Whether you’re planning an elaborate destination wedding for 200 guests or an intimate backyard celebration for just your closest loved ones, finding the right decor is no easy feat. Not only does it often require picking out everything from welcome signs to party favors, but it also means choosing decorations that are both pretty to look and represents you and your partner’s joint style.
Just like the design of your invitations or the content of your vows, your wedding decor should ideally reflect who you two are as a couple. Feel most at home in nature? You’ll probably want your big day’s decorations to have a rustic vibe that represents your love for the outdoors. Like doing things out of the box and keeping people on their toes? Your ideal decor vibe might be funky and creative, featuring elements that align with your free-spirited nature.
Read on for the best wedding decorations.
Neon Craftsman Customizable Neon Wedding Sign
With 22 colors to choose from and plenty of font options, too, this customizable neon welcome sign will light up any event space and wow all of your guests. It comes in many different sizes, too, so you can pick the one that fits best for your venue. There is nothing like celebrating your marriage with a sign that boldly highlights your new joint last name!
Price at time of publish: $255 for 25" Group A 1 Row
Manta Makes Ltd. Puzzle Guestbook
Now, this is a way to make sure you always remember the special people who attended your wedding. Instead of signing a traditional book, guests sign puzzle pieces (or write messages on them, if you prefer). Customized with your names and wedding date, it's something you'll want to bring out on every anniversary.
Price at time of publish: $32 for 14 Pieces
Minted Aspacia Kusulas Sparkle Everywhere Party Decor
When it comes to wedding decor, all the accessories and seemingly endless possibilities can start to feel overwhelming. Minted's fully customizable party sets makes the process of putting up decor so much easier, whether you're hanging a custom banner or putting the final touches on the dessert table.
Sweet NC Collective "Trust Me, You Can Dance—Alcohol” Sign
Inspire even your shyest guests to shake it out on the dance floor with this fun acrylic sign. The can’t-miss message is painted in white calligraphy ink, and the sign rests on an acrylic stand. Place it on the bar so guests see it as they order drinks or on a table around the venue to remind everyone that no one should feel awkward about dancing at an event as celebratory as a wedding.
Price at time of publish: $25
Church House Woodworks L.L.C. Wooden Heart Confetti
Having a rustic wedding, or just love the idea of wooden decor? Consider placing an order for these adorable engraved wooden hearts, which, at just 1” inch, are perfect for scattering around a welcome table, adorning a guest book, adding into centerpieces, or going anywhere else that could use a little extra decor. They come in a 100-count, so you don’t have to worry about running low or losing a few in the planning process, either.
Price at time of publish: $10
Z Creative Gifts Studio Wedding Hashtag Sign
Not every couple chooses to use a wedding hashtag, but if you and your partner do decide to go that route, then you’ll likely want a sign that reminds your guests of the phrase you chose. After all, how else will they remember to use it for uploading all their photos from the night? The sign comes in nine color options and three different sizes, and the hashtag is laser cut out of thick wood. Guests won’t forget your hashtag or your decor.
Price at time of publish: $28 for 27cm
Speedy Orders Roses-Themed Welcome Sign
If you love everything floral, check out this customizable welcome sign, which features a gorgeous rose design on the top and bottom. Not only can you add your names to the sign (or any text you want), but you can choose the material, too; the sign comes in options including a premium crystal clear acrylic, a sturdy foam board, and a printed paper poster. All you need is an easel or frame to place the sign in, and you’re set.
Price at time of publish: $40
Alimitopia Skeleton Key Bottle Opener Wedding Party Favor
The best wedding party favors are things that guests can use and enjoy following the event, and these cool bottle opener keys fit the bill. With a retro, vintage look and a “thank you for celebrating with us” tag, these favors will make for an ideal parting gift to your friends and family. They come in a set of 50 and include 10 pieces of five different key styles (rose gold, bronze, etc), so guests can choose their favorite look.
Price at time of publish: $24
Sweet NC Collective “Treat Yo Self” Dessert Table Sign
One of the best parts of any wedding is the dessert table, of course, and so why not pretty it up with a sign that encourages your sweets-loving guests to indulge in their favorite goodies? Engraved with a phrase inspired by Parks and Recreation, this chic acrylic sign comes with four choices of base (acrylic, English oak, dark walnut, and weathered gray) so you can pick the option that matches your wedding vibe. Happy snacking!
Price at time of publish: $18 for 5 X 7 inches
Gogu Co Personalized Sparkler Tags
A popular way to send off the happy couple at the end of the night is by lighting up sparklers, and these personalized tags will make the moment even better. They come in four design choices, and you can buy them in sets ranging from 25 to 500 pieces to ensure that everyone who’s attending your wedding gets one. Keep in mind that if you purchase these cute tags, you have to provide the actual sparklers yourself!
Price at time of publish: $22 for 25 pcs.
Z Creative Gifts Studio Wooden Wedding Place Cards
Why go with traditional place cards when you can use these beautiful, unique options instead? Each name is laser cut from wood, and you can pick from a wide variety of fonts and colors to match your particular wedding vibe. They’ll add a lovely touch to your event and help you stand out from the crowd; as one customer said, “more than a few people made comments on how the place cards completely took the tables to the next level.”
