When it comes to dressing your wedding reception tables, the first step is often to choose the linens. While tablecloths do set the foundation for a tablescape, they're not a necessity when it comes to your décor. In fact, many couples are embracing the trend of keeping their tables bare of linens. If you don't want to get rid of them altogether, we recommend keeping the head or sweetheart table tablecloth-free and dressing your guest tables in luxurious materials that will add an element of beauty and dimension to the overall space.
If you are comfortable going the non-linen route, it's important to select a beautiful table – after all, you won't have a tablecloth to hide any unsightly details. There are many options that need not be covered. Wood tables are popular at rustic weddings, and we've seen white or black lacquer tables at contemporary celebrations as well as glass or mirrored varieties at opulent fêtes. Since you're technically losing an element of your décor when you don't have a tablecloth, it's important to keep centerpieces interesting and have fun with the place settings. Don't be afraid of using various colors, patterns, or textures!
Be inspired by the photos below – all from real weddings – that showcase beautiful reception tablescapes with no linens. Let us know if you'll be following this new trend in the comments!
Photo by Bryan N. Miller Photography; Planning & Design by EverAfter Events
Photo by Eric Kelley; Planning & Design by Kelli Corn Weddings & Special Events
Photo by Branco Prata; Planning & Design by EVOKE
Photo by Christine Bentley Photography
Photo by Katie Shuler Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events
Photo by Vue Photography
Photo by Annette Navarro; Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events
Photo by Jessica Claire Photography; Planning & Design by Thomas Bui Lifestyle
Photo by Jessica Claire Photography; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers