Decor: Potential Scope of Work

As you embark on your journey to wedding planning, one of the biggest areas to consider is decor. Decor can range from grande backdrops to personalized details - it can be one of the hardest areas to tackle.

 

If you're wondering: what are some decor elements I need to consider for my wedding? We've broken down all the possible areas of opportunity to show your personal styles through your wedding decor. Keep in mind, we have only listed the areas of opportunity, not necessarily the potential option and/or styles - that's a different discussion altogether! 

 

This is a pretty long list but don't be overwhelmed ! Remember, this is a comprehensive list intended for you to identify and select the areas that you want to include, by no means is there a standard to how much you should be including, that's all up to you! Likewise, if you want to get creative and include more decor, let us know and we'd love to help you bring your ideas to life!

 

Welcome Table / Sign-In Table

Remember, the decor for your welcome table can be doubled for your ceremony and reception. If you plan on having a more elaborate guestbook, consider having a separate table to prevent long wait times. 

  • Table Linen

    Linens are an easy and effective way to accent the table and further accentuate your wedding theme.

  • Guestbook

    Don't forget to account for the writing utensils.

  • Card Box

    However you decide to store your cards, make sure there's an option to lock it for added security.

  • Florals

    Floral accents are always a great way to dress up any table.

  • Photos

    Whether it's in a photo album or with a series of mini frames, this is a great opportunity to share some photos with your guesys.

  • Initials

    You can have them painted to match your wedding colours, add a bit of glow or even stuffed with florals.

  • Signage

    A simple welcome, instruct your guests or share your hashtag.

  • Memorabilia

    Make it your own by adding personal touches.

  • Themed Decor 

    Really showcase who you are through personal touches that reflect your personality or wedding theme.

Ceremony Decor

There are great opportunities to re-use the ceremony decor during the reception, that way you can maximize the use of each element! 

  • Aisle Markers

    They can be seated on the ground, hung off chairs or elevated on pedestals.

     

    Your aisle markers can be later used as reception table centerpieces.

  • Aisle Runner

    Traditionally reserved for the bride as she walks down the aisle, consider blocking it off from guests to keep it as clean as possible for the bride.

  • Backdrop

    Brings extra attention to the bride & groom during the ceremony and offers a great canvas for photos.

  • Seating Accents

    Get creative with your seating to really elevate your wedding style.

  • Themed Decor

    The materials you use can really change the style of your wedding decor. 

    For example, this wooden pedestal will give a more rustic feel while a clear acrylic podium may offer a more modern feel.

  • Signage

    Greet or direct your guests with a variety of signage options. Keep in mind, the materials, font and colours of your signage are great opportunities to play out your style and/or theme.

Registry Table

The registry table (also referred to as the signing table) is often overlooked when planning for a wedding. You are only there for a short moment during the ceremony, but keep in mind, the table will be there throughout your entire ceremony, which means it may appear in your photos. You may not need to invest a lot of decor for your signing table, but you don't want to leave it completely empty either.

  • Table Linen

    Linens are an easy and effective way to accent the table and further accentuate your wedding theme.

  • Table Accents

    Simple decorative accents can be achieved through floral arrangements, banners or bunting. Or use specialty chairs for something different! 

  • Pen Display

    If you're going to use a fancy pen to sign your wedding registry, make sure you display it.

  • Memorabilia

    Make this your own.  

    Add the content you want. 

  • Themed Decor

    Not all decor needs to be florals, there are tons of alternatives out there to bring together your wedding theme

  • Signage

    Add a cute saying to showcase your personalilites.

Backdrops

Backdrops deserve a category of their own because there are so many different options. In general, a backdrop is used to draw emphasis on a particular space, typically used to frame the couple and/or for beautiful photo-ops.

  • Flat

    It can vary from a simple linen to elaborate flower walls and anything in between. You can even include your wedding logo or your favourite quote, the options are endless!

  • 3D

    Add more dimension to your backdrop by extending it in 3-dimensional space and make it more interactive with your guests.  

  • Pedestals

    Use taller arrangements to frame your desired space.

  • Decorative Arch

    Square, circular, asymmetric, copper rods, floral, balloons, the sky is the limit.

  • Floor Display

    If you don’t like having something behind you (that could block off an amazing view), consider staging your decor elements on the floor instead.

  • Hanging Display

    Hang sparse florals for a light, whimsical feel or have a full floral installation above the table for that extra wow factor.

Reception Tables 

These are the tables that your guests will be seated at for the majority of the wedding reception.  Keep in mind how your meal will be served, will it be a buffet, a traditional course meal, a Chinese styled course dinner, etc.?  This will help you gauge how much space there is on the table to decor vs. tableware (i.e. plates, glasses, cutlery, etc.).

  • Table Linen

    Linens are an easy and effective way to accent the table and further accentuate your wedding theme.

  • Centerpiece

    There are no rules to to keep the same geometry of your centerpiece(s) and your table. There are also no rules to sizes and how many pieces you can have.

  • Table Numbers

    With assigned tables, table numbers are a must to inform your guests where they should  be seated.

