Decorating for Wedding Receptions

Decorating for wedding receptions - especially your own - is one of life's rare joys. The opportunity to truly expess yourself on a stage of your own making.

Of course, it's also easy to annihilate the budget, so be selective with where you spend. Work out the budget for your wedding reception in advance - and then stick to it (at least try to).

Wedding themes and colour schemes are the broad canvas for your wedding decorating ideas, and gorgeous floral displays and clever use of candles remain the mainstays of wedding reception displays. Indeed, ideas for wedding reception flowers are hotly sought in books and certainly on this site and all over the internet. Wedding table centerpieces such as candleabras and candle sticks come a close second.

Pictures of Wedding Receptions

We've all seen pictures of wedding receptions or been to weddings, that we would have planned differently or made different choices. Decorating for wedding receptions is an art and if you are going to do it yourself, you may only ever have one shot at it - so make it count!

Here are some photos of wedding receptions to help you plan and visualise your wedding event.

decorating for wedding receptions
When decorating for wedding receptions, you'll be looking for wedding table ideas. A gorgeous appetising wedding cake can double up as a decorative wedding table centerpiece. So pick a very special wedding cake.

decorating for wedding receptions
Wedding chair decorations create an elegant atmosphere and are one of the most perfect wedding decorating ideas, wedding chair sashes and bows, just add to the finishing touch.

decorating for wedding receptions
Ordering wedding flower centerpieces for each table can be costly, so if you wish to minimise the cost while retaining a stunning showpiece, it's best to choose the large wedding table centerpieces for the main bridal party table and smaller less expensive wedding flower centerpieces for the guest tables.

decorating for wedding receptions
Wedding chair covers come in all sorts of fabrics and textures, like satin, organza, damask, pinktuck, check, embroidery, prints, crushed satin, lace etc, depending on the rental company.

decorating for wedding receptions
Here are some ideas for wedding reception flowers. Fresh flower wedding table centerpieces can certainly add to the finishing touch at any wedding celebration.

decorating for wedding receptions
Wedding reception decor can be as simple as a pink blossomed rose and baby's breath, fastened with florist wire. A simple and cost affective choice for a wedding reception decoration.

decorating for wedding receptions
decorating for wedding receptions
Wedding table design requires a little skill, coordination and some knowlegde of colour. If you plan carefully everything will glide into place. Don't over do the decorating, simplicity is the key. When in doubt, leave it out.

decorating for wedding receptions
Here's a Japanese inspired wedding flower centerpiece. A simple and basic rectangular plate with a colourful flower arrangement. Accessorised with bamboo, with strips of white organza flowing over the top, adding a feminine touch. This wedding napkin idea is very simpe but quite unique - a polished stone sitting on top.

Simple Wedding Reception Ideas

There is no doubt, the magnificent colours of your wedding reception flowers and centrepieces and the brilliance of your candleabras will adorn your reception like gorgeous confections.

However, wedding table decorations don't end there. Some simple wedding reception ideas such as the decorative use of wedding napkins, napkin rings, wedding table runners and placemats add extra thematic accents to your display. These are those little extra touches that people really notice and appreciate.

decorating for wedding receptions
decorating for wedding receptions
Wedding table centerpieces such as candleabras and candle sticks come a close second to wedding reception flowers. And simple wedding reception ideas like tying pretty decorative ribbons around wedding napkins are the best.

decorating for wedding receptions
Inexpensive, unique and gorgeous wedding napkin idea. The materials used for this wedding decoration idea are a standard white napkin with a purple feather tied with pink organza ribbon and decorative beads.

decorating for wedding receptions
decorating for wedding receptions
An example of a pink & lilac themed wedding reception set for an outdoor wedding. Pink table clothes coordinated with pink and lilac soft tulle, knotted and wrapped around the chair in a unique fashion - with white napkins.

Some Alternatives to sprucing up the guests tables include:

1. A wedding candle centerpiece surrounded by some of the flowers used in the bride's bouquet. Everything will match.

2. Elegant table runners and napkins in your colour theme to the guests' tables.

When decorating for wedding receptions, often less is more. If you keep within your colour and theme, adding little flourishes and accents will lift the whole display and keep it stylish. Sometimes, simple wedding reception ideas are the best. When in doubt leave it out.


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