10 Fabulous Table Runners for Summer Weddings

The wedding table runner has traditionally been a must-have décor item for dressing up a table, whether it's used to cover the midsection of a bare table or added atop a tablecloth to create a rich tableau. In earlier centuries, layering such items was reserved for the wealthy as a sumptuous way to display one's taste. (Downton Abbey, anyone?) As a new bride, you'll enjoy using runners to decorate your table, along with your new serveware, china and glassware. For a wedding, they give an additional pop to the overall wedding design. Table runners may reflect the bride's color scheme to create a coordinated color palette, or in a neutral color, wedding table runners can provide the perfect backdrop for flowers and table settings.

Table runners can help lend a summery vibe to a wedding, as well. A burlap runner is perfect for a rustic wedding, while a floral print runner is divine for a garden wedding, and a shiny table runner ups the ante for a black-tie affair. Whatever your style, we've collected the best table runners from stores such as Etsy, Nordstrom, Macy's and more.

Design Import Seersucker Green Table Runner Macys photo

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Design Import Seersucker Table Runner

This table runner in traditional cotton seersucker will make your summer wedding sing. The classic, textured pinstripe reminds us of garden parties on the lawn, complete with straw boater hats, floral dresses and flutes of champagne. What a cheery scene. If your party is taking similar inspiration from the classic past, then this seersucker table runner is for you. We love the array of summer colors in which this runner is available, including green, aqua, pink and yellow. Bonus: You can also purchase matching napkins. ($50; macys.com)

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Crafty Ribbons Galore Champagne Glitz Sequin Table Runner Etsy photo

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Crafty Ribbons Galore Champagne Glitz Sequin Table Runner

To bring the perfect spritz of sparkle to your summer wedding tables, go for this blingy runner crafted from small, round sequins. Each sequin is hand-stitched onto durable taffeta fabric so that they don't fall off. And the sequins overlap to ensure the sparkle is in full effect. If you're going for classic glamour, the champagne-colored runner is ideal, but Crafty Ribbons Galore makes this runner in bright colors, too, including bubblegum pink, aqua, royal blue and purple. Cheers to that! ($22; etsy.com)

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Natural Macrame Table Runner World Market photo

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Natural Macrame Table Runner

If you're the kind of bride who loves all things Bohemian, then this natural macrame runner is a fine choice for your Boho wedding. From World Market, this runner was intricately hand-knotted with long tassels by Indian artisans using 100-percent cotton for an all-natural look. Because it was handcrafted, slight variations might occur among the table runners when you order them in bulk for a wedding, but you know what? The boho bride will love that, because her tables will look wholly unique. ($30; worldmarket.com)

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White and Light Green Plaid Table Runner with Fringe Etsy photo

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White and Light Green Plaid Table Runner with Fringe

There's always a bride whose favorite flower is the daisy. She's a natural beauty who appreciates a light touch when it comes to décor. She will totally appreciate this handmade white-and-green table runner with fringes for her wedding, as it highlights her style. Woven in a traditional buffalo plaid pattern, this table runner celebrates a summer vibe that reminds us of picnics in a field and weddings on a farm. It's elegant, but down-to-earth, which is an awesome combo. ($26; etsy.com)

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Moss Table Runner by Ashland Michaels photo

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Moss Table Runner by Ashland

The Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame would be perfectly in style while hosting his tea party with this moss table runner. So will you, particularly if you want your wedding to convey some storybook whimsy by way of nature. Imagine this inventive runner topped with colorful tableware and floral arrangements in an array of jewel tones. It will look like a scene out of a fairy tale, literally. ($17; michaels.com)

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Anthropologie Tassel Fringe Table Runner Nordstrom photo

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Anthropologie Tassel Fringe Table Runner

For the bride who loves her Bohemian style with a touch of modernity, this woven table runner features a gorgeous mix of textures and a modern print, which gives it an edge. Made of 100-percent cotton, it features fringed, tasseled trims for the win. As a summer wedding table runner, this graphic, yet natural, piece would be perfect as the backdrop for zesty colors such as green or yellow. Imagine how chic it would look topped with clear bowls of lemons, along with yellow calla lilies as the floral arrangements. ($68; nordstrom.com)

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Waterford Celeste Silver Table Runner Macy's photo

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Waterford Celeste Silver Table Runner

Summer weddings are not all farm and burlap; some brides yearn for the sophistication that can be sussed out of the sultry heat and heady blooms. This table runner is for that bride and her style. From Waterford's Celeste Collection, this exquisite runner begins with silver fabric trimmed with elegant stitching. Scrolled acanthus leaves top off the elegant aesthetic. Bonus: This table runner is made of a cotton-polyester blend that staves off wrinkles (because you're not bringing a steamer to your wedding reception, honey). ($60; macys.com)

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Martha Stewart Black & White Table Runner Michaels photo

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Martha Stewart Black & White Table Runner

We love the chic neutrality a black-and-white table runner brings to the table, as it simply begs for a riot of colors to pop against it. Imagine a wedding tableau inspired by the chic, black-and-white styling of the horse race scene in My Fair Lady: Audrey Hepburn wears a graphic-black-and-white ensemble topped with a hat festooned in hot pink flowers. A similar jolt of color can be found in hot pink floral arrangements for your wedding; it would work wonders against the black-and-white stripes of this table runner. ($21; michaels.com)

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Mode Living Positano Linen Table Runner Bloomingdales photo

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Mode Living Positano Linen Table Runner

Made in Turkey, the land of luxurious textiles, this table runner could serve as an inspiration for a creative bride's wedding design. In tones of eggplant, moss green and pink against silver, this table runner retains the aesthetic of a fine Chinese watercolor. The vast silver space creates a canvas for the architectural quality of the floral design, which features lean, spare greenery topped by puffs of delicate blooms. Bonus: This table runner is crafted from high-quality linen that has been specially coated to prevent stains. ($80; bloomingdales.com)

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Chilewich "Bamboo" Runner

Barkcloth, that gorgeous textile so popular in mid-century rooms, finds a modern soulmate in this Chilewich "Bamboo" runner. Made of woven vinyl, these runners retain a vintage texture with the technical advancements of a modern fabric that is durable and easy to spot clean. We love the colors, too, in the deep redwood tone of "dune" and the steely blue of "seaglass." This is the perfect summer table runner for a modern, minimalist bride. ($65; bloomingdales.com)

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Martha Stewart Copper Table Runner Michaels photo

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Martha Stewart Copper Table Runner

Leave it to Martha Stewart, that doyenne of décor, to highlight the copper wedding trend with this cotton table runner in kraft brown with white polka dots. While not copper itself, it's designed to coordinate with the other accoutrements from the Martha Stewart Copper Collection. True to Martha Stewart form, this collection includes a vast array of mix-and-match pieces, such as favor bags, confetti, twine and labels, which will all blend with this polka-dotted table runner. ($21; michaels.com)

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Embroidered Personalized Linen Table Runner Etsy photo

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Embroidered Personalized Linen Table Runner

We love the high quality of this handmade table runner from Etsy. It's perfect for a sweet couple whose wedding design focuses on all the details. Available in a white or natural premium linen, this table runner is a custom embroidery design that graces both ends with the bride and groom's (new) last name initial, along with their first names and wedding date. The edges are serged and turned. Bonus: Matching napkins and placemats are also available. ($68; etsy.com)

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