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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Modern Chic Wedding Reception

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 14, 2015 2:45:00 PM

Modern chic wedding receptionThe trend in wedding design is to coordinate your colors. Flowers, dresses, ties go with napkins, table settings and centerpieces. Black and white is a sophisticated and elegant color combination.

I started with a black charger, added a black speckle dinner plate, a white-rimmed salad plate and a clear soup bowl.

Modern chic wedding receptionThe beauty of clear dishes is you can display something underneath. I made place cards by printing each guest’s name on white paper then gluing it to a piece of silver, glittery scrapbook paper.

Modern chic wedding receptionBasic white napkins are dressed up when wrapped with black and silver fabric. Get creative with your napkin rings. These white daisies are actually drapery hooks!


The table number also serves as a centerpiece. Cheese domes on wood boards are readily available at Goodwill. So are pedestal candy dishes. If you can’t find them in glass, look for silver or pewter ones.

Modern chic wedding receptionArrange white daisies on a plate add a table number banner and cover with the dome. Cloches are popular decorating accessories. You can use them in your new home or give them away as favors.

Not only does black and white give your reception a modern-chic vibe, it goes with any color your bridesmaids are wearing.

Topics: Weddings, wedding decor, wedding reception, Merri Cvetan