Creative Reception Table Decor Ideas

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher of Brides & Weddings

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When it comes to planning your wedding reception, the table design can play a major role in setting the tone and creating the ambiance for your guests. From elegant and sophisticated to rustic and whimsical, there are endless options for reception table design. Here are some ideas and inspiration for creating beautiful and unique table decor:

Floral Arrangements

Floral arrangements are a classic and timeless choice for wedding table decor. Choose seasonal flowers in your favorite colors and pair them with candles or other decorative elements to create a romantic ambiance. Vary the height of the floral arrangements to create visual interest and dimension.

Lanterns and Candles

For a warm and intimate atmosphere, lanterns and candles are a great choice. Choose lanterns in different sizes and styles, and pair them with candlesticks, votives, or tea lights. You can also use lanterns to hold floral arrangements or other decorative elements.

Vintage or Rustic Elements

For a vintage or rustic vibe, consider incorporating elements like wooden crates, antique lanterns, or burlap table runners. You can also use vintage bottles or mason jars as vases for floral arrangements, or display family photos or other sentimental items on the table.

Modern and Minimalist

For a sleek and modern look, opt for a minimalist approach with clean lines and simple decor. Consider using geometric shapes, metallic accents, or monochromatic color schemes. You can also use unique and unexpected elements like clear acrylic table numbers or glass chargers.

Unique Tableware

In addition to decor, the tableware you choose can also add to the overall design of your reception tables. Consider unique and unexpected elements like colored glassware, vintage china, or hand-painted plates. Mix and match different patterns and textures to create a fun and eclectic look.

Natural Elements

For an earthy and organic feel, consider incorporating natural elements like moss, driftwood, or succulents into your table decor. You can also use leaves or branches as place card holders or create a centerpiece using natural materials like fruits or vegetables.

Fruit and Vegetables

Incorporate natural elements like fruits and vegetables into your centerpiece design for an earthy and organic feel. Choose seasonal produce in colors that match your wedding theme and display them in unique and unexpected ways.

Moss and Succulents

For a modern and unique centerpiece, consider incorporating moss, succulents, or other greenery. Create terrariums or display them in unique and unexpected ways for a fun and whimsical look.

Glass Bottles Recycled

glass bottles can create a fun and eclectic centerpiece. Choose bottles in different shapes and sizes and fill them with single stems or small floral arrangements for a simple yet stylish look.


For a literary touch, stack vintage books and top with flowers or candles. This can create a whimsical and unique centerpiece that reflects your personality and interests.


Feathers can create a fun and whimsical centerpiece, especially when paired with bold and bright blooms. Choose feathers in different colors and sizes and display them in unique and unexpected ways.


Bring the outdoors inside with a centerpiece featuring branches, leaves, or other natural elements. Choose branches in materials like wood or metal and pair them with candles or simple floral arrangements for a rustic and organic look.

Vintage Tea Cups

Vintage tea cups filled with flowers can create a charming and feminine centerpiece. Choose cups in different colors and patterns and pair them with other vintage elements like lace or ribbon for a cohesive look.


Peonies are a classic and romantic choice for a floral centerpiece. Choose peonies in soft, delicate colors like blush or ivory and pair them with other soft and romantic elements like lace or pearls.


Incorporate bright and colorful citrus fruits into your centerpiece design for a fresh, summery feel. Display them in unique and unexpected ways, like in glass bowls or on top of vintage crates or wooden boxes.

The reception table design is important for creating the perfect ambiance for your wedding day. With endless options and inspiration, you can choose a design that reflects your style and personality. Consider your venue, color scheme, and overall wedding theme when selecting your table decor. With thoughtful planning and attention to detail, your reception tables can be a beautiful and memorable part of your special day.

Rebecca Barnes is the publisher of Brides & Weddings, the trusted local wedding planning guide for more than 25 years. Rebecca is passionate about helping couples plan their dream weddings. Schedule a complimentary wedding planning consultation, call with Rebecca today. 



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