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; From Real Wedding: Dreamy Alfresco Wedding with Textured Florals and Lavender Accents
Photo by Eric Kelley; From Real Wedding: Chapel Ceremony + Tented Reception in the South Carolina Lowcountry
Photo by Branco Prata; Planning & Design by Evoke Design & Creative; From Real Wedding: Chic Destination Wedding with California Style in Washington, DC
Photo by Christine Bentley Photography; From Real Wedding: A Rustic-Elegant Barn Wedding in Santa Barbara, California
Photo by Katie Shuler Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Rustic-Chic Outdoor Wedding at a Winery in Northern California
Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: Romantic, Rustic-Chic Wedding at a Whiskey Distillery in Atlanta
Photo by Kate Osborne Photography; From Real Wedding: Stylish Destination Wedding with Gorgeous Blooms in Sundance, Utah
Photo by Annette Navarro; From Real Wedding: Romantic Garden Wedding with White & Green Motif in Cincinnati
Photo by Simone Photography; Planning & Design by International Event Company; From Real Wedding: Gorgeous Rooftop Wedding Ceremony & Reception in West Hollywood
Photo by Jessica Claire Photography; From Real Wedding: 50th Anniversary Party with Fall Foliage and Unique Performances
Photo by Milanès Photography; From Real Wedding: Glamorous White & Gold Wedding at a Private Estate in Georgia
Photo by Aesthetiica Photography; From Real Wedding: Modern Fall Wedding with Courtyard Ceremony + Rooftop Reception
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography; Invitations & Calligraphy by Elizabeth Grace; From Event: Inspiring Styled Shoot with Deep, Dark Color Palette in Chicago
Photo by Brian Leahy Photography; Rentals by Luxe Linen; From Real Wedding: Two Music Managers Marry at Malibu Estate with Stunning Views
Photo by Jessica Claire Photography; From Real Wedding: Traditional Armenian Ceremony + Luxurious Ballroom Reception