Unique wedding display ideas for a reception

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Unique wedding display ideas for a reception
A wedding reception can be traditional or modern and unique in its decor. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

To customise your wedding and make it a memorable and personal event, put fresh and new spins on traditional aspects of wedding reception decorations. Use your wedding theme, season or simply the style and hobbies of the bride and groom as inspiration. By incorporating unique elements into the wedding reception displays you help your wedding stand out from the rest.

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Photo Collage

Collect wedding photos from your married friends and family members. String a clothesline across a wall at your reception or use a notice board or magnetic board to mount the photos. Create a collage of all the wedding photos from the marriages preceding yours and display it at your wedding. Your guests will enjoy perusing the photos looking for their weddings or people they know. The collage will likely hold a collection of both old and new weddings.

Guest Signing

Put a fresh spin on the idea of guests signing a traditional guest book. In lieu of a guest book, display a photo of the bridal surrounded by blank space for the guests to sign. Distribute pieces of fabric to each guest along with a fabric pen. Invite guests to sign the pieces of fabric, which can later be sewn into a quilt for the bridal couple. Hang the pieces of fabric around the reception hall with a clothesline and clothespins to add a personal touch to the wedding decor.


Instead of traditional flower centrepieces, put a new spin on the table decoration idea. Create a small rock garden for display on every table. Place a small water fountain or sculpture in the centre of each table. Arrange exotic feathers, such as peacock feathers, in a vase to give the feel of flowers but with a unique twist. Place a bowl filled with sand in the centre of the tables for a beach wedding. Artfully arrange seashells, rocks and starfish in the sand. Fill a large, tubular vase with colourful Christmas ornaments for a winter wedding.


Instead of having a formal cake, incorporate other dessert items to take the place of the cake display. Stack cannolis to form a pyramid shape in lieu of a cake. Place cookies or small pastries on a tiered holder to create the shape of a cake but with different delicacies. Create several pies of varying sizes and stack them on a tiered holder to resemble the look of a tiered cake, but with an alternative spin.

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