Lighting, Location & Love

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How do you plan your reception decorations?

Lighting, Location & Love

The basic elements for planning your wedding reception and reception decorations will be determined by the location you select. Some of the reception decorations will also be based on the type of food and serving you choose. Planning the reception decorations is all a part of the details of planning the wedding reception.

Wedding receptions have six basic elements in their planning:

  • Location
  • Physical Comforts
  • Reception decorations
  • Catering
  • Music
  • Dancing
These elements come into play based on the reception location, especially if you are planning a wedding in a place where it's a blank slate. Some locations already have their environmental décor that will play a part in the reception decorations and you need to take that into account with your planning. There are many ways to take care of your decorations including rentals. Renting some of the accessories can save you money.

The ambience of your reception decorations includes your:

  • Lighting
  • Place settings
  • Drapes
  • Flowers
  • Balloons
The lighting choices can be as simple as twinkle lights and votive candles. Your place settings can be simple or elaborate. The drapes can be made of tulle, gossamer or silk. Your flowers can match those at the wedding or be individual to the reception itself. Balloons offer a fanciful touch to the decorations.

There are so many options that you can explore with your reception decorations that the list could be endless. Decide on a venue, decide on a theme and then let that help you choose the overall look and feel you are going for with your reception decorations. You can add shallow bowls of water with candles floating in them. You can mix and match your wine goblets. You can transform candles with wrapped ribbons. Go crazy when you plan your reception decorations and create the perfect venue to celebrate your first few hours as newlyweds.



7/27/2009 8:49:48 PM
Jamie said:

Hi Abigail,
Thanks so much for these wonderful tips.
I'm currently planning my wedding and I have found a wonderful website for all my candle needs ( I wanted to include some candles as the centerpiece, but need some ideas on what else I can put that would compliment the candles well (I love candles a lot).

Do you have any ideas?
Thanks in advance for your help!



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