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.