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10 Tips for Designing Wedding Decor That Will Leave a Lasting Impression

Updated: Apr 12, 2023

Wedding decor is one of the most important ‘on the day’ elements of a wedding celebration, as it sets the tone and ambience for the entire event. From the ceremony to the reception, each aspect of the decor will contribute to the overall experience of the wedding. Creating a memorable wedding day decor that reflects your personal taste can seem a bit of an endless to-do task, but with a little bit of creativity and inspiration, it’s entirely possible to create a breath-taking wedding that you and your guests will never forget.

In today’s blog I'll explore some tips and ideas to help you design a wedding that is both beautiful and unforgettable. Whether you’re looking for a classic and elegant look or a unique and unconventional style, I’ve got you covered.

Photo - Katy Jones. Venue - Rockbeare Manor. Florist - Sophie Millington

So let’s dive in and discover the secrets to creating wedding decor that will leave a lasting impression.

There’s lots of amazing touches that can be added to your wedding venue that will make the space personal, regardless of whether it comes as a blank canvas or already comes with some decoration included.

From rustic crates to cosy, lounge areas, bunting to hanging lanterns, festoon lights and neon signs, the hardest thing you’ll have to do is pick between all of these incredible wedding decoration ideas!

Light-up letters

Light up letters are still a hugely popular choice for weddings, but you can also get wooden or acrylic ones. They can come in giant and mini versions too, have a variety of coloured lights in them. You can choose to have the classic word ‘love’ or display your initials. They always create a focal point and make great photo opportunities.


Balloon installations are an amazing way to bring a simple space to life. You can also incorporate balloons into centrepieces or top table decorations or just have two huge balloons near to the top table with Mr and Mrs, Mr & Mr or Mrs & Mrs. This year the boho-chic look isn’t going away anytime soon, to style this trend incorporate reeds and pampas into your balloon wall installations. The demand for neutral-palette balloon garlands and walls will also be at an all time high in 2023.

Balloon & neon display - Room for Bloom events

Sweet Tables

Your dessert can look beautiful and double up as decor too. Tables laden with sweets, cake pops, macarons, cupcakes, doughnuts, fruit skewers, brownies and more are visually exciting and double up on practicality providing dessert for your guests too. You can decorate your dessert area with unique cake stands, plates and dishes, garlands, confetti or keep it simple with pots of flowers and herbs. However you decorate your dessert table it’ll create a beautiful focal point for any reception room.

Photo Wall

Bring some history – with a photo wall. Pop lots of photos of happy moments as a couple and time spent with closest friends and family onto a wall to show the different moments through time that you’ve spent together.

Guests love looking at pictures and reminiscing, and also trying to see if they can spot themselves. You can jazz up a wall easily by stringing your favourite couple photos across it. It’s an instant and easy bit of decor, all you need is some polaroid pictures, twine and mini pegs.

Table Plans

I can’t even begin to cover the huge variety of different table plan ideas our there. You only need to search #tableplan on Instagram or do a Pinterest search to find a whole host of ideas ranging from simple escort cards to elaborate, floral displays.

Obviously, I love a bit of reclaimed wood for a classic, rustic seating chart, but your table plan should really be influenced by your theme, table names and other stationery.

I'm loving creating cardboard table plans to match the colour scheme and vibe of my couples day.

Photo - Aga Tomaszek. Venue - The Eden Project

Neon Signs

Hire or buy a neon sign if you’d like a modern spin on your wedding decor. You can hire or buy larger ones if you have a large message to share or have smaller neon signs placed strategically around your venue that encourage that party atmosphere as the night draws in and everyone begins to dance. Use as a ceremony backdrop then use again as a cake or photobooth backdrop to make the most of it.

Our most popular neon has to be the Happily Ever After in white. It has been many a cake backdrop, photo booth backdrop and on the dancefloor

Photo - Rock Rose. Venue - Colehayes Park. Cake - Chloe Bakes

Hanging floral installations

If you're looking for the wow factor, these really make a statement. They bring the outdoors in, without taking up precious space on any of your tables. The one above was actually created by the bride herself - talented lady!

Talk about a show stopper. These hanging installations from the uber talented florist Caroline Hodges really add the wow factor.

Flower Walls

Similar to balloon arches and walls, these make a great backdrop for photographs and all important selfies. You don’t need to stick with florals, from greenery, wooden backdrops and shimmer walls there’s a backdrop and photo opportunity now for every theme.

Greenery flower wall from Pearl Events

Create a Cosy Area

Having a cosy seating area that your guests can use to ‘kick-back’ in and catch up with each other is becoming more and more popular for weddings. Think about the whole guest experience and ensure there’s something for everyone. Younger or older guests who want a few minutes to escape the business and loudness of the wedding reception will appreciate this area, as will any parents with children you’ve invited. You can bring in lots of wonderful colours and textures to keep with your theme, perhaps leave a bowl of snacks and include the WIFI password for any teenagers looking to check in on TikTok in between key moments of your wedding.

Furniture, decor and styling from The Natural Hire company who have a gorgeous range - perfect for creating a boho lounge.

Tableware and Glasses

You don’t have to stick with plain colours and clear glasses. Glasses in mismatched tones, instantly brighten up a table and work well with bright floral centrepieces too.

If you’re having a very boho, relaxed feel to your wedding, having coloured tableware or glasses breathe a breath of fresh air into your decor and instantly brightens up your table and the whole room. Match them to your overall colour theme or go bold and different – It’s your choice.

Photos - Ed Peers. Venue - Kingston Estate. Tablewear - Unknown

Whether you are marrying outdoors in the spring or you are planning on having a cosy set of nuptials in the autumn, wedding decoration possibilities are endless. Just remember to choose decorations that compliment one another, fit your overall theme and are pieces that you love individually and together.

Photos - Holly Colling. Venue - Rockbeare Manor

And most of all, have fun! This is the biggest party you’ll ever throw – I give you full permission to just go for it....!

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