Everything you need to know to plan wedding decorations like a pro

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So you’ve said, “YES!” You’re now officially engaged, and it’s time to start planning the wedding. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the decisions to be made and details to be finalized. But don’t sweat it (too much). We’ve created this wedding decorations guide to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.

Once you’ve set the date and found the venue for the ceremony and reception, it’s time to start having fun with the wedding décor!

The venue will play an important role in the wedding decorations you choose for a number of reasons. The size of the venue will dictate the size and amount of decorations. The style of the venue should also align with the décor style.

The location may also have restrictions that will influence decoration choices. Some sites do not allow open flames, attaching things to walls or ceilings, loose flower petals, moving furniture, etc. You’ll want to get a list of any restrictions up front so you can plan accordingly and don’t have any costly surprises later.

Now that you’re ready to start selecting decorations for the wedding, you must look at the big picture and determine the overall wedding theme/style that aligns with your personality and preferences. Themes can be based around colors, seasons, and styles (vintage, modern, rustic, romantic, etc.). 

Once you have an idea of the general direction you’d like to go, let the brainstorming for wedding decoration ideas begin.

Wedding Banners And Signs

One of the quickest ways to set the tone of a wedding/reception is through what is hung, either from the walls or the ceiling—or both! Banners and signs bring the couple’s color scheme and overall design theme to life, and they can define the occasion with text.

When it comes to making banners, you can DIY by using transfers, painting by hand or attaching pre-made letters. If you’re not crafty no worries, there are plenty of local vendors who can help bring your vision to life.  Brittany Anne’s Handcrafted Event Rental’s offer unique backdrops, photo walls, and more!

Brittany Anne's Handcrafted Event Rental


Wedding Centerpieces

When planning wedding table decorations for the reception, the centerpiece is the center of it all.

Decorating tables may sound like a simple job, but there are many elements to consider. The design of table centerpieces depends first on the kind of tables used. Long banquet-style tables often have a fabric runner down the length with multiple centerpieces strategically placed along the way. Whereas smaller tables for 6-10 guests will have their own individual table decorations.

The next consideration is not only the size of the table but also the overall size of the room. If the venue is massive, little centerpieces will most likely get lost. Finding balance is the key.

Color is another important component. The color palette should be consistent with other elements being used throughout the ceremony and reception.

Need some more inspiration?  Look for bridal shows and expos in your area.

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