KEY TO MY HEART … Inspired By A Wedding

Hello all!  This week, my tablescape inspiration came from some idea boards I did awhile ago for soon-to-be-married young friends.  Their wedding colors are ivory, blues, and golds …

Many of the pictures in these inspirations boards are the “actuals” … the wedding gown, bridesmaid’s dress and shoes, ballroom, save-the-date, and invitation.  The others are ideas they want to incorporate … floating flower centerpieces, antique keys, pearls.
Now that you hopefully know the “feel” I want to achieve, I’ll let you decide if I succeeded … or not.

I started with the only navy tablecloth I have then added a variety of doilies as a nod to the lace wedding gown and antique keys …
To keep the lacy look, I used clear glass dinner plates then added gold-encrusted salad plates and bowls.
The centerpiece features a pair of skeleton keys tied with the same gold satin ribbon as the wedding invitation.
Of course, candlelight is a “must,” so I used a pair of Lenox pierced tealight holders set atop tiny gold-rimmed Lenox saucers.
Bridal pearls, a tiny Lenox gift box, and the centerpiece … all anchored by a gold-rimmed Lenox plate and clear ribbed glass charger.
Elegant gold damask napkins, gold-encrusted glassware, and gold flatware …
A heart-shaped floating candle …
Super simple to put together … but very elegant.
I can’t wait to see how the bride interprets the inspiration boards!  I know it will be a beautiful wedding.  They are a beautiful couple … inside and out.
What about you?  Are you (or someone you know) planning a wedding?  What are the colors?  Is there a theme?  I hope you’ll leave a comment and tell us!  You KNOW we’re all hopeless romantics here …

Join me for Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathleen and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. This is absolutely stunning. I love the doilies on the dark blue and the all the gold rims just make this dazzling. It’s so beautiful I could keep looking for a long time.. have a beautiful week and weekend.. xo marlis

  2. Oh, so gorgeous – the gold is so elaborate and contrast against the deep blue, it is so glorious!

    – The Tablescaper

  3. Oh, what beautiful doilies!! Using keys in decor is certainly very popular right now and your centerpiece is just lovely! Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  4. Don’t you love painting a tableau with porcelain, crystal, gold & pearls…an exquisite canvas. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. I was dancing
    in wedding world this week, too. Cherry Kay

  5. I wish I WAS planning a wedding for my stepdaughter or one of my nieces. What is WRONG with these girls not wanting to get married these days?!??!?!!! I understand that a career is important, but c’mon!!! They are depriving an aging former wedding planner of creating the wedding of their dreams!!! I’ll be too old and senile to do it before too long! 🙂 Really cool inspiration board (the cupcake on there is one of the prettiest cupcake designs I’ve ever seen!), and I love how you used it to create a tablescape. Very clever!!! The key on the ribbon around the vase is another really slick detail. GORGEOUS dishes and flatware!!! Great job, Susan! Hey…hope you have a safe and fun holiday weekend. Take care of yourself!!!

  6. Very elegant…love the use of clear dishes to show off all the details of those beautiful doilies.

  7. How exciting! I just love weddings. The navy and gold are beautiful together and the table you have set is just divine. I love the doily under the clear plates. Just beautiful.

  8. I LOVE the navy and gold together. It is just beautiful and your table is just beautiful. LOVE the inspiration board you put together….but those cupcakes take the cake- (pun intended) xo Diana

  9. Oh, my goodness. These colors are just divine. The gold and dark blue is stunning. Loved seeing the inspiration board. Your details on your table are gorgeous, so rich and elegant. Have a wonderful weekend, Susan!

  10. This table is so regal. I love the blue and gold. So many glorious details, it’s difficult to pick a favorite. Your inspiration board I so well put together. It’s a pleasure to stop by and take this in. I planned a wedding and bridal recently. The colors were green, orange and yellow. The theme was birds. You can see my post under “Love is Sweet”. I am your newest follower. I do hope you stop by and visit.

  11. This table certainly captures everything on the idea board, and then some! I especially like the centerpiece!

  12. I am enchanted by your table, and you’ve made me think I should use all the doilies that belonged to my mother and are boxed up in the storage room.

    • Go ahead and pull those pretty doilies from your mother out of storage so you can share them with us! I, for one, would love to see them. 🙂 BTW, if they have storage stains, my all-time favorite linen cleaner is Restoration, and it’s available in my Etsy shop. If you’re interested, you can read some testimonials on my sidebar and search this blog for “Restoration” for before/after pics. DEFINITELY get those pretties back into circulation!

  13. Hand’s down, this is one of my favorite of your tables EVER. I love the look of the navy and ivory, and the lace doilies are perfect. I would love to see a reception table looking exactly like that.

    We’re having an uncharacteristically slow wedding season here this year. I am only going to two of them. One will be black and white, and they want folks to wear black and white. The other, I’m not sure of.

    I love weddings. If it were not for the fact that I’m too right brained for good organization, I would be a wedding planner. But then again, it’s not as much fun when you see the sausage being made.

  14. Just read the previous post.

  15. Susan, this is truly an elegant table setting!
    Having experienced a wedding ourselves in March, I am interested in plans of others. Our daughter’s plans followed more on the rustic Renaissance theme, and everything was lovely, without formality.