At times, it is far easier to think about your details and their place in the grand scheme of things, rather than to be overwhelmed with all of them at once. Instead of thinking of the entire reception, think of one table. This is the only table that needs your attention, the only table that will convey your event’s personality.
Close your eyes.
Tell me about it.
What colors are on the table? Are they deep and rich? Soft and light? Run your hand across the table—what textures do you feel? Soft satin? Crinkly bichon? How does the table make you feel? What about your place setting and glasses? Is it modern or traditional? Eclectic or romantic? Do you feel an ambient glow on your face? Is it coming from small votives? Thick pillars, or floating candles?
Take a whiff.
Which fragrant aromas are present? Open your eyes—what flowers are on your table? What do their containers look like? Glass or silver vases? Tall, square or cylinder? Low to the table? What shape is your table—oblong or round? What about your chairs—are they casual or elegant? Think about a quiet dinner with your love, and holding hands across this beautifully designed table. If the table was the only thing in the room, where would you feel that you were? The key is to create an experience at each table for all guests to enjoy, and duplicate it for the remaining tables. You could choose to create a slightly different experience, by using different linens or centerpieces.
Start small, scale up.