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Spring Wedding Reception Table Styles

From rustic to modern, check out these must-read tips for personalized wedding reception style.

Photo: Chris Guillen Photography

Classic Spring Wedding Style

Colors: Peony pink and leaf green

Table Settings: Make these classic colors stand out by incorporating them in unexpected ways. Instead of a table runner, use pink and green ribbons in varying shades, widths, and textures to create a colorful statement on white linens. Give some tables green napkins and others pink napkins. White chiavari chairs will play up the garden feel. Add sashes or cushions in pink and green hues.

Centerpieces: Don't feel obligated to stick to two shades. Instead, go for lush centerpieces that incorporate a range of pinks, from deep pink peonies to pale pink freesias, and rich greenery pieces like hanging amaranthus.

Finishing Touch: Place a single fresh flower in each guest's napkin. If you're going with colorful napkins, choose a contrasting bloom or try using white, which will stand out against the fabric.
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Rustic Spring Wedding Style

Colors: Chocolate brown and robin's egg blue

Table Settings: Use the main chocolate-brown tone for your linens; then pick up the blue subtly -- think ivory-colored napkins with a blue edge. Opting for family-style banquet seating will add to the sophisticated ambience, as will candles in Mason jars. To keep with the color scheme, use coffee beans to anchor the candles inside the jars.

Centerpieces: Place trios of centerpieces on each table arranged in unique containers -- think branch baskets, Mason jars, or, if you're up for hitting some yard sales, antique ceramic pitchers. Go with the main brown hue for the largest centerpiece using curly willow, dried seedpods, and dried herbs. For the middle size one, blue hydrangeas will beautifully tie in the accent color. In the smallest, use white blooms. We love the idea of displaying one or two super-sized blooms, like peonies or gardenias.

Finishing Touch: Place a mini bird's nest with three blue Jordan almonds inside next to each guest's charger.
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Modern Spring Wedding Style

Colors: Poppy orange and celadon green

Table Settings: Choosing spring colors with a dramatic contrast -- one bolder, one more pastel -- makes this combo modern. Use the same philosophy with your decor. Mix and match square and round tables. Set round dinner plates atop square chargers in celadon. Bring in the poppy orange with napkins in neatly folded triangles. Keep your linens white or ivory so the colors and shapes really pop.

Centerpieces: Alternate between high and low centerpieces. For a low centerpiece, bright green wheatgrass studded with anemones or gerbera daisies in orange hues are simple but make a statement. For tall centerpieces, go with a few stems of brilliant orange Mokara orchids springing from a celadon vase, or consider green cymbidiums and a deep orange vase.

Finishing Touch: Create place cards in the wedding colors, but instead of having them alternate back and forth, do them in pairs -- two orange cards followed by two green so couples will have the same colored place card.

Vintage Spring Wedding Style

Colors: Pansy purple and butter yellow

Table Settings: To keep things modern rather than kitschy, stay somewhat subtle. Instead of opting for patterned linens, get a similar effect by placing a vintage-inspired, lacy white overlay over butter yellow linens. Then bring in antique-y patterns for other details, like using toile or chintz seat cushions that incorporate the wedding colors.

Centerpieces: Go with classic spring blooms, like grape hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips, growing from pots. You can leave the pots terra cotta or seek out ones glazed in seasonal colors. Alternate between full-size plants and the mini versions; set out trios of the minis. In addition to purple and yellow, feel free to mix in a little bit of pink and orange to keep things from getting too match-y. A bonus: Guests get to take the flowers home.

Finishing Touch: Use vintage images from seed packets or old decor and gardening magazines (try eBay or antique stores to find them) on your stationery, like your place cards or table numbers.
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Formal Spring Wedding Style

Colors: Warm ivory and candlelight white

Table Settings: Choose rich and contrasting textures to keep things from being too washed out or wintry -- think candlelight pintucked linens and ivory satin napkins. You might also choose to bring in a subtle metallic hue with pale silver or platinum chargers, or even chiavari chairs in one of those hues adorned with rich ivory cushions.

Centerpieces: All shades of warm white, obviously! Make the most of the season with springtime blooms like French tulips, lilies of the valley, and hyacinths. Flowers that have a hint of green in them, like lady's slipper orchids and cabbage roses, will add depth and bring in a bit of seasonal color. Another option is to highlight the flecks of yellow, pink, and brown on white irises or alstroemerias.

Finishing Touch: Candles in frosted white glass votives will provide a rich glow for your tabletops, or choose tealights in clear or frosted glass holders. Keeping your whites warm will banish any idea of winter and announce that spring is here!

-- Kate Wood

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