6 Wedding Décor Don'ts You Need to Know

Planning Tips, Wedding Style & Decor
Reception Decor Don'ts

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When you're searching for reception décor inspiration, it's easy to find plenty of tips on what to do — from what type of tables you should rent and endless ideas for standout centerpieces. But even the prettiest details can be undone by little-known décor don'ts. So, in an effort to help you nail your decorative details, we came up with six pitfalls to help you ensure the prettiest reception ever.

Don't put bridesmaids' bouquets around the cake.
While decorating your reception space with your bridesmaids' bouquets can be a huge budget-saver, they just don't work around your wedding cake. After the ceremony, pop the arrangements in pretty vases and place them on your escort card table or bar.

Don't use floating or bright-white candles.
We love a candle-lit reception space, but pure-white candles can look harsh and tea lights suspended in water aren't as elegant as candelabras. Opt for buttery ivory tapers instead since this more subtle hue will lend a romantic vibe to your reception while the taller flames will feel formal.

Don't mix clashing textures on your tables.
Cloth napkins are a reception must, but avoid fabrics that pair poorly. For example, a satin napkin paired with a natural linen tablecloth is too jarring and will keep your reception tables from looking refined. Instead, pick one fabric in complementary colors to add variety.

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Don't have tables preset with bread rolls and butter balls.
For an elegant seated dinner, forgo the communal bread basket. If you do want to serve bread, the wait staff can provide fresh rolls with the first course.

Don't try napkin origami.
A simple rectangle looks crisp and neat, so forgo fancy folded options in favor of a classic fold. If you want something slightly more interesting, choose a bold color or decorative design.

Don't expose table legs.
No matter how lovely your tables are, if you've chosen to have tablecloths, make sure you're selecting the right length. Linens should "puddle" at the floor — meaning they'll gather slightly at the base of the table rather than hanging inches above the ground.

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