Wedding place setting ideas for a warm and welcoming reception

baguette place setting

Delbarr Moradi Photography via Style Me Pretty

Once your guests have moved on from the wedding ceremony, they’ll be ready to party! But first: dinner. Many wedding reception decor focuses around the dinner table, and for good reason! A well-decorated table can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests to settle in and enjoy a meal together. One of my favorite ways that brides and grooms are choosing to decorate their wedding tables is with individual place settings, where each seat has a special detail. Whether these double as favors or are purely decorative pieces is up to you — but your guests are sure to be delighted to find a sweet treat waiting for them at the dinner table!

But what to chose? Much of this will depend on your wedding theme, and the vibe you’ll want to create with the table decor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite wedding place setting ideas to help heighten the atmosphere of your reception. Which of the below will be your favorites?

Gourmet treats

For the foodie couple or for a wedding with a certain dinner-party panache, a gourmet treat could be the perfect place setting before the dinner course is introduced. We love the idea of doing rustic bread loaves, gourmet olive oil or even a personal cheese board!

bread place setting

Marianne Taylor via Style Me Pretty

honey place setting

Anouschka Rokebrand via Style Me Pretty

cheese place setting

Rachel Havel via Style Me Pretty

olive oil place setting

Spindle Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs


What’s fresher and prettier than a piece of fruit? Answer: nothing! Fruit is a fun and colorful place setting, and can be especially perfect in the summer months when many delicious varieties are in season.

peach place setting

Justin DeMutiis Photography via Style Me Pretty

guava place setting

Lane Dittoe via Style Me Pretty

apple wedding place cards

Kathryn McCrary via Style Me Pretty

orange place setting1

Isabel Lawrence Photographers via Style Me Pretty

lemon weddign place card

Stephanie Saul Photography via Fab You Bliss

Flowers & herbs

Nothing is more classic for wedding decor than flowers — so why not use them to dress up your guests’ place setting? We love the idea of making it unique with dried flowers, herbs, or succulents!

dried flowers seating place

Heather Hawkins via Style Me Pretty

floral place setting

Mark Potter via Style Me Pretty

succulent place setting 1

Kelly Stonelake Photography via Style Me Pretty

succulent place setting

Paula O’Hara via Ruffled Blog

herb wedding place setting

Jonathan Connolly Photography via Style Me Pretty

cinnamon place setting

Jacque Lynn Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

Fun trinkets

Maybe your wedding has a specific and somewhat quirky theme? Perfect! Incorporating it into your tablescape is even easier with a personalized place setting. These fun couples used dinosaur figurines, boho buddha decor and more…

buddha place setting

Elisabeth Arin Photography via Style Me Pretty
gold pineapple place setting

Ashley Kelemen Photography via 100 Layer Cake

kids wedding place setting

Justin & Keary Weddings via Ruffled Blog

t rex wedding place card

Brushfire Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

mini easel place setting

Project Wedding

Which of these incredibly fun and unique wedding place setting ideas are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!