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31 Fab Table Runner Ideas for Wedding Receptions: #7 Will Steal Your Heart!

We rounded up a collection of 31 jaw-dropping table runner ideas for your wedding reception. And we guarantee #7 will make you smile. But will also cover the table runner’s length for formal, informal, round, square and long tables. Let’s get to it! We’ve got a lot of ground to cover!

Stunning luxury wedding with velvet navy table runner, gold flatware, blush and burgundy florals by Sage Nines.

Stunning luxury wedding with velvet navy table runner, gold flatware, blush and burgundy florals by Sage Nines.

Here are 31 incredible table runner ideas anybody can diy and use at their wedding reception. From sequins, to lace, flower garlands, black and white photos and a few tips that can help you truly impress your guests.

Standard table linens can be so blah! Same color, same texture. We need something to liven them up. To stand out, table runners should never be identical to the tablecloth. Wedding runners complement and decorate your table by mixing color and texture to make its aesthetic more cohesive and elegant. They can be used to achieve a traditional, glam, modern, colorful and even completely informal look. They are so on point, it would be cray if you didn’t use one at your wedding reception!

There are three elements to consider when choosing a wedding table runner: color, texture and design. Its length depends on the formality of the event. Read on to find out more.

Table Runner Ideas and Advice for Traditional Wedding Receptions

To achieve this look, make sure the tablecloth has at least a 6-inch drop off the table’s edge on all sides. This is way more aesthetically pleasing than a linen that stops right at the edge of the table. Measure the length and width of your tables, place and adjust the tablecloth.

Table runner time! It needs to drop about 6″ to 15” off the edge and be one third of the table in width. Therefore, add at least 12“ to the full length of the table to get the proper measurements.

Boho table runner ideas for rustic wooden tables.

Boho table runner ideas for rustic wooden tables.

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For a super traditional wedding reception both the length of the runner and the tablecloth must match. But when you see the table runner ideas that fall way beyond the linen’s edge, you’ll forget about traditional FR (for real)! 😁

Once we have the properly sized table runner, we center it over the tablecloth, and we place the centerpiece right in the middle. Additional decorations or centerpieces should be placed over the runner equidistant to the first one.

Fabrics that are smooth and shimmery such as silk, satin, organza and polyester are your best bets for traditional wedding tablescapes.

Pink chiffon table runners may also be tied with a ribbon for a more unique aesthetic.

Pink chiffon table runners may also be tied with a ribbon for a more unique aesthetic.

Modern Wedding Table Runner Ideas and Tips for Long Rectangular Tables

For a contemporary vibe that looks fabulous on very long tables, add 2 or 3 table runners across the table. Make sure they are perpendicular to the runner that extends along the table.

These wedding runners should be narrower and have a drop of 6” off the table edges. Leave a distance of at least 2 feet between runners for a finished look.

Another modern table runner idea is to do away with the main runner and use only the ones that run across the width of the table. This would leave a space in between them that could be used as place-setting areas.

A third option, is to replace the runner with greenery or floral garlands. Tres chic. Beware of table runner ideas that look too crowded. For example, if you are already using hanging centerpieces, go low with the table runner – or your guests won’t be able to see each other. 😉

A rustic touch to a high end wedding table with a jute wedding runner by Jozie B.

A rustic touch to a high end wedding table with a jute wedding runner by Jozie B.

Related: Romantic Enchanted Forest Wedding Ideas: Let’s Create The Dream!

Sequin table runners are a jaw dropping table accessory that resemble a work of art. Hadley's Court.

Sequin table runners are a jaw dropping table accessory that resemble a work of art. Hadley’s Court.




Wedding Table Runner Ideas for Rustic Wooden Tables

It would be a real shame to cover those beautiful wooden tables with linens. That’s where these table runner ideas come into play. Choose densely woven fabrics like linen or cotton for a classy and traditional feel. Burlap is inexpensive and goes well with a more rustic look. Sequins and shimmer are perfect for a glam aesthetic. And if you are looking for a more romantic style go with chiffon, lace or moss. It is truly beautiful!

Colorful boho woodland wedding table runner ideas. The look includes antlers, moody colored candles and jewel tones for a Maryland wedding. Photo: Paula Bartosiewicz Photography.

