Nic Chan of Peak Time Tales reveals the best ways to give your reception some flare with these wedding decor ideas…
After the vows have been said and the confetti thrown, it’s time for everyone to let their hair down and head over to the all-important venue to toast the happy couple. Your venue should reflect and encompass your entire day, giving you the chance to fully realise your wedding’s vision. But sometimes venues need a little wedding TLC in order to create the jaw-dropping effect we all dream of. Whether it’s chic and stylish or gloriously vintage, these wedding decor ideas will definitely get the party started.
Let’s begin with a celebration staple – balloons. We’re not talking your standard bunch of latex balloons – oh no – we’re talking statement displays that would give Disney Pixar’s Up a run for its money! Create instant wow factor by covering the ceiling of your venue entirely with balloons. This provides a completely unexpected element to an otherwise wasted aspect of any venue. Alternatively, form a feature wall behind the top table or attach a balloon to the back of each guest’s chair. Affordable and fun, balloons suit everything from a chic monochromatic city wedding to a colour-crazed country celebration.
Flowers have been receiving a well-deserved revival of late, with a number of brides opting for real-life floral headpieces and unique bouquet designs. Using flowers to decorate your venue is a beautiful way to inject a natural element, glorious scent and will complement modern, classic and more rustic-themed weddings. For a wonderfully delicate look, ask your florist to design a flower curtain. This makes a spectacular entrance or could provide a stunning backdrop for your cake table. Simply can’t afford real blooms? Use paper flowers, silk petals or just the odd stem here and there. It will all look elegant, guaranteed!
Give your tables some added oomph without cluttering them with little details by using funky crockery instead. You can buy all sorts of fun plates, glassware and teacups that will effortlessly liven up your tables, while being useful, too. You could even personalise the plate with your guests’ names so it acts as a decoration, place name, favour and dinner plate all in one!
Fun with photos
Vintage weddings are undoubtedly here to stay and its no surprise when there are so many gorgeous alternatives to the theme. A simple way to add a sense of nostalgia and jazz up any unused space is to ask guests to provide photographs of their wedding. Display the pictures in antique frames or attach to existing room features such as decorative pillars, door or window frames. Take this idea one step further and get the images enlarged to display on artists’ easels – the perfect way to create a warm and intimate atmosphere. If you wanted to choose a way of incorporating your guests into the photos, how about a photo table plan? You could peg them to their table thread and hang from one pillar to another, or maybe pin the pictures to a cork board for a unique idea.