood boards, candles, etc that we had never actually laid out on a table to visualize. So when the day came, I was nervous. What if the center pieces weren’t full enough? What if we didn’t have enough time to piece everything together? What if it looked cheap and silly?
Thankfully, I had a phenomenal group of helpers on hand to help bring our vision together. My bridesmaids and a few close friends ran around like crazy to cut roses, put candles in glass votives, arrange items on the table to look best, and anything else that needed to be done. I was stunned that everything I had hoped for was suddenly right in front of me. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help.
First and foremost, the venue size paired with our guest count gave us flexibility with our table layout. We had a mixture of rectangular and round tables, which kept the room visually interesting. I mean, it had to be to match the beautiful backdrop of the building. Check out those chandeliers and the stained glass windows!
We used a traditional table setting with napkins folded to look like tuxedo cummerbunds (our caterer’s awesome idea). This created the perfect pocket for us to tuck our wedding favors into.
In lieu of giving physical favors to our guests, we donated money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for a blood transfusion. St. Jude’s sent us bookmarks to give to our guests and explain what we did in honor of our guests. If you’d like to do something similar, you can check out giving options here.
The rest of the table was decorated with roses and candles. Lots and lots of candles. We used cylinder vases filled with water and floating candles paired with low sitting candles in mismatched small votives to create multiple levels of light.
Here’s a little something I learned in putting this all together.
To hold the rosebuds, I looked at buying/renting flower bud vases. Those suckers are expensive! You know what’s not expensive? Double shot glasses! I’m not kidding. All of the rosebuds on the tables at our wedding were houses in double (2 ounce) shot glasses. Phenomenally cheaper! Here are the two types that we used – option 1 and option 2.
Of course, our champagne bottle centerpieces and handmade menus were the bells of the ball as well!
As I said, we could not be happier with the way our day came together. Our tables were full of flowers and candles and family and love. We could not have been happier.
Below are additional photos of our tables from different angles. Enjoy!