Colorful boho woodland wedding table runner ideas. The look includes antlers, moody colored candles and jewel tones for a Maryland wedding. Photo: Paula Bartosiewicz Photography.

Gallery of Table Runner Ideas: #7 Will Steal Your Heart

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Sequins are on trend and this gold and navy wedding reception rocks them to perfection.

Gold and navy wedding reception.

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Sequins are on trend and this gold and navy wedding reception rocks them to perfection.

Long white lace table runners add a classy and delicate touch to your garden wedding table decor.

Garden wedding table decor.

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Long white lace table runners add a classy and delicate touch to your garden wedding table decor.

How cool is this?! A table runner made out of old family photos. Make copies and laminate them so you don't damage the originals. Julia Seiler photography.

Table runner with old family photos.

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How cool is this?! A table runner made out of old family photos.

Make copies and laminate them so you don’t damage the originals.

Image: Julia Seiler photography.

White, green and gold eucalyptus garland table runners that fall off the edge of table. Image: Lauren Carroll Photography.

Swoon!

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White, green and gold eucalyptus garland table runners that fall off the edge of table.

Image: Lauren Carroll Photography.

Candles and Bonsai. Table runner ideas that raise the roof.

Candles and Bonsai.

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Candles and Bonsai. Table runner ideas that raise the roof.

Super informal and chic table runner idea for an intimate outdoor wedding.

Super informal and chic.

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Super informal and chic table runner idea for an intimate outdoor wedding.

Told you this idea would steal your heart!! Nothing more romantic than having the lyrics to "All Of Me" by John Legend written in calligraphy on your table runner. Image by Carrie J Photography.

Calligraphy table runner.

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Told you this idea would steal your heart!!

Nothing more romantic than having the lyrics to “All Of Me” by John Legend written in calligraphy on your table runner.

Image by Carrie J Photography.

Short black and white striped table runner ideas for informal wedding receptions.

Striped table runner ideas.

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Short black and white striped table runner ideas for informal wedding receptions.

Original table runner ideas for a round table. Christopher Duggan Photography.

Round table runner ideas.

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Original table runner ideas for a round table.

Christopher Duggan Photography.

A perfect wedding runner for a vintage reception.

Wedding runner vintage.

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A perfect wedding runner for a vintage reception.

Chiffon is elegant and timeless and is the perfect pretty accent to any wedding. Whether it be a rustic, vintage or glamorous wedding, there are chiffon wedding table runner ideas for every style.

Chiffon wedding table runner ideas.

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Chiffon is elegant and timeless and is the perfect pretty accent to any wedding. Whether it be a rustic, vintage or glamorous wedding, there are chiffon wedding table runner ideas for every style.

Custom bronze runners, white linens and ghost chairs at the Four Seasons in Austin, TX. Image by Forever Photography.

Bronze runners.

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Custom bronze runners, white linens and ghost chairs at the Four Seasons in Austin, TX.

Image by Forever Photography.

Lots of wow factor on this runner in bright purple and green garland over full linens.

Runner garland over full linens.

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Lots of wow factor on this runner in bright purple and green garland over full linens.

Wedding table runners will draw attention to your centerpieces at the reception.

Wedding table runners.

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Wedding table runners will draw attention to your centerpieces at the reception.

2018 monogrammed table runner ideas for round tables.

Monograms rule in 2018.

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2018 monogrammed table runner ideas for round tables.

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Table Runner Ideas for Informal Wedding Receptions

Table runners are a great way of dressing up your tables and can really give your reception space that wow factor.

To shake off the formality of the long table runner, go short! Go no longer than one third of the table length and take advantage of textures and patterns to make it pop.

Table runner ideas from winter Georgia woodland weddings. Photo: Carography Studios.

Table runner ideas from winter Georgia woodland weddings. Photo: Carography Studios.

Informal table runner ideas with a very glam vibe.

Informal table runner ideas with a very glam vibe.

Short macrame runner for an intimate boho wedding. Gallivan Photo.

Short macrame runner for an intimate boho wedding. Gallivan Photo.

