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Trends in Wedding Reception Decorations

Updated on December 21, 2011

Wedding Reception Table Decorations

Wedding reception decorations give couples a variety of options to show off their personal style and tastes. Reception elements such as centerpieces, favors, and linens are specifically chosen to add style and drama, play up a wedding theme and make the wedding feel unique to the couple.

The trends at receptions today show couples increasingly choosing mixtures of table shapes such as rectangular, square and circular tables in an a deliberate attempt to "uncoordinate" things. Centerpieces are typically different from table-to-table although they carry a common theme such as color or flower choice to pull the whole reception look together. Centerpieces that include unusual fillers such as glass marbles, shells, acrylic ice, fake snow, and fresh fruits also add a unique look to the event.

A very popular centerpiece choice is candles which come in various shapes and sizes such as pillars tea lights, tapers, and floaters. They give any room a romantic touch and can be incorporated into many unique designs and themes. LED floral lights, fiber-optic lights, and fake tea lights work well for facilities that do not allow open flames.

The most popular types of table confetti are silk or dried rose petals, acrylic diamonds and small shells. Cut flowers or flowering vines placed directly on a table always lend a rich touch, while reception chairs and tables can be accented with tulle, fabric overlays, Chinese lanterns, balloons or garlands. Disposable cameras on the table allow guests to capture more of the festivities for the newlyweds.

Rather than using a large head table, a smaller table for just the bride and groom is placed at the front of the reception area. Multi-day weddings that begin on Friday and run the weekend are not unusual and allow the bride and groom to spend more time with family and friends.

Popular Wedding Decorations

Beach centerpiece made with sand, shells a candle and blue tulle.
Beach centerpiece made with sand, shells a candle and blue tulle. | Source
This autumn table accent is made with silk fall leaves and a square glass tealight holder.
This autumn table accent is made with silk fall leaves and a square glass tealight holder. | Source
Cream hydrangea centerpiece accented with a 10-mini light set and a crystal garland.
Cream hydrangea centerpiece accented with a 10-mini light set and a crystal garland. | Source
Scatter diamond confetti around centerpieces for added sparkle and color.
Scatter diamond confetti around centerpieces for added sparkle and color. | Source
Pews draped with tulle fabric and white lights.
Pews draped with tulle fabric and white lights. | Source

Wedding Favors

Giving wedding favors is trending towards the more unique, useful and personalized favors that thank the guest for coming. Favors can be ready-made items such as wine bottle stoppers or hand-made favor items embellished with ribbon and accents that coordinate with the wedding theme or color scheme. Wrapped candy, candles, jams, soap, coffee, tea and other useful or edible items are popular choices. This is definitely an area of weddings that has gone the DIY route.

Another growing trend is a confection bar, also known as a candy buffet. Candy buffets include different sized glass containers with silver spoons or scoops to allow guests to turn a bag or box into a fun take-home favor.

Fill plastic cone bags with hot chocolate, candy or other treats for a unique wedding favor.
Fill plastic cone bags with hot chocolate, candy or other treats for a unique wedding favor. | Source
A 2-inch white glossy box filled with almonds and decorated with satin ribbon and a silver seal.
A 2-inch white glossy box filled with almonds and decorated with satin ribbon and a silver seal. | Source
Five silver almonds are wrapped in purple tulle circles and decorated with ribbon and a ribbon rose accent.
Five silver almonds are wrapped in purple tulle circles and decorated with ribbon and a ribbon rose accent. | Source

More Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

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