Once you’ve selected your wedding venue and made decisions on your ceremony details, it’s time to define your wedding reception design. If you’re planning to host a dinner for your guests, a gorgeous tablescape is a must-have on your list. Everything from unique centerpieces to linens can enhance the look of your dinner tables, but there’s one other crucial piece that will complete the design: the place settings. Table settings for weddings can vary greatly depending on your wedding vision, but the plates, silverware, and other accents in the arrangement can really make an impact on your overall reception aesthetic.
You can customize your reception table place settings to beautifully match your wedding style, and that's true whether you opt to keep things simple, go with something glamorous, or channel a bohemian vibe. Plus, there are also many ways to include personalized details in your linens and paper goods that make the dining experience even more special for your guests.
Ready to find the reception table inspiration you’ve been searching for? Read on for 45 wedding place settings that can fit any style.
Channel a Destination
Are you planning a destination wedding or channeling a specific location at your celebration? Start with a patterned plate that reminds you of a locale and build the rest of your design from there. We love the Mediterranean-inspired blue included in this setup.
Use Textured Plates
One of the best ways to enhance a place setting right to choose unique plates. Ditch plain, flat plates and opt for something with plenty of texture for a beautiful look.
Wow With Watercolor
Channel your love of watercolor as you are putting together your reception tables. This setting incorporated clear glass chargers with gold detailing that let the watercolor menu be the star of the show.
Play With Plenty of Layers
Make a statement with plenty of layers. This stunning place setting started with a neutral charger as a base and was topped with a pastel blue plate and two other dishes on top for a multi-dimensional design. The full stack was beautifully tied together with ocean-inspired napkins and place cards.
Provide a Favor
You don’t have to wait until the end of the night to give out favors. When guests sat down at their seats at this Arizona desert wedding, they found a natural stone from the region sitting atop their plate with a card explaining its significance. The thoughtful touch pulled double duty, serving both as a keepsake for guests and another design element.
Make Colors Pop
There's nothing wrong with choosing bold hues for your linens. Even a napkin in a contrasting shade can work with a printed tablecloth if they remain within a similar color family. We love how the tablescapes at an eclectic Pennsylvania wedding used a mix of oranges and pinks to create charming arrangements.
Add Natural Touches
Hoping to set a beautiful table inspired by nature? Then it's best to keep your choices for plates, napkins, and silverware simple. Dress each setting up with greenery you found on the venue grounds as one couple did at their sustainable farm wedding in Rhode Island.
Use Printed Placemats
Cloth placemats can bring plenty of personality to your wedding tablescapes. We love how the green floral material at this Colorado rehearsal dinner was also used in the napkins to create a cohesive look.
Gift a Candle
You can give guests an array of favors at the dinner table. This beautiful table featuring eucalyptus was dressed up with simple white place settings, bespoke candles, and a charming bundle of flowers at each chair.
Customize With a Wax Seal
The contrast of black and clear plates and a subtle striped napkin make this place setting pop, but it's the custom wax seal on every bespoke place card that makes it even more special.
Include Gold Leaves
An easy way to add a touch of gold to your place settings? Choose a gold charger with a pattern, such as stunning leaves, to really make a statement. It's a perfect addition to tablescapes at glamorous weddings.
Weave in Neutral Textures
Woven chargers are an excellent way to bring warmth and texture to a place setting. We love how these balanced with a printed tablecloth at an intimate Massachusetts wedding reception.
Embrace Earth Tones
If you're planning a bohemian wedding, why not incorporate plenty of earth tones into each place setting? Select a neutral charger, a simple white plate, and dress it all up with velvet and sprigs of dried grasses for a lovely look.
Keep It Simple
There's elegance in minimalism and this design proves it. Stick to a simple place setting for each guest with all of the essentials. Dress it up with a single sprig of greenery for a hint of natural color.
Play With a Pattern
Want just a hint of bold color? Incorporate it by using a patterned fabric napkin. This is such a fun way to finish off a place setting for each guest.
Not interested in vibrant shades? Stick to a neutral color scheme and add layers for interest. This setting incorporated two differently sized plates in the same hue, along with a subtle linen napkin and natural bone flatware.
Include an Orchid
If you're opting for a moodier aesthetic, a dark napkin is sure to fit the bill. A deep-hued menu? A beautiful touch, too. The final detail tied this look together? A fresh, richly hued orchid, which made each setting pop.
Decorate the table settings for a beachfront wedding with natural elements. A deep blue napkin and an illustrated menu at this reception provided the perfect backdrop to showcase beautifully calligraphed seashell place cards.
Accent Settings With Baby's Breath
Baby's breath is the perfect flower to add a touch of life to each place setting. The dainty blooms work beautifully with this tablescape's black and white color scheme.
Customize a Linen Menu
Imagine your guests' reactions upon sitting down to this beautifully adorned table. The fabric menu really took the tablescape's elegant look to a whole new level.
