Once you have decided on the overall colour scheme and visual theme for your wedding, you can start to pick out your decorations. Many future brides and grooms are choosing wedding decorations that express their personalities and their individual tastes. From whimsical and romantic to sleek and modern, there is a wide variety of styles to choose from.
Your choice of wedding decoration will ultimately depend on your personal taste and your budget. You can still have very effective decorations even if you are not prepared to spend a fortune, just by choosing fewer but more dramatic pieces.
When choosing your decorations it is also important to think about the venue itself. If the setting is glitzy and glamorous then you can keep the decoration minimalist and simple, but if you are hiring a plain marquee then you can add drama and interest by choosing more elaborate decorations.
There are many ways to use flowers in your wedding decorations. Try placing a single bloom in each place setting, or scattering rose petals on the tables. Garlands of fresh flowers hanging from the ceiling, or wrapped around beams and pillars can be very effective, and flowered archways can add an element of drama to your wedding venue. Ordering floral arrangements that you can use for the ceremony and then subsequently at the reception as table centrepieces is a great way to use flowers, and is also economical.
A growing trend in wedding decoration is to use topiary, or indoor trees decorated with lights or ornaments reflecting your wedding theme. Other modern decorations include ornamental birdcages, sparkling costume jewellery, metallic helium balloons, and bright coloured and patterned fabrics.
Candles are a fabulous addition to wedding decorations, from towering candelabras to plain tea lights. Candles are available in a wide selection of colours and can add soft lighting as well as delicate aromas to your reception. To create warm lighting, another option is to use lanterns, either classic metal or Chinese style paper lanterns.
Some of the more quirky trends in wedding decoration to appear in the last year include using garden furniture such as wrought iron tables and benches in an indoor venue, and having uniquely designed and constantly changing wallpaper projected onto white walls or the inside of a marquee.
Here is a list of things you can include in your overall design scheme:
You can bring all these features together by using a single colour scheme or material. Beads and crystals are becoming fashionable for wedding decorations, and these can be added to table linen, favours, place cards, and centrepieces. An easy way to create a cohesive look is to use the same ribbon in all of these features, as well as using it in the bridesmaids’ dresses and the bride’s bouquet.