For those in the throes of wedding planning, Pinterest boards serve as an invaluable resource, curating a wealth of ideas and trends to inform and refine their vision for the perfect celebration; think colour tones, buttonholes, and bridesmaids' dresses. With digital inspiration boards at our fingertips, inspiration is in no short supply; it's where to begin that becomes the most daunting task of all.

Drawing influence from the spring florals framing the modern-luxe event barn at Anthology Farm in the Cotswolds, we're unravelling the art of tablescaping (and how to turn inspiration into tangible reality).

Once the guest numbers have been whittled down and the luxury wedding venue has been picked, attention turns to the centrepiece of the festivities — the tablescape. Serving as the cornerstone of the overall aesthetic, it's the tables that often become the beating heart of romantic celebrations. Our advice? Begin by immersing yourself in the visual narrative of previous weddings held at your chosen venue by asking to see archived photography and videography; this will allow you to visualise what exchanging vows at the venue could look like for you, and experience it as if you were a guest.

On the left, a tower of Champagne coupes; on the right, a long table with flowers and candles

Consider the spatial dynamics and your own aesthetic when deciding between long banquet or solitary round tables. Both configurations promise their own forms of convivial dining experiences, but each holds a distinct charm and level of intimacy for your guests. Long tables encourage a more communal atmosphere, ideal for fostering conversation among larger groups, while round tables offer a sense of closeness and work particularly well for smaller gatherings.

Two long banquet tables in a modern barn with flowers, candles, and place settings

Next comes the minutiae. First, fabrics — whether it's the understated elegance of crisp white linens or the rustic charm of earthy burlap. Then there's flatware, with choices ranging from matte black stainless steel to vintage pieces that offer a touch of nostalgia. Place settings, too, serve both an aesthetic and keepsake purpose. From hand-crafted stoneware to glossy porcelain, your choice of dinnerware sets the stage for sage butter risotto and fruit cakes. And glassware might sparkle with crystal clarity or add a voguish pop of colour to place settings. From grand candelabras to trails of eucalyptus, the tablescape pulls together the narrative of your celebration.

To ensure your special day runs as smoothly as possible, visit the venue with your preferred suppliers to talk though your vision. This will enable them to bring ideas to the table — so to speak — and share ideas and tangible solutions that are tailored to you.

On the left, two vases with floral arrangements; on the right, a menu and taper candles

Venue - Anthology Farm

Wedding planner and designer - Lucy Ann Events 

Caterer - Queen & Whippet 

Florist - The Petal Emporium

Photographer - Lucie Watson Photography

Tableware and decoration - The Luxe Collection

Napkins - We Are The Lost Girls

Stationery - Written by Emily 

Cake - Sugar Plum Bakes

Bar and cocktails - The Bartender


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