Just ten years ago, wedding décor was limited to pretty tablecloths, flower arrangements and perhaps a montage of family photographs. Today, however, discerning brides and grooms are opting for more exciting alternatives ranging from romantic arches, lounge furniture, and lighting, to dressy chair covers. And speaking of chairs—choices abound in dining chairs as well. Trendy painted bamboo is showing up in celebrations everywhere (silver and black are our favorites), and acrylic chairs are bringing a decidedly modern edge to receptions all over the West. Common hotel ballroom chairs can be transformed into something really special with the addition of chair covers and fabric drapes—Even a fancy knot tied in the back (think kimono) lends a look of sophistication that your guests will notice.
Celebrating outdoors? Don’t forget tents and canopies, additional seating to encourage intimate conversations, and perhaps fountains, alternate lighting sources, even lighted cubes with romantic sayings—all of these elements come together to make this celebration yours alone.
As for tabletop, prepare to be impressed by the options available through your décor vendor. From ethereal white-on-white combinations, complete with mother of pearl flatware and crystal, silver, or capiz shell chargers, to bold color statements in satin, damask and even toile, your party can pop with personality. Take a fun color combination of table linens, add a dreamy chair cover and an interesting floral arrangement and you have a spectacular setting that will take your guests’ breath away. Increase the wow factor further by incorporating decorative place settings, a unique napkin, clever napkin ring or even a single flower at each place setting.