Prints Charming: Patterned Plates for Your Reception

Without a doubt, gleaming white dinnerware is timeless, traditional, and keeps things looking nice and orderly on your dinner tables. But spicing up your serveware is a great way to add color and style and to show your personality when it comes to setting the tables for your post-ceremony celebration.

Pink Patterned Wedding Reception Place Setting, Amalie Orrange Photography | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Amalie Orrange Photography

With so many options—think sweet woodland creatures, classic antique florals, and over-the-top ornate patterns finished with gleaming gold—there’s something out there to suit most any style. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite non-white place settings to inspire your own outside-the-box tablescape.


Cute Critters

Rattan charger and bunny plates, Cody Hunter Photography | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Cody Hunter Photography

We love these cute but subtle bunny-printed plates for an Easter wedding (like the sweet one Gloria and Dane had at The Colony in Palm Beach) or a spring brunch wedding. Or choose a Florida-appropriate flamingo version that works in any season.


Fresh Florals

Rustic floral plates for wedding place setting | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Gianny Campos Photography

Setting your tables with pretty floral plates presents a big opportunity to add extra bursts of color—and romance—to your reception. Stick to one scheme, or mix things up by using several different patterns at each table.


Go for Gold

Fisher Island, Florida, wedding reception place setting with gold patterned china | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Shea Christine Photography

If your celebration is on the formal side, you can’t go wrong with dinnerware in a traditional ornate pattern, especially one with glints of gold.


Think Pink

Pink floral wedding reception place setting, Amalie Orrange Photography | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Amalie Orrange Photography

Place settings in this perennial favorite wedding color are decidedly sweet and feminine. Stack a salad plate in a slightly contrasting pattern on top to give tables a feel that’s more kitschy than cutesy.


 Get Whimsical

Whimsical Florida beach wedding place setting in blue, Melanie Gabrielle Photography | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Melanie Gabrielle Photography 

If you want an all-out motif, opt for dinnerware that sets an actual scene, like these pretty plates. The gently scalloped edge adds a vintage, antique-inspired air.


Geometric Gems

Geometric Wedding Reception Place Setting | Weddings Illustrated

Photo by Alders Photography (now Jenny Smith & Co.)

If you’re a modern-day bohemian bride, consider setting your table with charges and plates in brightly colored geometric patterns. Here’s a hint: Simple wooden chargers + a few jars of paint = one fun wedding DIY.

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