One of the most fascinating (and overwhelming) parts of wedding planning is thinking of and visualizing all the tiny parts of your day. Once you've booked the venue, the photographer, and the planner, bought the dress and picked a colour scheme - that's when it hits you. There are so many things to design and put together to make this day turn out beautifully! That's one of the reasons we highly recommend working with an experienced designer. In addition to helping you define the look and style you want for your wedding, they are experts at helping you pull all the details together in a cohesive way that fits your budget.
Today we want to talk about seating charts. These little beauties are often the first thing guest see when they arrive at the reception, so why not make them beautiful as well as functional? They set the tone for the look and feel of your reception by either complimenting and enhancing your venue or contrasting it.
In past years its been popular to do chalkboards or mirrors for seating charts, and while those can have their benefits (though don't get me started on how fun it is to photograph mirrored seating charts and still have the writing show up distinctly!) if they compliment the style of your decor, I want to talk instead about some of my favourite design elements for seating charts.
Calligraphy - I love movement and flow in anything, whether its table runners, dresses, ribbons on a bouquet, or in delicate writing. There are any styles of calligraphy to choose from, and if you're working with a real artist, there are also many different colours and textures to choose from as well. Some calligraphy artists will mix their own colours from organic elements such as blackberry ink or use raised texture for added dimension. There are so many options you are sure to find the perfect fit for your wedding!
Greenery - I've always loved greenery. Years ago I used to add greenery from my yard to bouquets to make them more luxurious, and I'm still a fan of greenery to this day. I love that organic and natural elements are becoming more and more popular in modern weddings. It's a classic look that will never get old.
Ornate details - While I'm a fan of good quality craftsmanship and tend to lean toward simple, clean lines, I find that adding ornate details to either contrast or compliment your venue can add a touch of elegance to any space. The key here is to be intentional! It can be incredibly easy to get carried away and end up with a gilded masterpiece (though if you want that look by all means go for it!). With selective use it can be the perfect finishing touch for a classic and elegant affair.
We've curated some beautiful images styled by Social & Co Events to give you some inspiration as you consider this tiny aspect of your day. You'll see all of the elements I mentioned above featured in these images with different types of greenery mixed with ornate details that perfectly compliment the French-inspired decor of the fabulous Royale Brasserie. We hope you enjoy!