When it comes to your wedding reception, this really is the fun part of the planning preparation and where you can really show off your style and personality through your decoration.

Whether you’re thinking of getting crafty yourself or you’re planning to hire a wedding decorator, your table decorations are often an integral part of the overall look allowing you to show off your theme, colour palette and creativity.

Your guests will spend a significant portion of their day at their table during the reception so we believe you should put in as much effort to your table decorations as you do any other part.

Check out our 5 top tips for perfecting the ideal table set up.

1 – Most venues or caterers will normally provide white or ivory tablecloths as your blank canvas to decorate. Always check if this is included in your agreed fee or something that you need to add to the budget.

2 – The must-haves on any wedding reception table are some form of centrepiece, a table name or number that corresponds with your seating plan, a place setting and name card, a wedding favour and a napkin. (*All things that need to be budgeted for separately)

3 – When it comes to choosing your centrepiece, we recommend something that comfortably fills the space you have but that doesn’t overpower it. Layering is a good technique and adding some height too so that it becomes a focal point and something the guests will admire. *Not too much height though! You want your tables to be able to socialise with one another without having something blocking their view or having to strain around to have a simple conversation.

4 – Incorporate a bit of personality into your decorations, this could be anything from simply including your favourite scented candles to some photo frames of you and your guests on the tables to show them how special they are to your big day. Whether it’s rustic chic or dramatic glamour that’s the theme of your day make sure your tables represent the same style for a consistent look throughout.

5 – Budget! Whether you’re planning to use a wedding decorator who will supply all your table decorations for you or you’re looking to go down the DIY option and get creative yourself, make sure you plan this into your overall budget as it’s one of the most common things that are forgotten when it comes to planning for your big day.  

If you’re looking to hire a wedding decorator, we are able to recommend our listed suppliers for event and venue dressing who’ll guide you through the process. If you’re looking to do it yourself, we’ve got years of experience and advice that we’d be willing to share to help you get the perfect look. Our stone barn and grounds provide the perfect setting for a beautiful barn wedding venue. Our wedding suite has superb character and atmosphere, with oak beams, dance floor and private bar and is just waiting for your finishing touches to make your day as special to you as it is to us.

If you’d like to request a brochure to enquire about Hyde Bank Farm being part of your big day then click here.