Ditch centerpieces and let dinner be your wedding reception table decor #Reception Advice#decor#food#steal-this-idea March 10 | Chris Wolfgang mswolfgang Photo from Carmen & Grant's weekend getaway "crocodiles on safari" wedding by Stuart Dods To decorate or not to decorate? That is the question. We've got people who keep their reception table decor minimal, we've got people who go all out, and we've got people who would like things to look nice but please-god-don't-make-me-DIY-for-hours. No matter where you fall on the table decor spectrum, you really should check out Carmen and Grant's idea. I'll let Carmen explain: We had always envisioned having potjie pots (metal pots used to make potjie, which is a South African stew) as centrepieces… Our starter was a biltong and mushroom soup, and the main course was a lamb potjie served in the pots at the centre of the tables. -Carmen What if you're not serving a traditional stew for dinner? No worries. I can see something like this working with anything from nachos to edible arrangements to towers of sandwiches. The trick, really, is to have some kind of eye-catching serving display at each table that you either already have food set out on or servers will bring food to during the dinner hour. Or, you know, just set out some tea. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Chris Wolfgang Chris is a writer and editor in Omaha, Neb. She'll talk your ear off about independent webcomics, animated film, and Ultimate Frisbee. @chriswolfgang @mswolfgang PREVIOUS Be swept away by this ethereal winter shoot on Mt. Rainier NEXT 17 geeky wedding details that will make you want to marry your fandoms Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] I love this idea! Last year I spent a month WWOOFing at an Italian winery, and every day we would have a big lunch with all the WWOOF volunteers, the family who ran the winery, and any B&B guests or friends who came to eat with us (so often 20+ people). The table was always laid with water pitchers, olive oil cruets, pepper shakers, salt cellars, wine bottles, and a million other actually useful things to have at a table while you eat a meal. I thought it was one of the most beautiful table settings ever, at least as nice as some of the elaborate floral or crafted arrangements I've seen on wedding blogs. 1 agrees Reply In theory I like the idea…in practice, I just wonder how it looks when people start eating… Reply I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, as a foodie I love it. On the other hand, there's an infamous wedding post that used to float the internet about "I put cakes in the center of each guest table. I'm upset a guest ate a piece before we gave permission after dinner" Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.