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13 Ways to Fold a Napkin

Welcome, napkin enthusiasts, this one is for you.

Napkins are not only on a wedding table for you to wipe up your dirty mouths, but they double as decor! If you've been scrolling the depths of "tablescapes" on Pinterest, you know there are many ways to make a napkin look more than just... a napkin. I'm putting this list together for you so you can play around with napkin art and see which is best for your wedding table needs!

PRO TIP #1: Before making a decision on your napkin art, make sure to confirm with your catering and venue about what they plan to do for your table settings! (If you will not have a plate pre-set on your table, you will need to take this into consideration!)

PRO TIP #2: Also, venues and coordinators vary on what they're able to do folding-wise. If you're responsible for bringing the napkins, I highly suggest pre-folding them the week before the wedding for quick set up.

Okay. Let's talk napkins.

Here's a quick list for your screenshotting purposes.

  1. Knotted

  2. Waterfall/Draped

  3. Rolled with silverware

  4. Candyroll

  5. Horizontal Lay

  6. French fold

  7. Fortune cookie

  8. Rolled without silverware

  9. Loose

  10. Bundled with stationary

  11. Pocket

  12. Diagonal pocket

  13. Vertical Lay (between plates)

1. Knotted

2. Waterfall/Draped

3. Rolled with Silverware

4. Candyroll

5. Horizontal Lay

6. French fold

7. Fortune Cookie

8. Rolled (w/o silverware)

9. Loose fold

10. Bundled with stationary

11. Pocket

12. Diagonal Pocket

13. Vertical Lay (between plates)

And don't forget, accessories and placement also matter!

Napkin Accessories:

  1. Napkin Rings: Classic and versatile, napkin rings come in a variety of materials, styles, and designs. Choose from sleek metal rings, rustic wooden bands, or even personalized options with guests' names. Napkin rings not only keep your napkins tidy but also serve as a decorative element.

  2. Floral Arrangements: Tuck a small, complementary flower or a sprig of greenery into the folds of your napkin for a natural and fresh look. It adds a pop of color and can be customized to match your overall floral arrangements.

  3. Customized Name Cards: Combine functionality with personalization by attaching small name cards to your napkins. Use creative holders or even tie the name cards around the napkin with a decorative ribbon. It's a practical way to assign seats and adds a thoughtful touch.

  4. Ribbon and Bow Accents: Elevate your napkin game by tying a colorful ribbon or a sophisticated bow around the napkin. This simple accessory can complement your wedding color scheme and bring an element of charm to each place setting.

  5. Miniature Trinkets: Consider attaching small, themed trinkets to your napkins. This could be anything from seashells for a beach wedding to miniature bells for a whimsical touch. Guests can take these little treasures home as wedding favors.

  6. Candle Holders: If your event is in the evening, add a touch of romance by placing small candle holders on top of each napkin. Whether it's a tea light or a slender taper candle, it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  7. Themed Charms: Attach small charms that align with your wedding theme. Whether it's tiny seashells for a beach wedding, heart-shaped charms for a romantic affair, or even themed charms that represent your hobbies or interests as a couple.

  8. Edible Decorations: For a unique twist, incorporate edible elements into your napkin presentation. This could be a sprig of herbs, a cinnamon stick, or even a candy treat. It's a delightful surprise for your guests.

Remember, the key is to have fun and let your creativity shine. Mix and match these accessories to create a table setting that reflects your personality and the overall theme of your special day.

Now you know all about folding napkins! Woo!

Go on with ya bad self and start folding.

Love ya'll. Happy Planning!



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