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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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Adore the glamor of yesteryear? Go retro with romantic and floral vintage wedding cakes. This is a great idea if you are rocking the pearls or lace on your dress on your wedding day.

A twist on the classic wedding cake, just two tiers! Monogrammed vintage wedding cakes by Whipped Bakeshop.

A twist on the classic wedding cake, just two tiers! Monogrammed vintage wedding cakes by Whipped Bakeshop.

Vintage wedding cakes can easily turn into the center of attention at a reception. Hand-painted, romantic, adorned with lace, or with brocade details that evoke old memories from our grand-parent’s times.

Let’s delve into the world of vintage cakes loaded with fondant, buttercream, pearls, sugar roses and antique decor.

What Makes a Wedding Cake Vintage Inspired?

There are thousand of different ways to achieve the timeless vintage look for your cake. The classic elegance of pearls is often found in the details of the vintage cake. Actual lace can be placed on the cakes or even piped lace. You can mimic your wedding dress’ lace design, add a cascade of fresh flowers or sugar flowers in pink, lilac, green or beige. If you are using bird cages on your decor, crown your vintage wedding cake with a cage filled with baby’s breath.

The soft pastel vintage colors, the opulent juxtapositions of lace and pearls, hand-painted masterpieces will add a layer of sophisticated elegance and beauty to your wedding cake.

Go fancy with playful black and white polka dots or give a nod to the lace. Incorporating jewelry – like brooches or beads and even more fashionable than lace – is what really adds that touch that sets it apart from other vintage designs. If jewelry on the vintage wedding cake is not really your thing, subtle and glossy edible pearls may be just what suits your style. A gold leaf finish over the wedding cake adds a refined elegance and takes it all the way to the Gatsby era.

Wanting to put your own stamp on a traditional style? A modern twist on a vintage cake may be just for you.

Vintage wedding cakes can also be on trend. Check out this dark chocolate brownie salted caramel floral drip cake with coconut and pistachio.

Vintage wedding cakes can also be on trend. Check out this dark chocolate brownie salted caramel floral drip cake with coconut and pistachio.

A blast from the past! Steampunk wedding cake.

A blast from the past! Steampunk wedding cake.

Rustic vintage wedding cake featuring colorful floral decorations and greenery.

Rustic vintage wedding cake featuring colorful floral decorations and greenery.

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The Amazing Vintage Wedding Cakes

These incredible vintage wedding cakes are very well suited for boho, country and even with industrial wedding themes. Besides, cakes are getting smaller, so indulging in one of these romantic creations will not blow your budget too much.

Is your wedding an all-out glitz and glam affair to be remembered? Make sure your cake stands out too! Multiple tiered vintage wedding cakes are decorated with eye-catching details, such as bright colors and even glitter (edible, of course!) Silver and gold may adorn the cake as ribbons. Expect a bold statement with a glam cake. A glamorous bride deserves a cake to match.

Contrasting roses against a superb gold foil wedding cake atop a band cake plate.

Contrasting roses against a superb gold foil wedding cake atop a band cake plate.

Such a stunning wedding deserves an insane five-tier cake.

Such a stunning wedding deserves an insane five-tier cake.




Simple elegance almost on the side of dreamy and nostalgic romance with lots of small glamorous details.

Simple elegance almost on the side of dreamy and nostalgic romance with lots of small glamorous details.

Ruffles, satin and edible roses are indicative of vintage wedding cakes. Perfect for a Paris-themed wedding.

Ruffles, satin and edible roses are indicative of vintage wedding cakes. Perfect for a Paris-themed wedding.

Simple and decorated with jewelry and an adorable "She's Her Lobster" cake topper.

Simple and decorated with jewelry and an adorable “She’s Her Lobster” cake topper.

Vintage Wedding Cakes for Traditional Couples

A traditional cake is generally round or square with multiple tiers. They’re generally covered in white fondant or cream, with sometimes some color added with fondant flowers or other small details. There are often white piped details as ribbon or beautiful lace along the edges. Wedding cakes traditionally used to be fruitcakes in the United Kingdom and America. This was due to how long they could last without needing refrigeration. If you’re having a classic white wedding, a traditional wedding cake will go perfectly. It’s very classy and would look elegant on any cake table.

Delicate vintage wedding cake in blush and blue with lace details inspired in the bride's gown by Cotton and Crumbs.

