How to Decorate & Style Your Wedding Venue
Weddings are so personal and your decoration, style and theme allow you to make it your own, put your own style and taste into the day to make it all about you. Your wedding day can reflect your style, relaxed, formal, quirky, fun or rustic and natural.
When wedding planning it is important to decide your style, this all starts from your wedding venue, to photographer and decor.
What’s your style from our list of wedding themes?
- Outdoor and Natural
From attending different weddings to searching Pinterest there is no limit to styles and decorations for your wedding. You really can make it your own, however you need to decide a style, theme and feel for your day and stick to it, ensuring all the different parts follow so when it all comes together it all falls into place.
Creative Wedding Decoration Ideas
Whether you’re a creative whizz at homemade wedding decoration ideas, or seeking to put your own stamp on the big day, help is at hand.
Here’s eight inspiring wedding decoration ideas to dazzle guests, transform your venue and liven up photographs.
But first, think about your colour scheme and indeed what, if any theme you might have. Quintessential English garden, bohemian chic, retro glam and classic romance are just some of the most popular wedding decoration themes, but you can go with anything personal to you.
Once you have an idea of the look and feel of your big day, this should underpin everything else you do, to create a seamless finish.
Flowers are to wedding decorations, what Jimmy Choo’s are to brides! Simply put, it’s one of the biggest statements of your big day, so it’s wise to give some thought to floral displays.
Start with your church, registry office or venue where vows will be exchanged. Have a look at previous weddings held there for inspiration. Since you’re not going to be in the venue long, cheap wedding decoration ideas are a great way to optimise budget. This might be using faux-flowers or even cheaper options such as ferns and greenery which are very on-trend at the moment.
Flowers always make a stunning centrepiece for wedding tables. Pair these with lighting, candles and table decorations to stand out from the norm.
Guests will spend a decent amount of time at their table, so it’s important to think of wedding decoration ideas to make them attractive. Cleaned out jam jars and milk bottles with simple flowers always create a talking point, as do decorative bird cages and lanterns filled with tea lights
Hire a calligraphist to handwrite notecards for tables, with a little memory attached. This might be the first time you met, or their favourite romantic song. It’s a great ice-breaker for guests too.
A cheap wedding decoration idea is to use seasonal trends to add a touch of sparkle. This might be sprayed pine cones for spring, holly and ivy in winter, or hollowed out pumpkins in October. Borrowing from nature also means they’re easy on your budget too.
Colourful glassware has become a popular choice in recent years. Affordable to hire, it’s also a cheap wedding decoration idea to bring some colour to tables. Make sure you keep with your wedding decoration theme though to bring it all together.
Backdrops go largely overlooked, but should be considered part of your wedding decoration theme.
Wedding Barn Drapes
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Barn Wedding Reception with a Draped Entrance
Speak to your venue or wedding planner to see if they can incorporate draping into your reception. If not, head to a charity shop or online auctions to buy affordable pre-loved items. A few strategically-placed drapes can add a sense of glamour and occasion to the day.
Liven it up with Lighting
When it comes to your reception, homemade wedding decoration ideas are often as good as expensive ones. Lighting for instance, doesn’t have to be expensive to be impactful.
Candles are often cheaper than flowers, and a scattering of different sizes secured together with twines, leaves and twigs create a pretty centrepiece for tables. Alternatively, retro lamps and table lamps are a great way to optimise the reception venue in an unobtrusive way.
Up-lighting is another source to invest in, to bring your reception to life. Mood lighting is a simple way to transform your venue, especially as day turns to night. Pair this with lanterns, which offer a striking way to lead guests from one venue to another as evening draws in.
Sign of the Times
Wedding signage has come into its own in recent years. From handwritten signposts to chalk-boards with table names, to neon wedding signs which are very on-trend right now.
Think about your wedding decoration theme and how this can be reflected in your big day.
With more and more couples using social media to share their celebrations, this could lend itself to your chosen hashtag too. For example, #MurrayWedding19 or #JoeandFloGetMarried are a great way to customise the occasion, with a high ‘share-ability’ factor too. These wedding decoration ideas don’t cost a fortune, but can add a special and unique touch for modern day couples.
As with above, knowing that guests are likely to post pictures to social media, think about wedding decoration that doubles-up as a pretty backdrop. This could be a wall of photos of yourselves through the years, or maybe a montage of passport stubs from your travels. It could be photos of your first date, or even all your guests placed individually, to make it more inclusive.
Neon lighting is a creative and quirky way to add a feature and backdrop, depending on your wedding style this is a cool way to add something different.
Homemade wedding decoration ideas could include a wall of flowers or even inviting guests to leave their handprint on a giant canvas. After vows have been said and guests are tucked up, it’s a special keepsake and memory of your magical day.
Whatever theme your wedding takes, there’s plenty of wedding decoration ideas to express your personality as a couple. These little touches can sometimes be the most memorable moments of a day, since they’re often unique to the couple. Better still, they don’t have to cost a fortune either, with many homemade wedding decoration ideas lending themselves perfectly to bohemian, retro and modern wedding themes.