18 Stunning Wedding Reception Lighting Ideas for 2021 Trends

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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Wedding Trends 2021-Small Intimate Wedding Reception Ideas

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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Trending-15 Wedding Bar Design Ideas to Impress Your Guests

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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20 Inspiring Vintage Wedding Centerpieces for Your Big Day

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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18 Classic Wedding Ideas that Will Never Fade

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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20 Chic Rustic Barn Wedding Reception Ideas to Love

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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15 Minimalist Elegant Wedding Centerpiece Ideas for 2021 Trends

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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20 Sweet Wedding Finger Food and Mini Dessert Ideas for Your Big Day

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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20 Inspiring Winter Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

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.

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42 Backyard Wedding Ideas on A Budget for 2021

42 BACKYARD WEDDING IDEAS ON A BUDGET FOR 2021

For couples who love the outdoors and want a uniquely intimate feel for their big day, backyard weddings will be a perfect choice. There are so many benefits to a backyard wedding, including cost and convenience and there are so many stylish ways you can create a backyard wedding on a budget without cutting corners. What’s more, backyard weddings can be any wedding style you want in 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 ideas for backyard weddings and get inspired.

Reception Table Settings

When it comes to ideas for backyard weddings, reception table settings are home to the majority of your decor and really set the mood when it comes to your wedding reception.

Especially when it comes to backyard weddings, your reception table setting doesn’t need to be extravagant, especially if you’re trying to lower your backyard wedding cost. There’s a lot of companies that do backyard rentals for weddings, so it’s important to do your research to find the rental company that has what you’re looking for. Alternatively, folding tables with table cloths also do the trick just as nicely!

Below we’ve included a wide range of inspiration that all follow similar themes of light, airy, whimsical, with little touches of rustic and greenery, which play nicely with the backyard wedding theme and is definitely doable for a backyard wedding on a budget. backyard outdoor wedding reception ideas

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Oh Best Day Ever Reception Recommendations

Cosco Deluxe 6 Foot Folding Table

Cosco Deluxe 6 Foot Folding Table 

With just the addition of a tablecloth and some additional decor, folding tables are an easy way to save a bit of money on your big day, and no one will be able to tell the difference!

Craft and Party Premium Table Cloth 

Craft And Party Premium Polyester Tablecloth

The perfect partner for your folding table, this polyester white linen looking table cloth has well over 3,000, 5-star ratings, and is perfect for weddings, parties, and banquets!

Soyee Artificial Eucalyptus Garland

Soyee Artificial Eucalyptus Garland 12FT

Garland is a popular way to take your reception table to the next level. Real flowers can be incredibly expensive and a lot of fake flower options look incredibly real. This Artificial Eucalyptus Garland is great not only for your reception table but for arches, around ceremony chairs, and throughout your backyard wedding venue.

Cocktail Tables

There’s a lot you can do with just a simple tablecloth. We’ve found countless examples of what a simple linen table cloth over a cocktail table can turn a boring metal table into a statement piece. If you’re worried about your backyard wedding cost, this is a great, simple way to create an elegant look without spending much money at all.

Cocktail tables are great to have around your backyard wedding, even if you’re not necessarily having a sit-down dinner. It’s a great conversational place and encourages people to grab some food, a drink or two, and mingle with your guests. Most companies also have cocktail tables that are specifically for backyard rentals for weddings, so finding cocktail tables for your backyard wedding, shouldn’t be much of a hassle at all and definitely suitable for a backyard wedding on a budget.

Alternatively, Amazon also has a range of cocktail tables that are pretty affordable as well.

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Oh Best Day Ever Cocktail Table Recommendations

Lovwy 30″ Cocktail White Table Cloth

OVWY 30 Inch (2.5 FT) Cocktail White Tablecloth Seamless Polyester Fabric + Silver Satin Sash Combination for Decoration of Wedding Engagement Club Bar Outdoor Party

This Lovwy Cocktail White Table Cloth is a simple and affordable way to recreate the photos above. For just over $15, you can pick a variety of different colors and shades to match your existing wedding color scheme.

Pearington 2-Pack Cocktail Tables

Pearington Santina 2 Pack Round Bar and Pub Table, Black

If you’re not looking to rent your cocktail tables, Amazon has some great, affordable options. Especially if you’re looking to reuse them for future parties and events, cocktail tables are a good investment.

Food & Drinks

Backyard weddings have a casual and rustic vibe to them. They’re not only appealing to those who are looking to save a bit of money in their backyard wedding cost, as they are a lot more affordable than a traditional wedding venue, but also the intimacy and casual nature of them. It’s a vibe that everyone feels comfortable with, it’s not too formal, and a place for all guests to have an amazing time.

When it comes to weddings, food is no doubt one of the things couples focus on the most. You want your guests to be having a great time and eating delicious food.

When it comes to ideas for backyard weddings, you have a lot more flexibility when it comes to food and drinks. Want to have an “open bar” with simply displaying the drinks for people to take – you can! Want to serve delivery pizza – you can! Want to have a full catered meal from a 5-star restaurant – you can!

That’s the beauty of backyard weddings, you’re really not limited to what you can do when it comes to food and drinks and you can completely customize it so that it’s still a backyard wedding on a budget. backyard wedding reception food and drinks

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Oh Best Day Ever Food and Dining Recommendations

Rosvun Stainless Steel Food Warmers

ROSVUN Upgraded Stainless Steel Chafing Dish Buffet Silver Round Catering Warmer Set

Especially when it comes to hot food, these Rosvun Stainless Steel Food Warmers provide a catered look but can have anything in them including the food you made at home!

Holtz Paulownia Wood Stand

Holtz Paulownia Pedestal with Metal Legs, Wood Stand for Cakes, Candles, Plants, Decor

Especially if you’re going to a more rustic, backyard theme, this wood-style cake stand is absolutely perfect and one of our favorites finds on Amazon. It’s great for displaying your wedding cake, but also great for other desserts, decor, or appetizers.

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10 Pack Mini Chalkboards Signs with Easel Stand, Small Rectangle Chalkboards Blackboard

Mini chalkboards are a great way to write details about the food, specify what each dish is, or allergies as well. For under $10 you can get this 10 pack of great quality mini chalkboards on Amazon.