Related: 51 Unique Table Number Ideas for Wedding Receptions (and some DIYs)

Wedding Table Runner Ideas for Round Tables

This all sounds great but your tables are round? Do not despair! We got some some tips for you. Place two table runners so that they form an x-shape over a round table for 8 people. There should be sufficient space for two people to sit in each section. This configuration creates intimate areas within a large table decoration. If the round table sits only six, you may want to use a single table runner.

Even tough this is the standard way to lay out a runner for a round table, i would layout a couple that intersect and divide each table setting.

Even tough this is the standard way to lay out a runner for a round table, i would layout a couple that intersect and divide each table setting.

Round table runner ideas. X marks the spot for the centerpiece.

Round table runner ideas. X marks the spot for the centerpiece.

Table runners can add a modern luxury feel to your table setting.

Table runners can add a modern luxury feel to your table setting.

Gorgeous evergreen and red roses wedding table runner ideas. Forget the linens and go for this breathtaking table decor!

Gorgeous evergreen and red roses wedding table runner ideas. Forget the linens and go for this breathtaking table decor!

Wedding table runners look their best when coordinated with the whole theme as they help direct attention towards the centerpieces and other table decor. But as with everything weddings, these table runner ideas and advice are just suggestions. Take them or leave them but let your personality shine through! Tell us which one you liked best!

A beautiful sequin table runner shimmers with its own light.

A beautiful sequin table runner shimmers with its own light.

Fam friendly outdoor wedding at the Montana's Rivers Edge Ranch with square tables.

Fam friendly outdoor wedding at the Montana’s Rivers Edge Ranch with square tables.

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This tropical floral runner is guaranteed impress your guests. Destination table runner ideas.

This tropical floral runner is guaranteed impress your guests. Destination table runner ideas.

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37 Creative Wedding Tent Decor Ideas That Are The Goat (Greatest of All Time)

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.

Related: Wedding Photo Booth Ideas that will Make you Go: Oh, Snap!

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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Wedding Photo Booth Ideas that will Make you Go: Oh, Snap!

Take a look at our wedding photo booth ideas and guide. Cool, incredible and a perfect fit for any wedding style. Check them out, get inspired and ready to set up a photo booth at your wedding reception! 📸👍

Bohemian or princess-themed photo booth ideas with a super cute backdrop.

Bohemian or princess-themed photo booth ideas with a super cute backdrop.

There’s nothing like these wedding photo booth ideas to break the ice at your reception! We have gone a bit astray and are not just presenting you with the classic whiskers, mustaches and ginormous glasses or backdrops.😁So, no matter if the wedding is formal or informal, or if you are renting it or planning on doing it yourself, these wedding photo booth ideas will definitely get your inspiration going!

Remember that old group photo where everybody stands still like radishes in a row? A bit more to the center, please! Those days are so long gone. Add a super original backdrop, some accessories and props – Snapchat signs, cool boas and some oversized vintage sofas or a bed – and you’ll have the photo booth of dreams. Let’s re-invent the wedding photo booth! Oh, snap!

Why are Photo Booths so much Fun?

The truth is that with very little money you can have a great time! And photo booths can be really inexpensive. We’ll present you some amazing wedding photo booth ideas shortly but meanwhile, do you know why photo booths are so much fun?

The first photo booth was invented in 1888. As there was no photographer, the people were more relaxed and the photographs were original and fun. We invite you to add that same joyful quality to your party with these incredible wedding photo booth ideas!

An adorable way to present your props for your photo booth. Brooklyn Winery, Williamsburg.

An adorable way to present your props for your photo booth. Brooklyn Winery, Williamsburg.

Photo booth ideas with ribbon paper and pinwheels in pastel tones. Find a door, tie a rope to both sides and start working your magic. And yes, you can get through it.

Photo booth ideas with ribbon paper and pinwheels in pastel tones. Find a door, tie a rope to both sides and start working your magic. And yes, you can get through it.

Wedding Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas to DIY

There are two main styles of photo booths: open and enclosed or self-contained. You know, the ones that you walk into. Today, we will concentrate on the open ones. For the self-contained ones you are better off renting them from a professional.

Making an open photo booth is very simple, you will need a backdrop and a multitude of props.

