Just like gorgeous wedding invitations may be made with layers of fabulous textures, adding visual Wow Factor, so too can your bridal shower or wedding table place settings.
Don’t just set guests’ plates on a tablecloth-covered table…add that extra layer of texture and colorful or romantic, classic design with placemats beneath each guest’s plate.
Imagine this: You’ve chosen the restaurant’s free, pink tablecloths from their standard linens offering, and your white plates would sit on that. Kinda boring. Now, envision the effect of a laser-cut placemat in a fun and funky bright pink azalea design creating an impressive color contrast to those white plates. Your table is a work of art, with vibrance and a unique flair.
Now take that same laser-cut effect as the pink azalea placemat and feature it with your matching place cards:
I found these designs among my friend, celebrity invitations and print designer Ceci Johnson’s collections at CeciNewYork.com. You’d think a table décor element from a world-famous print designer would cost a fortune, right? Nope. These place mats are just $25.95 for a set of 4. Laser-cut, made from her hand-drawn designs and cut from shimmery papers. Pretty impressive, and impressively pretty.
Not feeling the pink design? Your elegant bridal shower afternoon tea tables, or your ultra-formal wedding tables might be set with these:
Now, these are just one type of placemat that you can use for your wedding and party designs. If laser-cut isn’t for you, you can create that added textural layer with a fabric placemat that you’ve custom-created using craft materials. You’ll find kits helping you customize your placemats with stripes, iron-on images, logos and monograms and more, or you could simply shop for floral-patterned place mats at the party supply store. Just steer clear of cheap paper placemats that will absorb outdoor humidity and curl up at the edges, and may even bleed their colors onto your tablecloth if a drink spills or condensation rolls down.
I’m personally not a fan of those rubberized placemats, but you might find that the colors and solids create just the tone-contrast you’re looking for…and you can keep these durable placemats to use again at your future parties.
Aisle Files Tip: It’s a budget-wedding tip to create the effect of a lavishly-designed tablescape by choosing contrasting colors between your linens and plates. Deeper jewel-toned linens like eggplants and cranberry or brights like fuchsia or sunny yellows add more visual punch than pastel hues when placed beneath white or light-colored plates. But that doesn’t mean pastels are out. It’s just a different effect.
As for that beige laser-cut placement seen here. Imagine it on a cappuccino-colored tablecloth with a gold-rimmed plate atop it. That’s elegant.
Play with color layering on your tablescapes, and look at quality place mats to make any of your pre-wedding parties, or perhaps even your morning-after breakfast, wow your guests with a unique décor touch they haven’t seen everywhere else.
Other uses for placemats:
Beneath the guest book
Lined up on the favors table, providing a type of runner
Showing off your framed family wedding photos
Easy décor for your wedding morning breakfast table
Make them part of a shower game. Whoever is seated where the place mat has a special message written on the edge wins the table prize.
How else would you use placemats in your wedding plans?