How Wedding Reception Decorations Can Alter The Environment

Choosing the appropriate wedding reception decorations can be a daunting task because there are so many different options that you have to choose from. While exchanging vows will be a huge part of the day, the post ceremonies will take up a huge portion of the day and not to mention this is where most of your budget will be spent. You have to decide on what food to serve, how to decorate each space, and you might also be wondering how you can save a little money here and there. This can all seem overwhelming, but just take a big breath, below you learn some decorating tips that will make your job much easier.

Choosing a Theme

Before you go all out on thinking about wedding reception decorations, you need to make sure that you have a wedding theme in mind. A themed wedding might not be idea for everyone, but it is going to give you a more focused approach to choosing your decorations. By having a main theme that you can tie everything back into, it will make your decoration decisions all that much easier. With that being said, choosing the theme might be one of the hardest choices you have to make. You want to choose a theme that really brings out your and your significant other’s personalities.

Ceiling Draping

You would really be amazed at how much difference a little fabric draping from the ceiling can make. If you are looking to set a fun environment, then you should consider using a color like yellow. If you want the occasion to be more formal then go with a white tone. Do not forget to make sure that your table décor matches the draping for a more uniformed look.

Patterned Pillows

It is possible that you might have a reception area with a lounge. If this is true then you should take advantage of it. Grab some small couch pillows and decorate them with fabric that will coordinate with your wedding theme.

Seating Board

Many brides and grooms like to use the old escort card table idea, but this does not have to be the case. If you want to shake things up a bit, you could use a seating board. Place this board at the entrance of the reception hall, so that all of your guests can view it before entering. Be sure to use plain handwriting, so your guests can easily read it. Not only can you decorate this board, but your guests will not be running around crazy trying to find their seats.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Tissue paper pom-poms not only make a great decorate, but they are cheap enough to not break the bank. You can even make these unique little items on your own, if you are creative enough. There are many videos online that will give you step-by-step directions to create these items. These pom-poms are usually a better fit for an outdoor reception, but they will also work with a more formal reception, as well.

Chalkboard Backdrop

Chalkboard backdrops are really fun for everyone. Provide your guests with chalk and let them go at it. The children will really love this idea and leave cute little messages. A chalkboard backdrop is also really fun for photos. You can leave memorable messages and take photos with you and your loved ones. By applying this decoration and taking photos, you will be creating a lifetime full of memories that you can always look back on.

Table Lamps

A good lighting source for your tables may be necessary, if you plan on hosting a nighttime event or an event in a dim lit room. Table lamps can really set the mood and take care of the lighting issue. Table lamps can also eliminate the need for flowers. However, if you want to hide the electrical cord you can decorate the base of the lamp with flowers.

Unique Glassware

Many couples like to pour a big part of their budget into centerpieces. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you want to change things up, you should consider using unique glassware. Many people do not realize it, but glassware can also be used as a decoration. Colored glassware can be a really big hit and you should make sure that the color will match the rest of your decorations.

Family Photo Wall

Chances are that you have a bunch of old photos, just lying around your house. You can use the old photos to create a family photo wall. This decoration idea is really cheap and a great conversation starter. Do not forget to include old family photos of both the bride and groom’s family.

Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns have been a popular type of wedding reception decoration for a long time and it is easy to understand why. They can really set a romantic mood and with this decoration, the more you use the better off you are. You really get a whole different look, when you start adding more lanterns.

White Christmas Lights

White Christmas lights may seem like a simple decoration, but they can appear so elegant, in the right environment. There are many things that you can do with these Christmas lights. For instance, you can hang them from trees, run them along the tables, or even use them to light up an aisle. Chances are that you have a whole box of these stored away and if you do not, you will be glad to know that they are really inexpensive.


Never forget about those candles. Candles are also a very popular item at weddings and they are inexpensive to purchase in bulk. However, before you get you heart set on candles, you need to check with your venue manager and make sure they are allowed, because some venues will restrict the use of candles due to local regulations.

Seat Cover Alternative

Seat covers are really great, since they can transform any old ratty chair into a work of art, but they are really expensive, but you have tons of fabrics and designs to choose from. You can make your own, but that is a lot of work. If you want another alternative, then you can buy some wide ribbon from your local craft store and tie beautiful bows around the back of your chairs. This is an inexpensive alternative to seat covers and ribbons can really spruce up an area. If you have a lot of seats to cover, then you might want to consider enlisting the help of your friends and family. Never be afraid to turn to your friends and family in your time of need, since they will be more than happy to assist you.


As you can see there are a lot of things to consider, when it comes to wedding reception decorations. As long as you remember to pick a theme that suits your style and preferences, you will have a topic to tie everything back in to.