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20 brilliant wedding reception decoration ideas

20 brilliant wedding reception decoration ideas


Written by Katie Byrne

Searching for a fix of inspiration when it comes to styling your venue? Look no further than these ideas...

 

The idea: paper lanterns

Perfect for adorning a venue with a high ceiling - think a marquee or a barn with beams - pretty paper decorations are a no-fuss way to decorate. String them with fairylights for a pop of twinkle! 

As seen at: Felicity and John's wedding

Photography: Darren Edmunds and David McConaghy

 

The idea: single statement blooms

Lush foliage and plush flowers ooze sophistication and glamour, adding a fairytale-finish to any venue. 

As seen at: Victoria and Ben's wedding

Photography: Jo Hastings 

 

The idea: fairylights

Booked a venue with a lot of wooden details? String twinkling fairylights everywhere for some no-fuss added romance.

As seen at: Jo and Chris's wedding

Photographer: Julia and You 

 

The idea: a statement champagne installation

It might not last for long but having an eye-catching display of bubbles will draw your guests in like moths to a flame. Plus, they look amazing.

As seen at: Charlotte and Neil's wedding

Photography: Anneli Marinovich 

 

The idea: keep things fresh

Neutral details grouped together effortlessly creates an understated-luxe feel for any venue. 

As seen at: Paula and Gary's wedding

Photographer: Daniel Halpin

The idea: striking light displays

There's nothing quite like a show-stopping light arrangement to transform a room. From lightbulbs to out-of-this-world projections (hello, universe projected on to the ceiling!), there are endless ideas.

As seen at: Kim and Ross's wedding

 Hayley Savage Photography

 

 

The idea: seasonal decorations

Look to the seasons for inspiration when it comes to decorating spare space.

As seen at: Amy and Andrew's wedding

Photography: Heather Shuker

 

The idea: a floral arch

A great focal point for photos, a beautiful indoor arch sets the bar high for the rest of your celebration!

As seen at: Kerry and Ben's wedding

Ferri Photography

 

The idea: classic bunting

An oldie but a goodie, strings of handmade bunting are perfect for adding some handmade, rustic charm to any venue. 

As seen at: Jack and Bonnie's wedding

Photography: Angela Ward Brown

The idea: sequins!

Sequins are great for adding warmth to a venue; use a subtle scattering for a hint of sparkle, or alternatively, opt for full-on displays - such as these incredible tablecloths - to truly let your reception glitter!

As seen at: Jessica and David's wedding

Photographer: Neil Hanson

The idea: mismatched floral displays

Add some rustic cheer to your venue with arrangements of mix-n-match florals. Think creative: old milk urns, crates, stepladders... 

As seen at: Jenna and Dave's wedding

Photography: Emma Boileau 

The idea: billowing fabrics

Planning a marquee celebration? Enlist the help of an expert to drape the ceiling and sides with chiffon for an elegant, Moroccan feel. 

As seen at: Nadiya and Joe's wedding

Photography: Lucy Davenport 

The idea: high-up displays

Eye-catching and extraordinarily extravagant, clever in-the-air displays will also add the illusion of size to your reception tables.

As seen at: Anya and Will's wedding

 Photographer: Kerry Ann Duffy 

 

 

Images: Joielala PhotographieHollie Carlin 

 

The idea: foliage like never before

Talk to your florist and get creative with your floral displays. Don't limit yourself to arrangements and tablecentres - instead, pick innovative and clever ideas for arranging your foliage. (We adore these floral chandeliers!)

As seen at: Annie and James' wedding

Blue Sky Photography

 

The idea: creative stacks

From teacups to books, birdcages to shells - beautiful stacks of ornaments and objets d'art are an easy extra nod to your wedding theme, as well as adding endless interest to your tables.

As seen at: Hayley and Paul's wedding

Photography: Anna Morgan 

Images: Carina Skrobecki (left); Closer to Love Photography 

 

The idea: bring the indoors out

Guaranteed a gorgeous summer's day? Give guests the option to soak up the sunshine and bring indoor furniture - such as sofas and cabinets - outside to create a charmingly topsy-turvy feel. 

As seen at: this gorgeous shoot

Photography: Megan Tsang Studio


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