5 reception table styling looks with stationery gurus Papier

Receptions // by QB

Haven’t locked in a look for your wedding reception yet? Stationery gurus Papier shared with us five fabulous styles (lovely stationery included, of course) to get you inspired. From modern monochrome to English garden, these styles are sure to impress your guests…

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05.18_TheFold_WeddingTableSettings_RusticEuropean_socialMediterranean rustic

The big-Mediterranean-family-dinner feel is big for weddings at the moment and we’re loving it! Make your guests feel like they’re in a courtyard in Tuscany or Provence by dressing rustic wooden tables with masses of foliage. Think garlands made of olive branches (or even seeded eucalyptus for some Australian flair) as runners – they look amazing either on their own or decorated with candles and lemons!

Keep the colour palette muted, and finish the look with linen napkins and servings of freshly baked bread, plus simple stationery featuring just a classic motif.

05.18_TheFold_WeddingTableSettings_CountryFlorals_socialEnglish garden

The English garden look is a classic for weddings for a reason. Create a ‘lunch in the garden’ atmosphere by making the styling all about the flowers – from the centrepieces to the stationery. Display springtime blooms (like peonies, hydrangeas, sweet peas, stocks and daisies) in old-world porcelain jugs or milk glass vases and keep the rest of the styling paired back. Once again, opt for a simple wooden table with fresh linens and scatter the table runner with flower petals.

When it comes to colours, blues, pale pinks, peaches and cream tones are your friends. And consider asking your florist to add touches of fuchsia and deep purple in the centrepieces to create contrast.

05.18_TheFold_WeddingTableSettings_ClassicCalligraphy_socialElegant monochrome

To nail this look, keep it mostly clean. Use just one bold print (we’re fans of this paint splatter-inspired pattern) for your napkins and let everything else be totally classic.

Embrace the current trend of eye-catching calligraphy (whether you go vintage-inspired or contemporary and handwritten) for your stationery and keep the colours, well, do we even have to say it? Metallics accents like chrome, silver and even rose gold keep things modern and chic.

05.18_TheFold_WeddingTableSettings_1920sGlam_socialArt Deco glamour

The Great Gatsby-inspired look that was popular a few years ago has grown up a little and become more refined in 2018. The rule with this look is to think more about the clean geometric shapes that the Art Deco style celebrates and not going too crazy with gold accents.

Gold foiled stationery with a basic font creates a glamorous look (channel your inner Coco Chanel and go for a ‘less is more’ approach) and look for table cloths with a fine geometric detail, like a scallop pattern. Top it all off with Champagne served in 1920s-esque coupe glasses.

05.18_TheFold_WeddingTableSettings_VintageQuirky_socialQuirky vintage

If you’re all about unique details and quirkiness, go ahead and let it influence your wedding styling. It’s a celebration of you! Much like the English garden look, this style puts floral beauty front-and-centre with floral centrepieces and old-school floral-print napkins (ideally the sort your grandma would own).

Don’t be afraid to play around with patterned table cloths as well (keep it very simple and aim for just two colours if possible) and offer a range of painted tea cups for your guests to use – raid your nanna’s cupboards, vintage stores and op-shops for these. And let a colour palette of lilacs, peaches, pale pinks, fresh whites and greens shine through with an eclectic collection of vases for the centrepieces. Keep an eye out for vintage cut-glass and crystal, plus old bottles and jars. For the stationery, go floral once more or include a motif from a classic fairytale. We’re quite taken with Papier’s Disney range – well, we are big kids at heart!

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Images courtesy of Papier