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Table Presets 101

When starting to plan a wedding, flurries of ideas, inspiration, and nostalgic daydreams of planning your special day from when you were young start to become not-so-distant reality. While most weddings feature heart-warming vows, clinks of glasses whistling in the air toast after toast, tears (happy, of course), delicious cake, traditional bouquet tosses, and flowers - it is important to also pay special attention to how you dress up the event space to make it personalized to your vision. Oftentimes overlooked, guest tables and chairs will inevitably take up a large portion of your event space, which means a decent portion of your event space will require a bit of attention to fit your theme, colors and overall aesthetic.

Add a touch of flair to your event.

Make the room stand out.

Include personal details throughout your table settings.

We'll cover

  • What a table preset entails.

  • Why it’s beneficial to your event space

  • The services we provide as a catering company

WIPA Chapter Event // Jenn Tai Photography

What is a table preset?

A table preset, also known as “table setting” is the layout in which a table is set. Traditionally this includes eating utensils, plates, glassware, and linens.

Below are three main aspects to a table pre-set -

1. The Linens -

Linens can be as bold or as muted as you would like. Oftentimes linens are used as a pop of color to compliment your decor. Your linen choices should include the base table linen and the linen napkin for each guest. We recommend a neutral tone for the base linen and a pop of color for the linen napkins. This way the room isn’t overwhelmed with colors (unless that’s the vibe you’re going for).

2. The Cutlery & Dinnerware -

Fork, knife, spoon, and plate these are the items you’ll set as a place setting at each seat. Depending on the formality of your event, this could also include a salad plate, bread plate, and plate charger. The service style of your meal will also determine the proper way to set your tables. Service styles include, buffet, plated or family-style.

3. The Glassware -

Similar to cutlery and dinnerware, your glassware needs will depend on the formality and service-style of your event.

Water goblets are the exception to this, and should always be included as a conve