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This amazing roundup of wooden ladder wedding decor ideas will get your creative juices flowing. Be it as hanging centerpieces, food displays, backdrops or wedding arches, these top wooden ladder decorating ideas are fast, affordable and ultra chic!

Wedding wreaths and a gorgeous vintage wooden ladder to decorate your reception space.

Wedding wreaths and a gorgeous vintage wooden ladder to decorate your reception space.

Start browsing through these amazingly creative wooden ladder wedding decor ideas and pick yours! I can assure you it won’t be as simple a choice as it will be turning them into a reality.

Ladders adapt to any wedding style. Indoors, outdoors, vintage, industrial, rustic and even glam! Yes, glam wedding decor with an old wooden ladder!

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Lucky for you, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive if you are willing to get crafty and repurpose a couple of ladders. Get inspired by these top wooden ladder decor ideas, DIY a few and impress your guests with your amazing taste!

Wedding Ladder Table Plan Inspiration

Garden and backyard weddings are oh so trending but you still need to show your guests where to sit. Why not repurpose an old 6 foot leaning step ladder to create a totes unique wedding table plan? Or maybe use the ladder to hang the Polaroid vintage guest book, amiright?

Show your guests to their tables with this rustic leaning ladder wedding table plan. Photography: Amie Schroeder Photography.

Show your guests to their tables with this rustic leaning ladder wedding table plan. Photography: Amie Schroeder Photography.

Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas for Killer Photo-Booth Backdrops

If you are still trying to figure out what to use as a photo-booth backdrop, go no further! Cover an old wooden stepladder with blooming flowers, greenery, fairy lights or use a rustic ladder shelf to place the props.

These ladder wedding decor ideas will make for a gorgeous and unique backdrop for your pre-ceremony photoshoot session as well.

Triangle backdrop at a Yosemite bohemian-inspired nuptials.

Triangle backdrop at a Yosemite bohemian-inspired nuptials.

Stunning photo booth backdrop with a white vintage ladder and a fairytale feel. Who said Alice in Wonderland?

Stunning photo booth backdrop with a white vintage ladder and a fairytale feel. Who said Alice in Wonderland?

Old wooden ladder decorating ideas for a backyard tented reception. Roses and a few lovey-dovey knick-knacks decorate this gray folding ladder.

Old wooden ladder decorating ideas for a backyard tented reception. Roses and a few lovey-dovey knick-knacks decorate this gray folding ladder.

Vintage Wooden Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas

Repurposing projects can make your vintage wedding rock. Get a hold of some paint, sponges for whitewashing (optional) and at least one step ladder. Use the ladder shelves to place family portraits, greenery wreaths, lavender and if the shelves are wide enough, a few antiques.

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Decorative vintage wedding ladders. Make it yours! Maybe use it as a welcome sign. ;)

Decorative vintage wedding ladders. Make it yours! Maybe use it as a welcome sign. 😉

Love this flower entwined leaning rustic wooden ladder wedding decor for an industrial venue. Photo: Shanna Melville Bridal.

Love this flower entwined leaning rustic wooden ladder wedding decor for an industrial venue. Photo: Shanna Melville Bridal.




How To Make A Wooden Ladder Wedding Arch

To build your own wedding arch you will need at least a couple of ladders and a two by four or a wooden pole. If the arch is not to wide, you can use a broomstick. Nifty way to save, right?

If you are using folding ladders, the first step is to nail the extensible shelf so the ladder won’t close. Now, nail the piece of wood to the top of both ladders. Finally, decorate the arch with light fabrics, eucalyptus and budding and exploding florals.

Give free reign to your imagination and turn these ladders into the most beautiful wedding arch ever!

Related: How To Make Giant Wedding Wreaths (The New Decor Trend) On A Budget

Exchange your vows under an original wedding arch made with ladders.

Exchange your vows under an original wedding arch made with ladders.

Jaw-Dropping Hanging Ladder Wedding Decor

This might require a little bit of help, but don’t worry, it’s still pretty easy to do. You could paint the ladder to match your wedding colors, hang them above your wedding tables and decorate them away! This idea takes romantic boho-chic ladder decor to a whole new level!

