How to Decorate a Restaurant for a Wedding Reception


You want your wedding day to be perfect, and chances are that you have many tasks to complete before the big day. One of the biggest elements to any day is planning the wedding reception. As any bride will know, you want your guests to enjoy themselves and celebrate your marriage. Decorating a restaurant for a wedding reception does not have to be time-consuming or hard on your budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Vases
  • Candles
  • Family wedding photographs
  • Contact the restaurant where the reception will be held to schedule a meeting with management. At the meeting, determine what type of decorations will be provided by the restaurant and what you will need to purchase or rent yourself. Ask if there are any prohibitions regarding decorations. Take your groom or bridesmaids along to help you think of questions and plan the space.

  • Decide how you will decorate the tables. A common table decoration that a bride may choose is flowers in vases, which can coordinate with your wedding colors and theme. Additionally, if you choose the right flowers, you can inexpensively create floral centerpieces yourself. If you do not want flowers, there are a variety of other unique centerpiece ideas to choose from, including candle arrangements, stacked teacups, wine bottles, fruit and vegetable arrangements and the placement of treasured family mementos. After you decide on the decorations and obtain the materials, place the centerpieces on the tables.

  • Add decorations and interest to the area next to the wedding cake or guest book by placing photographs of the bride and groom's parents, grandparents and siblings on their wedding days. Display signs to identify those in the photographs for the guests.

  • Evaluate the lighting at the restaurant. You may decide that the pre-exisitng lighting is too standard for your wedding reception. If so, opt to string bulb lights, Christmas lights or other types of lighting throughout the room. Since these lights come in a variety of colors, they can significantly alter the lighting in the room.


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