The Suggested Linen to Decorate a Wedding Reception

Your big day is closely approaching. Everything must look astonishing, so the fairytale wedding you’ve always imagined is complete. Yours and your partner’s outfits are ready, you’ve booked the venue you’ve always wanted and your favourite band, but what about the other details. Most importantly, what about the reception?

Your wedding reception is the cherry on top of the entire wedding ceremony. Your friends and family will enjoy good company, food and drinks and music. Your wedding reception decor is a wonderful way to show off your style and taste and complete the entire picture.
Every decor detail is important and couples want their guests to appreciate and talk about the whole reception, long after it’s over.

Besides the great food and a breathtaking venue with superb decorations, adding linen to your reception will give the finishing touch to the overall theme of your wedding. The right linen can turn even the simplest of venues into a royal looking hall. Let’s explore the range of linen for weddings in detail and the type of fabrics you can choose from to make your special magnificent.

Table Cloths

Your guests will stay at the table for most of the reception. Having a table cloth that fits your wedding theme will work as the base to any decoration you plan to place on the tables. With the help of a table cloth, the centrepieces will be able to stand out in a tasteful way.

Table Skirts

Having the top of the table decorated is a must, but what about the sides? Of course, you don’t have to do this, but some couples want everything to match. Or perhaps, the tables in the venue aren’t the most attractive to look at? In that case, table skirts can make everything more elegant. It’s a great way for guests to hide their personal things underneath (this is especially practical for surprise gifts). The table skirt can differ from the table cloth and reach to the floor.



Table Runners

This is also an optional addition to your reception. But when done right, it can make a huge difference in the way the wedding tables look. It’s especially popular in traditional themes that want to capture a royal feel. Table runners are usually short and narrow, made of long pieces of fabric that are usually placed in the middle to outline other table decorations. This is a great way to bring the best out of table centrepieces. Table runner colours are mainly different than the table cloth (mainly in the secondary colour theme of the wedding).

Chair Covers

If the venue has good chairs, you don’t have to pick chair covers, but the truth is, often chairs don’t quite match the decoration of the table. Using chair covers is the best way to personalise the whole look to your exact theme. Some venues may offer their own options for chair covers, but if you have a unique look in mind, you’re better off exploring the offer on linen for weddings online or at the local stores.


Everything is in the details, including something as small as napkins. If you have your wedding reception in a hotel or restaurant, they will provide you with napkins. This way you don’t have to think of anything. But if you host it at a private place where you don’t get the full service, you should keep in mind that your guests will need napkins. This is an area where you be creative and playful. You can choose table napkins in a different fabric type and size and of course colour.

The Suggested Types of Fabrics for Wedding Linen

The fabrics are important because they can set the tone to the whole wedding theme. If you go with satin, it would make it look royal, while linen and cotton are better for more laidback wedding parties. Here are several fabric options for the big day


This is a smooth glossy fabric that is primarily made from silk. It has a more rich look than most fabrics because of the shiny texture that makes it very elegant. Satin can be made out of Polyester fibres as a silk alternative. This is a more affordable option than silk and you should consider it if your wedding budget is running tight. This fabric is ideal for indoor events since the glossy fabric radiates and reflects indoor lighting making a romantic atmosphere.

Damask and Brocade

Damask is a fabric pattern that you can see on heavier weight woven fabrics. This cloth is excellent for formal events with a traditional, royal-like touch. Brocade fabrics are made of silk threads woven to achieve an embossed or embroidered look. Like damask, this is a more traditional option.


Organza is a thin, translucent fabric which is perfect for every type of decoration (from the simplest to the most royal-looking). It can be made from cotton or silk and is available in plain and embroidered options. It’s the most popular option for wedding chair decoration.


This material is made from silk or rayons, having a crisp and smooth feel. It’s structured and has a shimmering, silky surface. It’s excellent to use it on its own, or matched with an overlay. If your wedding reception is more on the modern side with streamlined decorations, then taffeta is an ideal option for you.


If you seek linen for weddings that are elegant and rich, then velvet is your best option. Its soft pile feel and shimmering look give the tables and chairs a unique, smooth feel. Velvet is excellent for indoor wedding receptions. You can use it for theme weddings such as royal or victorian. Even if you have a few velvet details, the whole place would look classy, chic and movie-like. However, it’s recommended to use it only if you host your wedding in winter.


This is the most commonly used materials for event linens. It’s especially popular for outdoor events or parties with an easygoing vibe. It’s a soft and breathable natural fabric. It can be dyed in any colour, patterned, or embroidered. Heavier types of cotton can have an embossed texture. If you want a simple wedding and don’t care much about extravagance, this is certainly the right option for you.


Linen tablecloths will give your event a rustic and natural charm. Linen has a grainy texture and can be dyed in any colour you want. This is a popular option for outdoor weddings (beach, backyard, and even forest). Linen is also great for indoor weddings with a bohemian touch.

I hope that whatever your final choice for wedding linens is, it will make your wedding venue or outdoor place look just the way you’ve always envisioned it.

Mia Hadson

Mia is a passionate blogger. Her obsession with beauty, health and shopping started young. Her philosophy is based on simple things, regardless of whether it is about applying makeup, decorating a room or cleaning a home. She believes simplicity is the basis of beauty and she implements this ideology in all spheres of her life.