Best of 2016: Wedding Decor Ideas

I conduct wedding ceremonies in all sorts of locations. Restaurants, back yards, specialized venues, and hotels are all standard fare for me. Whereas wedding magazines feature exotic and extravagant decorations, that are out of reach for most brides and grooms budgets.

Being mindful of their budgets, brides and grooms executed their decor accordingly. The trends I’ve seen are:

  • Sweetheart tables for the bride and groom
  • Upscale country/ rural look with more flowers and lace
  • Leverage a venue’s decor by keeping yours consistent with the venue’s style
  • Use of seasonal flowers not just the usual, such as roses and peony

Below are real wedding decors displayed the Ottawa-Gatineau area. I have two favorites. One by Elise Schmitz from Toast Special Events at Le Belvedere where she used three decor themes in one event. You can see that each row of tables has a different setting.


My second is Michelle Vandenbosch from Rebel Petals who re-used the flowers in the aisles as table centre pieces at the Canadian War Museum.


Here are other real-wedding decor ideas from 2016.

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