Unique Chargers That Will Upgrade Your Reception's Place Settings
Chargers are the foundation of any great place setting. Kept on the table throughout dinner, a charger plate acts as a base for salad and dinner plates, effectively holding the entire place setting together. While chargers are frequently referred to as charger plates, there's no rule that says that the base element of your place setting needs to be a traditional plate. From slabs of marble and agate to calligraphed wooden boards and pieces of slate, your options for a unique charger are truly boundless.
Chargers are certainly a small element of your reception's tablescape, but their potential impact can't be overstated. Using a unique element, such as wood or lucite, as your charger can instantly reinforce the celebration's overall aesthetic while subtly nodding to the table's other key elements, most notably your floral centerpieces. Here, thick, natural wood chargers from Emerson James added height and dimension to this al fresco dining setup designed by Linda Ha. Not only did the wood chargers make the flatware and linen napkin feel right at home, but the warm hues seamlessly referenced the table's taper candles and organic floral centerpieces, too. The effect was a cohesive scene.
Setting wedding reception tables with a charger is also incredibly practical from a photography perspective. Since plates of food won't come out until the caterer serves dinner, having a table pre-set with chargers allows your photographer to shoot incredible details shots ahead of the reception. After all the work you've invested in designing a dream reception, you want to ensure you have images to cherish for years to come!
As you plan your reception and your wedding's tablescapes, let these creative charger ideas inform your ideas.
Chargers don't always need to be round. This square slab of marble brought a sleek, modern vibe to each guests' place setting at this Sterling Social wedding. The contemporary look was further reinforced thanks to white-and-green JL Designs centerpieces, tapered silver Borrowed Blu flatware, minimalist Wiley Valentine stationery, and soft gray La Tavola linens.
For a festive and bold look, don't shy away from mixing patterns. Here, a butterfly-patterned salad plate was layered atop a simple dinner plate and an eye-catching black-and-white charger, all form Casa de Perrin. Mauve velvet linens and black acrylic menus added to the table's eclectic mix.
Vintage-loving brides, this idea is for you: To bring a dose of classic romance to your reception, consider setting your tables with ornate polished silver charges. To update this Old-World look, thid couple chose gold flatware for a contemporary mixed-metal look.
Lauren from A Fabulous Fete dreamt up this fall-inspired tabletop which utilized individual cutting boards layered atop white ceramic plates as would-be chargers. Her exquisite calligraphy on guests' place cards and centerpiece pears gave the whole look an intimate, hospitable feel.
A slate board-turned-place mat brought a masculine touch to this airy white-and-green Kate & Company tablescape.
This tablescape, designed by Vanessa Noel Events, featured a marble Party Pleasers charger whose moody aesthetic mirrored the mottled blue-black look of the dinner plates. If a similarly cohesive, interesting look is what you're after, choose a charger that's complementary to—but not an exact match for—the rest of your dinnerware.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Grit and Grace took inspiration from minerals for these place settings. Slabs of Himalayan pink salt, calligraphed by Laura Hooper, served as both chargers and place settings at this modern-meets-romantic wedding. Sweet Root Village florals and Paperless Post menus rounded out the mineral-centric design.
A cheese board from World Market served double-duty as both a charger and a place card (thanks to gold calligraphy from Laura Hooper!) at this Grit and Grace wedding. Holly Chapple floral arrangements, Paperzest menus, and DC Rental flatware served as elegant finishing touches for the rustic-meets-elevated design.
Brown wicker chargers added texture and warmth to this layered blue-and-green tablescape. Since the tablescape featured such bold linens and centerpieces, keeping the chargers more muted helped balance the overall look beautifully.