  • Let’s start with the backdrop. We could hang a ready-made wall decoration or we could craft a one-of-a-kind backdrop with colored streamers, paper pompons, pinwheels, honeycomb shapes, paper flowers or balloons. For a stunning result, match the photo booth style to your wedding theme or colors.
  • For the props fill a suitcase or a coat rack with giant party glasses, hats, feather boas, wigs, parasols, confetti, funny Snap signs or anything else that comes to mind! Scour your home and look for more props. You’ll be surprised at the things you’ll find.
Glam photo booth ideas. Glittery gold backdrop made out of large pailettes. Make sure they are perfectly aligned just as it's shown on the image.

Glam photo booth ideas. Glittery gold backdrop made out of large pailettes. Make sure they are perfectly aligned just as it’s shown on the image.

Head over heels in love with this photo booth backdrop! When it comes down to photo booth ideas I guess the sky is the limit.

Head over heels in love with this photo booth backdrop! When it comes down to photo booth ideas I guess the sky is the limit.




Cutting-Edge and Fun Wedding Photo Booth Ideas

The moment has arrived to storm through these innovative and fun wedding photo booth ideas for your reception. Keep in mind that picking the perfect photo booth backdrop is key as it is the element against which most of the fun moments are recorded.

Outdoor receptions can take advantage of wooden pallets, wreaths and flower arches to create some amazing wedding photo booth ideas.

Woodland weddings can portray a flower pallet wall. Lynchburg, Virginia wedding photographed by Adam Barnes Photography.

Woodland weddings can portray a flower pallet wall. Lynchburg, Virginia wedding photographed by Adam Barnes Photography.

Vintage door inspired wedding photo booth ideas with flower and greenery decorations.

Vintage door inspired wedding photo booth ideas with flower and greenery decorations.

Floral photo booth a la Kate Spade. Can you say giant paper flowers? :)

Floral photo booth a la Kate Spade. Can you say giant paper flowers? 🙂

We have a feeling this spectacular setup with gold frames and lavish chairs will make way for lots of laughs. Photo: Lyndsay Undseth Photography.

We have a feeling this spectacular setup with gold frames and lavish chairs will make way for lots of laughs. Photo: Lyndsay Undseth Photography.

Wedding photo booth ideas that will take you to the moon and back. The tripod is so def cute!

Wedding photo booth ideas that will take you to the moon and back. The tripod is so def cute!

For a beach wedding an outstanding and uncanny boat photo booth.

For a beach wedding an outstanding and uncanny boat photo booth.

Wedding Photo Booth Ideas to Get Things Started

Encourage your guests to grab their favorite props and create their best poses in front of the photo booth backdrop, be it solo or in groups.

Get things going with your open photo booth by arranging several chairs in a semi-circle and get the party started! We guarantee it will be super cool and fun!

Add a comfy sofa to invite your guests to strike original photo poses.

Enchanted forest wedding photo booth ideas. Create a secret garden atmosphere for the most original wedding memories.

Enchanted forest wedding photo booth ideas. Create a secret garden atmosphere for the most original wedding memories.

Oh, snap! Snapchat filter photo booth props that are sure to get the fun going.

Oh, snap! Snapchat filter photo booth props that are sure to get the fun going.

How does this original honeycomb backdrop sound for a modern industrial wedding?

How does this original honeycomb backdrop sound for a modern industrial wedding?

Best Times to Start Your Photo Booth Event

This is a non-issue if you are making the photo booth part of your wedding decor. On the other hand, if you are planning on renting the photo booth, you will have to decide when and for how long you want it to be on.

Rocking photo booth props that add to the fun.

Rocking photo booth props that add to the fun.

You may consider cocktail hour as a fun ice-breaker and it will be much easier for the photo booth rental company to setup and pick everything up once the guests move onto another room.

Another great time to start your photo booth is when dancing begins. Not everybody will step onto the dance floor and that’s a great opp to get those sluggish guests to join in the fun.

Whenever it takes place, we are certain these wedding photo booth ideas will help you laugh and capture some  wonderful memories of your friends and family! Click on the image below to see even more wedding photo booth ideas!

Check out this original wedding photo booth ideas gallery!
You've got to very be daring to use a bed as a photo booth backdrop. But it looks fun, right? Jacob Pritchard Photography and Tanveer Badal Photography.

You’ve got to very be daring to use a bed as a photo booth backdrop. But it looks fun, right? Jacob Pritchard Photography and Tanveer Badal Photography.

