How to create an authentic 70's inspired tablescape

Blue and white crockery with flowers and candles

Tablescaping can help create the perfect ambiance on your wedding day. Here, Amy Harvey from Burleigh Pottery shares her tips for putting together a retro display:

When it comes to wedding aesthetics, the 1970s offer a captivating blend of nostalgia and style. Whether you’re having a 70s-themed wedding or just want a nod to the era, why not consider putting together an authentic tablescape to infuse your celebration with a touch of retro charm?

Here, I’ll guide you through the process of creating a sophisticated table setting, harmonising the rich cultural tapestry of the 1970s with the luxury of a wedding day.

Using colours that speak volumes
The 1970s were a kaleidoscope of earthy tones and bold hues. Embrace a palette that mirrors the era's warmth and vibrancy while maintaining an air of opulence. Consider incorporating natural colours like burnt oranges, mustard yellows, avocado greens, and deep browns into your table décor, along with more common wedding colours like white and pastel pinks. These colours not only evoke the spirit of the 70s but also resonate with the sophistication associated with a wedding breakfast.

Key pieces to include for a 70s vibe
To transport your wedding guests to the glamour of the 70s, select key decor pieces that encapsulate the era's design ethos. For example, you could opt for geometric patterns, macramé details, and sleek metallic accents. Incorporate elements like shaggy rugs or throws draped over chairs, velvet table runners, and smoked glassware to infuse your tablescape with an authentic touch of 70s glam.

Tableware as a focal point
Elevate your tablescape with exquisite tableware and ceramics that capture the essence of the 70s. Choose plates with intricate floral patterns, reminiscent of the era's bohemian chic, or opt for bold colours that echo the avant-garde spirit of the 70s. Choosing attractive tableware to use as a focal point can also help your table look less cluttered, as you won’t need to add as many decorations that might get in your guests’ way.

How to mix the theme with your personal style
While embracing a 70s theme, it's essential to infuse the tablescape with your personal style, ensuring that it reflects the uniqueness of your celebration. Integrate elements that hold sentimental value, such as family heirlooms or custom-made centrepieces. Consider incorporating contemporary touches to strike a balance between the vintage theme and your personal taste, such as coloured glasses or neon signs.

 

White and blue crockery set up on a table with cake, candles and flowers

Avoiding ‘tacky’ elements
The key to a successful 70s-inspired tablescape lies in the art of subtlety. Unless a themed wedding is your goal, while embracing the era's design language, steer clear of literal interpretations that may come across as costume-like. Instead, focus on incorporating elements that seamlessly blend with the overall aesthetic. For example, choose modern, streamlined furniture and tableware with subtle retro nods, avoiding clichéd props that may overpower your venue.

Curating an authentic 70s-inspired tablescape for your luxury wedding can be a delightful journey into a bygone era where style and sophistication reigned supreme. By carefully selecting colours, incorporating key pieces, and incorporating your personal style, you can create a tablescape that transcends time and will wow your guests.

To find out more about Burleigh Pottery, visit www.burleigh.co.uk

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