5 Wedding Reception Decoration Ideas: It’s A Snap!

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Want to have a magical wedding reception but don’t have the man (or woman) power? Love that elegant look but don’t want to spend hours decorating the night before your big day? Never fear! We’ve got some great decorating ideas that’ll turn that frown upside down, and your reception into a wonderland in no time flat.

•               Drapes, drapes, drapes. Drapes are wonderful things. With some nice lengths of fabric, you can drape the ceiling and walls of your reception area for a funky or classic look—you choose! For the more serious folks, just go with a muted color like champagne, cream, or tan. For those who just want to have fun, try something exciting like yellow, pink, or turquoise!

•               Origami love. Take advantage of—I mean, nicely ask for the help of—your wedding party in creating origami. Cranes, butterflies, hearts… it doesn’t matter what you choose, just make sure you have lots of them. Once you do, string them in groups of 5-10 to make mobiles that can be hung above tables or in doorways. It creates a magical look that your guests will love. And best of all, it’s completely DIY and inexpensive!

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These bouquets are made of paper!

•               Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Do you like twinkling lights? Of course you do—who doesn’t? Use strings of icicle lights with white cords to decorate the ceilings and walls of your reception room. You can leave the lights exposed, or cover them with light-colored drapery to set a romantic, light-hearted mood. If you have high ceilings, you can also hang long strings of lights vertically!

•               Let lanterns light the way. Lanterns will never be out of style. You can purchase tiny paper lantern strings of lights all the way up to huge individual lanterns that can be hung wherever you please. Lanterns come in a variety of shapes and colors, so you can have a hot pink and black star if you want or a simple white globe. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own out of mason jars and tea lights.

•               Paper flowers. Get crafty and create paper flowers out of tissue or other paper. This is a super easy project that literally anyone can take part in—you’ll need people to cut paper, glue or tie it together, and decorate with it. Creating a floral archway just got much cheaper, easier, and lighter. Worried about flowers fading in the heat? Not a problem with paper. Oh, and you can recycle it all when you’re done or keep it forever if that’s your style. What’s not to love?

What do you think of these wedding reception decoration ideas? Some of them require a little bit of planning beforehand, but then again, doesn’t everything when it comes to weddings? Do you have any other easy decoration ideas? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Origami Images: Thryn via Flickr CC

Lantern Image: Justin Kern via Flickr CC


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