Napkin Folding Ideas for Weddings

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Napkin Folding Ideas for Weddings
Get creative with fancy napkin folding ideas for a wedding. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When it comes to wedding receptions, it's all about the details. Every piece of silverware, song selection or hors d'oeuvres choice matters to make your wedding a dream come true. Your guests will marvel at the beauty of your embellishments when you turn utilitarian items such napkins into sculpted creations. Jump start your creativity by using origami-worthy folds to make your napkins look especially elegant.

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Heart Napkin Fold

Customise your napkins by folding them in the shape of a heart to match the theme of the day. Clean, heavily starched napkins make folding easier. Fold a napkin into thirds with the edges tucked inside. Iron the rectangle flat. The rectangle turns into a heart by folding the rectangle in half to create a pointed end. Tuck the top two corners of each edge to turn it into a heart, then iron it again. Put the napkin in the centre of each plate and place a small decoration or place card on top.

Candle Napkin Fold

Mimic the wedding's candlelight mood by creating a napkin folded to represent a candle. This fold will allow the napkin to stand upright in the centre of a place setting. Create the candle by folding the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle. Flip up the widest end of the triangle 1/4 of the way up. Keep the fold secure by ironing it in place. Turn the napkin over so the folded side faces down. Roll it from right to left to create the candle shape. The napkin is complete when you tuck the end of the triangle into the bottom cuff.

Napkin Silverware Pouch

Also known as the French pleat or fomal fold, this simple napkin fold makes an elegant statement with minimal effort. Begin the pouch by folding a large napkin into quarters. Turn the napkin so that the open edges face the top right. Fold the first section of fabric and tuck it inside to create a small triangle in the bottom left of the napkin. Repeat with the next two folds, tucking each fabric piece under itself to create a triangle that is larger than the previous triangle. Iron the napkin flat to keep its shape. Tuck a fork, knife and spoon within the folds.

Wedding Napkin Knot

Make this napkin knot by folding a large napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle. Fold the narrowest point of the triangle to meet the base. Create a narrow rectangle by folding the narrowest end of the fabric in half to meet the widest end. Press the napkin flat with an iron. Tie the folded creation into a loose, single knot in the centre of the napkin. Slip a strip of paper with a guest's name printed on it and tuck it in one end of the knot to finish it off.

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