Design your wedding table décor


If you’ve got the time (and patience!) designing the table décor for your wedding can be an excellent way to add your own personal touch to your reception. An additional plus is that you may save a substanial amount of money doing it your way!

Consider the following factors to help your DIY project along.

Stick to a Theme

Before you start buying materials and going a bit DIY crazy, remember to stick to a theme. This will generally be a lot easier if the wedding already has a pre-decided theme (eg. minimalist or Hollywood glam). Having consistency throughout the wedding and reception avoids a haphazard and messy look, whilst putting you and your groom’s personalities and interests on show for your guests.

Table cloth or not?

Table cloths and runners are another easy DIY—depending on what you’re after. If you’re wanting white table cloths, you can hire them in bulk. Similarly, you can purchase white linen at a fabric store. Table runners or any alternative colours can either be hired or bought second-hand. If it’s a minimalist, no-fuss approach you’re trying to achieve, bare tables are trending – especially if the tables you’re using have raw material tops like wood or marble.

Simple Settings

Unless you intend on your cups, plates, cutlery and placemats to be the “wow-factor” of the table, leave them to be minimalist and simple – let the decorations do all the talking!
Again, these items are easily available for hire or alternatively, buy them cheap in bulk.

Place Cards

If you’ve got the time, DIY-ing your guests’ place cards can be a nice way to add a personal touch to your décor.

Again, it is important to keep your theme in mind. For a minimalistic approach, you could simply write guests names on some decent cardstock with a coloured calligraphy pen that suits your theme.

For something with a more decadent theme, black card with white or rose gold embossing will compliment your other décor well. More on the boho/nature side?

Accompany your place cards with a tiny rosemary wreath or a sprig of thyme.


We all know that wedding stylists can put together a masterpiece of a table centrepiece, but they’re also easy enough to design yourself. Going for something simple and effective is probably the best option here. Pinterest is always a great source of creative inspiration!

Splurge-worthy Items

Some things are worth spending the money on, when it comes to wedding décor. Professional calligraphers for your place cards and menus are a popular choice, but you might also like to splurge on some high-end candles (which you can always keep post-wedding!) or some gorgeous flowers.