Florals in bottles and mason jars hanging from a ladder above the wedding tables.

Florals in bottles and mason jars hanging from a ladder above the wedding tables.

Twigs and Edison lightbulbs for a fall wedding. I'm in love!

Twigs and Edison lightbulbs for a fall wedding. I’m in love!

Amazing Ladder Food Bars, Favors & Candy Stations

Add some wooden shelves to your good old ladders and boom! You’ve got yourself the coolest food bars ever.

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Even better, you can turn them into an appetizer, candy station, or a wedding favor display. Really, there’s so much you can do with just a couple of ladders and some wood.

Green and gold vintage dessert ladder. Remember to nail the shelves to the ladder steps!

Green and gold vintage dessert ladder. Remember to nail the shelves to the ladder steps!

Fab and simple way of displaying drinks for your outdoor wedding reception.

Fab and simple way of displaying drinks for your outdoor wedding reception.

Turn an old wooden ladder into your candy bar.

Turn an old wooden ladder into your candy bar.

Top Wooden Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas

Yes, that’s right, you can turn your old ladders and repurposed them into cutting-edge wedding furniture and decor! Not only are they going to look unique but this is going to save you beaucoup des bucks to your wedding budget. Word!

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Paint a short ladder and turn it into a side table for your lounge furniture. Or decorate ladders with flowers and fairy lights for a magical feel.

Lounge areas will need tables and what better than to make them unique and super affordable?

Lounge areas will need tables and what better than to make them unique and super affordable?

We’ve already seen how to turn ladders into shelves. Now let’s add some cute wedding props: Candles, lights, or even some photos of you two!

Rustic or garden old wooden ladder wedding ideas with ivy and potted plants.

Rustic or garden old wooden ladder wedding ideas with ivy and potted plants.

If you need to decorate a corner of your venue, think ladders. This one definitely spells out beachy.

If you need to decorate a corner of your venue, think ladders. This one definitely spells out beachy.

The simple ladder makes for a great unique wedding decoration that you can easily adapt to fit your theme, attract your guests, and show your talent! And now, Wedding Dessert Table Ideas that will Blow your Mind: How to Create Yours!

If your wedding budget is a bit tight, consider decorating with ladders as they are both cost-effective and their look totally rocks!

If your wedding budget is a bit tight, consider decorating with ladders as they are both cost-effective and their look totally rocks!

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If you are hosting an outdoor reception, these to die wedding tent decor ideas will def come in handy at planning time. Get inspired or shamelessly copy these tented reception ideas away!

Clear tented wedding reception illuminated with globes and white curtains all around, highlight the modern lounge decor.

Clear tented wedding reception illuminated with globes and white curtains all around, highlight the modern lounge decor.

Backyard, beach and farm receptions are trending up, leaving brides in dire need of original wedding tent decor ideas. Because, even though tradition states that rain on a wedding day is lucky, most couples want nothing to do with it. So, unless the venue provides you with a large enough indoor area to fit your guests comfortably, a wedding tent is the way to go.

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That’s where these creative wedding tent decor ideas come into play. Check them out!

Swoon-Worthy Sailcloth or Draped Wedding Tent Decor Ideas

A marquee will not just to protect you in case of rain, Backyard summer weddings can be too hot, a winter reception at a farm can be too cold and beach weddings can be quite windy all of a sudden. Your guests will need a space to protect themselves from the elements to recover and keep on partying.

A long wedding tent decor could be the perfect match for decorating alongside your backyard pool. A few round sofas in the lounge area could not hurt either!

A long wedding tent could be the perfect match for decorating alongside your backyard pool. A few round sofas in the lounge area could not hurt either!

Check out these ideas to decorate reception spaces with tents or marquees. Dreams are made of this!
The things tent dreams are made of! Stunning wedding tent decor for the fall.

The things tent dreams are made of! Stunning wedding tent decor for the fall.

Original farm wedding tent decor filled with lights. both indoors and outdoors. in Connecticut.

