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Wedding Table Settings

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2010

Planning a wedding is all in the details, says floral designer Remco Van Vliet of Van Vliet & Trap Event Design. Whether your style is romantic or contemporary, you can -- and should -- coordinate the table setting to enhance the general aesthetic of the day.

Contemporary Table
Incorporating modern elements and clean lines, a contemporary table often features a monochromatic palette and repetition. Opting for no tablecloth can offer a chic, clean look, while a rectangular table shape can provide a simple landscape for mingling. 

For a special touch, Remco recommends adding high and low pillar candles in square glass hurricanes to the tabletop, a single flower to each napkin, and a small take-home arrangement near each place setting.

Flowers seen on the show: The contemporary table featured mango ranunculus, apple-green hellebores, white hydrangea, mango sandersonia, white dutch "parrot" tulips, white phalaenopsis orchids, white sweet pea, and apple-green ranunculus.

Romantic Table
For a more romantic table setting, try using two-toned napkins to create a ribbon effect; a single flower can be tucked sweetly into the fold. Silver-rimmed round dinner plates and bell-shaped glassware add an elegant flourish. When it comes to color, soft shades and pastels are perfect options. For an enchanting touch, Remco suggests using a beautiful candelabra. Decorate with three to five hanging tear-drop glass votive candles and delicate vines wrapped around the top.

Flowers seen on the show: The romantic table featured soft pink phalaenopsis orchids, soft-pink peonies, celadon hydrangea, pink and ivory garden roses, snowball viburnum, white lilac, lavender roses, lavender sweet pea, lavender lilac, buttery-yellow tulips, and buttery-yellow garden roses.

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