Oh Best Day Ever Blog here is all about the wedding details—cakes, flowers, monogrammed invites, and more. But we have to admit this understated fact: Lighting is the single most important décor element at your wedding. And while, at first, that thought sounds more functional than fun, hear us out: The bulbs and candles you select (whether they’re simple votives or over-the-top chandeliers) are what will ultimately light your perfect venue, make your photos just right, and keep the party going—even after the sun sets. So, yeah, lighting is important, and it’s an essential element of both your budget and wedding-day décor.
Unlike covering your wedding venue with towering floral arrangements, creative lighting can be surprisingly affordable. From uplighting to lanterns, image projections to illuminated backdrops, here are some of our favorite ideas. It is positively brimming with some of the prettiest ideas for lighting your wedding reception. After all the excitement of becoming Mr & Mrs, as you let your hair down and the sun sets on your celebrations, the right lighting will create warmth for your guests, the most romantic of atmospheres, as well as some fabulous photo opportunities; and of course ensure the party continues until dawn! Check out these fabulous wedding reception lighting ideas and get inspired.
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In the year 2021, we’ll see a continuation of smaller, more intimate weddings, like weddings under 150. “We are finding couples are looking for more intimate celebrations for 2021 and 22, approximately 40-50 less guests to accommodate this trend. Couples are allocating dollars to the guest experience. This style of wedding includes more branded elements and customized areas than a traditional wedding. The ceremony has more decorative seating set in the round or crescent style setting. The dinner reception has elevated, stadium-like levels on the perimeter of the space for a 3-tiered seating experience so everyone Is looking over at the entertainment, to the dance floor, and most importantly the bride and groom as the event’s focal point. Couples will embrace the gala bash experience and the heightened energy this wedding style brings.” – AJ Williams, President + Creative Director of AJ Events
Shrinking the event down to a cozy, intimate size guarantees you’ll love where your money goes and have tons of memories with every single guest. But there’s more to it than a 90 percent decrease in your guest list. There are planning changes to make, details to consider, and a proportionally larger budget to work with. Today we’re sharing some great ideas for intimate wedding reception ideas. Get a cup of coffee and let’s check them out.
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It’s no secret that the bar is the most popular spot at any reception. After your guests down their celebratory flute of champagne, chances are they’re going to make a beeline for the bar, wherever it is. This is the place where your guests will congregate, taste your carefully-selected signature cocktail, and visit again and again throughout the night. And since this place is obvi going to be popular, why not make it an area to remember? Check out these creative wedding bar design ideas and get inspired.
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Vintage wedding themes are those kinds of events that will never fade because they are charming, sweet and romantic. You’ll still in love with everything on the big day even after 20 years. Today we’re sharing some gorgeous wedding centerpieces I’ve rounded up, which will turn your tables into an enchanting heaven and create a touch of vintage atmosphere, with vintage vases, candles, some vintage books and frames and etc. Adding some pearls, cages and beads is also great choices for vintage wedding decorations. Get a cup of coffee and let’s check out these inspiring vintage wedding centerpieces.
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There’re some wedding details that will never go out of style and you’ll still love 10 years from now, like white florals, lush greenery and elegant details. If you’re a bride who prefers timelessness over trends, I’d suggest planning your ceremony and reception in a classic wedding style.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate a classic wedding theme into your big day. For wedding invitations, opt for romantic calligraphy. At the ceremony, you and your about-to-be spouse can recite more traditional wedding vows to add formality to the whole affair. Dance the night away to classic wedding songs, like Etta James’s “At Last.” For classic wedding decorations, check out this post and get inspired.
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With more and more couples opting for simple weddings, barn is becoming one of the hottest wedding venues for those who’re planning country weddings. The rustic venue holds infinite possibilities for breathtaking photos and homespun details – DIY mason jar flowers, fabric drapery, wooden signs, romantic string lights, chandelier…What’s more, barn weddings are becoming chic now with stylish decorations, that are no longer just country. You can have the simple fabric draping from the ceiling, or hang string lights at the venue to create a unique atmosphere. Here’re some brilliant barn wedding reception ideas I’ve rounded up, and let’s check them out.
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With so many details and decoration options, some brides want their weddings to be luxury and whimsical, some want to be simple but elegant. Today I’m sharing minimalist wedding ideas, which has become a major wedding trend, and beloved by cool girls. You may think you need loaded centerpieces and layers of linens for your table settings, or overflowing floral chandeliers interspersed with string lighting, but there’s so much to be said for the minimal touch, featuring a lot of white with accents of lush greenery. Or you can also have industrial minimalism, where urban meets rustic. Today we’re sharing minimalist wedding reception ideas with full of elegance. Check out these beauty simplicity wedding reception decoration ideas and get inspired.
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As we all know that food is one of the most important part at weddings and sweet finger food and mini desserts are getting more and more popular these days. More and more couples plan to incorporate finger foods into their wedding day, offering popular dishes in a bite-sized portion, not only during cocktail hour, but also during the reception. Guests will also have the chance to try more delicious food you’ve chosen, as the finger foods give them more opportunity to try a little bit of everything. If you’re also thinking about serve finger food and mini desserts at your wedding, check out these great wedding food ideas and get inspired.
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So who’s planning a winter wedding? What’s your winter wedding theme? Today we’re talking about winter wedding centerpieces. Classical floral wedding centerpieces are great ideas, and why not adding some pretty winter touches to them? I really love baby’s breath for a winter wedding centerpiece and they remind me of snowflakes. Some candles with greenery surrounded and designed in an entire composition will give your guests the feeling of comfort and coziness and depending on the composition you may make the setting more or less official. When adding some red and green, it will add some fun and remind of coming Christmas. Here’re I’ve rounded up some great winter wedding centerpieces. Check them out and get inspired.
With Candles & Greenery
Red & Green
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For couples who love outdoors and want a uniquely intimate feel for their big day, backyard weddings will be the perfect choice. There are so many benefits to a backyard wedding, including cost and convenience. What’s more, backyard weddings can be any wedding styles you want with different settings. No matter how you style your backyard wedding, nature is always a good source of inspiration — you are outdoors, after all! If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, check out these great backyard wedding ideas and get inspired.
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