Wedding decorations ideas for an informal reception

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Wedding decorations ideas for an informal reception
The perfect wedding reception decorations will show the personalities of the couple. (The Glasses image by Jenn from

Choosing how to decorate an informal wedding reception is one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding. The decorators at say that every reception site offers a way to create a mood with wedding decorations that emphasise the couple's interests and style. Luckily, there are lots of fun ideas for decorating an informal wedding reception that won't break the bank.

Back to Nature

A couple who enjoy hiking, gardening and other interactions with nature can show that love in their wedding reception decorations. Find soil, mulch or even smooth, clean rocks to distribute in vases and top them with hand-picked flowers (or even flower petals). These can make a pretty and inexpensive centrepiece for each table. Make sure anything on the table is contained in a bowl, tray, vase or other container to keep decorations from interfering with someone's meal.

Consider a bowl of fruit and vegetables from your garden or the produce section of your local grocery store as a centrepiece.

Wedding decorations ideas for an informal reception
Flowers and a mulched heart show a love for nature and each other. (wedding reception table centre piece image by Paul Retherford from

Candy or Chocolates

While many people include sweets in their wedding receptions, most people do not build an entire decoration theme based upon the idea. Avid bakers or even a couple who have simply committed to a colour scheme can use candies or chocolates as decorations.

Cups or bowls of candy can sit at each place setting or a centrepiece bowl filled with candy of a certain colour or shape can decorate each table. There are inexpensive candy trees available for sale (or an inventive couple could make them) that sit in the middle of a table and provide easy access to the candy either hanging off them or stuck to them.

Cookies can also easily fulfil this roll, especially when placed in a pattern on a plate or raised dish to sit in the middle of each reception table.

Wedding decorations ideas for an informal reception
Build a wedding reception theme around candy or chocolates. (wedding image by Mat Hayward from


Flowers are the most popular way couples use to decorate their receptions and an informal wedding reception is no different. The difference will be quantity---an informal reception will likely use fewer flowers than a formal one and arrange them for maximum impact. Instead of stringing flowers along the edges of a table, use one or two flowers to emphasise the beauty of the event.

While roses are the quintessential wedding flower of choice, couples shouldn't feel limited when choosing flowers for decoration pieces. Daisies, tulips, lilies and even baby's breath by itself can accentuate an informal wedding reception. Use flowers (or flower petals) in the centre of each table, either scattered by themselves or in a vase. Try a flower across a plate of cold cuts or other appetizers. Either way, you'll have a beautiful and classic reception decoration with a twist.

Wedding decorations ideas for an informal reception
Flowers can turn any standard spread into a decorative arrangement. (Formaggio e rose image by maurosessanta from

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