Sometimes, we feel like we've seen it all when it comes to wedding reception decorations. From the awe-inspiring (larger-than-life installations) to the crazy (alpacas—need we say more??) to every style in between, there's a lot of inspiration out there in the world (the World Wide Web, that is). But if you're in the midst of planning and have reception decor fatigue from hours of trolling wedding accounts on Instagram and Pinterest, you may be in the mood for some fresh, non-wedding inspiration.
Yep, we said it: There are tons of other places you can get some seriously cool (and original) reception decor ideas that aren't from other weddings. We follow some amazing event planners who throw fashion dinners and high-end parties that are straight-up breathtaking. And, sure, maybe the scale and magnitude of some of them are way too over the top for your own wedding, but there are bits and pieces that you can pick out and make your own.
Don't know where to look? Don't worry! We got you covered. Here are some of our favorite non-wedding parties and takeaways from each to inspire your reception!
This beautiful setup by the talented David Stark is just dreamy. The abundance of floating candles adds a little whimsy to this event. Try scaling down and having your wedding planner try something similar, maybe just with smaller, flameless floating votives!
Sure, the Cream Event is technically wedding related, but this tablescape by Casa de Perrin, Amber Moon, and Tulipina is jaw-droppingly beautiful and otherworldly. Scale this down by maybe having your menus and place cards in a cool holographic paper rather than covering your whole table with it!
This dinner for Omega watches, designed by Bureau Betak, was so celestial/space chic, perfect for a moody winter wedding. Translate this to your wedding by having lots of twinkling lights, using dark linens on your tables, and asking your stationer to come up with a sophisticated twist on a lunar-themed menu. We also like the idea of doing some sort of non-floral centerpieces as they did here; we like the idea of clusters of gemstones running down the tables, mixed with tall, modern glass candelabras and taper holders. (We like these or these!)
Van Wyck designs some of the coolest events and weddings we've ever seen! This setup for Bulgari would be perfect translated into an escort-card display—maybe with the cards with flowers attached to the acrylic boxes? The boxes can later be moved, and the flower wall could double as a photo-booth background!
Spring Street Social Society and Geronimo Balloons created this beautiful installation for one of SSSS's magnificent dinner parties. Try having your wedding planner do a similar installation with balloons of all different sizes, except in shades of white and cream—both wedding-worthy and cloudlike!