Include a Single Bright Bloom
Love an organic look? Bring it into your tablescape by laying the groundwork with a wooden charger paired with beautifully designed menus. Top it all off with a rust-colored napkin tied in a knot and a single bright bloom to make a statement. We love how the rest of this table is accented with bud vases and candles.
Display a Custom Cookie
Why not kick off dinner with something sweet? This place setting utilized beautiful china and white linens, but the custom cookie on top that made it that much more special. With a tile-inspired design, the treat enhanced the tablescape even further.
Channel Harvest Vibes
Create a rustic-meets-elegant vibe with a tasteful place setting. This look used gorgeous gold chargers as the perfect base to make an illustrated menu and a strand of tied wheat really stand out. To make the table even more charming, place cards were tucked into artichokes and fruit was displayed to embrace a freshly harvested look.
Personalize Poem Place Cards
Want to make your place settings even more meaningful? At an intimate Arizona wedding, the couple decided to eschew a normal place card design and picked out poems for every guest to read when they arrived at their seats. We love how each card was placed on a striped orange napkin to tie in the wedding's color palette and frame every personalized note.
Take It to the Tropics
Fringed chargers and crocheted napkins can bring a textural and tropical touch to a wedding reception tablescape. The brides at this Tulum wedding chose the arrangement for its “sophisticated yet homey" feel.
Go for Greenery
Greenery is one of the simplest and most beautiful ways to dress up a place setting. Set a romantic table with gauzy linens and candlesticks, and incorporate white plates at each place setting to pop against an otherwise neutral table. Add a few sprigs of greenery to finish it off.
Beautifully painted ceramics can lend an artisan-inspired element to your wedding place settings. We love how this Big Sur wedding placed umber floral plates upon speckled chargers for a warm, modern look.
Feature Your Monogram
Ready to show off your new monogram as a married couple? Your dinner table is the perfect opportunity. Have your monogram embroidered on napkins and allow it to make a statement against white and gold plates.
Choose a Vibrant Palette
If you're opting for a vibrant color palette, make sure your tablescape follows suit. This table setting was the perfect mix of tropical meets contemporary with beautifully patterned napkins, colored glassware, white-handled silverware, and a modern menu design.
Tie a Bow
You can set a formal table that's also incredibly charming with just a simple accent. This tablescape featured a black ribbon bow around the menu to tie the chic look together.
Play With Pastel Blue
Want to incorporate something blue into your reception? Choose patterned blue china to pop against otherwise white plates and chargers.
Flaunt Floral Patterns
Hoping to balance between rustic, colorful, and sophisticated aesthetics? This look pulls it off flawlessly with a wicker charger and formal china dressed up with a stunning floral design.
Keep your settings entirely elegant for your dinner party by incorporating a white patterned plate and simple flatware. To tie it all together? Choose custom-embroidered napkins in a simple hue and add subtly colored glassware for an enchanting look.
Pick Printed Chargers
Printed chargers are an amazing way to bring personality to your tablescape. Tie in the hues of your color palette and complement them with beautiful linens for a colorful look. We love how these chargers at a Portuguese castle wedding channeled the tile surrounding the reception.
Select Mirrored Chargers
Add a reflective touch to your wedding reception tables with mirrored chargers. At this wedding in the Hamptons, a shimmering silver design paired with a round menu that tied into the celebration's pink color palette.
The color incorporated into this place setting is absolutely stunning on its own, but it was made that much more special when guests' names were added to napkins for a personalized touch.
Make It Modern
Take your tablescape to the tropics, but make it entirely modern. This place setting utilized gold-edged plates with a patterned napkin that sticks to the wedding's color scheme seen in the palm-leaf runner. Black-handled gold flatware was the perfect complement to pull everything together.
The dark blue tones of chinoiserie can be the perfect base of your place settings. Tie in the shades with your linens and menu typography, like at this pretty coastal wedding in New York.
Have Fun With Linens
Go down to the details to bring more charm to your place settings. The scalloped edge on the napkins at this San Diego wedding leant a beautiful touch to the modern tablescape.
Choose Floral Linens
A floral napkin is the perfect way to finish off a table setting. At this Austin wedding, the pretty printed fabric used to bring personality to each seat was also tied in throughout the day’s design.
Stick to a glamorous theme with plenty of black plates, black and gold flatware, and even black and gold place cards, but incorporate just a hint of a rustic vibe by including a neutral table runner and printed menus to match.
Play With Pressed Florals
Include pressed florals in your place settings for a sweet and whimsical accent. How charming is this pastel-hued place card at a spring Texas wedding?
Commission Art Pieces
Not interested in a multi-plate setup? Keep your settings simple, but dress them up with color instead. Consider incorporating handmade plates for a splash of color for an original accent.
Coordinate Your Small Plates
When coordinating your chargers and small plates, consider picking out a set to create a cohesive aesthetic. We love the pairing of the orange-printed dinnerware at a citrus-inspired wedding in Palm Springs.
Bring Texture to a White Palette
An all-white tablescape doesn't have to be bland. Take note of this Wyoming ranch wedding, where etched chargers bring a lovely textural feel to the place settings.