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28 Insane (but Amazing) Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas You Can Steal

Create the most incredible wedding reception lighting ideas with lanterns, candles, LED and string lights, hanging light bulbs, neon marquis and lighted arches.

Creating the appropriate lighting mood can make or break your wedding reception. Check out these original ideas to illuminate your wedding!

Creating the appropriate lighting mood can make or break your wedding reception. Check out these original ideas to illuminate your wedding!

Delight your guests with a spellbound romantic evening or let them bask in the warm glow of a fairytale ambiance.

Twinkle, twinkle little star… nothing casts a more magical spell on an evening affair than properly and purposely installed lighting. But if you ever tried to decorate your house with lights for the Holidays then you know it’s not so simple a task.

These wedding reception lighting ideas range from the simplest to the most elaborate for both indoor or outdoor events. Simply pick the one that suits you best or get inspired by all of them!

1Romantic Bistro Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas

Add glam to your reception decor with a mixture of lamps, votives and bistro lights. Notice how the clear tent that covers this patio reflects the market lights’ gleam thus creating a festive and cozy mood. Love how the gold of the candelabra centerpieces and chairs add even more warmth to this romantic bistro wedding reception lightning idea.

As above, so below, the centerpieces and votives match as well. An extremely well orchestrated wedding reception lighting idea. Are you up to the task?

Romantic bistro wedding reception lightning idea.

Romantic bistro wedding reception lightning idea.

2Market Lights and Draped Fabric Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas

For a beautifully illuminated decor, hang string lights and draped tulle off the venue’s beams forming an entryway. This is an easy wedding reception lighting idea to implement at any venue with exposed poles, pipes or beams. So, don’t limit yourself to a barn, it could be the perfect idea for the raw space of an industrial venue! Photo by Amy Horn photography.

Market lights and draped fabric wedding reception lighting ideas.

Market lights and draped fabric wedding reception lighting ideas.

3Candlelight and Chandeliers for Ultra Glam Romance

Yes, your venue has the coolest chandeliers. Then rock your ceremony photography and ambiance by lining up electric candles with the pews. An ultra romantic industrial wedding theme very much on trend.

Candlelight and chandeliers for ultra glam industrial romance.

Candlelight and chandeliers for ultra glam industrial romance.

Check out these 24 Ingenious Ways To Make Candle & Lighted Centerpieces for Wedding Receptions

4Awe-Struck Wedding Reception Tree Lighting Ideas

Swoon-worthy outdoor wedding lighting ideas with romantic fairy lights on trees. Feel like decorating a tree for your wedding reception? How about a couple of them? These inexpensive and gorgeous wedding reception lighting decor ideas will amaze your guests. Remember that you will need a ladder or climbing equipment depending on the tree height. Choose your battles carefully.

Awe-struck wedding reception tree lighting ideas.

Awe-struck wedding reception tree lighting ideas.

5Tented Outdoor Beach Wedding Reception Lighting

If you already have the tented space, hanging some flame retardant fairy-lights will turn your evening into a dream come true. Imagine this setting at any outdoor wedding reception. No main centerpieces are needed if you go for an arrangement of candles and votives.

Tented outdoor beach wedding reception lighting.

Tented outdoor beach wedding reception lighting.

6Cheerful Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas

These string lights add happiness and warmth to the space. No need to worry about the heat of the lights against the draped fabric. For a more wintery or foresty feel, mix in some evergreens. This is a wonderful idea to cheer up even the most seriously impressive reception venues.

Cheerful wedding reception lighting ideas for a Virginia wedding. Nessa K Photography.

Cheerful wedding reception lighting ideas for a Virginia wedding. Nessa K Photography.

Ivy and fairylights wedding reception at Great Fosters, Surrey, UK.

Ivy and fairylights wedding reception at Great Fosters, Surrey, UK.




7Bring Nature Indoors and Play with Christmas Lights

A tree lined salon wrapped in Christmas lights is an easy and out of the ordinary way to decorate your wedding reception. For an added touch of fun, hang bistro lights and balloons across the room.

Bring nature indoors and play with Christmas lights!

Bring nature indoors and play with Christmas lights!

