It should be exquisite and also add an element of hospitality to the reception. The reception decor should spell grandeur but it shouldn't be so jazzy that all warmth is lost.
To adorn the entrance, you can light up the doorway with twinkling lights. Flower garlands of lacy cloth can do up the entrance. Rose petals on the way to the hall with artificial birds or butterflies on both sides can be used to beautify the entryway.
Adorn the ceiling with colorful strings and curly ribbons. Dim or bright lights looking down from the ceiling will light up the atmosphere. Hanging bells in the corners or from the center of the hall ceiling will give that extra warm feel to the party. Balloons can add a celebratory touch to the reception hall.
If you have a particular theme for the reception party, you will need to base the decoration on that theme. The lights, the flowers used for decoration should go in tune with the theme decided.
A particular color code for the guests, a particular color for the decor or depicting a particular era through the decor and the dress code are some commonly used ideas. A theme gives the party a different look.
If you have planned an outdoor party, you can make lanterns float on water. That will give an elegant look to the decoration. Even in case of an indoor party, small lights or candles can be made to float in bowls of water.
Place this arrangement to fill up empty spaces of the hall or as centerpieces on dinner or buffet tables. Flower vases or small potted plants can be placed in empty areas of the hall.
In decorating the hall or the outdoors, don't forget the people for whom the party is being given. The bride and the groom are those special people gracing the occasion. Take their choice into consideration. For example, include food they like for the party and choose their favorite colors in the decor. Make them feel special, celebrate their togetherness.