Elegant outdoor wedding reception decoration ideas
Ideas for elegeant outdoor wedding receptions decorations.
If you’ve chosen to have an outdoor wedding reception, you’re already on the right path to planning an elegant affair. Now you just need the elegant decorations to go with the beautiful setting. Looking for inspiration? Then look no further. Read on for several highly elegant decoration ideas.
Place Card Holders- If you’re looking for a unique way to display place cards on the tables, you need not look any further than the outdoor setting of the reception for inspiration. Just place a branch at the center of each table, and hang everyone’s place cards from the branches. Guests are sure to love this unusual detail, and you won’t have to worry about finding a centerpiece for the tables.
Table Decorations- For an elegant and simple table decoration, just sprinkle flower petals all around the place settings in your wedding colors. If wind is a concern, place the petals on top of the tablecloth, and then add a thin layer of tulle or organza to ensure the petals will not be disturbed.
Napkins- Incorporate the natural elegance of the outdoors into your wedding décor with beautiful leaf-printed napkins. Purchase a rubber stamp with a leaf design, and a leaf-colored stamp pad. Then, just stamp a single leaf onto each napkin. If you wish to do this on cloth napkins, you’ll need to purchase a stamp pad that is designed specifically for use on fabric.
Fun for Kids- If kids will be attending your reception, make sure you’ve planned something to keep them busy. Kites are an excellent idea. Pick kites that coordinate with your wedding colors, and then you’ll have a fun activity for the kids that actual enhances the elegant décor of your wedding.
Wedding Favors- If your wedding will be taking place during a hot time of the year, furnish guests with a practical, yet elegant favor to help them stay cool. Purchase paper umbrellas in your wedding colors, and then have someone hand them out at the beginning of the reception. Guests are sure to appreciate the shade they provide, and you are sure to appreciate how well they tie in with the rest of your decorations.
Luminaries- If you expect your reception to carry on into the night, set up luminaries along the pathway to help guide guests safely back to their cars. To create a quick and easy luminary, just purchase a couple packages of white lunch sacks, and punch a design into the front of each one with a craft punch. (Look for a punch that goes along with your outdoor reception—flower, leaf, tree, moon, etc.) Then line them up along the pathway, and place a tea light candle inside each one. Note: It’s a good idea to pour a little sand at the bottom of each bag as an added safety precaution.
Lanterns- For another elegant detail after dark, hang lighted lanterns from the trees. Paper lanterns are widely available in catalogs and party supply stores, or you can even make your own lanterns. Just pick up a case of canning jars, and string a wire around the rim for an instant lantern.
Choose decorations that draw inspiration from nature, and you are sure to end up with a wedding reception that is both elegant and memorable.