I am starting a collection of cards that address problems for you to avoid. These are from real events so you can see for yourself.
If the bride can afford a designer gown, Jimmy Choos, lush floral bouquets and 16 bridesmaids and groomsmen, then why are the tables in the reception so lackluster? Even a formal dinner at the Elk's Lodge off Route 66 would look better than this.
Number one mistake that couples (and designers) make at the table is the issue of proportions. This large white round table has an enormous bronze candlestick with a tiny mound of flowers nestled at the top. It's as though the candlestick hijacked the flowers from another table . Have you ever seen such miniature votives before? There are six on the table and you'd never know it because they get lost in the white tablecloth and the too-large-for-the-table centerpiece.
The second most common mistake made is the use of those damn mirrors! Stop with the mirrors. Just stop it already. You want shine? Sparkle? Reflection? Select vessels, such as candlesticks and goblets and urns with a metal finish. Let the metal on the vessels do the mirror-effect you so crave.
You can see in the second picture plate after plate of square mirrors. Did they raid IKEA for these? Nothing elegant or romantic about throwing candles on a mirror. Is that supposed to double the glow of light? It's cheap and tacky. Don't make this mistake.
What should have been done was replace all the towering centerpieces with the low flowers on the long queen's table in the second picture. Larger chunkier candles in metal-finish containers would have gone a long way. The queen's table could have had a runner of mood moss, carnations and other filler flowers to give dimension to the table. Also, while there's nothing wrong with a white wedding, cover the poly-white tablecloth with a white overlay or runner.
Have you encountered tables like these at weddings that you've attended? Are you guilty of making some of these same mistakes that I mentioned? Let me know if you have other issues of questions that need to be addressed.
And while there will always be challenges, there will always be solutions.