Not only are table runners one of 2016’s most desired wedding table accessories, table runners are the easiest way to transform your wedding tables from the mainstream to the magnificent. With intimate, unique weddings trending strongly in 2016, carefully crafted tablescapes can give your wedding that edge you’re searching for. Read on for some handpicked ways you can use table runners to help deliver that most special day of your life.
1. Tie the knot!
With a sea of mismatched styling and textures high in 2016’s fashion stakes, a table runner is the perfect accessory to tie contrasting components together. You can combine vintage elements with Hollywood bling with a stylishly selected table runner to showcase your very own love story.
Imagine a whitewashed farm table with vintage seating, a contemporary, geometrically designed chevron sequin table runner in champagne, gold and white against elegant, yet simple floral centrepieces and tableware. For maximum glitz, you could even add gold satin chair sashes. Let the sequins sparkle against the vintage elements and have your guests oohing and aah’ing all the way to the dance floor.
2. There’s no place like home
With a desire to keep weddings intimate and bespoke comes a trend towards accessorising to create a warm, homely feel. To achieve this, look to the interior of your own home to draw inspiration.
Think family style feasts with long tables topped with platters of hearty fare. While there won’t be much room left for extravagant table décor, you can achieve an effortless, home-grown feel with hessian table runners finished with candles or centerpieces that have a special place in your and your beloved to-be’s world. Add to that some home-cooked flavours like Aunt Annie’s lime tart and you’ll have your guests queuing at your (or Aunt Annie’s) doorstep forever.
3. Be Bright!
2016 is set to see the resurgence of colourful, bold, rich hues. We love the thought of tablescaping using bright colours combined with wilder, more organic centrepieces to achieve that individualised look.
You could achieve a really uplifting, happy vibe by using a satin table runner in fuchsia top a long wooden rustic table. Finish it off with hot pink organza chair sashes and simple arrangements of fushia-coloured roses and evergreens in rose-gold containers or jam jars and you’ll achieve a bold and cheerful yet earthy look.
4. Shine and sparkle
Grab your shades! Metallic and sequins are back on the wedding trend runway in 2016. Blind your guests with shine and sparkle to achieve an old-world glam crossed with modern day glitz type of look.
How about combining gold sequin table runners with cloth napkins and gold-rimmed tableware for a royal, sophisticated look? Or to achieve a whimsical fairytale theme, we love light pink organza table runners atop sequin table runners in gold, stylishly tied together at the ends of the tables for that touch of class.
5. Hand picked, home grown
The organic, farm-to-table epidemic that’s already hit the food scene is set to sweep through 2016’s weddings. Rather than anything too formal or structured, flowers will feature in-season, freshly picked bouquets and centrepieces and table décor will feature natural, woodsy elements like oak candleholders and plain wooden tables.
To showcase these very natural and often wild elements, you should opt for understated yet structured event linen like table runners and cloth napkins in neutral tones and crisp white wedding tablecloths.
6. Effortless romance
Romance should never be forced, and wedding table settings in 2016 are no exception.
An organza table runner atop a long banquet table paired with a mass of candles running down the centre achieves a soft, sweet and romantic setting with minimal fuss. Use a variety of candles in differing sizes and heights. A super stylish touch that we absolutely adore is letting the table runner cascade to the floor on both ends of the table, then tie the cascading table runner with a piece of diamonte buckle, string or ribbon. To complete this look, add white chair covers and cloth napkins.
7. Monochrome Madness
If black and white and a bit of symmetry is your thing, you’re still in vogue! Sleek and chic is here to stay, particularly for city weddings and formal soirees. or mix it up with some black for some evening elegance.
To conquer this look, we love flocking table runners in black and white. Wider than other table runners and adorned with a monochrome floral design, you won’t need much other than white tablecloths and some elegant tableware to create an effortlessly formal finish. To dress it up to that next level, you could add black or white lycra chair coverswith lycra wedding chair bands.