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Once you’ve narrowed down your venue and made decisions on your ceremony details, it’s all about your reception. And if you’re planning to host a dinner, chances are, a gorgeous tablescape is a must-have on your list.
Everything from unique centerpieces to table runners can enhance the look of your wedding day dinner table. But there’s one other crucial piece that will complete the look: place settings. You can customize your reception table place settings to beautifully match your wedding style, whether you’re opting to keep things simple, going for glam, channeling a boho vibe, or any other aesthetic. There are so many options to include personalized details and make the dining experience that much more special for your guests.
Ready to find the reception table inspiration you’ve been searching for? Read on for 44 wedding place settings for any style.
Photo by Valorie Darling
Are you planning a destination wedding or channeling a specific location and incorporating inspiration stateside? Start with a patterned plate that reminds you of a specific locale and build off of it from there. We love the Mediterranean Sea blue included in this setup!
Photo by stepan vrzala
One of the best ways to enhance a place setting right off the bat is to consider your plates. Ditch flat, plain plates and opt for something with plenty of texture for a beautiful look.
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Channel your love for watercolor to put together a lovely table. This setting incorporated clear plates with gold detailing for a metallic touch. Thanks to the clear plates though, it made the watercolor menu the star of the show.
Photo by ryan ray
Make a statement with plenty of layers. This stunning setting started with a neutral charger, a pastel blue plate, plus two other dishes on top. It was beautifully tied together with ocean-inspired napkins and place cards.
PHOTO BY RYAN HORBAN
Channel your love for the Southwest and put together a fun, casual table. This setting was incredibly inviting for a family-style meal, complete with patterned napkins, a cactus-painted menu, and a custom leather place card.
PHOTO BY REBECCA YALE PHOTOGRAPHY
There's nothing wrong with choosing bold colors, from your tablecloth to your table runners. And even with a similar shade, you can make your plate settings pop with a clear plate and a bold ribbon.
PHOTO BY NICOLE LEEVER PHOTOGRAPHY
Hoping to set a beautiful table inspired by nature? Keep your choices for plates, napkins, and silverware simple. Dress each setting up with a rock you found with your partner. Bonus points if you turn them into place cards!
PHOTO BY MIKE RADFORD
While this floral crown was a surprise at a place setting for a flower girl, the same concept could be repeated for a larger group. Consider adding a decorative crown for guests to put on for dinner.
PHOTO BY MERAKI WEDDING PHOTO & FILM
Why not offer favors at the dinner table? This beautiful table featuring plenty of eucalyptus running end to end was dressed up with simple white place settings, bespoke candles, and a charming bundle of flowers at each chair.
PHOTO BY MIKE LARSON
If you’re hosting a rustic-inspired wedding, you may want to keep things simple. This table featured an organic table runner with place settings to match. A frayed napkin, brown-handled silverware, and a few sprigs of wood tied it all together.
PHOTO BY MASHAIDA CO. AND LEA BREMICKER
The contrast of black and clear plates, along with a subtle striped napkin, make this place setting pop. But it's the custom wax seal on every bespoke place card that makes it all the more special.
PHOTO BY REBECCA YALE PHOTOGRAPHY
An easy way to add a touch of gold to your place settings? Choose a gold charger with a pattern, such as stunning leaves, to really make a statement as this display did. We love the way one sprig of greenery to match a larger centerpiece tied it all together.
PHOTO BY LAURKEN KENDALL
This place setting is all about plenty of texture in the most beautiful way. Consider incorporating macramé at each setting as the ideal base to pair with a textured linen napkin.
PHOTO BY LAURKEN KENDALL
If you’re planning a boho wedding, why not incorporate plenty of Earth tones into each place setting. Select a neutral charger, a simple white plate, and dress it all up with velvet and sprigs of dried grasses and blooms for a lovely look.
PHOTO BY KRISTINA ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY
There's elegance in simplicity, and this design proves it. Stick to a simple place setting for each guest with all of the essentials. Dress it up with a single sprig of greenery for a hint of natural color.
PHOTO BY KINDRED WEDDING STORYTELLERS
Want just a hint of bold color? Incorporate it by using a patterned fabric. This is such a fun way to finish off a place setting for each guest.
PHOTO BY KAITY BRAWLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
Not interested in plenty of contrast or vibrant color? Stick to a neutral color scheme and add layers for interest. This setting incorporated two different sized plates in the same hue, along with a subtle linen and natural bone flatware.
PHOTO BY HUGO COELHO
If you’re opting for a moodier aesthetic, a dark napkin is sure to fit the bill. A deep-hued menu? A beautiful touch as well. But what final detail tied this look together? A fresh orchid to really make each setting pop.
PHOTO BY HEATHER WARAKSA
Put together table settings for a beachfront wedding by incorporating natural elements. We love the deep blue napkin incorporated into this place setting with an illustrated menu. It provided the perfect backdrop to showcase beautifully calligraphed seashell place cards.
PHOTO BY DU SOLEIL PHOTOGRAPHIE
Baby’s breath is the perfect way to add a touch of life to each place setting. We love the black and white color scheme set up here, with just a hint of gold tied into the mix and dainty blooms to finish it off.
