If you’re like most couples, you’ll spend about 528 hours — that’s 22 full days — planning your wedding.
No doubt you already have some ideas for your reception table decor or reception stage decoration. But what about those little details that go into beautiful reception decor? Besides the obvious flowers and candles, what can you do to really “wow” your guests?
Keep reading for some classy reception decoration ideas you may not have considered yet.
1. Hang String Lights (Everywhere)
Day or night, indoors or outdoors, nothing sets the stage like thousands of tiny twinkling lights. Hang white string lights from your venue’s ceiling and wrap them around your centerpieces. If your reception is outside, weave them through tree branches and shrubs for a soft, romantic effect.
Want to add some color? You could also hang a few (or a lot of) colorful paper lanterns for a more dramatic effect.
2. Rustic Crate Display
Take inspiration from your favorite rustic stores and create your own stunning reception display out of wooden crates. Fill them with items like flower vases, framed photos, covered candles, old storybooks, or anything else you can think of.
For the best results, choose attractive but slightly mismatched boxes. Stack them in a combination of vertical and horizontal patterns for a put-together look (without trying too hard).
3. Neon Wall Sign
Want a piece of reception decor that no one can miss? How about a customized wedding day neon sign?
Choose soft colors for an ambient glow or brighter lights for a standout piece. You can order a sign in the shape of a heart, your names, favorite flowers, or anything else you can think of. Or match up your LED neon sign to your wedding colors, bouquets, and centerpieces — the possibilities are endless!
4. Mismatched Lounge Seating
Having every single tiny detail match is so last decade. A fun trend we’ve seen lately is a cozy “lounge” area for guests to mingle during the reception.
Don’t worry about choosing chairs that match. Instead, combine couches, chaises, and lounge chairs with colorful rugs, throw blankets, and accent pillows. Ask your rental company about their seating options, or if you’re on a budget, gather up some seating from friends and family!
5. A Green Wall
Green walls, living walls, vertical gardens — whatever you call them, they’re stunning. This is another reception decor trend we’re seeing more of, and for good reason!
A green wall breathes fresh life (literally) into your reception venue. It’s the perfect backdrop for unique photo ops. You can leave it au natural or jazz it up with flowers, string lights, or that neon sign we mentioned earlier.
Which Reception Decor Ideas Will You Use?
As you can see, there’s no need to get fancy or extravagant with your reception decor. There are plenty of simple wedding decoration ideas for a reception you can consider.
Bookmark this list of reception decoration ideas and refer back to it as you continue planning your big day!