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How to Style the Table for a Small Intimate Wedding

By 31 January 2021 February 6th, 2021 No Comments

Styling the table for beautiful intimate Treseren weddings is one of our favourite parts of the day, and we love seeing how each couple adds their own personal touch to the finished result. When it comes to wedding styling, the table is not only one of the places where your guests will spend the most time, but it’s also where they’ll be up close enough to appreciate all of the details. Having a smaller guest list means you can really focus on these details and we’ve got a great selection of styling pieces that can be used to create your desired look. Here are our top things to consider when planning your table style.


We have built up two different sets of crockery to create bespoke styling – a clean palette of whites and a beautiful rustic salt-glazed crockery set. Of course, we have silver cutlery but we also have a special set of gold cutlery that we reserve for the wedding meal which really adds to the decadence of the occasion.

elegant styled wedding table place setting with salt glazed plate and gold cutlery

gold spoons resting on plate with delicate canapes in centre


Whilst the rustic charm of our handmade wooden tables works well on its own as the canvas for your table settings, a textured runner can add colour and elegance to the overall look. We highly recommend Sian at Lancaster and Cornish, who creates stunning bespoke silk napkins and table runners which are hand dyed in small batches in her Cornwall studio.
If you’re not working with a custom colour palette, then we have a set of natural linen napkins and a set of silk gold napkins available for use. Experimenting with folds is a great way of changing the finished look – a more traditional fold will always give a timeless look, whilst a loosely tied knot is much more relaxed.


Flowers are often one of the most important parts of your table styling and one of the first things your guests will see when entering the room. A greenery table runner can be really effective down the centre of our long tables, or opt for smaller vases of your chosen colour scheme. At Treseren, the Wedding Room is transformed into the dining space for the evening, so we always recommend planning how your ceremony flowers can be repurposed for your table décor. A floral archway in front of the patio doors instantly becomes a beautiful backdrop to the table setting, and aisle flowers and even the bridal bouquet can be placed in vases along the centre of the table.
With a smaller guest list, beautiful floral chair backs may be something that can fit into your budget – and these are really effective for your table setting as well as your ceremony.


Bespoke stationery is a great way of elevating your table setting styling. Consider bespoke menus and place names instead of a table plan, which isn’t always necessary for a small wedding (although if you want one, then have one!). Think about colour and texture – from handmade papers to unique objects.
We highly recommend Kati at Scalet Paperie, who creates beautiful bespoke stationery, with luxury paperstock, decadent metallic foiled edges and hand poured wax seals.


Romantic candlelight is surely the essential finishing touch to the perfect small wedding table styling – choose from our beautiful artisan tealight holders, or the mis-matched vintage brass candlesticks we have collected which look stunning with hand-dipped Danish candles in a bespoke colour choice.

Intimate small wedding table setting with fresh flowers and candles
We’ve also seen beautiful bespoke wedding favours added to individual place settings – we particular loved the small jars of honey that Lauren and Ali gifted each of their guests. The honey came from the groom’s mum’s bees and the jar was tied with hessian string and a tag reading ‘with love’. Gathering enough honey for 6 guests must be considerably easier than if there had been 120 wedding guests!

wedding table setting with jar of honey wedding favour

Photography Credits –

Art by Design Photography

Paul Caddis at Treseren

Lyra and Moth

Joe Burford Photography

Ross Talling Photography



Izzy is Treseren's Marketing and Events Manager. When she's not busy helping couples plan their perfect small wedding, she can be found exploring the Cornish countryside and finding the best vegan food spots. With a background in fashion design, she loves styling weddings and is passionate about beautiful wedding dresses!

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