Couples are becoming ever more creative with their wedding decorations in order to create a wedding reception design that is personal, unique and memorable. Before you decide on the type of decorations you would like, you will need to determine a theme or colour scheme for your wedding.
Whether you have a beach wedding, a winter wonderland theme, a vintage style reception, or a pink polka scheme, there are bound to be decorations available to complement your choice.
The extent of your wedding decorations will depend largely on what you can afford. If you are on a tight budget, it might be wise to stick to one type of decoration, such as table centrepieces, and make sure these create an impact, rather than spending money on lots of smaller decorations that might get lost in your venue.
The style of your wedding venue will also influence your decorations. If you are hiring an elaborately decorated room, you should keep your decorations simple, but if you are using a plain marquee or function room, you can afford to go overboard on the decorations.
Here are some of the elements of your wedding to incorporate into your decorative scheme:
- Wedding flowers
- Table centrepieces
- Wedding cake
Rose petals are becoming an increasingly popular wedding decoration, and with roses symbolising love, joy, and beauty, it is hardly surprising that brides want to include them in their weddings. There are plenty of companies that specialise in preserved or freeze dried rose petals that can be used on your big day without losing their colour or shape.
Here are the answers to four of the questions that are commonly asked about wedding rose petals:
What are rose petals used for?
Wedding rose petals have a wide variety of uses, but their main function is a natural alternative to paper confetti. Many venues no longer allow traditional rice or confetti, so brides are choosing rose petals instead, which are completely biodegradable. Petals can be placed in attractive envelopes, bags or cones, and handed out to guests as they arrive at the ceremony.
Another possible use for rose petals is to create a petal strewn aisle for your processional. The rose petals can be arranged in advance of the wedding, or a flower girl can be the first down the
As if to offset the growing trend for bright, bold wedding colour schemes, pure white weddings are big news this season. White is a great wedding theme at any time of year, and can create a fresh and classic overall look.
White outfits for the bridal party
Although tradition says that brides should marry in white, most actually wear a shade of ivory or cream on their wedding day. A pure white dress can be very striking, especially when accessorised with silver or black, but be careful if you want to wear pure white as it can be a little stark against some complexions. If your skin has cool undertones, meaning you generally look better in silver than gold, and you look great in colours like blue purple and hot pink, you should be able to pull off a pure white dress.
There are a number of ways your groom can dress in white. He could go the whole hog and hire a white morning suit, or wear a white tuxedo for ultimate sophistication. If you are looking for a more subtle outfit, a grey morning suit with white accessories and a white buttonhole is an elegant look.
The dining tables are often the first place to start when you’re choosing your wedding decorations, and you want to make a spectacular impression on your guests as they arrive for the wedding reception. There are many individual elements that work together to make beautiful wedding table decorations and here are four of them
A dramatic centrepiece
If you have a traditional table layout, with multiple tables of eight to ten guests, each one should have some sort of focal point or centrepiece. For a contemporary look, many couples are choosing centrepieces that don’t all match, but that follow a similar theme. Perhaps they are all the same colour but made of different materials, or they are made from the same flowers but are of different heights.
The most popular form of centrepiece is a flower arrangement, either fresh or artificial, but there are plenty of other options to consider. Candles make superb table centres, especially when you group a few of different heights, or float some in a bowl of water. A group of helium balloons, a decorative stand of cupcakes, a lamp to match your theme, or a miniature tree adorned with ornaments are all good choices.
Assuming you are having a sit down wedding breakfast, your guests will spend at least a couple of hours at the table, so why not give them something unusual to look at? Modern table centrepieces have moved on from simple flower arrangements, and are designed to truly reflect the style and tastes of the newly married couple.
Individual wedding cakes
Rather than having a single, multi-tiered wedding cake displayed on its own table, many couples are choosing to have a number of smaller cakes made, and to place one on each table as a centrepiece. The cakes might all be the same, but this trend is usually most effective when the either the colour or the design is varied, and the other element remains the same.