  • Menu

    You can display the menu 1 per table, 1 per guest or not at all. It’s all up to you.

  • Favours

    As a small token of thanks for your guests, you can chose to include favours 1 per place setting, gathered for the table as a centerpiece or displayed on a separate table all together to be picked-up.

  • Specialty Tableware

    Using specialty tableware can really elevate your wedding decor and style.

  • Signage

    A simple welcome, instruct your guests or share your hashtag.

  • Place Cards

    These can be simply sit on top of each place setting, displayed in a holder or freestanding. If you’re doing custom favours, they can double up as your place cards as well.

  • Themed Decor 

    Not all decor needs to be florals, there are tons of alternatives out there to bring together your wedding theme.

  • Decor Fillers

    Worried that the table will look “too empty”? You can incorporate small filler elements like votives or bud vases.

  • Table Accents

    Any added touches to table - can be a sprig of green to adorn the napkin or special chair covers - to bring out your personal style.

  • Reception Games

    Some wedding games include props or instructions for your guests, you can display these on your reception tables so the guests can refer to them easily.

Head Table

If you decide to have a head table (whether it's a sweetheart table or a head table with your wedding party or select loved ones), here are a few decor items for you to consider to accentuate the head table. 

  • Table Linen

    Linens are an easy and effective way to accent the table and further accentuate your wedding theme.

  • Centerpiece(s)

    Don't know what to do with your bouquets? You can incorporate them as floral arrangements along the head table.

  • Backdrop

    A backdrop is a great way to draw emphasis to the head table and frame the couple. You can re-use the same one from the ceremony to maximize use.

  • Menu

    You can display the menu 1 per table, 1 per guest or not at all. It’s all up to you.

  • Favours

    Don't forget favours for yourselves and your wedding party.

  • Specialty Tableware

    Using specialty tableware can really elevate your wedding decor and style.

  • Signage

    Include a cute saying to showcase your personalities.

  • Place Cards

    These can be simply sit on top of each place setting, displayed in a holder or freestanding. If you’re doing custom favours, they can double up as your place cards as well.

  • Themed Decor 

    Not all decor needs to be florals, there are tons of alternatives out there to bring together your wedding theme.

  • Decor Fillers

    Worried that the table will look “too empty”? You can incorporate small filler elements like votives or bud vases.

  • Table Accents

    Any added touches to table - can be a sprig of green to adorn the napkin or special chair covers - to bring out your personal style.

Cake Table

If you’re planning to have a wedding cake at your wedding, it will most likely be displayed on a cake table. Here are some ways to spice up the cake table decor.

  • Table Linen

    Linens are an easy and effective way to accent the table and further accentuate your wedding theme.

  • Lighting

    Add a little extra glow to the cake table with votives, marquee letters or fairy lights.

  • Backdrop

    If you plan on displaying your cake on a dessert table, you can include a backdrop for that bonus photo-op.

  • Cake Topper

    A cake topper can add an extra few inches of height to your cake, get creative, or silly or keep it classic.

     

  • Cake Stand

    Add some height to your cake by using a cake stand. Select a contrasting colour or material to make your cake pop or select a similar colour to help it blend seamlessly.

  • Cake Knife

    If you’re going to be cutting the cake in front of your guests, make sure you have a cake knife, a small plate, some forks and a napkin ready at the table.

  • Table Accents

    You can dress up the cake table by adding floral accents, draping, bunting (hanging banners) or themed decor. You can also consider adding small accents to the cake itself as well.

Other Reception Decor

You may have a cocktail hour in a separate space from your reception or a lobby that your guests will pass by to drop off their cards and gifts - these fall into the “other” category.

  • Signage

    A simple welcome, instruct your guests or share your hashtag or a message with your guests. These signs can be displayed on easels, in picture frames, hung from trees… whatever your venue allows.

  • Seating Chart

    A seating chart will help your guests identify which table they will be seated at for the reception.

  • Escort Cards

    You can have them displayed in the lobby / during cocktail hour where guests can them pick-up themselves or have them prepared at each table setting. A place card can be a helpful tool for your caterer to identify what meal option has been selected by each guest

  • Photo-Op

    Create photo-op locations for your guests. See our Backdrops section above for ideas.

  • Lighting

    Having additional lighting can really help set the mood for any space (we’ve all seen the magic of fairy lights).

  • Memorabilia

    If your the sentimental type, having memorabilia incorporated into your wedding can add a truly personal touch.

  • Entertainment

    Worried that your guests may be bored? Set-up fun stations as entertainment for your guests. These can vary vastly and be customized to any age range.

  • Care Stations

    Show how thoughtful you are with care baskets in the washrooms, for the dancefloor or for the kiddies that might get restless.

  • Themed Decor

    Whatever your wedding theme may be, there are always creative ways to bring it to life.

  • Dance Floor

    If you’re unhappy with the finish of the flooring at your venue, you can change it up with a vinyl floor wrap. These can also be customized with any image or text.

  • Late Night

    You may have a dessert or a late night table- even though it might be late at night, it can still have style.

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