Original farm wedding tent decor filled with lights. both indoors and outdoors. in Connecticut.

Forget the wedding venue and create your very own and freakiest of spaces! Wedding tent decor with two long tables, hanging greenery, floating glass and chandeliers. Love the crystal-like surface of the tables.

Forget the wedding venue and create your very own and freakiest of spaces! Wedding tent decor with two long tables, hanging greenery, floating glass and chandeliers. Love the crystal-like surface of the tables.

And not only are tented receptions trending but they are more affordable than many wedding venues and a pleasure to decorate. No matter which you choose, these amazing sailcloth or draped wedding tent decor ideas will help you show off your impeccable taste in decor.

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How To Incorporate Your Theme into Your Wedding Tent Decor

Outdoor wedding tents have the power to grant your reception with a very intimate feeling, one that’s grand and luxurious and everything in between.

Expand the reception area with a lit - literally - wedding tent. Elegant and inviting and we are pretty sure there is no need for the chandelier to leave your guests in awe. La Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida. Image: Kristen Weaver Photography.

Expand the reception area with a lit – literally – wedding tent. Elegant and inviting and we are pretty sure there is no need for the chandelier to leave your guests in awe. La Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida. Image: Kristen Weaver Photography.




Intimate and impressive beach wedding reception. Photo courtesy: California State Parks.

Intimate and impressive beach wedding reception. Photo courtesy: California State Parks.

For a simple, affordable and stylish wedding tent decor, tie up the sides as if they were curtains and let the sunshine in! You will end up with a unique and easily accessible lounge area for your guests.

Related: How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Wedding Planning Tips You Must Read

If you are after an open feel for your vintage wedding tent decor, go with very sheer fabrics and chandeliers. Colorful fabrics and balloons will help you achieve a more boho look.

A wedding in the mountains on a sunny day featured a tented decor with open fabric panels. Ojai, California.

A wedding in the mountains on a sunny day featured a tented decor with open fabric panels. Ojai, California.

Boho chic Cape Cod beach wedding with colorful flags to match.

Boho chic Cape Cod beach wedding with colorful flags to match.

Dreams are made of this. Black and pink wedding tent decor and a magnificent tablescape to match. This is what I call a TD backyard wedding!

Dreams are made of this. Black and pink wedding tent decor and a magnificent tablescape to match. This is what I call a TD backyard wedding!

Clear Wedding Tent Decor Ideas You Have Only Seen in Dreams

You may feel overwhelmed by so much draped fabric and prefer to be able to see the night sky. (Who doesn’t?) Then, these clear wedding tent decor ideas are for you. Besides, is there anything more magical than a reception with sunset views or an evening bash under a starry sky? We think not.

Where does the night end and your reception begin? String lights and oh so many candles for this impressive clear tent, so transparent that seems not to exist. The lamps add a swanky and elegant touch that complements the night sky to perfection.

Clear wedding tent with string lights at night.

Where does the night end and your reception begin? String lights and oh so many candles for this impressive clear tent, so transparent that seems not to exist. The lamps add a swanky and elegant touch that complements the night sky to perfection.

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Originally the marquee was an atrocity that spoiled the look of your wedding and, of course, was only to be used in case of bad weather. Nowadays there are wedding tent decor ideas that make them look like they truly belong and your reception would never be the same without them.

A rustic look with Edison lightbulbs hanging from the structure of a clear wedding tent in Southern California.

A rustic look with Edison lightbulbs hanging from the structure of a clear wedding tent in Southern California.

Breathtaking wedding tent decor for a beach wedding by Saint Morit's.

Breathtaking wedding tent decor for a beach wedding by Saint Morit’s.

Twinkle lights and gold streamers wedding tent decor. TD!

Twinkle lights and gold streamers wedding tent decor. TD!

Tips for a Tented Wedding Reception

Consider the following when choosing wedding tents.