Making a feature of the table number
Creating a decorative 3D table number and standing it in a simple flower arrangement is a very fashionable table centre option. Brides are making table numbers out of a range of materials from twisted wire and beads to painted foam. Making your table numbers clear and easy to read will help guests find their seats as well as looking great.
Choosing quirky containers
While flowers are still the main
You know you want your wedding reception to be truly unique, personal, and memorable, but you just don’t know where to start. You have so many ideas running around your head, but none of them seem to work together. Finding a starting point for your wedding decorations is often all you need to do for all your wedding theme ideas to fall neatly into place.
Your wedding season
The time of year you have chosen for your wedding can have a big impact on your decorations, especially the colour. Spring weddings tend to feature pastel colours and light unstructured flower arrangements, while summer weddings work well with brighter, more tropical colours and a fruity theme. Autumn wedding are a perfect time for rich oranges, yellows and bronzes, as well as velvety fabrics and harvest styles, while winter weddings are a great time for gold, silver, and deep red, and heavier, cosier decorations.
Your wedding venue
Basing your wedding decorations around the style of your venue is guaranteed to create a seamless effect. An outdoor garden wedding requires minimal decoration, but unstructured flower arrangements and rustic objects such as metal watering cans can work a treat. A historic house will require
So, you’ve decided on your wedding venue, theme, and decorations, but somehow you think your reception might be missing a little pizazz! Ice sculptures add an element of drama – and fun – to your wedding reception, and here are some great reasons to consider one:
They create a talking point
Wedding ice sculptures are special and intriguing and, as such, they can create a real talking point at your reception. Guests are always curious about ice sculptures and, generally, want to know everything about them, from how they were made to how long they might last.
Ice sculptures are guaranteed to be a big topic of conversation on your big day
A wedding cake sculpted out of ice. Image: IceWork.co.uk
They make for stunning centrepieces
Ice sculptures are superb focal points at receptions and, for that reason, are perfect for couples choosing not to have a traditional wedding cake. They make for perfect features on a buffet table or you could consider mini ice sculptures, one in the centre of each table. Ice sculptures can be made with clear or coloured ice to match your wedding theme and can even be
A French themed wedding is a popular choice for couples looking to add a touch of classical romance to their big day. French theme wedding French cuisine is superb and adding chic French touches to your wedding outfits will create a stylish effect. –
Marie Antoinette theme
A Marie Antoinette themed wedding is all about luxurious surroundings, sumptuous fabrics, and decadent delicacies. For this theme to work you should look for a light, bright, traditional venue decorated in neutral or pale colours; the theme will be hard to pull off in a dark or overly modern venue. Extras to look out for are elaborate chandeliers, satin drapes, and over the top mouldings.
The colours to aim for with a Marie Antoinette theme are pastel pinks, peaches and blues, along with darker shades such as dusky rose. Vintage gold should also feature strongly in your wedding palette. Make use of a variety of textures including silk, lace, satin, and damask, and use layered table clothes, large feathers, and satin ruffles to create a dramatic impact.
Use food to make to a decorative display, and add decadence with a chocolate or champagne fountain. Your wedding cake should be a towering pastel creation
Rustic weddings are always popular wedding theme choice, especially among couples who want a cool, relaxed vibe on their big day.
But what is a rustic wedding? We explain below – and show you how pull off a brilliant one!
What is a rustic wedding?
Though the idea of a rustic wedding has been of particular interest over the past few years, the fact is, it’s a timeless wedding theme that has been around for, well, ages. Rustic weddings have a strong country, garden or farm-like influence and they tend to feature lots of natural textures such as bark, and various organic materials and fibres.
Rustic weddings are somewhat casual and are often held in venues such as barns, farms, mountain lodges or ranches. In fact, anywhere that incorporates the great outdoors or the countryside is a perfect fit for a rustic theme.
The décor tends to incorporate lots of natural elements including wood, burlap, wild flowers, fruits and the like. It can be a little bit shabby and using a lot of mismatched