The ONLY thing I want for Christmas this year is for wedding, event and catering professionals to learn how to set a table.
Don’t get me wrong, a winning lottery ticket and world peace would both be nice, but I’m OK with manageable pieces.
As a blogger and content creator for the wedding industry, few things make me this crazy. Also, from what I’ve heard in some of the wedding groups I am part of I’m not alone.
I see hundreds of submission of styled shoots that have AMAZING tablescapes; breathtaking floral designs, luxurious linen, vintage or interesting china, unique flatware, and even fun glassware.
It is pretty apparent these professionals have painstakingly taken the time curate a tabletop design that fits with the overall theme of the shoot.
However, then there are glasses placed on the wrong side of the plate or the knife is on the left and the fork on the right. Ah-mazing!
As someone who is curating images for submission, this often means that I cannot use some of the best pictures you have submitted.
I have had to select images with the specific intention of not showing that setting. Too often that means that an awesome charger plate, custom menu card or napkin accent is not showcased.
Could I go ahead and use the image anyway? Yes, I absolutely could.
But the idea of a styled shoot is to showcase the creativity and expertise of a team of professionals. Is it fair to the rental company, linen company or stationery designer who lent their talent to this team?
It’s a pretty simple process, most weddings or events follow an Informal Dinner Place Setting.
We’ve taken liberties with napkin placement and folds and often add a champagne glass to the setting but nothing else in the setting changes.
So this Christmas, take a few minutes and share a little knowledge with your colleagues; and help grant my Christmas wish!