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7 Ideas on How to Decorate a Reception Hall to Make it Stand Out

How to Decorate a Reception Hall
Your wedding day stays with you forever. It is not just the ceremony that is memorable; the real fun starts during the wedding reception. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the theme and décor of the reception.
Reshma Jirage
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2018
A wedding is one of the most awaited days in a person's life. Once the date of the ceremony is fixed, the couple starts with frantic preparations. One important element is the wedding reception.

Planning a reception includes the budget, ambiance, seating, wedding cake, catering, drinks, D.J, staff, photographers, etc. Wait, aren't we forgetting something? What about the decoration for the reception hall?
Natural Decorations
Using nature to decorate the reception hall is a fabulous idea. Pick out inexpensive, yet gorgeous flowers for this. If you have a theme, make sure these flowers are in sync with it. Have beautiful arrangements, centerpieces, and even a floral arch at the hall's entrance. If possible, try including unique elements, such as bonsai trees, and adorn them with string lights for a greater impact. You can use flower centerpieces and also hang flower bouquets from the ceiling.
Something Different
It is always advised that you try and stand out than playing along with the cliché. Elements such as antique pieces, vases, trunks, mirrors, and chests will give your reception an old charm. They'll make for a very tasteful (and slightly expensive) decoration idea. Candles are used extensively nowadays. Place them in pretty candelabras or let them float in stone basins of colored water.
Ceiling Decorations
Decorating the ceiling can render a fairy tale appeal to your reception party. You can adorn the ceiling with curly glossy ribbons and bows. Colorful balloons hung from the ceiling can fill the atmosphere at the reception with a mood of fun and frivolity. For a more unique look, you can hang Chinese lanterns on strings, specially if the hall has an open area. Similarly, you can opt for different patterns in lanterns; choose types that are in sync with your color scheme.
Lighting Adjustments
The lighting in any hall will depend on the type of party you are hosting. For a wedding reception, you have a lot of freedom in deciding the lighting. You can arrange the lighting in such a way that it sets a particular ambiance and influences the mood of the entire venue. Wire wreaths with tiny bulbs mounted on walls and pillars will add to the festive feel of occasion. Trees, ornamental plants, and other such elements can be decked up with tiny, multicolored bulbs. Lanterns can greatly influence the atmosphere in a party, and they are thus strongly recommended.
Decorating the Tables
The wedding cake is the main attraction of a reception party. Thus, it's only natural that this table will be decorated carefully and tastefully. Use flowers that match the color scheme of your wedding theme to decorate the table that will hold the cake. You may also want to experiment a little and use some lights along with the flowers to embellish this table. Don't go over the top though. Keep it simple, yet graceful. Candles work great on this table too. Small candles placed around the cake will only add more focus on the cake.
Guest Tables
The other tables at the reception can be decorated with miniature versions of the floral arrangement used on the main table, to maintain uniformity. You can put candles in holders and place these on flat mirrors. The light of the candles will get reflected in the mirrors, and give a surreal look to all the tables. You can spread some flower petals around the mirrors if you wish. Don't use bright colors for tablecloths, as these will then become an eyesore.
Paper Decorations
As we have already advised, unique elements really help in making the decorations stand out. If you want to try something different, use origami patterns to decorate the venue. Have pretty flowers and lanterns in colorful paper, and hang them using translucent nylon string. This way, the decorations will be seen, but not the strings. Some couples prefer to decorate the place with their photographs. You can gather pictures of the two of you including prom shots, baby pictures, pictures of beloved pets, engagement photographs, etc., and have them displayed at various spots at the venue.
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