We all know that the standard look for a table runner at a wedding reception is a plain old piece of fabric, whether it be in satin or sheer organza – generally in the past the shinier the fabric the better… urgh!! It’s always lovely to see a creative wedding where couples think outside the box and have a table runner that really goes with the style of their wedding and shows their personality.
Today we’ve put together some really clever ideas from around the net to inspire you when pondering ideas for your reception style.
Collect vintage doilies of various sizes and shades and sew them together (you could even use craft glue if you aren’t handy with a needle and thread). If you are lucky enough to have some family pieces this can add a really personal touch to your day – but do keep in mind there might be food and wine spills so you may need to chat with your family about this first!
Source: Ruffled Blog
PAGES FROM AN OLD BOOK
An old book with yellowing pages always looks ten times better than a fresh new book. Scour second hand stores for something cute, perhaps a romance novel with some lovely words or even a book that has sentimental meaning to you and your fiance. The pages can easily be adhered together with magic tape on the under side and to get the “lace effect” on the edges there are ornate paper punches in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores to get this look.
Source: Imbue You I Do
VINTAGE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
This is such a gorgeous way to tell the stories of each of the two families coming together. With the help of modern technology you don’t need to use your original photographs, just get copies so that it doesn’t matter if they get ruined being stuck together and you can use the same photos on multiple tables as well. Even early childhood images of you and your fiance look really cute in this spread, just change all of the images to black and white / sepia to match the historic family photos. The source of this inspiration image even includes DIY instructions – it’s super easy and something we did for our very first Brisbane vintage wedding fair!!
Source: Ruffled Blog
HESSIAN / BURLAP FABRIC
A simple piece of hessian or burlap fabric is a lovely touch for a rustic country or barn reception. Not to mention this option is crazy cheap and easy to do! To soften the look consider low little posies of fresh pastel flowers spaced along the table.
Although this looks really cute, paper pinwheels adhered together to make a table runner is not the most practical of ideas – consider where guests will need to place water jugs and wine bottles when the runner is not a level surface. If it’s used for a table that doesn’t need to be functional it looks gorgeous though! Again there are instructions on how to do this yourself via the source.
Source: Green Wedding Shoes
This idea is more for the handy sewer – make up fabric leaves and join them together to create this gorgeous spring inspired fabric leaf runner. If you are a bit of an avid “applique-er” there are all sorts that you could create along these lines – it could be roses, or oranges and lemons or change the fabric colours to be more autumn inspired.
Source: Martha Stewart
Masses of fresh flowers along a runner again goes into the not too practical basket – however isn’t it truly breathtaking!!! If you have a table somewhere that doesn’t need much space for usag,e it is a gorgeous statement piece. Perhaps you have a less than attractive table at your alter that you’d love to pretty up!
Source: Bajan Wed
Believe it or not, this mod looking runner is made from masses of coloured “Necco Wafers”. These are a candy wafer that was apparently part of the US WWII troops rations as they were deemed to be virtually indestructable! And yes you can order from various online suppliers to have them shipped to Australia if your local international candy store doesn’t stock them.
MOSS OR SYNTHETIC GRASS
Who would have thought a visit to your local hardware store could be the ticket for a whimsical tablescape! Moss in rolls may be a little more tricky to source than synthetic grass, but contact your local flower wholesaler as I’m sure they will be able to help you out! The greenery can then be adorned with either twigs and berries or soft floral arrangements in pastel or vibrant colours.
OVERSIZED FABRIC RULER
I’m just loving this idea! Super easy to do as all you need is a piece of calico. Then with either paint or a thick marking pen, mark it out to look like a giant ruler / tape measure. Such a quirky idea if you are marrying a dressmaker or perhaps a surveyor or carpenter where measuring is an important tool of the trade!
Source: B Lovely Events
Are you having a wedding featuring a unique table runner idea? We’d love to see your wedding pictures!