Delicate vintage wedding cake in blush and blue with lace details inspired in the bride’s gown by Cotton and Crumbs.

Intricate lace design gives an impressive look to a completely white wedding cake.

Intricate lace design gives an impressive look to a completely white wedding cake.

Roses and baby's breath featured on this naked wedding cake.

Roses and baby’s breath featured on this naked wedding cake.

If you are all about sticking to traditions, especially when it comes to grandma’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, opt for classic vintage wedding cakes that feature a simple flavor like vanilla, buttercream frosting, and a little to no add-ons except florals.

Big flowers adorn the cake from all angles on every tier. It’s all about the details, amiright?

Heads over heels for these glam vintage wedding cakes by Bliss Pastry.

Heads over heels for these glam vintage wedding cakes by Bliss Pastry.

A modern twist on vintage wedding cakes. Gold bands, hand painted floral patterns and black and white stripes. Don't forget the flower!

A modern twist on vintage wedding cakes. Gold bands, hand painted floral patterns and black and white stripes. Don’t forget the flower!

Vintage Wedding Cakes to Delight your Eyes and your Tastebuds

Grab a fork and spoon because you’re going to want to eat these cakes already. Seriously, all the way to the last bite! Lace vintage wedding cakes are some of the most striking details you can add to your nuptials. These confections are romantic, elegant and can give a beautiful touch of vintage charm to your wedding day.

Creativity, classic color and traditionally styled detail is key to vintage wedding cakes. They will transport you and your guests into a world of charm, elegance and romanticism. Now, take a look at these 45 classy & elegant wedding cakes, graceful inspiration tier by tier.

This five-tiered cake stood six feet tall and had over 4,000 Swarovski crystals!

This five-tiered cake stood six feet tall and had over 4,000 Swarovski crystals!

If you are decorating your own cake, here is a simple way to create some fab quilted effects.

If you are decorating your own cake, here is a simple way to create some fab quilted effects.

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Discover how to choose the right color and style for the groom’s tie and have him look picture perfect on your big day!

Floral groom's tie, perfect for a modern or boho wedding.

Floral groom’s tie, perfect for a modern or boho wedding.

There is a fair amount of time spent picking out what the bride will be wearing on the big day, but it is important not to overlook the groom’s style. Let’s be honest, we know the bride is going to get the majority of the attention here, but the groom is going to want to look and feel great too, after all.

How To Choose the Right Color and Style for the Big Day

Sorry guys, when it comes down to the color of your tie, I’m sure the bride will have a say. But if your wedding palette has two colors, the groom can wear one of the shades while the rest of the guys wear the other.

Now that the color has been decided, let’s move on to picking the right groom’s tie. Many grooms email us asking about the fabric of a particular tie so I decided I could give a little rundown of the most common fabrics for ties.

The Groom’s Tie: How to Pick the Fabric

It’s best to start with the month the wedding will be held. Fabrics like cotton and linen who are light and breezy are perfect for summery weddings. Other fabrics like wool, tweed, cashmere and different wool blends are more suited for the winter.

Rayon, polyester and silk wear well all year round. But buyer beware when it comes down to silk neckties! There are many kinds of silk out there and the quality varies. The most commonly used for men’s ties are doupioni silk (its threads are uneven and irregular), shantung (very smooth and has hardly any slubs), silk linen (it actually has the look of linen) and satin which is glossy and smooth on one side and matte on the other.



Peach textured groom's tie. Always consider the collar width before picking the tie style! Photographer: Kristen Weaver.

Peach textured groom’s tie. Always consider the collar width before picking the tie style! Photographer: Kristen Weaver.

Blue tie fit for a civil ceremony, a daytime wedding or an elopement by zeusfactor

Blue tie fit for a civil ceremony, a daytime wedding or an elopement by zeusfactor

The Groom’s Tie: Let’s Get To Know Their Styles

What to wear? What to wear? Depending on the formality of the affair, you may want to take your pick of the following types and styles of groom’s ties. But you must also consider the collar style and width before picking the tie! Let’s review some of the groom’s tie styles.

The Necktie

A classic. This is the long tie most commonly associated with working in an office. But, that’s not to say it should not be worn for a wedding. Match the tie to the wedding colors to give a splash of color and fun to the groom’s look.

Love this handmade cotton floral tie for the civil ceremony. The groom will look so modern!

