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Trend Alert: Tablescapes for At-Home Weddings

After several months of uncertainty, the global wedding industry is starting to pick back up. However, this year’s weddings are looking remarkably different than they did last year—and, with colder months ahead, outdoor venues aren’t a feasible option for many couples.

In lieu of booking an indoor venue, many couples are opting to host their nuptials at home instead. Although different from the traditional ballroom wedding for 200 guests, these cozy celebrations are a beautiful way to celebrate love in an intimate (and safe) atmosphere.

These décor trends are sure to jazz up any table—even if it’s in your client’s dining room or backyard.

Fresh-Picked Blooms

Statement florals were already on track for a big year, but naturally, a client’s home isn’t designed to accommodate oversized installations and flower walls. Additionally, the pandemic has interrupted global supply chains, so out-of-season blooms may not be as easily accessible as they would be in other times. Instead, we’re seeing more rustic and hand-picked arrangements rise to the top—perhaps even pulled straight from the garden outside.

“Think garden and natural elements with lush greens, moss, and English garden flowers,” assures Jennifer Charles, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Something Fabulous. “We will see more floral patterns and prints everywhere, from bridesmaid dresses to table linens and stationery.”

Photo courtesy Amy Kolo

At-Home Destinations

Traveling might feel precarious, but that’s not to say you can’t embrace a dream destination from home. Capture any place in the world by implementing design elements and serving local cuisine to embrace your client’s favorite culture while staying safe at home.

Hannah Chong, Founder and Creative Director of Heaven’s Gift, shares: “Couples are venturing into themes that specifically depict a country or city’s culture, such as Morocco themes, California Chi, Oriental Beauty, Manhattan Glamour. It’s all about creating big, impactful staging.”

Jewel Tones Aplenty

Bold and beautiful, we’re seeing jewel-inspired shades sticking around for another year especially as we move into fall and winter. These hues can quickly transform an average room into a dramatic and vibrant space, perfect for hosting a cozy at-home wedding.

“As most of us pros called out the gem tones and royal colors last year, we will start to see a heavier emphasis of colors in those tones,” says Brit Bertino of Brit Bertino Events. “Think a variety of blush and burgundy trends, navy blue, gold and, for winter weddings, forest green and gold. My most recent holiday request was dusty rose and forest green with gold accents. Divine!”

Photo courtesy Amy Kolo

Intentional Sustainability

Going green is not a new trend, but couples are being more intentional about it than ever. This happens to align well with the at-home wedding, as the small guest list naturally limits the amount of waste produced. Additionally, there’s less need to choose disposable goods for cost savings; a couple could even use their own china and glassware if they wanted.

“Eco-minimalism,” Louise Beukes, founder of BLOVED, names it. “Think neutral palettes of latte, sand and mustard, layered with eco-conscious tableware including recycled glassware, earthenware crockery and heirloom cutlery paired with wild and natural floral arrangements filled with textured grasses, dried florals and unusual fresh blooms.” 

Photo courtesy Stephanie Yonce Photography

An Extra Something

At-home weddings provide extra room for creativity, as couples can lean on the personal touches that already exist in their home. The intimate atmosphere paired with fewer guest tables means couples can truly go the distance in designing custom tablescapes that speak to their identities and their relationship.

“Gone are the days where styling included merely some flowers and a table number,” states Bronte Dwyer, Stylist & Planner at Foreva Events. “Table designs are not just going to include vases with flowers, candles, and menus, but textural elements, styling that tickles the senses and brings back memories. It could be coral, coconuts, or crystals. Get ready to see some unique items on the table in 2020 that reflect the unique story of the couple and tell their love story in a creative way.”

While this year’s weddings are certainly unique, consider it a way for couples to refocus on what’s most important: their love and marriage. For those who opt for at-home weddings, it won’t be difficult to make it their own — and, with the trends above, you can provide inspiration for a tablescape that is both stunning and meaningful. 


Kylie Carlson

Founder / CEO, The Wedding and Event Institute
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