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We often get asked why it is that we focus solely on specialty wedding linens, and to us, the answer is simple. It’s not only our abiding love of textiles that sparked this love affair, but the fact that the perfect table linens are the key to a truly gorgeous event! There are so many details that have to come together to create a striking design – from the surroundings, to the color story, to the decor and rentals that grace the tables – but the unifying element falls to the perfect linen choice. Dressed tables occupy the most visual real estate in the reception area, giving linens the ability to personalize and transform a space. Bright colors or a pop of pattern can instantly dress up a simple hall, while luxuriously textured tablecloths look perfectly at home in a grander setting.

When we work with clients on selecting wedding linens, we always begin with their venue. Whether they are getting married in a ballroom, a wine cellar, or a barn, we start with the ambient colors in the space. Working within an existing color palette, like a prominent carpet pattern or wall treatment, is one of the best ways to create a harmonious design that complements the space. We recently collaborated on the San Francisco/Bay Area NACE Gala in San Francisco’s historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel – the icy blue and ivory linens with touches of blush and gold in the floral arrangements made a beautiful match with the Ballroom’s cream on blue carpeting. Adding colored linens to guest tables is the easiest – and most cost effective! – way to dress up a simple space and leave guests wowed. Of course, we love it when our couples like to get creative with their tables as well! Patterned linens, vibrant runners, or the sparkle of sequins help tables feel full with smaller centerpieces or minimal decor.

We have all sorts of tricks when it comes to working with in a tight budget, of course! We often meet with couples who fell in love with one of our specialty linens and would love to incorporate it in their design. Since all eyes are on the Head Table or Sweetheart Table, as well as the cake, those are the best places to start! Once the eye-catching linen has been placed where it will be seen – and photographed – the most, we can select accent linens in complementary colors and styles to place on Guest Tables. Adding a fabulous linen to accent tables like the Guest Book or throughout the Cocktail Area is another great cost-effective way to create a gorgeous, cohesive design.

Elegant Modern Blush Wedding Reception | Jesse Leake Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Ankara Blush | Jesse Leake Photography

Powder Blue and Ivory Wedding with Floral Table Runners | Colson Griffith Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Lamour Blue Light with Peony Ivory Runners | Colson Griffith Photography

Romantic Blush and Champagne Wedding | Love Story Pictures | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Lamour Taffy | Love Story Pictures

Rustic Wine Country Wedding with Industrial Modern Styling | Carmen Santorelli Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Tangier Pumpkin | Carmen Santorelli Photography

Burgundy and Gold Carmel Valley Wedding | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Faux de Soie Gold

Modern Wedding with Silver Sequin Linens and Black and White Stripes | Gustavo Fernandez Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Paris Silver | Gustavo Fernandez Photography

Mint, Blush, and Gold Country Club Wedding | Kim+Phil Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Basic Hazel | Kim+Phil PhotographyGlamorous Purple Wedding with Crystal Chandeliers | Caroline Tran Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Lamour Purple Haze | Caroline Tran Photography

Simple and Elegant Holman Ranch Wedding | Scott Campbell Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Basic Ivory and Paris Blush | Scott Campbell PhotographyGlam Sparkling Blush Wedding Cake Table | Inkspot Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Paris Blush | Inkspot Photography

Vintage Inspired Ivory and Gold Wedding Head Table | Sterling Tyler Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Luxe Ivory and Gold | Sterling Tyler PhotographyNavy Blue and White Nautical Wedding Cake Table | Limelife Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Necco Navy Overlay | Limelife PhotographyRomantic Neutral Wedding with Bright Colorful Flowers | Fondly Forever Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Ankara Taupe | Fondly Forever PhotographyCream and Blush Chanel Inspired Wedding Sweetheart Table | Tyler Vu Photography | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Coco Champagne | Tyler Vu PhotographyRuffled Petal Wedding Cake Table | Intercontinental Mark Hopkins | Luxury Linens for any Wedding Budget!

Peony Blush | Intercontinental Mark Hopkins


Styling Your Wedding Cake Table | Napa Valley Linens

L – Photography: Angie Silvy, Cake: The Whole Cake on Pippa Wedgwood

R – Photography: Inkspot Photography, Cake: Lettie Cakes on Paris Blush

Whether you opt for a simple, elegant cake with fresh flowers or a modern, graphic dessert, your wedding cake table is sure to be one of the focal points of your reception! Styling the wedding cake table is one of the easiest ways to bring a unique and personal touch to your wedding – we’ve paired some of our favorite cakes with just the right linens to complement them and complete the overall look. A minimalist wedding cake takes on a modern look when paired with a small geometric print, while a delicate tiered confection can take on a glam look when set on top of sparkling sequins. Combining just the right print or linen texture with your cake design can have an enormous impact on the look and feel of your reception, so read on to find out just how linens and cake can create a perfect pairing!


