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Stefanie Cove’s Wedding Do’s & Don’ts: The Tablescape

The tables at your wedding can be one of the focal points in your venue. Do you want a rustic look? Something a little more modern? Are you having a buffet? Sit-down dinner? These are all things to think about as you design the looks of your tables. We’ve turned to celebrity planner and Zola Tastemaker Stefanie Cove to get her tips and tricks for the perfect table.

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Lara Porzak Photography

Stefanie has established herself as one of the preeminent event producers in 
the world. With 15 years combined experience in the hospitality and event 
planning industries, and as the managing partner at Yifat & Oren Associates, 
Stefanie has unparalleled knowledge of how to seamlessly orchestrate an event,
domestic or destination, from inception through completion. Molly Sims, Natalie
Portman, Drew Barrymore, and Behati Prinsloo all count Stefanie as their 
meticulous yet calm wedding planner extraordinaire.

1 | Do Think About the Overall Look

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Meg Smith Photography

There are so many things to consider when designing your wedding tablescape. Look, design, and aesthetic come to mind first. Factors like functionality, comfort and how the finished table flows with the other stylistic elements at the event are also equally important.

2 | Don’t Mix Multiple Styles

It’s easy to put too many looks and inspirations together, but be weary that doing this will look messy. To prevent creating a clashing look, I encourage you to exercise some restraint when selecting what you put on your tables. Make it a collaborative and fun process by enlisting the help of friends (after all they’ll be the ones enjoying it the night of your wedding!)

3 | Do Make Your Table Functional

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Yes Love/Shelby Duncan

A carefully-edited and thoughtful table will also be functional and comfortable for your guests. You want to make it easy for everyone to socialize and enjoy the delicious food. For a family-style meal, make sure the tabletop décor allows your guests to easily pass plates to one another. Oversized floral bouquets, although striking, can make conversation difficult.

4 | Do Use Pinterest to Identify Your Style

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Meg Smith Photography

One of my favorite resources for tablescape inspiration is Pinterest. Use this with caution, however, as it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the amazing ideas that are out there. Again less is more! Pinterest is also great because it helps make challenging decisions easier for you. For example, if you tend to pin significantly more rustic-style images than any other, it’s safe to say a rustic-style event and thus tablescape is for you.

5 | Do Make the Table Cohesive

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Amy and Stuart Photography

I also want to emphasize how important it is for all of your event’s elements to make sense together. You want your table to look seamless – not scrambled. If you want rustic, family-style food, match your décor to this same aesthetic.  If you’re more of a foodie and want to pass around small bites, you’ll need a table that has more simplistic, modern elements. The overall goal is cohesiveness, effortless style, and beauty, no matter what aesthetic you choose.

xx, Stefanie

Still deciding on how many guests to invite to your wedding or how to pick the right venue? Check out Stefanie’s posts on the Do’s & Don’ts Of Deciding On Size and Finding the Right Venue.

Images || (Feat.) Gia Canali Photography, (1) Meg Smith Photography, (2) Yes Love/Shelby Duncan, (3) Meg Smith Photography, (4) Amy and Stuart Photography


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