Decorating For Wedding Receptions

Decorating for the wedding reception is one of the many things a bride must think about during the wedding planning process. Planning a wedding takes a lot of work, thought and creativity, but in the end it is worth it. It might seem overwhelming at first, but if you take the time to break down everything that needs to be done it will help you a lot.


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When thinking about decorating for wedding receptions the first thing you need to consider is where you will be having your reception. Each type of venue and individual location has a different feel or ambiance, this will directly in pact how you decorate. So before you think too much about the decorations, figure where the reception is as well as the hours of the reception.

Once you know the place and the hours (daytime, midevening or late night receptions could all vary by a lot) it is time to think about the decorations. To start the process of decorating for wedding receptions you can start simple by determining the linens, silverware and glassware that you will be using. Just by determining these few items you will be able give a certain feeling to the reception such as casual, elegant, formal or family friendly.

Next you want to decide if there is anything special you want to do with the entryway into the reception. You could have an arch with flowers or twinkle light. You could use other simple decoration techniques like monograms or the last name of the bride and groom. If you are fresh out of ideas for decorating for wedding receptions, the reception site should be able to assist you.

When decorating for wedding receptions, you should utilize centerpieces. The table centerpieces can be the same, or they can alternate by table. Some of the more common wedding centerpieces include flowers and candles. If you are looking to be even more modern you could have a large glass bowl filled with edible treats and surround that with flower petals.

The wedding party table usually has different centerpieces and elements. When decorating for wedding receptions it is important to think about what look you are going for. If you are looking for something a little more formal or elegant, you may opt for some nice candleabras on the table.

If you are having a buffet style meal or you have an appetizer table you may also want to decorate that. This can be done with special linens, candles, personal pictures of the bride and groom or using the wedding colors in some way. Decorating for wedding receptions may seem like a challenge, but once you start it can be rather simple.

When decorating for wedding receptions, do not forget the cake table. The cake serving utensils are usually on the table from the beginning of the reception for everyone to see, this is especially nice if they are monogrammed or have some special meaning to them.

Finally when decorating for wedding receptions, do not forget to think about what type (or level) of lighting will be used as well as incorporating any wedding theme or themes you have chosen into the reception decorations.

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