5 Ways to Plan the Perfect Wedding Table

You’re looking down your checklist. Flowers, check, lighting, check, tables, check, but wait…what about the stuff that goes on the tables!? We know that sometimes, in the midst or preparing your wedding dinner, the hardest part can be choosing what you actually eat off of! Whether you’re new to the industry or a regular visitor, creative block can hit us all. Take a deep breath. If you feel like your vision is going fuzzy from looking at millions of tablecloth swatches, floral designs and charger plates [which, after a google search, you have found out are purely decorative] Whitehouse is here to make your day easier.

We’ve compiled 5 *incredibly* easy ways to decide on your tableware, taking at least one thing off your shoulders and helping you to actually enjoy the planning process! [Photo credits at the end of the post]


Most people can picture their flowers as the first step when they’re planning their wedding (after the dress, of course). What bouquet they’ll hold when they walk down the aisle, what will be at the center of each table, what will adorn the backs of chairs and entrance ways to their reception etc… If this is something you’ve already decided on, then your crockery choice is simple! Just look at the colours of your florals, or choose one colour within a bunch, and base your table setting around it. Easy enough!





Whitehouse Products: Sienna baby pink/Eliza clear charger plates, Grace cutlery, Amy glassware

This amazing event at The Ritz in London matched our pink plates to the wonderful array of pink roses that adorned the centre of this table. Accompanied by gold pieces, this beautiful setting matched their flowers in an obvious, yet stylish, way, choosing one of the many pink tones to keep to the theme and round off the event exquisitely.


So, if you were rolling your eyes at our first idea because it was so obvious, we’ve gone completely off the rails with our second idea. Clashing! For some brides, this is their worst nightmare, however if you’re tired of trying to match your menus to your tealight holders, then this is the idea of you. Any colours that take your fancy, put them into your plates, flowers and decorations, just go all out with it! If you opt for this, however, you can’t half-ass it. It’s all or nothing, so you have to be absolutely sure before you commit.





Whitehouse Products: Mia emerald charger plate/ Harper red/Amber goblet

This gorgeous photoshoot took the idea of a rainbow and made it into a reality, using a range of our colourful pieces with different types of flowers and an outdoor setting. The bright, natural light catches the colours beautifully, mixing them together into a kind of delicate watercolour. We would highly suggest having a plain table with this idea, like this white wooden table, to keep it looking charming rather than ostentatious.


Okay, time to take it down a notch, especially from the last concept. You may be feeling more overwhelmed than you did at the start, [which isn’t what we want!] so this next idea can be used no matter the bride. If you are looking for something traditional yet unique in their own way, then a mix of neutrals and pastels is the perfect option. Hard to get wrong, yet so satisfying when you get it right, we would highly suggest taking a look through Whitehouse’s pastel items to get inspiration.





Whitehouse Products: Caterina 12 and 10″ plates/Rosana cutlery

Neutral plates and pastel decor are a match made in heaven, as shown with this exceptional table setting. With delicate wildflowers, placed in milk bottles and jam-jars, weaving across a river of blue material, our indented porcelain plates and rose-gold cutlery add the necessary touches to this quintessentially ‘English summer’ photo-shoot. The idea of all this is to make the final look feel underdone yet curated – as though you just decided to throw it together [although you probably spent months planning it.]


Take idea 3, give it a strong coffee and a long, hard day, and you’re left with idea 4. If you love the thought of keeping you colour palette simple, but feel like your wedding deserves more than just white, then adding a dash of darkness sounds like the perfect idea for you. Ushering in the necessary additions that are hard to find with the lighter tones, without having to start from scratch with a totally new concept, this idea is bound to have you thinking different about having black in your wedding.





Whitehouse Products: Simone 8.5″ plate/Victoria glassware/Blair cutlery

A real wedding! But the wedding of an event designer, so it’s basically a photoshoot… This beautiful day was dappled with greens, dusky pastels and…black! Though it is an unconventional choice, the use of our dark stoneware and black cutlery added a pop of intrigue to her table, matched by elegant, tapered, black candles and black vases. If the idea of all one colour is just too monotonous for you, but you’re also bored of trying to think of tones that complimenting each other, then throwing in a dark ‘wild-card’ is the idea for you.


And finally, to round off this whole post, we have the most classic and immutable option: gold. Is your wedding filled with colour? Gold will work. Are you trying to find art-deco tableware options? Go for gold. Do you want something that will look fabulous on a simple wooden table? Gold’s your guy. Simple yet effective, gold is bound to look fantastic in any venue, will impress your guests and will keep your nerves within a respectable level of insane since Whitehouse has so many gold options. Let’s keep that heartbeat below 100bpm.





