45 Lovely Table Settings for Weddings to Inspire Your Reception

Build the tablescape of your dreams.

Place settings with white etched chargers, ribbed glassware, white florals, and candles

Photo by KT Merry

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.

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Channel a Destination

Italian-inspired place setting with printed plate, blue and white napkin, floral arrangements and pink candles

Photo by Valorie Darling

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.

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Use Textured Plates

Pink tablescape with gold flatware, pink and gold textured plate, pink tablecloth, and floral arrangements

Photo by Stepan Vrzala

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.

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Wow With Watercolor

Watercolor-inspired menu and place card on gold rimmed glass plate with gold flatware and hydrangea

Photo by Roberta Facchini Photography

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.

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Play With Plenty of Layers

Blue coastal place setting with wood chargers, blue and white plates, menus, white floral accents, blue and white napkins, and white and peach floral arrangements

Photo by Ryan Ray

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.

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Provide a Favor

Wedding place card with gray plate, fringe linen napkin, and stone favor with card

Photo by Carl S. Miller

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.

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Make Colors Pop

Tables set with citrus fruits, silverware, pink napkins, printed orange tablecloths, and pink place cards

Photo by A Bitter Orange Photography

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.

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Add Natural Touches

Wood reception tables with natural linens, herbs, greenery, and roman numeral table numbers

Photo by Karen Hill Photography

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.

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Use Printed Placemats

Rehearsal dinner place settings with floral napkins, wooden chargers, floral placemats, and fold flatware

Photo by AGP Collective

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.

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Gift a Candle

place setting with 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.

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Customize With a Wax Seal

Place setting with wax seal place cards, black plates, half-circle menu, striped napkins, and floral arrangements


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.

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Include Gold Leaves

Place setting with gold leaf charger, pink napkin, gray menu, and pink and white floral arrangements


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.

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Weave in Neutral Textures

Wedding reception tablescape with woven wood chargers, illustrated menus, pink, blue, and yellow florals, and candles

Photo by Kylee Yee

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.

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Embrace Earth Tones

Bohemian tablescape with pink runner, white florals, candles, white plates, a purple menu design, velvet purple napkins, and ceramic plates


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.

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Keep It Simple

White tablescape with greenery accent on plate, candles, and white floral arrangements


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.

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Play With a Pattern

Place setting with bold red printed napkin, white runner, small floral arrangements, and themed table numbers


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.

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Go Neutral

Tablescape with earth-tone plates, a pink and white runner, taper candles, white and red floral arrangements, and wood accented flatware


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.

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Include an Orchid

Wood tablescape with tinted glassware, white plate, dark napkin, burgundy menu, and 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.

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Showcase Seashells

Wedding tablescape with wood table, white plate, blue napkin, illustrated menu, seashell place cards, runner, and greenery


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.

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Accent Settings With Baby's Breath

Tablescape with black and white menu, gold-accented chargers, and baby's breath arrangements


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.

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Customize a Linen Menu

Wedding place setting with custom napkin menu, napkin tied with pink ribbon, greenery, and floral arrangements


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.

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Include a Single Bright Bloom

Wedding tablescape with orange candles, bud vases, yellow florals, wood plates, and orange napkins


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.

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Display a Custom Cookie

Place setting with pink charger, illustrated menu, and tile-inspired 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.

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Channel Harvest Vibes

Place setting with gold charger, custom illustrated menu, wheat, and fruit centerpieces


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.

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Personalize Poem Place Cards

Wedding place setting with striped orange napkin and personalized poem selection

Photo by Michelle Scott Photography

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.

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Take It to the Tropics

Place setting with fringe chargers, menus, crocheted napkins, candles, and baby's breath

Photo by Moni & Adri Photography

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.

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Go for Greenery

Wedding reception tablescape with wood tables, white runner, white florals, white plates, and greenery sprigs

Photo by M.K. Sadler

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.

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Showcase Ceramics

Brown floral ceramic plates and speckled chargers at wedding tablescape with pink florals

Photo by Norman & Blake

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.

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Feature Your Monogram

Wedding tablescape with monogrammed napkin, gold-rimmed plates, gold flatware, and white florals

Photo by Lucy Cuneo

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.

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Choose a Vibrant Palette

Blue table with pink and peach floral arrangement, yellow glassware, and plates with printed napkins and menu cards on top


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.

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Tie a Bow

place setting with 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.

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Play With Pastel Blue

White-washed table with white and blue plates, glassware, white candles, and white florals

Photo by Lauren Fair

Want to incorporate something blue into your reception? Choose patterned blue china to pop against otherwise white plates and chargers.

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Flaunt Floral Patterns

Tablescape with woven charger, floral china, floral napkins, and pink and red floral arrangements

Photo by Kurt Boomer

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.

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Exude Elegance

White tablescape with textured tablecloth, white plate, white napkin with monogram, and tinted glassware

Photo by kt merry

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.

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Pick Printed Chargers

Place settings with blue tile-inspired chargers, dusty pink linens, pink glassware, and floral arrangements

Photo by Alice Vicente

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.

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Select Mirrored Chargers

Place setting with mirrored charger, pink menu, and white linen napkin with rose

Photo by Amber Gress Photography

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.

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Personalize Napkins

Wedding tablescape with wood able, burgundy plates, red napkins, pink menus, and pink florals

Photo by joel serrato

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.

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Make It Modern

Place setting with a black and white palm runner, white and gold plates, a modern black menu, and a printed black and white napkin

Photo by Jana Williams

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.

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Use Chinoiserie

Monogrammed menus paired with herbs and flower on chinoiserie plate with navy linens

Photo by Twah Dougherty

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.

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Have Fun With Linens

Place setting with white charger, peach plate, "anyone" place card, and peach and yellow scalloped napkin

Photo by Brogen Jessup

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.

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Choose Floral Linens

Wedding tablescape with gold charger, menu card, pear place card, and printed floral napkin

Photo by Paige Vaughn Photo

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.

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Go Glamorous

Tablescape with black placemats, black and gold place cards, tan menus, candles, and greenery

Photo by Charla Storey

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.

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Play With Pressed Florals

Wedding tablescape with white linens and plates, dried flower place cards. amber candles, and florals

Photo by Peyton Beyford

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?

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Commission Art Pieces

Handmade watercolor plates on wedding tablescape with bud vases and floral arrangements

Photo by Carmen Santorelli Photography

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.

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Coordinate Your Small Plates

Wedding tablescape with orange and white printed plates and navy menu card

Photo by Jake Anderson

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.

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Bring Texture to a White Palette

Place settings with white etched chargers, ribbed glassware, white florals, and candles

Photo by KT Merry

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.

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