Ideas for hanging wedding decorations

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Ideas for hanging wedding decorations
Hang festive decorations at your wedding celebration. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Your wedding decorations don't need to be limited to just the tops of tables. For indoor ceremonies or receptions, add decorative elements hanging from the ceiling. If your wedding or reception takes place outdoors, hang decorations from trees. You can transform your wedding location into a romantic oasis by adding overhead flair.

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Hang decorative lights to illuminate your wedding celebration. Use strings of white Christmas lights, tube lighting, chandeliers or round globe lights. Lanterns can also be hung with tea lights or flameless candles inside. These can be hung from a ceiling, tent, canopy, arch or outdoor trees. Classic white lighting works well with any wedding theme or venue. You can also coordinate the lighting to match the colour scheme of your wedding. Keep any lighting cords out of guests' way. Tape down extension cords as needed .


Hang umbrellas upside down by the handles as a creative decorative element for your wedding. Use different lengths of strings to create dimension. Cluster groups of the umbrellas together or spread the umbrellas through the entire wedding location. Match the colour or design of the umbrellas to your wedding theme. For example, if your wedding has an oriental theme, use umbrellas in an oriental style that display Chinese symbols. Umbrellas with floral designs work well for weddings of most types and give the illusion of flowers hanging from the ceiling. Paper umbrellas can be found at a reasonable price and the lightweight texture can easily hang.

Paper Lanterns

Use paper lanterns in a style that suits your wedding theme as a hanging decoration for your wedding ceremony or reception. Hang lanterns of various sizes, colours or designs. You can also keep a consistent look by maintaining the same colour and size of lanterns throughout the decor. Various shapes of lanterns are available, including globes, hearts and stars. Pick solid colours, stripes, polka dot or any design that blends into the desired look you want for your wedding. Paper lanterns make a stunning statement for both indoor and outdoor wedding celebrations.


Tulle is a sheer, decorative fabric available in a variety of solid colours with or without glitter. Hang tulle from the ceiling of your wedding reception venue in horizontal strips or draped from the centre of the room to the outward edges of the walls. The draping looks especially stunning when a light fixture such as a chandelier is located in the centre of the room, so the tulle can drape from that focal point, outward.

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