If I’m going to be honest with you, number one on my list of icks would actually be the word “ick”. I don’t know when that became a thing but I think it needs to stop. Whatever you want to call them though, there are a few things that get my goat when it comes to weddings.
Now, obviously it is ALWAYS each to their own and this isn't to say that everything I’m about to write in here is gospel - I absolutely believe you should do your own wedding your own way and you might feel totally differently about these things than I do. It would also never put me off working on a wedding if I was to see you have any of the below in your day. But hear me out on these!
Tablecloths - it's a no from me.
I’m sorry, but it’s true. This has probably come from years of working in venues and hotels where they bulk buy terrible quality cloths and chuck them on without any care. They always ended up skewiff with giant creases down the middle and they’d be covered in stains within five minutes of guests sitting down to eat.
My view has always been that the only reason you’d have tablecloths at your wedding is because you just don’t know any different - it’s always just the expected thing. Either that or the venue has ugly furniture that you’re trying to hide. If they have lovely rustic wooden tables and chairs, I think it would be a sin to cover them up!
Now, obviously this might depend on your venue and on the general theme/feel of your day. In a lovely stately home, perhaps clothed tables and formal place settings fit better. If your colour scheme pops better on a white background or if you’re going for something more traditional I can totally see why you’d opt for clean, crisp linen. I mean, here's a perfect example of tablecloths looking lovely - so it can be done!
Sometimes it’s a matter of necessity. Round tables are almost always big, bulky things that absolutely need to be covered - if a round table is your preference (and I totally understand why it would be!) you’ll almost definitely need to think about clothing them. But if you’re going for longer tables and benches, or if you’re able to choose/hire your own furniture, give it some thought. Don’t just plump for the obvious white rounds if you don’t have to!
If you do end up needing cloths, speak to your venue or stylist. Make sure they’ll be good quality, they’ll be ironed/steamed and not just an afterthought. A good stylist takes real care over things like this, so you can trust them to do a good job!