Eight Great Tabletop Designs

From the beaches of Cape Cod to Newport’s gilded shores and everywhere in between: here are eight tabletop designs you’ll love.

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(Photo by Amber Jane Barricman)

Effortless Elegance: We love, love, love a classic beachy look for a seaside wedding, but we’re also loving this much more contemporary concept. Modern geometric chairs and a sleek satin tablecloth offer contrast to a white-on-white floral arrangement in a vintage container from Karen Taddei of Lilacs. The linens, chairs and place settings are from Rentals Unlimited. Photographed under the waterfront arbor at Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham.

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(Photos by Josh Kuchinsky)

Urban Edge: Big city brides (or seaside brides craving a big city vibe!) will love this urban concept styled by Tasha Bracken and the crew at SD Events. Photographed in the Gallery at the new Revere Hotel in Boston, Tasha worked with New Leaf Flores in styling a table that played off the space’s industrial feel. The soaring centerpiece from New Leaf makes the most of the sky-high ceilings. The linens, place-settings, table and chairs are Rentals Unlimited.

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(Photos by Amber Jane Barricman)

Hidden Gem: Here we’re in the Hornblower Garden, tucked away at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth. The lush, historic garden, used as a ceremony site, features antique stone walls and a variety of flower beds. Patrice R. Milley Floral Designers’ vintage containers brimming with blooms fill the Tuscan-style table. Reception areas at Plimoth Plantation include the Pavilion, a tented outdoor space alongside a river that also boasts ocean views. The linens, place- settings, table and chairs are Rentals Unlimited.

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(Photos by Dan Cutrona)

Awesome Autumn: Fall is one of the most popular seasons for weddings. The color palette in this design is all about celebrating autumn. Meredith Fancy of Fancy Flowers used vibrant flowers in birch bark vases to play off the plaid satin linens, classic place settings and leather charges from Rentals Unlimited. It all works brilliantly against the stone-wall-surrounded terrace overlooking the golf course at Willowbend in Mashpee.

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(Photos by Susan Duca)

To the Manor Born: With rolling lawns and a riveting riverside location, Glen Manor, in Portsmouth, RI, seemed like the perfect place to pull together a classic garden party feel. Peachy-hued chairs and tone-on-tone dupioni linens pop against the mansion’s elegant stone façade. Elaine, owner of florist Weedweavers of Wakefield, strengthens the look with a tall arrangement featuring dahlias and mini calla lilies. The linens, place-settings and chairs were supplied by Rentals Unlimited.

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(Photos by Chris Vaccaro)

Oh, Those Chairs: How could we not play off the popsicle-orange modern chairs that are part of the design scheme for the outdoor space at Aqua at the Providence Marriott Downtown? They’re just so yummy! Rentals Unlimited, who supplied everything but the chairs, had the perfect orange plates; it all came together flawlessly. Touches of silver give the look a city feel and Jay at Golden Gate Studios topped it all off with a towering sculptural arrangement teeming with white and silver.

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(Photos by Chris Vaccaro)

 Fanciful Fireside: The opulent OceanCliff Hotel in Newport served as muse for this design of deep colors and glamorous place-settings provided by Quality Rental. The arrangements of roses in gilt vases, created by Pam Hargraves of Blooming Blossoms, pair perfectly with the gilt-edged plates. Flickering votives offer a romantic glow.

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(Photos by Josh Kuchinsky)

 For the Well-Read: Fountain-side and under a graceful marble arch; where else but the courtyard at the Boston Public Library? The library has quickly become the wedding reception place of choice for literary types and those who simply love stunning spaces. Event Designer Ed Quinones of The Catered Affair opted for a whimsical look against the regal setting. We love how even the crab, mango and avocado tarts from The Catered Affair work with the colors. The floral arrangement, with pops of pink and green, was created by Misty Florez of Nectar. The linens, place-settings and chairs were supplied by Rentals Unlimited.

**This article was published in Southern New England Weddings 2013-2014 issue.

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