These Statement Linens Will Take Your Wedding Reception to the Next Level
Designing your reception tables is one of the more creative aspects of planning a wedding. There are just so many items to nail down—the dishware, cutlery, and drinking glasses, to name a few. There's one particular detail, though, that can make or break your tablescape's entire aesthetic: your linens. While sticking with classic tablecloths, runners, and napkins is perfectly fine—there's something to be said about a crisp, all-white scene—we're partial to the tablescapes you didn't see coming. While all of those eye-catching place settings we love tend to be as different as it gets, they do have one thing in common: Their table linens are all next-level.
You'll see exactly what we mean once you click through to the following images. They show what's possible when a couple's artistic vision, an event designer's expertise, and an elite linen rental company combine forces. From bold colors and unique patterns to sparkly accents and unexpected textures, these table textiles completely stole the show at real wedding receptions. And though these statement linens may stand out all on their own, they still work cohesively with the rest of the tabletop's décor and floral design—that's what makes them truly noteworthy. As for our favorite pairings? You'll fall in love with emerald velvet runners and gold vessels, vintage lace tablecloths and peacock chairs, and jute placemats and blush pink dinnerware, just like we did.
Don't just take our word for it, though. Click through to discover all of these incredible reception tables, complete with statement-making linens that will surely inspire your own, whatever your design vision.
Lace is a popular wedding fabric, but you can use it in more colors than just white. This tablescape, designed by Vanessa Noel Events, featured a black lace runner over a pink velvet tablecloth. Just as noteworthy? The olive-green velvet ribbon that tied the gray napkins together.
Black and White
Here, Alison Events used an extended cerulean tablecloth to ground another with a crystal-meets-marble pattern.
Darks and Brights
We love how A Family Affair of Maine brightened up a deep navy tabletop with lavender linen napkins and cheery coral taper candles.
Now, here's a way to subtly tie your linens back to your event's floral color palette. Make like Amy Abbott Events and match one of your centerpiece's star shades to dip-dyed ombré napkins.
Elevate an all-black-everything cocktail hour with a little bit of refined sparkle, just like Stefanie Miles Events did here.
These bloom-covered napkins are the ultimate add to a garden-themed reception. We recommend following A Good Affair's lead by alternating floral varieties with solids to refrain from overwhelming the tabletop.
An ikat runner adds just the right amount of whimsy to your reception venue.
Looking for a way to soften lime green? The key is texture—opt for chartreuse linens in a soft-to-the-touch textile, like this velvet runner from La Tavola.
These rainbow watercolor napkins (styled by Jamie Joe Designs) felt a little futuristic, thanks to the geometric overlay.
This slightly-raised tablecloth brought subtle dimension to an otherwise-neutral tablescape, designed by Love Struck Events.
Take one look at this emerald and gold tabletop, and it's hard to fight the feeling that you've been transported to the Wizard of Oz's idyllic city.
Speaking of color contrast, The Wedding Care proved that a fuchsia velvet runner pops even more when paired with navy candles.
Linens are often the most attention-grabbing when they seamlessly reference another one of your celebration's major décor moments. Take this head table, designed by The Dainty Lion, for example. Both the vintage lace tablecloth and his-and-hers peacock chairs (from Pow Wow Design Studio) feel as if they're from the same era.