8Creative Ways to Light Your Wedding Reception

This wedding lighting idea is more complex and difficult to execute properly. Many elements need to be setup and complement each other for the perfect lighting mood. Round light balls over the tables, hanging streams of light over the dance floor, lighted centerpieces and bistro lights that tie up the concept.

Creative ways to light your wedding reception.

Creative ways to light your wedding reception.

9Cozy Outdoor Wedding Lighting for a Summer Night

The warm summer breeze and, hopefully, a clear view of the night sky filled with stars, are part of this idyllic landscape. To decorate this almost perfect scenario with lights, use the surrounding trees to hang cable extensions with bulbs and hanging paper balloons. This craft is very economical and easy to do.

Cozy outdoor wedding lighting for a summer night.

Cozy outdoor wedding lighting for a summer night.

10Winter Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas

Cover some branches with string lights to mimic the winter scenery outside. A perfect idea for a lodge wedding. Score additional rustic elegance points with a fireplace. Brinton Studios photography.

Winter wedding reception lighting ideas.

Winter wedding reception lighting ideas.

11Cheery and Affordable Wedding Decor Ideas

Does your wedding venue have an upstairs you’d rather cover up? Complement your wedding decoration with lights, hanging paper lanterns and a mixture of natural elements. Quite simple to make, cheery and adorable.

Cheery and affordable wedding decor ideas.

Cheery and affordable wedding decor ideas.

12Beam-y Up, Scottie

Do you have an uncle who has hoarded lights and wires all through his life? Now is the time to tap onto his treasure. Go crazy mixing and matching different size and shape light bulbs around the venue’s beams.

Beam-y up, Scottie! Loft on Lake Weddings.

Loft on Lake Weddings.

13Open Flame ok? Candle Lighting Ideas

Groups of glittery candles, an extravagant centerpiece of encased tall candles, or hanging votives are some of the unique and stunning wedding reception lightning ideas you can craft.

Candle lighting ideas for your wedding.

Candle lighting ideas for your wedding.

14Wedding Reception Lightning Ideas that Mimic the Night Sky

The greatest thing about these lights is that they come on a transparent netting. All you have to do is hang them up. Shop around at Xmas time or shop online when it’s not the season to be jolly yet!

Magical beach wedding reception lightning ideas.

Magical beach wedding reception lightning ideas.

15Unique Wedding Reception Welcome Crafts

I love this crafty idea – especially for a modern or industrial themed wedding – of ultra large and lit bride and groom initials to welcome your guests. A nice battery pack will keep it going all night long.

Unique reception welcome crafts you will want for your wedding.

Unique reception welcome crafts you will want for your wedding.

Best Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas Ever

16Lighting ideas for fairytale woodland weddings.

Steal-worthy lighting ideas for fairytale woodland weddings.

Steal-worthy lighting ideas for fairytale woodland weddings.

Bring the forest indoors. Cedarwood Weddings, Nashville, TN.

Bring the forest indoors. Cedarwood Weddings, Nashville, TN.

17Instead of hanging lights from a tree, wrap them around it to achieve this magnificent lightning effect.

Instead of hanging lights from a tree, wrap them around it and achieve this magnificent lightning effect. Pennsylvania wedding at Aldie Mansion.

Pennsylvania wedding at Aldie Mansion.

18The following lighting arrangement is simply breathtaking. Hanging Christmas lights illuminating the path to the wedding reception.

This lighting arrangement is simply breathtaking. Hanging Christmas lights illuminating the path to the wedding reception.

Breathtaking lighting arrangement.

And this is a simpler version you can DIY much easily.

And this is a simpler version you can DIY much easily.

19Wedding wreaths are all the rage on 2018 so grab a few Hoola Hoops, glue some market lights and hang them from the ceiling at different heights.

Stunning lighted wedding wreaths! Check out the DIY on the blog.

Stunning lighted wedding wreaths!

20Ideas abound to decorate weddings with lighting elements, in this case hanging lightbulbs without screens.

Original way to decorate your wedding with lights.

Original way to decorate your wedding with lights.

Amazing Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas To Impress Your Guests

Remember to ask if the venue has a no open flame policy. You can always choose electric candles or LED candles. If you are planning on creating your own tulle netting with mini string lights, compare its cost to purchasing pre-made tulle and lighting swag garlands that is flame retardant.

