Weddings have come a long way in recent years! What once was a standard wedding template – where colors and style had little variation – has evolved into the amazing celebrations you see today. Your wedding is a unique and personal reflection of your love story, from colors and textures to foods and experience, no two weddings look alike. One of our favorite ways to see your personality shine on the wedding day is through the decor you choose to incorporate.
Designing the style and vision for your wedding may seem overwhelming, but don’t fret! We’ve pulled together the ultimate wedding decor checklist to bring your unique voice to life on wedding day. We’ve listed everything from the ceremony to the getaway that we see commonly used, so feel free to use this list as a starting point for your own wedding.
While this is the ultimate wedding decor checklist, it doesn’t mean you have to incorporate every single item on this list. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, your wedding is a unique reflection of your love story. Whether you choose one item off this list or all, we know your wedding is going to be completely personal and totally insta-worthy!
To quote a favorite movie of ours, “Marriage is what brings us together today!”
Your wedding ceremony, while such a small segment of your entire wedding day timeline, is that moment you’ll remember forever. When planning the decor for your wedding ceremony, remember that the rules are your own! When planning your wedding ceremony, we recommend including:
Ceremony Decor Budget Estimate: $2,000+
Keep your wedding experience flowing through every moment of the day! The cocktail hour is a time that can often get overlooked, don’t doubt the impact this hour can make! Set the tone for your wedding reception by creating a relaxed atmosphere, focusing on spaces to allow your guests the chance to meet and mingle. Maximize this space by adding:
Cocktail Hour Decor Budget Estimate: $1,500+
Now we’re getting to the good stuff! The reception makes up the largest section of your wedding day. You’ll spend the most quality time with your guests at the reception – dinner, dancing, and fun – so focus on making the most of those moments by not forgetting:
Reception Decor Budget Estimate: $3,000+
Guest tables are where we highly recommend focusing your decor to make the most impact! The reception tables are not only the first thing your guests will see at the reception, they’re also what you will see every time you look at photos from your wedding. These tables will be in all of your First Dance, cake cutting, and dance party photos so don’t leave them off your decor list! Create stunning reception tables to remember by adding:
Let your personality and voice shine through your wedding reception tables by breaking away from traditional white tablecloths, white dinnerware, and stainless steel flatware. Add pops of fun patterns to your linens, bring in non-traditional gold or black flatware, and level up your wedding flowers with tons of color.
Table Decor Budget Estimate: $400 (table of 8)
Oh, the send off! There is no wrong way to send you off after the most amazing wedding, so have fun with it! Our top tip, though, is keep it simple and let the real focus be on the two of you. Some ideas for send off decor we love are:
Send Off Budget Estimate: $300
Venue: The Otten on Main
Planning + Coordination: Whatever Is Lovely Events
Photography: Hallie Sigwing
Florals: Lily Floral Designs
Entertainment: DJ Jared for Fernando Productions
Catering + Dessert: Olive Events
Cake: Kate Smith Soiree
Bartending + Bar Service: Tom’s Travelers + Brookside Wine & Spirits
Specialty Linens: Citrus Table
Transportation: Showtime Transportation
Beauty: Katelyn Dotson + Caro Benitez Studios