Photos of Wedding Reception Decorations

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Photos of Reception Décor

Photos of wedding reception decorations can help spark your imagination to create the perfect setting for your post-nuptial celebration. Hearing and reading about ideas can be extremely helpful, but seeing the visual appeal of certain decor can help you to come up with the right pieces for your own reception, and inspire you with new and different ideas.

Decorations should be cohesive throughout the reception. The fabric used for the head table décor can also be swagged across the ceiling above the dance floor for a lovely effect. Add a disco ball and the dance floor is done.

heart arch

Head Table Decorations

The head table is often the focal point of the wedding reception. Make sure yours stands out by having special decorations to signify its importance. Wedding backdrops and floral arches are two great ways to do so. A heart shaped arch that frames the bride and groom is a fun alternative to a traditional doorway or backdrop arch.

balloon decorations

Beautiful Balloons

Budget conscious couples may want to add some pizzazz to their head table while keeping costs down. Instead of having floral archways and backdrops, consider using balloons. When tastefully done balloons can look just as splendid as pricier options. Consider adding them to doorway arches, near the cake table or to chairs for fun, festive and frugal decorations.

purple fabric at reception

Colorful Fabric Decorations

The use of fabric throughout the wedding reception helps create a unified look in the reception area. Choose classic black and white if you can't decide on a color scheme. Add fabric to the following areas:

  • Tables, as covers, runners and cloth napkins
  • Chairs, as full chair covers or as a bow around a chair back
  • Head table backdrop, to cover whatever is behind the head table
  • Windows and doorways, to add ambiance in the form of curtains or to cover unsightly wallpapers
  • Aisle runners, to signify walkways throughout a large reception area
Table decorations

Table Decorations

The table decorations are an important part of your wedding reception. They are also a great place to include a little bit of color without overwhelming the room. Candles, flowers, and fresh greenery add a natural palette, while light colored place cards add a subtle touch of elegance.

wedding cake table

Decorate the Wedding Cake Table

All eyes are on the wedding cake table when the bride and groom cut their first slice, so don't neglect to decorate this important area. Cover the table in fabrics that match the rest of the decorations and add small candles, flower petals or confetti to the table. Flank the table with small trees strung with lights, candelabras or with pillars topped by floral arrangements.

buffet table decorations

Dinner and Dessert Decorations

If you plan to serve your reception dinner buffet-style or have appetizer and dessert tables available before and after the meal, you should add a little elegance to them. Taller topiary arrangements that stand above the food add dimension to an otherwise lackluster table. Add some strategic spotlighting or back lighting below the tables to further highlight the food areas and allow guests to see what they are choosing in a darkened reception.

stars hung from ceiling

Ceiling Lights and Decor

Swags of fabric and lights are the typical ceiling decorations, but they aren't your only options. These ceiling decorations add a little extra pizzazz to your reception:

  • Paper lanterns
  • Lighted stars or hearts
  • Disco balls
  • Greenery or floral vines hanging vertically, to create a hanging garden effect
Decorated walls

Wall Decorations

When you plan a reception in a room with plain walls, you will want to add a little something to them to create the right ambiance. Drapes hung near the ceiling can add instant color and texture to the space. A plaque featuring the couple's initials or pillars supporting candles or flowers help to add some more detail to the area.

Table swag

Table Swags

While many people opt to tie a large ribbon around the backs of a chair, the same technique can be used to decorate and enhance an otherwise plain table. Using a large cloth or ribbon swag around the table's perimeter adds subtle color and detail without overwhelming the space.

Centerpiece

Centerpieces

If your tables are large or your linens white, consider placing an eye-catching centerpiece in the middle of each table. Flowers can coordinate with bouquets, while the shape of the vase can mimic or contrast the shape of the table to bring additional interest to the area.

Reception bunting

Bunting

If you're having an outdoor covered reception, or the reception walls are rather plain, consider running some bunting along the ceiling and allowing it to trail down the sides and walls. Pick up a single color and use a lightweight fabric to run it through the entire hall.

Table lights

Table Lights

If your reception is at night or in a dimly light room, consider adding a little extra color and light at once with a lit centerpiece. Fairy lights, fiber optics, and tiny LED lights all make great options that help illuminate the tables without brightening the entire room.

feathers in napkins

Finishing Details

Finally, it is important to remember the small details when planning out your wedding reception decorations. The photo at the left shows how just a few feathers tucked into the rolled napkin adds a festive element to the reception. Make a list of these things as you browse photos of wedding receptions in order to incorporate them into your own wedding.

From the centerpiece to the buffet, decorate your wedding reception in your style to ensure the perfect ending to your big day.

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Photos of Wedding Reception Decorations