Hi, lovelies! If you’re wondering how to decorate your wedding, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled fifty of the most creative wedding decorations with pictures so you can get some serious inspiration for ceremony and reception. This post will help you identify the best wedding decorations for your theme from start to finish. We’ve included details for ceremony and reception — even a few ideas for getting ready the morning of the wedding.
Since there are new wedding decorations emerging all the time, we’ll be adding to this all year long as we find new ones to inspire you. When I see one, I want to tell you about it right away, so check back — pin it, Facebook it, bookmark it… whatever you have to do!
Now… on to the list! :)
50 Best Wedding Decorations (PHOTOS)
The easiest way to picture wedding decorations throughout your entire ceremony and reception space(s) without getting overwhelmed is to pace yourself. Think about each area by itself; and don’t overdo decorations. A few here and there will do! For this list, I’ll walk you through the areas that may look best with a little decorative touches added here and there.
Bridal Suite Wedding Decorations
Getting ready before the wedding in the bridal suite, hotel room, your mom’s house, etc. is becoming a big part of the wedding day festivities. The groomsmen typically do their own thing (play football, shoot pool, etc.) but the bridesmaids center a large portion of the morning of the wedding getting hair and makeup done, wearing these or these or of course, these cozy pants, and taking photo ops of the hang-out time together. Here are some decorations you can add to your bridal suite that will add a creative touch. My favorite? The donuts, obviously. :) Don’t forget the coffee!
1. Diamond “rings” for decorative donuts
By Z Create Design.
2. Or these diamond toppers for muffins
Equally cute, if muffins are more your thing. Also by Z Create Design.
3. Labels for mini champagne bottles of “Bridal Suite Bubbly”
So, so cute! Toast to the bride with these labels from Joie Labels.
4. A sign on the door to keep the groom away
In case she doesn’t want the groom to see her before the big reveal! Sign by Wood & Ink Co.
5. Or this printable sign with personalization
Cause you’re gettin’ gorgeous in that bridal suite! Printable sign by Whimsical Stationery.
Moving right along, let’s next to the ceremony.
Ceremony Wedding Decorations
6. These wreaths on the doorway to the ceremony, if applicable
Wreaths are always one of my favorite wedding decorations, especially when placed on double doors outside a church. It looks beautiful and pulls your whole look together. For your own wedding decor, be on the lookout for seasonal wreaths or wreaths that borrow accents from your theme. Some classics like boxwood or baby’s breath are always a good choice.
This baby’s breath wreath features a burlap sign that says “Mr and Mrs” inside. This is one of those wedding decorations you should pick that you really love, as it can double as home decor after the big day. Wreath by Crystal’s Cottage Home.
7. A welcome sign at your ceremony entrance
We’ve talked about our love for wedding welcome signs at length, so you can definitely get even more inspiration here. A wedding welcome sign is one of the must-have wedding decorations because it really personalizes your space in an instant. Guests know they’re in the right place, especially if your wedding ceremony is in a very busy area or a unique, outside-the-box location — like the woods, on a farm, or a barn wedding. A welcome sign is one detail many couples overlook, but it really pulls in your theme. Here’s one of my favorites (sign by CF Wedding):
My goodness, that’s a beautiful sign.
8. This wood wedding welcome sign
9. A sign for programs, if having them
If you’re planning on using ceremony programs, a sign telling guests to “take one” is surprisingly easy to print or buy; it will draw attention to programs so guests will actually take one. If you’re having ushers pass out programs to guests, you can skip this (and the basket shown next). Sign by Paper Butik Prints.
10. And a basket to put them in
A nice programs basket is often overlooked on wedding decorations list, probably because you’re thinking, geez, it’s just a basket. It’s helpful to have one so everything is kept in one place. Buy a basket you won’t hate using later, i.e. one that’s not overly wedding-y. This is a personal favorite and does the trick UNDER $7. Obviously, you’ll need to pick one that is big enough for your programs, but this is a small one for tiny booklet-style programs. By Phuchema.
11. A custom wedding party portrait
If you’re skipping programs altogether, that’s totally OK – but one thing guests like to know is who’s who in your wedding party. (Related Read: 7 Things TO Include In Wedding Programs) As such, we found this custom wedding party portrait to be a totally fun addition to our wedding decorations list so we couldn’t help but add it in. By Unearthed Paper Co.
Okay, so guests are walking into your ceremony space… what wedding decorations are they going to see? Here’s what you should have in place.
12. A personalized aisle runner
An aisle runner can add a personalized touch to your ceremony. If your venue allows an aisle runner (mine didn’t), choose something that has a customized touch. This custom aisle runner is made of real fabric so it won’t tear or rip (a common gripe among other aisle runner styles). By Starry Night Design.
13. Or this sequin aisle runner
This is one of my top wedding decorations for 2018. I love what artists are doing with sequins; they’re everywhere! We told you about this sequin wedding dress, these sequin bridesmaid dresses, table runners, and now… a sequin aisle runner. By Mrs Freund.
Aisle Marker Wedding Decorations
Down the aisle, you’ll want to see some wedding decorations placed as small accents; many brides choose flowers, which are always a classic choice. Here you’ll find some creative wedding decorations for the aisle way using signage, dried lavender, dried grass pampas, lanterns, and more.