Whitehouse Products: Daisy gold plates/ Grace cutlery/ Amy glassware/ Cara tumbler

This final wedding used all of our favourite items, as well as our no.1 setting [a wooden table], to bring out the best of gold. Our beaded charger plates are especially popular among brides due to their malleable nature within any kind of scenario, adding a spark where necessary, but also fading beautifully into the background if they need to.


Idea 1: Florals: @yourflowerstory_london – Styling: @memories4uweddings – Cakes: @teesbakeryuk – Planner: @byavecreations – Photography: @tellyourstory.photography – Venue: @theritzlondon

Idea 2: Venue: @eastriddlesdenhallweddings – Styling: @oakleafweddings – Photography: @caitlinandjones – Flowers: @stemsdesign – Cake: @whiterosecakedesign – Stationary: @eyilovestudio – Furniture: @all_things_borrowed – Make-up: @sarahisaacsmakeup – Model: @tasha_safiya – Hair: April Howe

Idea 3: Photography: @emilyoliviaphotography – Flowers: @francesandrose – Silk runners: @cfleursdesign – Venue: @walledgardenatbeestonfields – Light installation: @fabrictheatre – Tables: @beeventhire

Idea 4: Styling: @styletocherish – Table cloths: @just_4_linen – Flowers: @markhoweflowers – Stationery: @quintsofjersey_weddings – Images: @hollysmithweddings

Idea 5: Styling: @midlandsweddings – Flowers: @lilifloralart – Venue: @themaltshovel – Marquee: @westcountrymarquees

5 Stunning Autumnal Wedding Moodboards

From flashy florals to coloured candles, Whitehouse has taken a look at Autumn and said ‘how can these trends, which includes the most cliches of all the seasons, become something unique?’ Our answer: you’ll just have to keep scrolling to find out…


As the leaves turn their usual shade of brown and the sun glides lower and lower on the horizon, our eyes look towards a warm and comforting tone: Amber. Immediately giving us visions of crackling fires and dramatic sunsets, this colour, along with its sister colour, gold, slides effortlessly into the world of weddings without so much of a ripple, adding an ambiance that other tones try so hard to copy. It is during this season that you can load up your evening with candles, fairy lights and chandeliers, giving you that cosy lighting that makes sense with sun setting earlier and earlier each night. Though gold is by no means a groundbreaking colour to use at weddings, by matching it with other warm tones you can capture the essence of autumn without having to have a complete upheaval of the traditional wedding style.


Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Amber [from top left working clockwise]:

Tessa gold charger plate

Amy glass

Valentine porcelain

Sienna gold charger plate

Amber goblet

Alicia charger plate

Grace cutlery

Ava amber martini glass


Wait a second, didn’t we just say the leaves were turning brown…? Well, yes, however green still features heavily in the autumnal pallet, so hear us out. From earthy olives to forest greens, the dark, evergreen season starts now. Of course, this is easy to reflect in your choice of florals, either choosing dramatic hanging displays or simple bunches of foliage, however we think that green can be taken even further. With our range of coloured glassware, you can use green on your table to capture the change from pastel greens to the greens that make you want to put on a chunky jumper and order a spiced latte. If you really are trying to turn away from green, however, then how about just one sprig of eucalyptus on your plate? Go on, we dare you.


Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Green [from top left working clockwise]:

Harper green glass

Mia emerald charger plate

Eden cutlery

Sofia plate

Jade water glass

Sienna green charger plate

Jemima olive glass

Vintage milk jug


Red. What feeling does it conjure up when you think of it? Love? Lust? Pure, unadulterated rage? For whichever one you are trying to evoke, red, at its core, is simply the colour that brings that little something extra to a table that might be slightly lacking in emotion. From a bright, in-your-face ruby red, to a more tonal maroon, there is nothing stopping you from adding that pop, especially in a season where the trees themselves are making a fashion statement of their own. From a single glass, to an entire tablecloth, the amount of red you want to include is solely down to the level of drama you wish to include [which, we hope, is high.] We’re especially drawn to rouge tones found in velvet and apples, since they hold a depth of colour that can only be found during this season.


Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Red [from top left working clockwise]:

Sienna red charger plate

Rosana cutlery

Harper red glass

Saffron charger plate

Penny bowl

Isabella copper charger plate

Ruby goblet

Vintage teacup


Looking up at the sky and seeing grey can be slightly depressing, but looking down and seeing grey on your table doesn’t have to be. Notorious for its use on tablecloths, there is definitely more to take from grey than meets the eye. Of course, grey’s shinier counterpart, silver, is a classic choice for cutlery, however, here at Whitehouse, we love seeing silver on all sorts of plates and glasses as well. Our beaded charger plate, for instance, is the perfect addition to a wedding, giving it that muted shine that compliments any and every colour scheme. We also love seeing how matte grey makes a comeback in these next few months, replacing pastel pinks and blues as the neutral colour of choice – perfect for candles, napkins, and even cakes!


Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Grey [from top left working clockwise]:

Alice cutlery

Alex glassware

Savannah silver charger plate

Mila glassware

Jemima slate goblet

Maya stoneware

Lexi glassware

Tessa silver charger plate


Last, but certainly not least, we have the pinks and purples of the season. We know, we know, you’re thinking ‘pink, isn’t that the most summery colour ever?’ Perhaps, but we believe that the deeper pinks and purples can represent this season just as well, coming from the same family as the other warm colours. From classic roses and tulips, to exotic orchids and passion flowers, pink doesn’t have to just be for Disney princesses. We’ve included purple into the mix as well because, though it can be a harsh colour, the mix of pink and purple together can create some of the most gorgeous tones, giving you those special touches without having to be ostentatious. One of our favourite mix of the colours is in the photo above, layering two different pink napkins underneath our gold crockery: perfection.


Top Whitehouse Crockery products for Pink/Purple [from top left working clockwise]:

Harper purple glass

Connie pastel pink charger plate

Vintage sugar bowl

Pippa pink tumbler

Sienna purple charger plate

Jemima pink goblet

Violet water glass

Eleanor pastel pink plate

So there we are! Are you ready for autumn, or desperately trying to turn back time by looking at holiday photos? Either way, we’d love to know which colour you’d include in your wedding, or if you’ve already had your wedding and chose some autumnal tones, we want to hear about it!

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Planning the Perfect Wedding!

I started Finesse Planning (www.finesseplanning.com) over 8 years ago to offer a design led planning service for couples wanting something personal and unique. Since then I have helped hundreds of couples achieve their perfect wedding whilst having fun during the planning process. I also had the honour of winning The 2013 Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Planner (Independent).


As a design led wedding planner, one of the most enjoyable elements of my work is preparing the ‘Design Book’. After an initial discussion with my couple, I go away and use their ideas, wants, dreams and desires to produce a complete design proposal for their wedding. This 13 page book is then presented for them to choose the elements of the wedding they wish to have such as stationery, floral arrangements, attire, furniture, lighting, not forgetting the tableware plus so much more.
From the beginning of the journey to the very end, I work very closely with my couples, building a relationship that exceeds that of a normal wedding planner/client so that I can gain a true understanding of the type of wedding they are looking to create. It is so important to me that the wedding truly represents the both of them and this is why I facilitate them with ideas, so they can make the final decisions on every element of the wedding.


When working on the design book, with all of my weddings I immediately go straight to Whitehouse Event Crockery’s website for inspiration and to choose items to propose to my clients. Without fail there is always something that works with any scheme. For a recent wedding, the original scheme was to include the gold beaded daisy plate, however, after a lovely visit from Marc with an array of new products, I knew instantly that the pink Sienna charger would work perfectly with the Alex glassware and would add something unique to the popular blush and silver scheme. It didn’t disappoint!


I always take amazing pride in my weddings and have a reputation for my attention to detail and by using the products from Whitehouse Event Crockery I know that I will achieve the high-end luxury look that my clients expect. Every item is meticulously measured at each place setting, ensuring they are presented in the best possible way giving me that exceptionally polished result.  Without fail, whenever I have presented the completed room with the full set up to the couple, they are always blown away by how beautiful it looks and I can honestly say that it would be so much harder to achieve the same reaction if I didn’t use the
fabulous service from Whitehouse Event Crockery Hire, here’s to lots more wonderful events together!

To find out more about how Ruth Hunter from Finesse Planning can help you create your perfect dream wedding visit her website
or contact her at
or 07580 075558

Kate Cullen – Creative Styling & Design

I’m an award-winning wedding stylist who works with you to develop a high quality, visually stunning and unique wedding design. I especially adore a wedding with an abundance of hand-crafted details, big florals, colour, sparkle and a lot of love!


I can assist your styling plans from day one with an initial mood board and colour palette onwards; or I can pick up your ideas further along the line, help you source your suppliers and bring everything to life. Hand-painted silk ribbons and linens are also my speciality and are available to hire or buy in my online shop.  I have an addiction to colour and an obsession over detail – in my opinion there is no element of your wedding too tiny to style beautifully or turn into a stunning work of art.


Kate Cullen – creative styling & design
07771 743879
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Blog link: http://www.katecullen.co.uk/blog/

Locations covered: Based in Gloucestershire, covering the Cotswolds and further afield where required:


Get in touch for an initial consultation, or visit my shop here


“Kate was brilliant from the word go – from initially hiring a few items from her, to
having her full styling package I couldn’t have done it without her. She worked so
hard, not just physically, but was an emotional support and so creative. She turned a
few random ideas I had into an amazing venue. Transforming a bare and boring hall
to a beautiful room that anyone would have been proud of to use! She worked
incredibly hard and had such brilliant vision!”