Your wedding décor is like the final test at how effective your bridal planning and forethought has been over the past few months (or years!) of planning. No matter how many weddings I see, a few details always make me cringe when I find them, and I figured I would share a few of these items with you today. Read on to learn what to avoid, what to nix, and what to definitely do regarding wedding décor on your big day!
1. Avoid the conspiratory aisle runner during your wedding ceremony.
Aisle runners are something most brides believe they must have. However, they normally never work as planned and only look partially straight by the time they’re unraveled down the aisle. For numerous reasons, wedding planners, previous brides, and veteran wedding guests the world over have come to have strong opinions towards this simple yet oh-so-complicated aspect of weddings. I myself am a huge fan of nixing it. For starters, the most popular aisle runners are made of paper and rarely ever roll out as planned. For example, on my own wedding video, there’s a good batch of time (a solid minute, probably) where the ushers were trying to roll out my aisle runner. To their dismay (and mine, six months down the road as I watched the video), it simply would not roll out straight. The next point I make is that both you and your guests stand a good chance of tripping on it. I’ve even seen aisle runners get caught on the crinoline under a bride’s dress and go back down the aisle with her.
What is my suggestion for a high-impact alternative? Use fresh rose petals to line the aisle, or have your florist or designer create a stunning swirl effect with the petals all the way down the aisle. This is a far more appealing and breathtaking way of adorning your runway for the big walk!
2. Opt out of overdone Pinterest finds, or customize them to be unique to your wedding.
If you’ve been to a wedding recently or looked through half of the wedding pictures that I have, you start noticing the same details and ideas show up over and over…and over again. Everyone finds these adorable ideas on Pinterest and thinks they’re totally unique – but as I stated in my article on planning your wedding with Pinterest, those ideas you think are oh-so-unique really aren’t that unique anymore. This is especially true when everyone and her sister are having it at their weddings.
If you must use these adorable finds, consider my alternative advice. Pin wisely, keep a level head, and only add items and décor pieces to your wedding that truly contribute to the overall look, feel, and theme of your day. If it’s just a cute “extra,” save yourself the time and potential décor blunder, and leave it out.
3. Be careful not to use too many trendy wedding details.
A little like with the Pinterest statements I said above, I’m always very against anything that could date your wedding. My rule of thumb is to always go with what you love while keeping an eye on the big picture at the same time. Ask yourself if, in 50 years, you’ll still think this trend or theme was cute – or if it was just a phase. The whole idea is to go for a good mixture of trendy, classy and timeless, and you’ll never have an out-of-date wedding to flaunt.
What am I talking about, you may ask? Think poofy sleeves on 1980’s wedding gowns and neon wedding colors…eek! Everyone thought those were just amazing back then, too, and now people use those details to date weddings to a certain decade. If it’s something that you think may be totally out of style later, opt out. With weddings (since you really only ever get one to the same guy), it’s always best to shoot for timeless…not trendy.
4. Don’t place emphasis all on one spot in your overall design.
So you only care about your wedding reception, and you do not care about the ceremony. Does that mean you should just nix planning the décor at your ceremony site altogether? No! Your whole wedding should be thought of as one event, whether it’s in one location or twenty. Set the tone for your reception by having stunning ceremony décor that carries the reception’s theme throughout. You’ll be glad you did this later!
Also, always remember that any party – especially a wedding – is very much so a sensory thing. Wow your guests from start to finish by paying ample attention to entryways, exits, and the placement of the dance floor, food, cake and drinks. Your outlay of the party is just as important (if not more so) than how the décor makes it look.
5. Make sure you aren’t using too many wedding colors.
I normally say that a bride should have one main color and up to three accent colors (ideally, fewer). Adding any more than that can dull the impact of your wedding colors and confuse guests on what the décor at the wedding tried to look like if you’re not following the advice of a trained design pro. So, unless you’re going for a carnival theme or have the help of a design and décor guru, whittle down your wedding color options.
What other décor notes or questions do you have about the wedding day? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!