Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wedding Reception: 13 (Easy!) Ways to Decorate Your Wedding Reception!

Thanks to theknot.com we have some great ideas to decorate that does not make you want to rip your hair out. Some ideas are for the do-it-yourselfer, others for hired help! Either way, I hope they inspire you to bring some of your personality to the party. Happy planning and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

1. Rent Colored Glassware...Instead of pouring your entire reception decor budget into the centerpieces, consider using part of that budget to rent colored glassware -- it'll make your tables pop in an instant.

2. Pick Up Patterned Pillows...If you're lucky enough to have a reception space with a lounge area, or you just happened to have a space that needs sprucing up, get yourselves to a housewares department for some pillows. Find them on sale (IKEA-style) and cover them with your favorite patterned fabric.

3. Create a Seating Board...Instead of the old escort-card table idea, create a bulletin board of seating assignments and display it near the entrance of the reception space. Bonus: You won't have guests squinting at cursive handwriting trying to decipher their table name.

4. Add Tissue-Paper Pom-Poms...Pom-poms, strung inside your tent, hung from chairs, or even tucked into vases, are a fun (cheap!) way to give your space a dash of color. Of course, this look is perfect for a laid-back outdoor wedding; but we've seen it work for more formal weddings too (with, for example, eggplant-colored tissue-paper pom-poms clustered together to create eye-catching decor).

5. Make a Chalkboard Backdrop...Chalkboards in a photo booth are fun, but this couple ran with the idea in a completely different way, using a large chalkboard as reception backdrop. Cool extra: Supply guests with glow-in-the-dark chalk.

6. Use Table Lamps...Create height on those tables using table lamps. Tip: You can skip flowers altogether if you want, but surrounding the lamps with flowers is an easy way to hide cords!

7. Wrap the Napkins...Just because you're having a formal wedding doesn't mean you can't have a little fun with your decor. Add a sophisticated tartan wrap to a formal, white-and-gold place setting to make a dramatic statement.
8. Drape the Ceilings...It's amazing what a little fabric can do: Use a bright color, like yellow, if you're after a fun vibe, or keep it formal and elegant with white or champagne fabric. Bonus: Take this route and you can go light on the table decor and still get the same decked-out reception look.

9. Order Calligraphed Menus...Menus -- not the cookie-cutter type that you type up and print out, but ones that have been carefully crafted and handwritten -- are an easy reception idea. Hire a calligrapher to create a drink menu for the bar or to display the entire dinner menu at each table. Budget idea: Hire a student artist from your local college fine art department to do the job.

10. Use a Table Runner That Pops
In a modern, minimalist space, come up with a killer table decor plan and execute it using a runner and simple flowers like this couple did here with black-and-white damask fabric and bright-red dahlias.

11. Reshape Your Table Numbers...Instead of focusing on crazy fonts and colors and all those creative table-name ideas, change the shape of your table numbers. Fun ideas include birds, flowers, starbursts, or any other shape that fits your reception vibe.

12. Make a Family Photo Wall...For an easy conversation starter, create a wall of family wedding photos. Devote a row to his family, one to yours, or just mix them all up. Alternative idea: Showcase your (new!) family tree.

13. Hang (a Ton of) Paper Lanterns...Yeah, yeah, we know -- paper lanterns are nothing new. But multiply the number of lanterns you usually see hanging in a reception space by 100, and it's a totally different story.