  • First of all, be sure to select the appropriate tent size for the number of guests that also fits the garden or outdoor space available
  • Set up the tent a few days before the wedding to have ample time to properly decorate it before the big day
  • Make sure that the tent’s floor is even and free to stones so that your guests can walk comfortably and not trip. Better yet, add a floor or carpet and your squad will thank you for it
  • Choose a tent that matches your wedding style: pole tent, structured tent, sailcloth, draped or clear tents are just a few of your choices
Love how the tent was placed right by the house with a couple of curtains mimicking the opposite side of the wedding tent decor. Perfectly peach lounge by soevents. Special Occasions Event Planning.

Love how the tent was placed right by the house with a couple of curtains mimicking the opposite side of the wedding tent decor. Perfectly peach lounge by soevents. Special Occasions Event Planning.

Make sure the structure can withstand the weigh of people sitting on these swings before copying this idea.

Make sure the structure can withstand the weigh of people sitting on these swings before copying this idea.

Pure white sofas, coffee tables and tented areas on the beach with pops of color.

Pure white sofas, coffee tables and tented areas on the beach with pops of color.

Think of your marquee as a blank canvas where you can imprint your vision freely. We hope you have enjoyed this selection of wedding tent decor ideas!

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If you are wondering about how to build your wedding guest list, pay attention to these tips. This task is rife with potential problems that are quite difficult to ignore or avoid.

Who would you miss the most if they were not present at your wedding?

Who would you miss the most if they were not present at your wedding?

So, before finding out how to build your wedding guest list, let’s go over a few fundamental questions. Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong answers but they will help you define the kind of event that will make you the happiest and the size of your wedding guest list.

First, what is the most important goal of your wedding? Sharing with the people closest and most dear to you or celebrating with everybody that has ever grazed your life?

Second, have you decided on the wedding style? Are you planning a tiny and intimate event or a large one where everybody will be invited? How small is small and how big is big?

Third, and now be realistic, how many people do you have to invite? Will your parents also invite people, and if so, how many?

Fourth, know your guests. Will you have to invite a lot of plus ones for your single guests? Will children be allowed and if so, at what age will you make the cut? How many will be honorary guests (those that you will send an invite to but will not attend)? Are most of your guests local or will you have some coming from afar? How many do you really think will attend?

Finally, what’s you budget limit and have you decided how you want to spend it? Think if you’d rather have a wedding just like you dreamt about or if you are willing to sacrifice some things to feed a few more guests and add to the fun?



A must-have wedding photo you will want share with your wedding guest list, amiright?

A must-have wedding photo you will want share with your wedding guest list, amiright?

How To Build Your Wedding Guest List The Traditional Way

  • Start by adding everybody that you know and would like to attend or feel an obligation to invite, be it family, friends, mentors, or any other acquaintances.
  • List all your family all the way down to your second cousins. Yes, even the ones who may not even attend. You may end up making them honorary guests and receive an invitation anyway. And you’ll need that count as well.
  • Next, start adding your closest friends. People you see often and they mean a lot to you.
  • Add your close colleagues, co-workers, clients and business associates to your wedding guest list. They will appreciate seeing you get married as they may have gotten to know you before you even met your spouse.
  • Think of other people who are a significant relationship in your life and add them to your wedding guest list.

Combine your list with your future spouse’s and your parent’s, if they get to invite people to the wedding as well. Now it’s time to trim your list down based on your budget and venue capacity.

What is the most important goal of your wedding? Sharing with the people closest and most dear to you? Or celebrating with everybody that has ever grazed your life?

What is the most important goal of your wedding? Sharing with the people closest and most dear to you? Or celebrating with everybody that has ever grazed your life?

Are you planning on printing fan programs? How many will you need?

Are you planning on printing fan programs? How many will you need?

Romantic vintage style bride and groom chairs. Unless you are throwing a super big bash and budget is no object, those plus ones that you have never met do not have to make it into your wedding guest list.

Romantic vintage style bride and groom chairs. Unless you are throwing a super big bash and budget is no object, those plus ones that you have never met do not have to make it into your wedding guest list.

