I just read this post from Vintage Glam Weddings and thought the ideas (found in the Country Living magazine) are incredible.

I love the freshness of the garden location. The mismatched place settings are gorgeous. I’d love to have a china collection like that of my own one day!! The simpleness of the chairs and bench is so lovely.

However, I also know from my own garden themed wedding that all these beautiful touches are time intensive. The table settings from my wedding were only center pieces since we were having afternoon tea, buffet style. We used a combination of small flower arrangements of wild and garden flowers with tea cups of ivy and pictures of family weddings. Smaller cafe-style tables had teapots with small arrangements. At the end of the afternoon, we gave the teapots to my mom, my mother-in-law, my grandmother, my sister, and the female half of our marriage counseling couple.

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Regretfully, we didn’t get any good shots of the tables, but these pictures might give you an idea. We set the centerpiece accessories on top of tiered cardboard boxes (we put slightly deflated volleyballs underneath the biggest boxes to provide stability for the floral vases which had the green foam instead of water). The boxes were covered with gold silk sheets and pillowcases we cut into smaller pieces and a brown shimmery fabric. Every table had a floor length chocolate brown table cloth.

It was really lovely :o)

To get an idea of the way we added height to the tables at the reception, see the post about Chase & Kristie Elliott’s wedding.

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