A Step-by-Step Guide on Basic Napkin Folding for Weddings
The basic napkin is a simple fold, perfect for a more classic look. It can be dressed to fit almost any theme. For example, wrap it in twine or burlap for a rustic look, or in a silk or velvet ribbon for a more elegant finish.
It’s incredibly easy and quick to fold and is a style that you could potentially ask your venue or catering company to create for you. The basic napkin also works if you make them before hand, their structure means they hold their shape well in storage. This would allow you to focus on the other details of your wedding. You can also dress the simple fold with a wide variety of embellishments to achieve different styles.
Wrap the basic napkin in twine or burlap for a rustic look, or in a silk or velvet ribbon for a more elegant finish.
I would recommend using a square napkin, otherwise your finished rectangle appears too skinny. It also works best with cotton or linen napkins
Basic Napkin – Step By Step
- Iron all of your napkins – this will help you to achieve a more professional looking finish.
- Lay you napkin upside down on a flat surface.
- Take one side and fold it inwards until the outer edge meets the middle. Make sure the corners are perfectly aligned, before defining the crease and flattening the fold.
- Repeat with the other side. Take the outer edge and fold it inwards into it meets the middle. Once again, make sure the edges are aligned before flattening the fold.
- Fold the napkin in half lengthways.
- Fold the napkin in half widthways, creating a rectangle.
- Place atop your plate.
Layer adornments on your basic napkin, such as a sprig of greenery or a flower. Or keep your place setting neat and tidy by creating a bundle with your menu.
The basic fold is, as it sounds, very basic. However, it is incredibly easy to add interest. I’ve opted to tie a ribbon around it, making sure not to pull too tight which would ruin its structured shape. I’ve also used a nametag for a place card alternative. You can layer adornments on top, such as a sprig of greenery or a flower. A popular option is to create a bundle with your menu, keeping your place setting neat and tidy. Fold your basic napkin and place a menu on top: tying them together with string, twine or ribbon.
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