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					                                Breakfast with Tiffany
                                               “Tablescape 101”




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         nce the flowers have been chosen,    the planning phases I usually know the         espresso wooden table runner to create an
         linens ordered, menu decided,        specific style that she is looking to convey   interesting fusion of texture on the table.
         most brides are well on their way    and work these ideas into her table but        Two different centerpieces were designed
through planning bliss; however, I have       you don’t need a planner to have an            for this bride to add drama to the room;
found that the much over looked aspect of     amazing tablescape. Below I will walk you      we then added a row of square votives on
the “Tablescape” is more often than not       through the different aspects of designing     either side of the runner set together to
forgotten about.                              the perfect tablescape and give you
                                              some “food for thought” ideas that I
Yes, Tablescape, the wedding buzz word for    hope will inspire you to create your
all of the pretty elements and extras that    own amazing tablescape.
make up your reception table. From the
flowers to the chargers, the candles to the   For this wedding the bride wanted a
menu cards, all of these elements speak       dramatic look that was befitting of
loads about the couples wedding style.        the regal ballroom at the Biltmore
Although they have been wisely chosen,        Hotel. She loved the old world
how to put everything together in a way       charm of this room and wanted to
that will add that extra “WOW” for your       carry this through with her design
guests and polish to the ambiance of your     however, she chose to mix some
reception is truly an art.                    more contemporary elements into
                                              her tablescape. We used crimson
When working with a client through            raw silk linens with a contemporary
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maximize the candle power. In keeping
with the large scale of the room we used
oversized gold beaded chargers topped
with napkin folds in which we placed the
menu cards; these were printed with the
couples monogram on antique gold tone
card stock. Each place setting was adorned
with a burst of color from a Cymbidium
Orchid bloom placed on each napkin.
We used the same card stock for the table
numbers that were displayed on ornate gold
easels. For a twist we alternated the napkin
color and fold style for the different tables;
the tables with the orchid trees had the
chocolate tuxedo folded napkins and the
tables with the contemporary centerpieces
were given the crimson fan fold laid
diagonally across the bottom of the menu
card. Although we mixed things up a bit
with both the centerpieces and the color
and fold of the napkins we were careful          beautiful, we used different sets of white    chocolate fabric and framed in a dark
to stay consistent with the other elements       multi height arrangements designed for        frame and displayed on an easel. Stylish,
as you don’t want a mix and match look           the tables and encrusted the arrangements     over the top yet not overdone.
but rather a well thought out blend of the       with crystals for the sparkle factor, and I
elements within your tablescape.                 mean crystals everywhere, in the vases,       Your tablescape should be carried through
                                                 in the flowers, around the flowers it was     to both the sweetheart or Royal table and
To show off this couples love for South          beautiful. Additionally, we tinted the        the cake table for a completely polished
Beach style and their choice of the posh         water blue on many of the arrangements        look. My thought is that anything you
National Hotel we started with a mix of          to add additional color and illuminated       place on your table should be not only
the trendy chocolate and Tiffany blue            the centerpieces from below. We used          functional but an element of décor. So
color palette. These colors were carried         chocolate pin tuck linens and played off      remember stay consistent with your colors
through all of the elements on the table.        of the clean lines of the geometric pattern   and carry them through the entire table,
The bride also wanted to incorporate a bit       on the fabric then added square white         be creative with your napkin folds, add
of sparkle into her design. We created a         charger plates topped with Tiffany Blue       beautiful menu cards, a great charger,
spectacular tablescape utilizing the punch       menu pockets that were finished with          some candle power and viola you will have
of color with a somewhat minimalist              chocolate satin ribbon and fastened with      created a beautiful tablescape for your
appeal. The couple chose to use all white        …you guessed it a large crystal. The couple   wedding.
flowers for their centerpieces which can                                                                   EB
                                                 had large square monogram cookies made
be challenging as the stark white against        for each guest that sat just below the menu   Happy planning…
the dark chocolate can be too contrasty          cards printed in the couples colors and             Written by: Tiffany Nieves
yet the white on the Tiffany blue can            adorned with a blue crystal. The tiffany       Photography: Tri Coast Photography
be too typical. The end result was just          blue table number was embroidered on                  and UDS Photography




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