With a little inspo and easy to get materials, you can create the wedding reception lighting of your dreams. Now, from 1 to 20, which one is your favorite?

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Christmas Wedding Ideas with Just the Right Touch of Holiday Cheer

We’ve rounded up some incredible Christmas wedding ideas for those couples planning their nuptials at this time of the year. Check them out! 👍

Christmas wedding ideas with urban style. Add some red berries to your wedding bouquet. Photo: Sarah Sidwell Photography, Nashville, Tennessee Photographer.

Christmas wedding ideas with urban style. Add some red berries to your wedding bouquet. Photo: Sarah Sidwell Photography, Nashville, Tennessee Photographer.

Get inspired by these stunning Christmas wedding ideas. Unique, delicate and fabulous winter wedding decor that will have your guests basking in the magic glow of the season in no time.

Maybe you are in love with Christmas, maybe Christmas has a special meaning to you, but the last thing you want is for your wedding to look like Santa’s workshop. These Christmas wedding ideas will subtly turn your ceremony into a delicate winter affair with just the right dose of holiday cheer.

Christmas Wedding Colors: Forget the Red, Green and White

Unless you want your reception tables to look all white, red and green, these winter wedding colors will definitely wow your guests.

If you are after that coveted Christmas wedding season glam, go for colors and textures that are rich and luxurious. Add dark moody and jeweled tones to your napkins and candles. The latest trend is all about tall tapered ultra dark blue or black candles.

Switch the traditional white for Pantone’s Almost Mauve, it will look incredible on your tablecloths. If you want something more conventional try some shades of gray, natural linen, or antique white. They will make for subtle supporting colors to a white wonderland table decor.

Is this the North Pole? Christmas wedding ideas to welcome your guests.

Is this the North Pole? Christmas wedding ideas to welcome your guests.

Christmas Wedding Ideas: Venue Decor

An extensive array of candlelights and lanterns will create a romantic yet festive atmosphere. Even tealights placed in mason jars sing songs of a quaint but bucolic look. Nevertheless, be sure to check with the venue first. Opt for battery-powered substitutes if they have a “no open flame” policy. Plus the shimmering lighting, a glitter explosion can give your winter wedding decor that extra fancy look.

Adorn baubles and tinsel on garlands and trees for a twinkling effect. Just don’t go overboard. Sweep a staircase or a fireplace with greenery garlands to highlight your venue’s features.

For outdoor weddings, take advantage of the crisp colors of the winter landscape and welcome your guests in style.

Festive Christmas wedding ideas: string lights are your budget-friendly friends.

Festive Christmas wedding ideas: string lights are your budget-friendly friends.

A vintage dream come true and almost out of a fairytale. Vintage wedding reception decor, vintage chair and oversized gold frame with greenery garland. Photo: Jo Bradbury.

A vintage dream come true and almost out of a fairytale. Vintage wedding reception decor, vintage chair and oversized gold frame with greenery garland. Photo: Jo Bradbury.

Mix floral and non-floral elements to create your winter wedding bouquet.

Mix floral and non-floral elements to create your winter wedding bouquet.

Winter Florals for Christmas Weddings

Floral fragrances and beautiful colors aren’t just for summer weddings. An opulent winter wedding floral arrangement can be warm and add grandeur to this truly magical event. Moody colors are “in” and they are perfect for Christmas weddings.

Dark red roses will help you achieve a classic and timeless look. And for a crisp wintry feel, white roses or baby’s breath will do. Use them on floral arrangements or on your bridal bouquet.

But the traditional red and white palette shouldn’t be a constraint; berry hues or Pantone’s Ultra Violet can be equally magical. White flowers with deep moody accents can bring magic to your winter nuptials.

Try some mistletoe above the altar for your symbolic Christmas wedding kiss.




Make your Photo Booth from a frame with a floral arrangement. Inexpensive and spells Holiday time.

Make your Photo Booth from a frame with a floral arrangement. Inexpensive and spells Holiday time.

Moody forest weddings are all the rage right now. Style your table with an evergreen runner, crystal glasses and tall dark tapered candles.

Moody forest weddings are all the rage right now. Style your table with an evergreen runner, crystal glasses and tall dark tapered candles.

