it’s all in the details: creative place settings {obsessions}

Good morning lovelies!

I though I’d try something a little different for today’s It’s All in the Details, a mini-series if you will?  You see, whilst I love putting together overall themes and concepts for your wedding styling, I am also (mildly!) obsessed with a number of specific details that can often be easily overlooked and could make the world of difference in bringing your theme together.  So today, I bring you the first of my obsessions… place settings!

Ok, so to start with there’s the obvious basics… cutlery, glassware, place card & menu.  Generally this is the bit your venue will set up as standard, from there it’s all about having a bit of fun!! Here are some of my recent favourite finds ~

Simple Elegance

{grey & lace place setting photo by Max Wanger via Style Me Pretty, white pocket napkinphoto by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty}

The subtle muted colours on these two place settings make an elegant statement.  Thinking about how the napkin is going to be folded – a cute pocket for the menu to sit in, or wrapping the napkin with a subtle trim or piece of lace just adds a touch of sophistication.

Colour Pop

{gold and pink place setting via The Knot, coral place setting photo by Jose Villa}

Adding colour is a simple and easily achievable way to tie in with your theme, a contrasting ribbon or napkin would do the job.  For something a little more special, how about adding a coloured plate or charger into the mix too?

Getting Fruity

{peach pouch via Sparkle & Hay, lemon place settings photo by Christine Meintjes}

Adding fruit is a fun and way to inject some colour and life into your tables.  Used as favours or place cards and tying into your theme – whether soft and rustic like the peach wrapped in burlap, or modern and elegant like the lemons – getting fruity is a simple but effective option!

Vintage Charm

{blue vintage china via Domicile, pink vintage tea setting photo by Anne Sage via Plush Plate}

If you love vintage then why not hire, collect or borrow mismatched plates and crockery to create super pretty settings?  Eclectic patterns and colours are all part of the charm, so keep a colour palette in mind but don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Love Lace & Doilies

{white place setting via Livet Hemma,  paper doily place card by Martha Stewart Weddings via The Sweetest Occasion}

The humble white doily (yes, the paper ones your Gran used to use when serving up Sunday tea) enjoyed a bit of a come back in the last year.  For a white-on-white theme, they add some texture and prettiness, and would be a beautiful compliment to a lace wedding dress.  Simply print, or get a calligrapher to write, names on each one to act as place cards too!

Alternative Menu’s

{top ~ kraft paper menu bag by Good On Paper Design, photographed by Janae Shields, via Snippet and Ink, simple napkin band menu by Wiley Valentine, photo by Aaron Delesie via Gina DeDominici, napkin printed menu’s photo by Jules Morgan via Wedding Concepts

My favourite place settings have to be the one’s where brides get creative with the menu’s! From these cute kraft paper bags (which I imagine are full of wonderful goodies!) to the simple and elegant napkin band.  The absolute best though has to be these printed napkins!  They not only look amazing, but would make lovely keepsakes for you and your guests after the big day too!

If you enjoyed reading about my place settings obsession, why not follow my pinterest board devoted to the subject?

Do you have any styling obsessions like me? What are they, come on, share!


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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