Today we turn our attention to the humble napkin. And for good reason too. Whilst couples are becoming more adventurous in their wedding styling, some venues are trailing behind when it comes to table linens. Starched, white napkins seem to be the norm, and we constantly find that the way they are folded has not changed since the 80s.
And yet there is so much opportunity to personalise a place setting with this fairly innocuous item. Simply changing out the colour of the napkins, or styling them in a new and creative way can add a certain je ne sais quoi to your table. It can look professionally style, more considered, and change the whole atmosphere of the dining experience.
We will admit that it can be time-consuming to arrange if your venue are not prepared to change the way they lay their place settings (although you are paying them, so we would fight that battle if we were you…). However, if you have an extra pair of hands for setup, then something as simple as the below style will dramatically change up your tablescape game.
- Lay the napkin on a flat surface.
2. Fold the top right corner down towards the bottom left corner.
3. Fold the bottom right corner up towards the top left corner, but not meeting it completely.
4. Fold the bottom left corner up towards the top left corner, but again not meeting the other point completely.
Depending on the material of your napkin, this look can be structured to look more or less formal. For our place setting, below, we wanted a relaxed, autumnal vibe, so we played around with the cutlery placement too.
When it comes to linens, everyone appears to be stuck in an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ groove. Break that mould and be bold in your napkin styling. Your table (and guests) will thank you for it.