It’s that time of year! Summer is in full swing and it seems as though every weekend someone is getting engaged or married. It makes me so happy… I JUST LOVE LOVE!
While I’m not getting married myself, I still appreciate and admire all of the beautiful work that vendors put into these celebrations. Lucky for me, I’ve even had the pleasure of meeting some of them in person and of course following their journeys on social media. One of these amazing humans is Ashley Steele of A Styled Affair. Ashley began her journey as a wedding planner after she conquered her own wedding in the Fall of 2014. Watching her vision come to life was such a rewarding and thrilling experience that she decided to create her own company to help other brides achieve their dreams.
My love of love and Ashley’s passion for beautiful celebrations seemed like too good of a match not to collaborate. Hence, she and I have teamed up for this post to guide brides to be (or aspiring event planners) through some of the fun stuff, like perfectly styling your table!
Choose your vibe – The first style element I consider when designing for any type of event, is the vibe I want to convey to the guests. Every event has a vibe, whether its glamour, bohemian, classic, or modern, you need to consider the type of style you want to cater your design to. For this shoot, in light of summer just starting and the weather warming up, I decided on a cottage-chic vibe with a soft color palette with pops of color.

Pick your color palette – Color palettes are the key to tying your vibe into your decor. Your color inspiration can come from anything from a flower, a piece of clothing, a plate, a painting, whatever inspires you and catches your eye. For this table, I saw this gorgeous blue and coral patterned pillow and knew that was the color palette I was going to build off of.

Plan your decor – Once you have a color palette, the fun part begins! You don’t have to use the color palette as a strict guide and not everything has to match perfectly. You can play off complimentary colors and neutrals to add some variety to your tablescape. I used different patterns and variations the color palettte to add variety to the table so it doesn’t look too “matchy.” I chose to add decor items that complimented the theme by accenting with unique coasters, antique candlesticks, small orange votive candles and a gold-plated feather dish. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and add your own unique flare to the design!

Finish with florals – I am a huge fan of flowers and feel they make any table look inviting and complete. Whether its a few single stem flowers in a small jars, a small leaf woven through the place card, or a large centerpiece, adding a few floral elements to the table tie everything together. If you want to skip florals, you can always opt for candles and

Cater to your guests – The key to making your guests feel welcome and part of the event is to add personal touches to the table. This can be done through place cards, favors, or simple decor touches around their place setting.
Want more? You can follow all of these powerhouses on Instagram below:
Photography:Amy Emily Photography (Instagram: @amyemily)
Decor:Neatly Nested (Instagram: @neatlynesteddecor)
Calligraphy: Extras by Alaina (Instagram: @extrasbyalaina)
Event Design:A Styled Affair  (Instagram: @astyledaffair)

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  1. haha wedding planning has turned me into a little monster. thanks for the tips!

  2. In love with this tablescape! And so happy to see our blue and white flower plates in action 🙂

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