DIY Weddings: Table Setting Ideas

Find unique ideas for creating beautiful place settings for a wedding reception.
By: Camille Styles

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Profile Place Cards

For place cards, create custom silhouette art by photographing the profiles of the bride and groom, cutting their shape out carefully, tracing onto card stock and painting black. Stamp female guests' names above the bride's silhouette, and males' names above the groom's silhouette, then place in a simple gold frame.

Preppy Places

Turn on the charm by laying a hemstitch linen runner down the length of a rustic wood table. Create a striking place setting by stacking dinnerware in alternating navy and white patterns, like this Modern Graphic collection from Newlywish. Top it off with heirloom silver and etched glassware.

Harvest Favors

With a rustic wedding theme, favors needn't be intricate or over-the-top. A seasonal piece of beautiful fruit, wrapped in burlap and tied with twine, makes an organic souvenir that adds a sweet touch to each setting and tastes as good as it looks!

Farm to Table

Set a romantically rustic scene with a color palette of burlap, white, cream, sage and olive. A white linen and burlap runner creates the perfect base, while white dinner and salad plates, napkins made from dishtowels and heirloom silver tied with twine bring the look together. Cut craft paper card stock into small tags, and write guests' names in a pretty script for a simple place card. (calligraphy by Pretty Pen Jen.)

Succulents To Go

Punch up your dinnerware with a favor that's easy to DIY and brings a natural element to the table. Simply paint a small cardboard box, then fill it with long-lasting mini succulents. You'll create a focal point at each place setting that's perfect for tucking a place card underneath.

Color Me Retro

Set a midcentury modern table with a bold aqua graphic print and coordinating coral napkins. At each seat, textured white plates with geometric patterns, sleek gold flatware and retro martini glasses make a bright and inviting place setting. The dinnerware is from Wedgwood's Intaglio collection, on NewlyWish.

Prints and Patterns

Create an exotic table that's full of color and texture by layering pattern on top of pattern. Brightly hued strips of fabric laid across the table serve as unexpected horizontal runners, and they allow the look of a rustic wood tabletop to show through. Metallic plates (these are from West Elm) make each place setting pop, while graphic napkins, gold flatware and beautiful glassware add richness to the decor.

Animal Party

For a bit of whimsy, spray-paint small animal figurines metallic gold, then place in the center of each plate. Tuck a handwritten or calligraphied place card under each animal for a look that's both regal and playful.