Price at time of publish: $2 for 1 Set black
Rubi and Lib Fun Fact Personalized Wedding Napkins
Entertain your guests with some fun facts about you and your new spouse, thanks to these unique personalized napkins. You can include up to 10 pieces of trivia, and you can also customize the fonts, napkin colors, foil imprint colors, and print placement to ensure that you get the exact napkins of your dreams.
Price at time of publish: $70 for 1 Fact
Blank Canvas by Potter Couples’ Shot Ski Board
Wedding receptions should be all about the fun, and nothing says fun like a customizable shot skiboard. Featuring a personalized name option for the front and/or back, two spaces to put the shot glasses, and 15 varieties of stain colors to choose from, the board will be the highlight of your wedding party (and look great in photos later on). Even better? Two glass shot glasses are included with your purchase. Enjoy!
Price at time of publish: $35 for unfinished DIY
Celebritem Personalized Wine Cork Stoppers
Keep the party going long after the wedding by gifting your guests wine cork stoppers as their goodbye favors. These adorable items can be customized with your initials, names, or a message, and they come with support stands that you can customize to say “thank you” or leave blank. The best part of all? Guests won’t just throw the stands out after taking out the stoppers, because the supports can also be used as bookmarks.
Price at time of publish: $56 for 15 Wine Stoppers
Elation Factory Co Pick Your Sip! Bar Menu Sign
If you’re planning on featuring a signature cocktail (or two) at your wedding, then you’ll want a lively bar menu sign that shows guests exactly what they’re getting with their drinks. To customize, you pick from dozens of vibrant watercolor illustrations, in addition to choosing a font and adding the names of your specialty offerings. The sign also comes with an acrylic base, so it can easily be added to any wedding bar.
Price at time of publish: $27 for 7"H x 5"W Inches
Wedding Club Hexagon Table Numbers With Stand
When your guests pick up their place cards and go to find their seats, they’ll want these beautiful table numbers guiding them around the room. The hexagons themselves are acrylic and feature an eye-catching white font, while the stands are gorgeous wood. You can personalize them, too, if you prefer a different font or color option than the standard, or if you want your table signs to feature something different than just numbers.
Price at time of publish: $23 for 1
lovely vegan soap Eucalyptus Wedding Soap Favor
These mini soaps will make for the nicest party favors, made of palm butter, coconut butter, olive oil, castor oil, and essential oils. You can choose from 13 colors for the soaps themselves, as well as several lovely design options for the labels. Just add on your names and the date of your wedding (or whatever message you’d like), and you’ll be all set to give your guests a unique, sweet-smelling way to remember your big day.
Price at time of publish: $26 for 10
Miranda's Custom Store Wedding Tissue Packs
Chances are, at least a few of your guests will be crying happy tears while you recite your vows or walk down the aisle, so why not help them out by giving them some super cute tissue packs? These personalized items come on heavy cardstock and feature an elegant wax seal of two intertwined hearts. You can pick one of three saying options to add onto the label, or go for a mix of all three.
Price at time of publish: $3 for 1 with Happy Tears
Oh Livvy Creations Pumpkin Guest Book
Getting married in autumn? Go all-in on the season by picking up a personalized pumpkin guest book for all your attendees to sign. You can pick from gold, rose gold, or silver monogram, and your name and year will be added in striking black letters. And unlike regular pumpkins, this one will last for a long, long time after your wedding, making for an original, fun keepsake item to feature in your home.
Price at time of publish: $47
What to look for in wedding decor
Regardless of the size or style of your wedding, “the little details” are what can make the biggest difference when it comes to decor, says Becca Atchison, Founder and Creative Director of Rebecca Rose Events. Think uniquely-shaped candles, intimate tealights, eye-catching signs, and programs. “No matter how simple the wedding, great quality paper elements always elevate the overall look and allow such ample opportunity for personalization,” says Atchison.
What kind of wedding decor is most popular right now?
It all comes down to one word: variety. “Couples are willing to be more adventurous than ever,” says Atchison. “For example, rather than choosing one style of centerpiece or tabletop look for all dinner tables in a reception, it’s more common now to see a variety of tabletop styles within the same space.”
The same attitude goes for patterns, textures, and arrangements styles, with many couples now choosing to curate different options instead of one set look. “The result is chock full of personality and so much more visually interesting,” adds Atchison.
How much should you spend on wedding decor?
Every couple’s finances are different, but it’s common to allocate “at least 25-30% of a wedding budget on decor,” advises Atchison. That number may seem high, but don’t forget that decor can include everything from linens to lighting to furniture to glassware.
However, like with every wedding expense, make sure you figure out your max budget before purchasing any items. “It’s always about determining your logistical needs first and then making thoughtful decisions about how those needs can be met beautifully and cohesively," says Atchison.
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Brides contributor Rachel Simon has extensively covered weddings and other lifestyle topics for dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. She’s also engaged and currently planning her big day, so she’s deep into the world of wedding decorations.