As wedding trends continue to evolve, develop and change, it can be a scary and daunting world out there for engaged couples! The inspiration and information can be overwhelming and sometimes you don’t even know where to start and how to build on ideas. Here at The Styled Table we have selected our top 5 favourite pieces and included some Pinspiration images to get your creative minds working and excited about what your dream day could look like.



There’s no doubt about it, some of the most beautiful wedding receptions we’ve seen lately have been in gorgeous marquees with the most idyllic backdrops. To maximise these backdrops our two favourite picks would have to be teepee tents and clear marquees - they add instant impact to any event and set the scene for a great party as soon as guests arrive at the location.

Teepee tents tend to lend themselves perfectly to bohemian style or earthy-toned weddings and create a warm and intimate space.

Clear marquees are more standard shaped but really allow you to embrace an outdoor wedding without the weather fears weighing on your mind. Whether you want to keep it classic and white or go all out with textures and greenery, these marquees will look truly spectacular.

There is one big catch to these amazing marquees - the set up requirements and logistics of bringing everything together! A stylist or day-of coordinator can be your best friend and best investment to really allow you (and your families!) to relax and enjoy the big day.                                            




These areas are frequently visited by guests throughout your day, however, are often overlooked in the planning process. If you are having an all-in-one venue then the informal seating areas will be used for pre ceremony gathering, canapé and cocktail hours, and post dinner partying. Having these areas available can also stop guests entering your reception space before you would like them to, and will keep the area perfectly styled for your photographer to catch some snaps before guests are seated.

Our picks for informal seating areas would be a mix of low seating, high stools and standing areas. You can be really creative here and include patterns and textures in the way of Turkish rugs and mismatched cushions, and balance it out with wooden bar leaners and white wire stools.



Beautiful chairs are one of the best investments you can make when it comes to the sit-down part of your wedding. Picking the right chair can be the most effective way of creating the look you want to achieve, and is often the first item guests will notice as they enter your reception space.

Walnut or darker toned bentwood chairs create a warm and rich ambiance and pair perfectly with earthy or bohemian styles. The dark toned timber works beautifully with linen napkins and natural candlelight to create a balanced look.

White bentwood chairs can freshen up a space and work well with either natural timbers, white metals or linen tablecloths. Paired with beautiful blooms you can achieve a simple refined look, or add soft linens and coloured taper candles to warm up the space.



I love stepping away from the expected and ordinary, and my favourite way to do this is to incorporate lightly coloured taper candles as opposed to plain white. Whether it be a soft pink, moody grey or natural linen, this can be a small but effective way of including a bit of colour in your tablescapes - especially if a bride loves pink but hubby-to-be isn’t too convinced! Arrange these in candlestick holders with varying heights and spread along your table to create a balanced unstructured look.





Thankfully, over the years wedding trends have continued to evolve and step further away from the likes of chair covers and sashes (phew!). The newest trend we have been loving is statement cutlery and crockery. Cutlery can be picked in varying shades of gold or blacks but make sure the tone remains the same throughout the rest of your styling. Crockery can also add a huge impact and can be coloured, patterned or textured. Just remember to think about your overall style and how your pieces will work together to create a cohesive look.



So are you inspired yet? For more advice on how to incorporate these styles or track down a local supplier you can get in touch with mellissa@thestyledtable.co.nz.

All images courtesy of Pinterest.

[ Written by The Styled Table ]