Love this handmade cotton floral tie for the civil ceremony. The groom will look so modern! (Get it here)

The Ascot

If your groom has been searching his entire life for an excuse to wear an Ascot, now is the time. An ascot is much more formal and is a folded tie that is wider than a necktie and usually won with a stickpin or tie tack. Typically, Ascots are a patterned material, but they can be neutral, think blacks or grays, or the wedding colors to match the décor.

Bow Tie

Bow ties are a symmetrical ribbon of fabric that tie together to form two loops that sit at the collar of the groom’s dress shirt. Most commonly, bow ties are worn with tuxedos, but fun, patterned bow ties also pair well with suits. Grooms can wear black bow ties for very formal looks or match the bridesmaid’s dresses when wearing a tuxedo.

Modern black suit with velvet bow tie, shawl collar, and "crown folded" pocket square.

Modern black suit with velvet bow tie, shawl collar, and “crown folded” pocket square.




The Euro Tie is a middle ground between the necktie and the Ascot. Gold orange paisley silk cravat.

The Euro Tie is a middle ground between the necktie and the Ascot. Gold orange paisley silk cravat.

Euro Tie or Cravat

The Euro Tie is a middle ground between necktie and Ascot. It’s a long tie with a square bottom, knotted at the beck and worn with a spread collar shirt. It’s formal but not quite Ascot-level formal.

Here is a great tip for grooms to look great on your big day. Make sure the widest part of your tie matches the width of the lapel chosen for your wedding.

Photo Gallery to Help you Pick your Most Fabulous Groom’s Tie

How to “Tie The Knot”: The Half-Windsor Knot

There are many ways to tie a knot (pun intended) 😉 but today we will share how to tie the Half-Windsor knot! Medium to light thickness for ties are this year’s trend. Therefore, the half-Windsor is easier and more fitting. It is also nice and symmetrical but not quite as bulky as the Windsor knot.

Modern groom's tie in gray with a Half-Windsor knot. Brooklyn Wedding by Lauren Balingit Photography.

Modern groom’s tie in gray with a Half-Windsor knot. Brooklyn Wedding by Lauren Balingit Photography.

Remember that your body type matters when picking a tie. The half-Windsor is narrower and longer and looks best on slimmer taller guys.

  1. Lay the tie around your neck and stand in front of a mirror. The wide end should be on your right and the small or narrow end should be on your left when looking into the mirror. The wider end should hang about 12 inches lower than the smaller end.
  2. In front of you, cross the wide end over the narrow end, making an “X.”
  3. Still holding the wide end, go under the small end and to the right
  4. Now, pull the wide end up to the center towards the necktie
  5. Bring the wide end through the neck loop from the front towards the back and left.
  6. Cross the wide end over the narrow end to the right
  7. Now bring it upwards again, this time from beneath the neck loop
  8. Pull it through the loop you just created in the front and then straight down
  9. Use both hands to adjust the tie until it sits tight under your collar.
  10. You look terrific!! 🙂

Grooms now is your time to shine as brightly as the bride. Ok, maybe not as brightly, but don’t miss this chance to show off your personal style when picking your tie! Most of the groom’s ties can be found and shipped worldwide at Dessy. Check them out! Now back to the brides! Discover these Timeless, Elegant and Sexy Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride!

How good are you at tying the knot? Discover how to tie a half windsor knot! (Don't worry, this is not it) ;) Wearing a tie makes you look confident.

How good are you at tying the knot? Discover how to tie a half windsor knot! (Don’t worry, this is not it) 😉 Wearing a tie makes you look confident.

Match the tie to the wedding palette to give a splash of color and fun to the groom’s look. Wedding photography: Claryphoto.

Match the tie to the wedding palette to give a splash of color and fun to the groom’s look. Wedding photography: Claryphoto.

Matte satin bow tie and pocket square.

Matte satin bow tie and pocket square. Dessy.

There are so many ways to wear a tie... Check out this Cat Greek Ascot by Boris Mocka.

There are so many ways to wear a tie… Check out this Cat Greek Ascot by Boris Mocka.

The tie patch is a wonderful keepsake that will add to the love, happiness, and remembrance of your big wedding day!

The tie patch is a wonderful keepsake that will add to the love, happiness, and remembrance of your big wedding day! (Get yours here!)

Men's neck ties in Dupioni silk. How to pick the groom's tie.

Men’s neck ties in Dupioni silk. Dessy.

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