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13 Gorgeous Wedding Decoration Ideas That Will Illuminate Your Venue

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Now that you’ve finally crossed the major things off your wedding checklist like the date and venue, it’s time to hone in on all the details—including what wedding decorations you want.

If you’re on a budget, there’s no need to splurge on ridiculously expensive décor to make an impact, either; with a little ingenuity and proper planning, the right décor will help you set the perfect mood on your big day.

Let our specially curated list of wedding decoration ideas give you some inspiration!

1. Dreamy fabric

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A little fabric goes a long way in enhancing your venue.

Clueless about how to adorn the space indoors? Try draping the ceilings with flowy, translucent white fabric (you can use it to embellish the chairs, too).

Loose swags of fabric like chiffon or satin are perfect to use for crafting a walkway down the aisle, or creating a tent ceiling over plain architecture (for outdoor weddings).

If your wedding colour palette calls for something more vibrant, opt for bright yellow, navy blue or baby pink fabric instead to deck out your reception.

The best thing about fabric? They’re low-maintenance and easy on your wallet!

2. Pillow paradise

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Intimate, micro weddings are all the rage now, and creating a cozy and warm environment is a great way to make your beloved guests feel at home.

If you have a lounge area or are planning on having a casual outdoor reception, stock up on some patterned pillows that can double up as décor and a comfy backrest for your guests.

These cushions add a pop of colour and personality to any wedding. Plus, they’re an eco-friendly choice, too—you can reuse them to liven up your new home.

3. Suspended florals

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Flowers are practically an essential at every wedding, but instead of following the traditional flowers-in-a-vase décor, why not try suspending them mid-air for an intimate, romantic floral canopy?

Suspended lush arrangements can be used to frame focal points, such as the dining area or reception.

Pro tip: if the space isn’t huge, encouraging your guests to look upwards and marvel at the beautiful décor is always a good idea.

4. Green wonderland

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On top of your floral arrangements, adding garlands of greenery can be equally stunning when combined with opulent colours like silver or gold.

Eucalyptus, ferns and lemon leaves are amazing substitutes for old-fashioned table runners. Or, try strategically placing a few non-fragile terrariums to leave your guests in wonder.

Feeling super creative? Try using leaves to create artsy place cards. All you need is a good ol’ sharpie!

5. Rustic chalkboards

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Want to craft a dream wedding without blowing your budget?

A chalkboard can do the trick—this rustic little board can convey all the important information your guests need to know, including directions to the cocktail bar or what’s on the menu.

It’s almost a crime how easy these chalkboards are for sprucing the place up.

6. Stunning signage

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This one’s for the couples hosting their reception at a big space outdoors such as beach or garden-themed weddings.

Such large, open spaces will require directions so that your guests know where to go (and won’t have to keep asking where the toilet is).

Take the initiative to create signs to guide your guests around the venue—try using wood for a down-to-earth, homely feel.

7. Lovely letters

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Words are a true form of art and expression.

Letters are perfect for spelling out your wedding hashtags, highlighting specific areas of your wedding or sharing your joy and appreciation for each other in front of your loved ones.

For that extra oomph, use neon lights to instantly illuminate the reception!

8. Tinted glassware

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Since guests will be spending the majority of their time at the dining table, it’s worth spending a little more thought on making sure that’s where the magic is happening.

If you and your partner share a favourite colour, why not feature it and use it as part of your table centrepiece (i.e. your glassware)? It’s bound to add a touch of personality to the table, and it makes sharing a toast a lot more special.

9. Fresh fruits

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If you’re afraid of overdoing it on the flowers and greenery, try pairing them with fresh fruits like apples, pomegranates and persimmons.

This wedding decoration gives you a burst of vibrant tones that won’t break your bank. When done right, it looks and smells amazing!

10. Picture perfect

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Craft a photo wall of your friends and loved ones, or show off a montage of how you and your partner first met up till the engagement.

To make things more fun and interactive, let your guests hang up a photo of themselves at your event with the help of polaroids, and provide stationery for them to write a personal message.

It’s a beautiful and sentimental idea to spice up an otherwise plain space (and it also makes for a great conversation)!

11. Unique wedding arches

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Opt for flowers, branches, greenery, candles or lanterns to create a natural look for your ideal wedding arch.

If you’re feeling unconventional, try experimenting with an asymmetrical frame such as a triangular arch or a giant hoop for that visual pizazz.

Pro tip: you might want to get some mockup shots done before the actual day to ensure that everything is picture-perfect.

12. Furniture for days

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Upcycling furniture is always a good idea for couples with a green thumb, and it goes really well with vintage wedding themes.

Think old wooden dressers overflowing with foliage for a makeshift cocktail bar or rustic bookshelves to display your wedding cake.

There’s no limit to what you can display using the furniture you can find at home!

13. Dazzling lights

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Lights are an amazing way to highlight features of the reception and can instantly transform any venue into a whimsical wonderland.

Fairy lights are undoubtedly pretty, albeit a little overused. Instead, switch things up with the help of Edison bulbs, disco lights or aromatic candles in mason jars to illuminate your tables. Or, use them as an aisle runner.

Alternatively, try hanging your fairy lights vertically instead to mimic stars falling upon your guests in the night sky. *Swoons*

It’s up to you to set the rules.

If you’re still unsure of where to start, try visualising your big day and playing out certain scenarios in your head to help you get an idea of what you might need for your wedding decorations.

Consider the wedding venue, theme, budget and your personal preferences, and create a good balance between the elements.

On a strict budget? Focus on a few focal points such as the altar and dining area, or consider choosing a more picturesque venue such as a beach ceremony—after all, the charm of nature itself is free.

At the end of the day, every wedding is different and the rules are up to you and your partner to set. Most importantly, have fun with these ideas and make them your own—it’s your happily ever after and you deserve nothing less than a wedding that’s perfect for the both of you.

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