PHOTO BY CINZIA BRUSCHINI
Imagine your guests sitting down to a beautifully adorned table, with a bespoke linen menu at each chair. We love the details of branches with berries along with napkins tied with ribbon. But it's the fabric menu that really takes this look to a whole new level.
PHOTO BY HANNAH COSTELLO
Love a wildflower look? Bring it into your tablescape. Lay the groundwork with a wooden charger paired with beautifully designed menus. Top it all off with a rust-colored napkin tied in a knot and a single bright bloom to make a statement.
PHOTO BY ATMOSPHERE FOTOGRAFIA
Why not kick off dinner with something sweet? This place setting utilized beautiful china and white linens, but it’s the custom cookie on top that made it that much more special. Plus, with such a stunning cookie, the design just enhanced the place setting even further.
PHOTO BY CASSIDY CARSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Create a rustic-meets-elegant vibe with a tasteful place setting. This look used gorgeous gold chargers as the perfect base to make a beautifully designed menu and a strand of tied wheat really stand out. To make it even more charming, place cards were tucked into artichokes to embrace a freshly harvested look.
PHOTO BY CLARKIE PHOTOGRAPHY
Thank your guests for joining you for dinner right at the table! Create an elaborate place setting or go with a simple choice, and then add your note right on top for a special touch.
Photo by O'Malley Photographers
If you’re planning bold centerpieces, let them do all the talking. Keep your place settings simple so they don’t detract too much, like this tropical-inspired setup with a leaf as the base, a wicker charger, and a plain white plate.
Photo by M.K. Sadler
Greenery is one of the simplest and most beautiful ways to dress up a place setting. Set a romantic table with gauzy linens and candlesticks, and incorporate white plates at each place setting to pop against a white table. Add a few sprigs of greenery to finish it off.
Photo by Melissa Oholendt
With adorable baguettes like these, why not show them off? While this place setting was intentionally kept simple and elegant with clear glassware, it was dressed up in the most charming way with a sprig of rosemary and a bit of bread.
Photo by Lucy Cuneo
Ready to show off your new monogram as a married couple? Use dinner as the perfect opportunity! Have your monogram embroidered on napkins and allow it to make a statement against white and gold plates.
PHOTO BY REBECCA YALE PHOTOGRAPHY
If you're opting for a vibrant color palette, make your place settings follow suit! This place setting was the perfect mix of tropical meets contemporary with beautifully patterned napkins, colored glassware, white-handled silverware, and a modern-inspired menu design.
Photo by Lauren Fair
Want to incorporate something blue into your reception? Choose patterned blue china to pop against otherwise white plates and chargers.
Photo by Lauren Fair
Bring a tropical touch to each place setting at your seaside wedding. Set a rattan placemat for a natural base, add a white plate, and wrap it with a leaf. Your guests' names will be sure to stand out in the most unique way.
Photo by Kurt Boomer
Hoping to balance between rustic, colorful, and sophisticated? This look pulls it off flawlessly with a wicker charger and formal china dressed up with stunning floral plates and linens, plus bone-handled flatware.
Photo by kt merry
Keep your settings entirely elegant for your dinner party. Incorporate a white plate with a beautiful pattern, paired with simple flatware. To tie it all together? Choose custom embroidered napkins with a simple hue and add subtle colored glassware for the most enchanting look.
Photo by Kadi Tobin Photography
Embrace a Southwestern vibe with cactus in the mix. A beautifully colored plate is a great choice, but incorporating cactus pads at each setting really makes a unique boho statement.
Photo by joel serrato
The color incorporated into this place setting is absolutely stunning on its own. But it was made that much more special by having each guest's name added to the napkins for a personalized touch.
Photo by Jana Williams
Take your tablescape to the tropics, but make it entirely modern. This place setting utilized gold-edged plates with a patterned napkin to stick to the color scheme. And to make the look that much more chic, black-handled gold flatware was beautifully displayed.
Photo by Catherine Guidry
Hoping to bring a bit of European flair to your tables? Play with patterns! This setting started with blue floral chargers, custom linens napkins, and a scripted menu. To top it all off, mini baguettes served as place cards featuring names wrapped in twine.
COURTESY OF BILL HANSEN CATERING; DESIGN BY GLDN EVENTS AND RENNY & REED
Set a formal table, but add a uniquely charming touch. This place setting featured a black ribbon bow to tie the entirely chic look together.
Photo by Carina Skrobecki Photo
Embrace autumn with the most stunning place settings. Start with a copper charger and dress it up with a linen napkin, beautifully hued menu, and two dainty feathers.
Photo by Ashley Jensen
Embrace a tropical locale and bring flora into the mix. These place settings started with simple white plates but were cleverly dressed up for the occasion with tropical green leaves for added interest.
Photo by charla storey
Stick to a glam theme with plenty of black plates, black and gold flatware, and even black and gold place cards. But incorporate just a hint of a rustic vibe by including a neutral table runner and printed menus to match.
PHOTO BY OLIVIA & DAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Ready to raise a toast? This place setting was simple and rustic, with an unexpected touch. Custom embroidered linen napkins were tied with a string and then topped with glassware for a unique spin on traditional placement.
Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography
Not interested in a multi-plate setup? Keep your settings simple, but dress them up with color instead. Consider incorporating handmade plates for a splash of color to make your dinner that much more special.
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