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11 Charger Plates to Spruce Up Your Reception Tables

Make your place settings as pretty as your centerpieces!

As your guests will not be eating from them, you can select chargers made from a variety of materials – even customized to perfectly match the theme of your big day.

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Photo: Jana Williams Photography

The reason why seating charts can be such a stressful part of the planning process is because brides are aware their guests will be at their places for a good amount of time at the reception. And while your attendees are at their seats, they are looking at their place settings. Whether you have a buffet or a multi-course sit-down service, providing dinner and salad plates that add to the aesthetic of your wedding can be challenging. Even those with the most generous of budgets may find themselves overspending if they take that task on. That’s where charger plates come in. Not used for food, these larger, decorative plates sit below and complement more traditional dinner plates. As your guests will not be eating from them, you can select chargers made from a variety of materials – even customized to perfectly match the theme of your big day.

Below are 11 of our favorite examples from real weddings and styled shoots that showcase a variety of styles. 

rose gold charger plate, copper charger plate, modern wedding place setting
Photo by Blue Rose Photography

red, crimson, scarlet charger plate with wavy edges
Photo by Lindsay Muciy Photography, Consulting by KA Mariage

hammered glass charger with chrome edge at wedding reception place setting
Photo by David & Tammy Molnar

gold and clear patterned charger modern wedding
Photo by Brian Leahy; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

hammered texture gold-rimmed charger at wedding with wooden table
Photo by Kesha Lambert Photography

hawaiian wedding decor, wooden charger, sky blue patterned linens
Photo by Steve Steinhardt

light blue fine china charger plate with gold trim for wedding reception place setting
Photo by Chrisman Studios

silver starburst charger plate with matching linens
Photo by Kevin Beasley Photographer; Consulting by Bobbi Rice Weddings

rounded square textured grey charger plate for wedding reception place setting
Photo by Christian Oth Studio

purple textured charger plate for wedding reception place setting
Photo by Edmonson Weddings Photography; Consulting by DFW Events; Rentals by Jackson Durham Events

silver weaved charger plate for opulent wedding reception place setting
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer

See gorgeous china patterns to coordinate with your reception décor and discover how gold flatware can add to your place setting.