14. Aisle signs
Now, aisle decorations are a huge section in itself. Essentially, the ends of your aisles should have something as a decorative accent. Aisle signs, like these “love is patient, love is kind” aisle signs are another decoration I absolutely love. It can get pricey, but if this is the look you’re really going for, I say do it. I’ve seen these duplicated, but this is the (best!) and original set. By Flora South Designs>
Here it is in a darker wood:
15. Or these hanging signs
Signs hanging over the sides of chairs are another wonderful touch; here, you’ll find the “love is patient” theme in various hanging signs all the way down the aisle. By Cattie’s Corner.
16. Lavender mini bouquets
An alternative to wood signs is lavender bouquets, like these dried minis from Lavendoola. I’ll bet they smell amazing!
17. Dried grass pampas
These grass pampas are quite a whimsical touch! You can re-use them as wedding decorations throughout your reception, too. By Studio Pampas.
18. These dried flower bouquets
These beautiful flower arrangements are the perfect size for wedding decorations along the aisle. By Pick A Bloom Flowers.
Many varieties available here.
19. Seashells for your beach aisle
We love beach wedding decorations; there are so many creative ways to use natural accents found all around you! (Read: 21 Easy Ways to Decorate for Beach Wedding Theme). These beautiful shells make decorating your wedding aisle so easy! By Sweet Ingredients.
20. Mason jar baby’s breath vases
These mason jars are popular wedding decorations for rustic / barn weddings. You can hang them with ease (and without worry they’ll tip over) using these shepherd’s hooks. If you aren’t using them outdoors, use these mason jar handles instead (since you can’t stick them in the ground). You can re-use these after the ceremony on reception tables as wedding decorations or a few extra centerpieces; in addition, you can do this to turn them into mason jar candles for romantic glow at night. We also love these twinkle lights which look amazing in glass bottles or mason jars. Jars by Domestic Engineer.
21. Antique inspired pendant light
Something about this pendant light just speaks to me; I want one in every room! Use these as centerpieces, have bridesmaids carry them down the aisle, or just use one on an altar table as a beautiful modern design. I wish I could tell you these were a steal, but they’re a bit costly; reign it in a bit and use just one or two for maximum wow-factor (and savings to your budget). By Waen.
Here it is as a centerpiece:
Ah, now we get to ceremony backdrops. We’ve talked about a ton of ideas here, as well as where to buy wedding arches for maximum wow-factor. Here are some of our favorite backdrops that make inspiring wedding decorations.
22. Tulle backdrop
It pools oh-so-romantically! By Mrs Freund.
23. This beautiful copper backdrop
By Oh Kawaii Dreams.
24. I Have Found The One Whom My Soul Loves Backrop
This psalm from Song of Solomon has become a huge trend in wedding decorations; we love it as a tapestry or backdrop, like this one by Blushing Drops.
25. This hand-painted backdrop
Completely hand-painted from top to bottom; this is a true work of art. By artist Brittany Branson.
26. Huge name cut-outs
27. Happily Ever After banner
This is easily one of those wedding decorations you can use as a ceremony backdrop, as a backdrop behind your head table, and then hang it up at home as fun rustic wall decor. I love it, especially for a wedding in the woods. By Blushing Chanterelle.
28. Large macrame backdrop
29. Colorful pom backdrop
These paper poms are bursting with creative pops of color! Fun backdrop by Pomtree.
30. Lighted tulle backdrop
Whoa, this is amazing! Lighted tulle makes your space look ultra romantic. By Crafty Cousins Co., photo by Tiffany Parrott.
31. 1000 Paper Cranes backdrop
Can you imagine this breathtaking backdrop, constructed from 1000 paper cranes?! It’s so elegant and quite a handcrafted labor of love. By Design Hues Studio.
32. Handwritten vows backdrop
This backdrop features your wedding vows written in beautifully calligraphy on fabric. By The Little Canopy.
33. Birch wedding arch
At a table at your altar, carried down the aisle by bridesmaids, or along the aisle as decor, lighted lanterns are one of the most-loved wedding decorations right now. Perfect for day or night weddings, lanterns add a romantic glow to your space. Lanterns by Open Vintage Shutters.
On to the reception!
Reception Wedding Decorations
35. Reception backdrop
Here’s a backdrop that will look amazing behind your head table or cake table. By Fivedot.
36. Reception Wedding Sign
This custom portrait is a favorite of mine because I’ve seen it in person. Hello Am is awesome. These portraits are completely customizable and look beautiful at the entrance of your wedding reception.
37. This Mr and Mrs sign
Great for bringing attention to the head table. By ZCreate Design.
38. These geometric table numbers
By ZCreate Design.
39. These custom name signs
Great as place cards and favors in one! By Dear Heart Signs.
40. These wood slices
Great for your centerpieces or as individual place settings. By Rustic Wood Slices.
41. This flower backdrop wall
Great for your photo booth or behind the cake table. By Monique Paper Art.
42. Chair signs
Loving these chair signs from Sablewood Paper Co.
43. This cute “I Do”, “Me Too” cake topper
The perfect topper for your wedding cake. By SkyeArt.
44. This keepsake cake server
45. Skeleton key escort cards
Love these escort cards! By ZCreate Design.
46. This dance floor decal
By Sign Junkies.
47. These beautiful candleabras
48. This amazing custom cake topper
By The Roomba.
49. This “ring for a kiss” cowbell
Cute idea! By Refunked Junkies.
50.These geometric centerpiece containers
Perfect for succulents, candles, plants, anything! By Stereometric Design.
As I mentioned, there’s plenty to add here! We’ll be adding to this all year as we continue to follow 2018 wedding decorations and trends. Be sure to bookmark this and follow along! :)