When you want to integrate color into your wedding reception decor, the linens are a great place to start. I've always been a huge fan of table runners because they add personality to the reception table without overpowering it. Instead of daring to go with a bold black and white damask or fushchia table cloth (which can get overwhelming pretty quickly in a large room), opt for more clean and simple table linens, and go crazy with table runners instead!
While a great fabric table runner can be beautiful, no bride should feel limited to traditional linens! There are tons of great ideas out there, using a variety of colorful and textured materials. Here are my top five "Picks on Paper" for the week :)
Paper. Try arranging a bunch of old photos, polaroids or paper cut-outs down the center of the table, or roll some brown butcher paper or wrapping paper down the middle each of the tables.
Rustic & Vintage Pieces. If you're planning a rustic or vintage -style wedding, then you're in luck! There are a million and one different table runner ideas to suit these themes. Burlap is always a popular choice. Try painting your new last initial onto each end of the runner so that it hangs off of the end of the table. If you want to go a step further, take a long slab of wood to lay down the center of each of the tables (this one works best on shorter banquet tables). Alternatively, to keep your decor more feminine and delicate, place an arrangement of doilies or vintage hankies, or try using a simple thin and elegant layer of lace.
Ribbons. This is actually my favorite table runner idea! Take your time collecting a variety of ribbons in different fabrics and widths, but try to stick with ribbons that are at least 0.25 inches wide (anything too thin has the potential to get messy and tangled). When it comes time for you to set up the table runners, grab a roll of double stick tape and a partner to help you align the ribbons so they're nice and straight. You can choose to let the ribbon ends hang off the ends, and use the tape to stick the ribbon to the actual top of the table, or simply run the ribbons down the table so that they're taut, and stick the ends around and underneath the table.
Bold Fabric. A bold print can be a great modern choice. Chevron, in example, is a very popular pattern right now for papers and fabrics in weddings. A table runner pictured below is actually stitched with tons of colorful buttons, which offers a more fun, whimiscal look to your reception tables. Lastly, if you're a bit more crafty (than I am), try out the ombre look with a plain white cloth table runner died to your favorite color.
Florals. I have to admit, this is probably the most difficult of table runners to pull off without a professional by your side. Instead of sticking your flowers in traditional vases, work with your floral designer to intertwine real flowers or plants to run down the center of your tables (like the succulents shown below). An easier option would be to create or puchase dozens of paper or fabric flowers, which you can then arrange down the center of the table.
Picks on Paper - Table Runners
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