Quick Steps To Decide Who’s In and Who’s Out

This set of questions will quickly help you weed out your wedding guest list. If you answer yes to all of them, that person definitely belongs in your guest list. If there answers are only 50/50, place them on a maybe list to be re-evaluated after your have a final headcount. That way, if there’s extra wedding budget to go around they can be added to the guest list. Otherwise, cross them off the list.

  1. Have you spoken to this person in the past year?
  2. Have you ever spent time together outside of work?
  3. Has your better half ever met this person?
  4. Would he/she invite you (or has he/she invited you) to their wedding?
  5. If this person would not attend your wedding, would it make a difference to you?

A few words of wisdom: If you’ve already chosen the wedding venue, keep in mind the location’s capacity.

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Welcome your guests to your beach wedding with a simple and adorable table.

Welcome your guests to your beach wedding with a simple and adorable table.

Love this purple table decor with mirrors. Super fancy! Photo: Duke Photography.

Love this purple table decor with mirrors. Super fancy! Photo: Duke Photography.

What are your priorities? A perfect wedding or the more the merrier? Discover how to build your wedding guest list.

What are your priorities? A perfect wedding or the more the merrier? Discover how to build your wedding guest list.

Related Reading: How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Wedding Planning Tips You Must Read

Who To Cross off Your Wedding Guest List

There are some people who should automatically cross off your wedding guest list. And they are:

1Children of Family and Friends

Just because there are a lot of children in your family or amongst your friends does not mean you have to make your wedding kid-friendly. Unless that’s exactly what you want to do. Children imply special menus, care and entertainment. You will have to fend off many requests to sneak in their kids. No matter how well-behaved or how dear they are, and especially if booze will flow, children stay at home.

After so much effort building your wedding guest list you get to welcome all of these amazing people!

After so much effort building your wedding guest list you get to welcome all of these amazing people!




2Long Lost Friends

Should old acquaintance be forgot. And never brought to mind. You know how that goes. Yes, you may think of those friends from time to time, but the day of your wedding is not the moment to get re-acquainted. Wedding receptions are filled with things to do, people to say hello to, dancing, speeches and photo sessions. We assure you there will not be time for this.

Beautiful and simple table decor. Love the chalkboard place settings.

Beautiful and simple table decor. Love the chalkboard place settings.

3Co-workers

This is a very special occasion to be spent with loved ones. So, unless you have a co-worker who falls into the friend category, you can safely cross them off the wedding guest list. You reception is not a place of business and neither should you be using it to plan your next promotion. If things go awry at work, you’ll regret having them on your wedding photos.

Destination weddings tend to have a small number of guests and a larger number of events. Indigo blue and copper tablescape, Mykonos Island, Greece.

Destination weddings tend to have a small number of guests and a larger number of events. Indigo blue and copper tablescape, Mykonos Island, Greece.

Related Reading: Wedding Day Disasters No Bride Can Prepare For (Try Not To Laugh Too Hard)

4Reciprocal Wedding Invites

Yes, they invited you to their wedding but do you still keep in touch? Don’t feel obligated to add them to your wedding guest list.

Dreamy fairytale wedding. Are you going all out on your wedding reception?

Dreamy fairytale wedding. Are you going all out on your wedding reception?

5Plus Ones You Have Never Met

Unless you are throwing a super big bash and budget is no object, those plus ones that you have never met do not have to make it into your wedding guest list.

Even beach weddings in Tulum, Mexico, need a headcount. Photo: Tec Petaja.

Even beach weddings in Tulum, Mexico, need a headcount. Photo: Tec Petaja.

6Family You Are Not Close With

Friends may take up quite a few spaces at your wedding, but they may be much closer to you than some of your family members. Don’t feel guilty removing family from the wedding guest list when they are not close to you. Putting close friends in their place will make your wedding much more exciting. You want people there who know you well as their support will make your day much more special.

Garden weddings can also welcome their guests in style. Flowers by Lace and Lilies, Colorado.

Garden weddings can also welcome their guests in style. Flowers by Lace and Lilies, Colorado.

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Start browsing some seating chart ideas because that’s what comes next!

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