With the end of October fast approaching, many brides are busy preparing for their fall weddings as well as upcoming national holidays. However, while there is no shortage of natural inspiration during the autumn months, choosing the perfect table linens can be a challenge.
Selecting linens that are the right shape and size for your tables is a given, nevertheless, there are many other factors that influence how well certain combinations of tablecloths, runners, and other items will look.
Here is a basic rundown of how to choose the best fall wedding linens for your event.
Especially if you prefer a more formal atmosphere to your fall wedding, going with traditional linen choices tends to work best. Basically, this means solid tablecloths in white, ivory, or black. Items like napkins and runners can either match or bring in a pop of color.
Fabric wise, 100% cotton or polyester tablecloths are common selections for creating a traditional feel and appearance. Classic table layouts also often include neutral colored or formal-styled items, such as lace or embroidered overlays.
Season or Holiday Based
For brides that love the fall season or the Thanksgiving holiday, centering your linen choices on a theme can bring some of that festive cheer into your event. Pumpkin orange, harvest gold, and cranberry red are just a few seasonal colors that evoke the feelings of autumn.
In addition, how you decorate your tabletops can also incorporate a love of fall. For example, bunches of wheat or gem colored napkin rings can visually symbolize the joy and material plenty of a harvest time wedding.
Matched to Venue or Surroundings
Whether you have a destination wedding or are simply celebrating in a hotel banquet hall, the location of your event can majorly influence the look of your table settings. Of course, every event planner needs to consider the location to some degree. However, depending on the fabric or color scheme, perfectly good table linens can sometimes clash with the physical surroundings.
For example, if your reception hall has patterned wallpaper, the chic chevron pattern of your tablecloth might make the room seem too noisy or chaotic. Likewise, if your venue location has an abundance of plants or green accents in its carpets or walls, going with red table linens might make your guests feel an unintentional Christmas-time vibe.
On the other hand, your surroundings can also be used to accent and enhance your table linens. A popular combination, for example, relies on how the rustic wood texture and earthly colors of a day barn go hand in hand with burlap napkins and chair sashes.
Last, but certainly not least, one way to select table linens for your fall wedding is to consider how you will be lighting your event. Will it be an outside celebration under the cheerful midday sun, or are you planning on a more romantic gathering after nightfall?
Depending on your lighting situation, certain fabrics can be extremely effective. For example, duchess sequin tablecloths will shimmer and create a magical atmosphere when combined with candles under dim lighting.