Winter Wedding Ideas to Style your Reception Tables

Make your reception tables glow with gilded mirrors and gold hurricane vases. For a natural texture wintery feel, try garlands of greenery with blue shades of evergreens and eucalyptus as table runners.

Try decorating your place cards with single sprigs of fir and pinecones. Also, wintery branches and berries can be used to complement the table-settings at your Christmas wedding.

For a low-key but festive shindig, tie ribbons and evergreen boughs to the bride and groom chairs, it will hold some seasonal appeal.

Add some blue to the sugar stirrers for coffee and dessert.

Add some blue to the sugar stirrers for coffee and dessert.

Christmas weddings don't necessarily need to be celebrated on Xmas day. So, just steal some rad winter reception ideas.

Christmas weddings don’t necessarily need to be celebrated on Xmas day. So, just steal some rad winter reception ideas.

Add some woodland touches to your Christmas wedding drinks.

Add some woodland touches to your Christmas wedding drinks.

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A Few DIYs for Centerpieces with Holiday Cheer

To get the snowy atmosphere your Christmas wedding deserves, get a hold of some pinecones and branches. These natural elements look terrific especially when placed in faux snow candle glass containers. Spray-paint them with rose gold or silvery grey for a glam metallic look.

Imitate trees in winter to give your Christmas wedding just the right touch of holiday cheer. You can dip them in gold paint or silver glitter.

Imitate trees in winter to give your Christmas wedding just the right touch of holiday cheer. You can dip them in gold paint or silver glitter.

If you are going for a sophisticated rustic chic setting, incorporate a centerpiece that matches your Christmassy theme. Utilize gold or silver candleholders and complement them with dark green foliage.

Here’s another centerpiece you can craft in minutes. Get some mercury glass votives from the thrift store. When used delicately enough, votive candleholders and metallic vases, along with a touch of glitter, can become a breathtakingly shimmery setup.

Adorable DIY pinecone and candle centerpieces for Christmas weddings.

Adorable DIY pinecone and candle centerpieces for Christmas weddings.

An instant hit of a centerpiece: A bit of faux frost will sit well with your table florals.

These Christmas wedding ideas are super budget-friendly. Surround your candles with cinnamon sticks and your reception will even smell like Christmas.

Gold chargers, green glasses, and red floral will give you the Christmas atmosphere you are looking for. Moriah Elisabeth Photography.

Gold chargers, green glasses, and red floral will give you the Christmas atmosphere you are looking for. Moriah Elisabeth Photography.

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Christmas Wedding Ideas for your wedding Party

Concoct a couple of leafy crowns for your flower girls. They will look adorable! Get inspired in jewel-tone colors such as emerald green, sapphire blue or ruby red for your bridesmaids dresses.

Mix floral and non-floral elements to create the bouquets. The groomsmen can sport some cute Rudolph socks – only visible for the photo-op! 🙂

Dark red florals and sequined bridesmaids dresses by Sorella Vita.

Dark red florals and sequined bridesmaids dresses by Sorella Vita.

Snow machine send off for a Christmas wedding at the Biltmore in Atlanta, GA. Photography: Rick + Anna.

Snow machine send off for a Christmas wedding at the Biltmore in Atlanta, GA. Photography: Rick + Anna.

Winter Wedding Food Ideas that Scream Holiday Cheer

No wedding is complete without warm food, peppermint and chocolate, winter and Christmas go really well together. Put together a cocoa bar station. Sprinkle it with colored or white rock candy to stir the hot beverages with. It will be a delight for the senses.

Needless to say, some hearty meals and sweet chocolate cakes with cherries or mint will hit the spot. And don’t forget to give away some refreshing peppermint bark favors!

Romantic Christmas wedding sign, "Baby it's cold outside."

Romantic Christmas wedding sign, “Baby it’s cold outside.”

Cannot get more tempting that this Mounds layer cake for the Holiday season.

Cannot get more tempting that this Mounds layer cake for the Holiday season.

We hope these Christmas wedding ideas help you make your joyous occasion even more unique and special. And if you are just planning to spend this time with friends and family, feel free to steal some of these winter wedding ideas for your table.

Happy Holidays! And remember to check out these amazing and budget-friendly ideas for a winter wedding!

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