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The Best Wedding Decorations

Last updated on June 23, 2023

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Miracliy Artificial Flower Garland Wedding Decorations, 8 Piece

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Miracliy

Artificial Flower Garland Wedding Decorations, 8 Piece

You can drape these silk flowers along archways, columns or anywhere that needs a pop of color. The plastic strands are sturdy and easy to tie. You can take your pick of a range of styles and flowers to fit any color scheme.

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Pretty and AdaptableUse these garlands on entryways, tables and more.

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Nilos Unique Glass Bud Vases Wedding Decorations, 10 Piece

Nilos

Unique Glass Bud Vases Wedding Decorations, 10 Piece

Twine wrapping gives this glassware an extra bit of rustic appeal. The set comes with a variety of sizes and shapes so you can create an eye-catching arrangement. Fill them with lights, flowers, sand or whatever fits your theme.

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Retro Yet ElegantCreate rustic centerpieces with these wrapped vases.

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Brightown Waterproof Battery Operated Led Fairy Lights Wedding Decorations, 12 Piece

Brightown

Waterproof Battery Operated Led Fairy Lights Wedding Decorations, 12 Piece

You can literally brighten up any occasion with these. The wire is flexible but stays put, allowing you to bend it around branches or wrap it into a wreath if need be. They can be expected to keep glowing for a week or more, and there are extra batteries if needed.

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Soft White GlowThese versatile and long-lasting lights can be used anywhere.

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MISSWARM Faux Jasmine Branches Wedding Decorations, 10 Piece

MISSWARM

Faux Jasmine Branches Wedding Decorations, 10 Piece

These paper stalks look just like jasmine without all the fuss of real flowers. The best thing about them is their bendability, and they look especially great in tall vases. They just take a moment each to style in your choice of container.

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Lifelike Paper FlowersBeautify your tables with these bendable stalks.

Buying Guide

A wedding is many things: A celebration of love, a legally binding ceremony, a chance for new relatives and old friends to mingle. But most of all, it’s a party that’s all about two people — and as such, the decor should say something about them. There’s a lot about the big day that can be stressful, but choosing wedding decorations can be fun if you keep that simple fact in mind.

The first thing you’ll want to do is focus on an overall theme. That means the soon-to-be-newlyweds should sit down and agree on some basic color schemes and how formal or rustic they want the ceremony to be.

Another major step — maybe the most important one — is talking to the venue owners. Remember that the wedding venue is your special place for one day, but only for that day. There are certain limits on what you can do outdoors as opposed to indoors, and certain places may impose restrictions on what fixtures you can decorate, what you can hang from the ceiling, etc. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you’ll definitely need to have a backup plan. Pick decorations that will work both indoors and out. Those candle centerpieces may look great, but they might not look as great inside a banquet hall as they would under the stars — if the hall even allows you to have open flames.

Once you know the boundaries, you can start to focus on the specifics. Table centerpieces are a fun way to set the tone at the reception, and they don’t have to be expensive to be eye-catching. If you’ve got larger tables to work with, you can cut loose with sprawling floral arrangements or multiple vases full of twinkling lights. For cozier arrangements, you can go with something small but striking like a bowl filled with floating tea candles.

You can also have a lot of fun with the reception entrance. To help guests find their seats, you lay out a table of tchotchkes printed with names and table numbers. (These can also double as parting gifts if you’re clever.) If space is at a premium, there’s a lot you can do with a simple chalkboard and a little imagination.

Weddings usually mean flowers, and this is where things can get surprisingly expensive. It’s one thing to arrange a bridal bouquet; it’s another to spring for centerpieces, floral arrangements and bunting that all match that same floral theme. Fake flowers can be your saving grace here, especially when you’re talking about trellises and other decor that won’t be interacted with up close.

Remember that a wedding is all about photos, and not just the ones the official photographer will be taking. Provide a few props for guests to create their own hashtag-ready mementos, and you’ll have a whole photo album to collect from on social media. Old picture frames can be great for this, and loved ones can make their own statement with mini-chalkboards or hand-held “word balloons.”

This is far from an exhaustive checklist, but imaginative couples don’t have to spend a ton to make things memorable. Keep it personal and you can create a big day that your friends and family will remember just as fondly as you.

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Photos: They’re not just for snapping on the day of your wedding. When you’re planning out your table settings, seating arrangements and other decor ideas, do a mock-up first. It’s always best if you can do this at the actual venue, but even a dry run on your own tables will help. Lay out all the candles, flowers and other decorations exactly as you want them to appear at your wedding and reception. Then take a photo and have copies to hand out to all your helpers on the big day. It’ll make things go much faster and ensure that everything is just how you envision.

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There’s some dispute as to whose wedding was the most expensive in history, but the generally accepted frontrunner will come as no surprise to royal watchers. The tab for Princess Diana’s 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles cost an estimated $48 million, and would have run in the neighborhood of $110 million if it were held today. The cost of accommodating more than 3,000 guests at St. Paul’s Cathedral accounts for a big chunk of that sum, and Lady Di’s dress definitely matched the extravagance of the day. Valued at well over $100,000 in today’s dollars, it sported 10,000 embroidered pearls and a 25-foot train.

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