Barely There Naked Wedding Cake | Styling a Wedding Cake Table from Napa Valley LinensPhotography: Amy Anaiz Photography via Style Me Pretty

Naked cakes are still taking the wedding world by storm and this one could not be more romantic! The light crumb coat of frosting beautifully ties in with today’s rustic craze, while the peach roses and gold topper add a romantic finishing touch. The simplicity of the cake itself leaves lots of room to play with table linens when it comes to pattern and texture. The ivory and pale peach combination doesn’t call for vivid colors in the tabletop styling but an elegant neutral pattern would complement the soft colors in the cake itself. The large-scale damask print of our Brussels adds an elegant note to the unfinished cake, while the tone on tone palette complements it without pulling focus. The unabashedly romantic chiffon rosettes of our Boheme Creme Overlay tie in with the delicate florals and add beautiful texture!


Chic SImple Wedding Cake | Styling a Wedding Cake Table from Napa Valley Linens

Photography: KT Merry Photography, Cake: Hotel Caruso via Style Me Pretty

Sometimes simplicity is the best way to make a statement – elegant, minimalist cakes have become a beautiful trend! Smooth fondant columns or barely swirled buttercream layers look delectable but not overwhelming, leaving a lot of options when it comes to picking linens. Make a gentle impact with a selection of simple cakes in varying sizes and heights to create visual interest, tying them together with accent details and, of course, the linen! The subtle pattern on our richly textured Bellagio Cream linen adds depth to the table while the matte sparkle of our Paris Gold sequins adds a glamorous touch while remaining understated.


Delicate Pastel Wedding Cake | Styling a Wedding Cake Table from Napa Valley Linens

Photography: Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

There’s nothing like fresh flowers on a cake, and this sweet, pastel palette is perfect for a garden wedding! Our swirling Ankara print in soft Aquamarine (Sharon’s favorite color!) adds a modern vibe to a petite cake table or a grand dessert display. The large-scale pattern adds a modern flair, but the delicate color palette helps it blend with a softer garden palette. Our Peony Overlay in Blush or Ivory carries the floral theme with a beautiful, textural petal design!


Eclectic Pie Dessert Display | Styling a Wedding Cake Table from Napa Valley Linens

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher via Ruffled

Lots of couples are opting for a dessert buffet or elaborate display these days and we love the options it creates! Multiple platters and stands add a lot of different elements to a table, so it’s important to pick just the right linen to have an impact without overwhelming the table. Newport Sand has a lovely natural texture and petite polka dots to lend just a little bit of design, while our soft, distressed Brighton print adds color and pattern but is large enough to keep from looking busy with the rest of the decor.


Textured White Wedding Cake | Styling a Wedding Cake Table from Napa Valley Linens

Photography: Jose Villa, Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop via Style Me Pretty

Textural cakes will always be one of our favorites – they remain a classic for lovers of elegant wedding design. Our Summer Sugar is thick and luxurious to the touch, with a woven look that adds depth to the table while still appearing chic and crisp. The simplicity of the linen ties into the texture of the cake while carrying the minimalist vibe. A small, repeating pattern like our Marrakesh adds a gorgeous design element while the matte gold on ivory remains effortlessly chic!


Metallic Gold Wedding Cake | Styling a Wedding Cake Table from Napa Valley Linens

Photography: Our Labor of Love by Heidi, Cake: Eileen Carter Creations via Ruffled

It’s no secret that we love a metallic and gold and silver look amazing on a cake! Whether your style is all out gold glam or just a hint of metallic, there’s a gorgeous way to tie that edible art into your cake table design. The bold metallic of our Cleo Gold Overlay is sure to make a statement, whether the cake atop it is romantic Art Deco or just a hint of gold leaf. If edible sequins or gold dust buttercream is your style, the vibrant hues of our Faux de Soie collection play off a dramatic cake with rich color and a luxe Dupioni silk texture!


What linens would you pair with your perfect cake! Take a look through the album of our favorite cakes, or check out these fabulous linens and the rest of our collection on our Website!