Today our blog series continues with a detail that is constantly overlooked: the napkin fold. If you are just tuning in, our latest blog series, Event Design 101, is an insight into the other services we offer besides floral design. Life in Bloom can provide you with linens, lighting, draping, custom graphics and so much more to take your wedding to the next level, but today we’re talking about a seemingly minute detail: the napkin fold.
This often overlooked detail can completely alter the look of your tables. A cheesy fold can take your classy soiree and boot it right back into the 80’s. The question you must ask yourself before deciding what napkin fold to use, is what is the purpose of your napkin in the design? Is it to bring in a pop of color/texture? Is it to frame your menu? Is it to mark a place setting? Once you decide the answer to this question it will narrow down your options.
As a general rule of thumb, keep it simple. The more your napkin looks like some type of origami, the more your room will start to feel like a retirement party and less like an elegant wedding. If your napkin is bringing in a pop of color or texture, you want it to be shown as broadly as possible to create an impact. The drop-down fold is perfect for this (shown below).
If your napkin’s design purpose is to frame the menu, we like either the classic menu fold or the pocket fold. Both options frame the menu, look great with or without a plate below, and leave the option to add a tie or sprig of greenery.
Classic Menu Fold
The final fold we recommend is perfect if you are utilizing a napkin ring or want a little more movement in your napkin fold. If the napkin ring option is too costly, shown below is a way to create the Napkin Ring Fold with ribbon as well.
Napkin Ring Fold