Decorating a wedding can be a big project. Table linens can be one of the quickest ways to change the look of a room. One of the easiest ways to add your own style to the reception tables is to use table runners. Take a look at all of the different things you can do with table runners to give your wedding a unique and beautiful style.

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The terrific thing about table runners is that they can be layered over standard white tablecloths to change the look of the reception venue without spending a fortune on custom ordered linens. In fact, any person with basic sewing skills could tackle making their own runners. Nothing more than long, thin rectangles, they are a pretty simple sewing project. If you want to add even more "wow" to your tables, layer a contrasting runner over a colorful tablecloth.

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You can really make a statement with runners depending on the colors, materials, and pattern you select. For an evening wedding, silk dupioni cloths in rich jewel tones like aubergine would be spectacular. If the bride is wearing a crystal necklace, why not bring in some of that sparkle to the decor by adding a row of drop crystals along the edge of the runner? Place crystal candleholders and exotic purple orchids over the aubgerine cloths to create a look with unforgettable elegance.

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The bride who is planning a wedding with a very natural or rustic style can do wonderful things with humble materials. A burlap runner, believe it or not, is a great looking addition to the reception tables. It makes an ideal backdrop for centerpieces made from materials like succulents, smooth river rocks, or moss. The affordable material is a great option for a bride working on a tight budget who wants to do something beyond the standard white linens. The burlap runner is especially nice for long family style tables at an outdoor reception.

Weddings with homespun charm are very much in style at the moment. Give your reception tables that cozy handcrafted feeling with crocheted runners. Fine white crochet designs are feminine and homey at the same time. While crocheting all the table toppers would likely be an overwhelming project, making the one for the head table would be a very special gift from a relative with a talent for crocheting. Choose delicate centerpieces that will not obscure the daintiness of the crocheted pieces. Multiples of slim silver vases dripping with sweet peas would be charming or bring in more of that homey feeling with white hobnail pitchers and glasses for the centerpiece vessels.

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If you want to add style to your reception in a snap, choose a runner with a bold pattern. An opulent large baroque design in a high contrast color combination like black and white would be stunning for a sophisticated wedding with the bride in a silk trumpet gown and grand crystal necklace. For a daytime wedding, consider a '60s inspired pop art floral pattern in wild colors. When the linens make a big statement, the flowers should be monochromatic to keep the whole design in harmony.

Many other fabrics would be wonderful for reception table runners. Ideas include lace, quilts, and sheer organza, just to name a few. Without a doubt, a small table runner can have a big impact when it comes to creating a fabulous style for your wedding.

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