They say that a wedding is never complete without decorations. No matter how simple they appear, decoration and accessories can turn a wedding into a magical and once-in-a-lifetime event. But the truth is that wedding decorations don’t come on a silver platter. It takes time, dedication and resources to create something amazing. If you are planning a wedding soon, it would be good to equip yourself with some basic knowledge about decoration.
Before getting started there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. What exactly do you want to decorate? What is the size of the venue? Do you have to decorate everything? Answering some of these questions will help you know exactly what you want in your wedding ceremony. You really don’t have to decorate everything as long as you focus on the following décor elements.
Wedding ceremony decorations
The ceremony is at the core of any wedding because it is the climax moment when the two lovers are joined together. This great moment should be crowned by a breath-taking setup. Here are some of the things to consider:
- Entrance: depending on where the wedding is taking place, there are several options for the entrance area of the wedding ceremony. The entrance can be marked by a simple gate, church door or two big flower vases. Regardless of the type of entrance, ensure that it doesn’t look plain. Decorate the entrance with ribbons, garlands, flowers or anything beautiful you can think of.
- Pew decoration: Pew decorations are normally placed on the side of chairs at the venue of the wedding ceremony. Other than making the chairs appear elegant, pew decoration can also complement the aisle décor and link the entrance with the arch.
- Aisle: Although this is not a must, the truth is that a decorated aisle looks much better than a plain one. It would be a good idea to include a red carpet and scatter flower petals right from the entrance to the seating area. Remember the aisle is the place where you will be walking you to your new chapter of life.
- Alter/Arch: brides are becoming creative every day as far as wedding arch decorations are concerned. Regardless of whether it is a modern or romantic affair, a beautiful arch can give your wedding ceremony a classic touch.
Wedding reception decorations
A wedding ceremony is often followed by a wedding reception. The reception normally has a bigger space to decorate. You need to talk to your vendor and give clear instructions on all the areas that you want to be decorated at the reception.
Here are some of the common areas:
- Stage / Top Table: the bridal stage is the area of focus in all wedding ceremonies. Most professionals recommend that you allocate the bigger part of your decoration budget to the stage or top table area.
- Centrepieces: In case you are having a sit-down dinner, centre plates are non-negotiable. You will still require centre plates even if you are having a standing party. But you don’t need to be too extravagant. Just be simple and go for flowers in a glass. Your florist will be able to give you ideas to match your bouquet / theme.
- Lighting: Lighting is an essential part when it comes to decorations. This is because it improves the atmosphere of the entire venue and helps all decorations to shine. Speak to the venue about what lighting is available and what can be added / used on tables especially.
- Seating: The kind of chairs you decide to use in your wedding can affect the entire atmosphere in a wedding ceremony. If the venues chairs do not fit within your colour scheme or theme, you could look at hiring wedding chairs or chairs covers to suit your aesthetic.
- Tables: Table setting is even more important if you are having a sit-down wedding breakfast. Cutlery, crockery, place settings and favours all provide an opportunity to be accessorised.
- Flowers: it is difficult to imagine a wedding without flowers. But we are not just talking about any flowers. There are different types of wedding flowers to choose from and your florist is the best person to help you decide on types, longevity and availability.
This is also one of the best decoration ideas you can think of, especially for winter weddings and those early evenings. If the venue does not offer these, they may have a preferred supplier that has projectors, failing this a good old fashioned 70s disco ball can add that magical sparkle.
You can also turn the ceiling into a kaleidoscope of colour to enhance the interior part of the wedding venue. There are many experts who can help you create something amazing from lanterns in vaulted ceilings but this is dependant on the venue and suppliers.
Take advantage of the existing features in your wedding venue to improve your décor. The idea is to be as creative as possible without going overboard and greenery is an inexpensive floral accessory.
Very dependant on the venue choice but chandeliers provide magical lighting, if they are available, take advantage of them.
Dos and don’ts of wedding decorations
- One of the first things you should do is to select a colour pallet or theme for your wedding. You should start researching early to have a clear mental picture of what you exactly want.
- Stick to your budget: Although decoration is one of the most important parts of s wedding, you should not strain yourself with a lot of things. Get a vendor whom you can negotiate with and cut costs.
- Discuss everything: Ensure to have a candid conversation with your suppliers, venue and planners before the big day. They should have a clear picture of what you want in your wedding in terms of decoration.
- Don’t be disorganized: write down all the elements of decoration you want. For instance, tablecloths, candles, hanging chandeliers, and flowers among other things.
- Don’t forget about lighting: regardless of whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding ceremony, lighting can help your décor stand out. Ensure you map out all areas of the venue that will need lighting.
- Don’t skimp on the details: you need to be thorough to avoid confusion and disappointment on the wedding day. Have a vision, create a list and work through it.
In a nutshell, decoration is an essential part of every wedding. You need to take time to ensure that everything goes perfect during your big day.
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