Decorating the Wedding Reception Venue with Artificial Flowers and Foliage August 31 2013


After finally deciding on, or booking a wedding venue, one of the most enjoyable parts of planning a Wedding Celebration is putting your own mark on the reception venue through the decorations. Turning a room, tent, or a yard, into something magical. There are many touches that can be added to the fixtures and fittings of a venue, and you can be as extravagant or as frugal as you like (or as your budget allows), and still get a great look.

Decorations can be professionally installed or DIY (do it yourself), and can range from something as simple (but effective) as streamers, through to image and laser projection shows and LED illuminated utensils.

Some Wedding Venue decoration basics may include:

  1. Adding a theme colour (eg: black and white, or, mauve, purple and white, the options are endless) possibly continuing on from the bride’s fashion and/or bouquets, and the ceremony venue theme (if at a different location).

  2. Adding a decoration theme or a mixture of theme decoration, elements (eg: flowers, real and/or artificial, balloons, garlands, ribbons, artificial or natural fruit, rosettes, bunting, fabrics (satin, organza, tulle, sheers), led lights, crepe paper, goldfish, candles, chinese lanterns, arches, backlit backdrops, sheer curtains, candy, flamingos, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, chocolate, costume gems and jewels, family cultural element decoration considerations, bomboniera, etc..)

    1. Artificial flower decorations may include:

      1. Table centre decorations

      2. Floor or pedestal vased decorations

      3. Petals distributed around the tables, floors, main table

      4. ivy garlands, trimming tables and columns, etc..

      5. Topiary plants or hanging topiary balls.

      6. Chair back cover decorations

      7. Table setting decorations (table centre, napkin, place name, guest gifts, etc..)

    2. Of course other decoration elements mentioned above, can be used in conjunction with each other, to give an unlimited range of decoration variety.

A good way to plan the venue decorations, is by dividing the venue into decoration zones (one complex task is conquered by dividing it into many simple tasks):

      1. Outside driveway and parking
      2. Outside entry

      3. Inside entry

      4. Main room

      5. Side rooms (if any)

      6. Bride and grooms table and surrounds

      7. guests tables

      8. The cake table

      9. Ceiling and/or walls (if necessary)

      10. Stage area

      11. Dance area

      12. Serving or bar area

      13. Highlighting the bride and groom's table with extra decorations and backdrops

      14. The getaway car (bride and groom's departure vehicle)

      15. Other elements unique to your particular situation

 Traditional decorations always include Flowers. Flowers always seem to give a welcoming and dressy ambiance to an otherwise ordinary venue. Today’s Artificial Flowers look and feel as good as their natural alternative, but with the added advantages:

    1. They can be purchased and arranged months before the occasion

    2. The cost is cheaper than real flowers

    3. You know what you are getting in size and colour as opposed to real flowers, where real flowers can change their appearance and availability as the seasons change, and, if, at the flower markets, unforeseen supply or demand issues, sells out of your choice of flower, on the morning of big day, sometimes forcing an urgent second choice decision

    4. Less fragile than the real alternative and they are mostly water and crush resistant

    5. They do not wilt in hot weather

    6. They can be used as a backup just in case

    7. They can be kept  and reused for other occasions and applications

    8. They can be mixed with real flowers

    9. They are mostly hypoallergenic, which is a big consideration these days as allergies are on the increase, achoo

    10. They can be transported long distances with minimum disturbance if packed appropriately

    11. They can be transported overseas without wilting or foreign quarantine concerns

Some examples of artificial flower decoration types can be seen below:

  1. Petals scattered over tables in a swirling pattern

  2. Red Rose bud posies as table centre decorations

  3. Forget me nots on the corner of the guest place cards

  4. Peonies on the chair backs

  5. Gladioli, tulip, blossom, lilies and babies breath vased on pedestals placed strategically around the venue or behind the Bride and Groom’s table

  6. Ivy or grape leaf garlands trimmed around or on the tables

  7. The possibilities are endless!

If you are planning a wedding or special occasion sometime in the future, and thinking about including artificial flower decorations, please consider contacting 'silk flowers' for friendly advice or a quotation ( or, checking out the artificial wedding flower and interior decoration flower product pages at

This article is a brief and general guide on Wedding Venue Decoration and is by no means a comprehensive and authoritative article. For more detailed information pertaining to wedding venue decoration options, further research may have to be sought.

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