Napkin Folds That Will Elevate Your Reception Tables
Attention to detail is one key factor that separates good weddings from truly great ones, and creative napkin folds are the perfect example of how the littlest details can make a major impact. While napkins are undoubtedly a necessary part of your tabletop design, their method of display doesn't need to be standard or plain. In fact, we think it should enchance the rest of the décor choices you've made.
Gone are the days of triangular pyramid napkin folds: From elegantly decontructured folds to crisp and contemporary napkin designs, couples are getting more creative with these dinnertime staples. Why even bother with special napkin folds? Well, first impressions matter, and this is a great way to set the tone for your celebration. Maybe you chose to have a traditional ceremony but you want to let loose at your reception and really get the party started. An edgy tablescape with dark napkins will immediately communicate to guests that they're in for a change of pace. Alternatively, a linen hemstitch napkin with a fold highlighting a custom monogram will let guests know to expect a classic, elevated evening. Whatever artistic direction you choose, a thoughtful napkin fold that matches your wedding's style will leave a lasting impression.
Beyond creative folds, you can use your napkin design as a chance to bring additional details, like ribbon or napkin rings, into your place setting. Take this place setting designed by Linda Ha for example. Instead of simply laying a menu card on top of the textured gray napkin, Ha chose to use a contemporary gold paper clip to connect the two elements. The overall effect was chic and polished.
Ahead, we rounded up more unique napkin folds and accessories to inspire your own big-day choices. No matter your aesthetic, you'll find your perfect finishing touch here.
One of the most elegant napkin folds just so happens to be the simplest: the rectangular fold. The napkin edges are tucked out of sight and the whole fold serves as an understated base for a dinner menu or place card. Rebecca Rose Events accented this large rectangular fold with a single gardenia bloom to reference the blooms featured in the couple's cluster centerpieces.
Pocket folds vary in depth and this particular design pocketed nearly the entire menu. If your menu card features a crest or calligraphy detail at the top, this is a great option. It hides the type featured on the rest of the menu, bringing focus to the top motif or detail.
Dramatic contrasts in size can be striking. Here, the rust red linen was folded into a tight rectangle, nearly the same size as the place card, bringing a unique play on proportions to the design dreamt up by Grit & Gold Events. We also love how the napkin color tied in seamlessly with the We + You floral centerpieces.
A Simple Turn
Rotating a classic rectangular fold 90 degrees adds a whole new feel to the place setting. Here, the change played up the whimsical vibe of the reception.
A napkin roll is timeless option that's surprisingly versatile. Here, the gold napkin ring, which referenced the gold-rimmed chargers seamlessly, was truly the star of the show.
A gold-foil printed menu was rolled around a linen napkin before being tied together with a sprig of greenery and gold thread. With everything resting atop botanical-inspired plates, the whole look was perfect for a garden party.
Less Is More
When the rest of your tablescape is bright and bold, a simple napkin fold ensures that your design elements don't compete with each other. Here, sapphire table runners and a jewel-toned centerpiece were complemented by an understated napkin roll.
Bright and Bold
When your plates are ornate, it would be a shame to cover them up. That's why the placement of these bright yellow napkins (all the way at the tops of the plates) makes sense. The gold rings were the perfect finishing touch.
A La Tavola Fine Linen napkin was folded into a thick rectangle to serve as a stand for menu cards on this elegant table.
Take a cue from wedding stationery when deciding on an appropriate napkin fold. Belly bands are often secured around wedding invitations and this napkin acted similarly by wrapping horizontally around the gold rimmed charger.
A wraparound fold doesn't have to be horizontal. This vertical wrap lined up nicely with the menu card and contrasted the table's indigo Casa de Perrin plates perfectly.
Setting your reception tables with both a salad plate and charger lends your design to endless possibilities. Here, a vertical wrap napkin fold was artfully sandwiched between two plates for a textured blue-on-blue effect.
To mirror the table's beige runner, this napkin creatively featured a layered runner of its own, which added depth the the vertical fold.
Two napkins were layered together and elegantly draped over the place setting to create a perfectly effortless look.
A large triangular fold brought geometric flair to this otherwise smooth and rounded vignette.
Tie the Knot
In stark contrast to the loose, unfolded look is the tightly knotted napkin. The effortlessly chic feel of a napkin knot continues to be a popular style with modern couples.
This sleek black knot is proof that a tied napkin is perfectly at home at the black-tie wedding.