Gorgeous and stylish wedding decorations are often the centerpiece of the wedding ceremony and reception, and can change the mood in any setting. Themed wedding decorations set the stage for your wedding theme, and can be used in many areas of your ceremony and reception locations. Common places to decorate for your wedding in an indoor and outdoor environment are:
At the Ceremony:
The Entrance or doorway (includes arches for outdoor gazebos and garden weddings)
Pews, chairs and Altars
Inside walls, or the first adjoining rooms from the entrance.
The area around the Guest Registry
Pathways and important wedding party vehicles
Outer door entrance
First entrance room
Tables – head table, food tables (buffet)
Wedding Cake (cake topper)
Since wedding ceremonies and receptions can pretty much happen anywhere that the couple choose, wedding decorations can apply based upon the theme you may choose. Decorating for your traditional wedding may mean beautiful pure white candles, fresh flower arrangements, embroidered cloth napkins. Planning to decorate for a fall wedding? This may mean pumpkins, preserves, 'hanging harvests', grape vines strewn with gold and red colored leaves. Mood and setting will really influence where and how you decorate. See the room in the 'whole picture' and think of the theme or feelings conveyed – do these match the same traits in the bride and groom?
Always remember your timeline. Since the wedding party is usually the largest part of the decorating (unless you are using a wedding planner / coordinator) they must have a set plan for placing wedding decorations and taking them down. Often (especially in the case of a formal wedding such as a church) the wedding decorations must go up shortly before the wedding and are taken down immediately after. Think about the following details which will help you complete your decoration:
Colors and wedding theme, time of day of the wedding ceremony, location of the event, temperament of the bride and groom, feasability and cost of design of decorating (budget), space to decorate and the total number of people attending.
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