The Wedding Planner: Essential Wedding Reception Decorations

Planning your own wedding is much easier when you are organized. Every wedding is a personal affair, so you always want to put little decorative touches that make it reflect you and your partner. However, there are always things that are true for every wedding. Here’s our list of essential wedding reception decorations.

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Decorations for the Reception

Anyone planning a wedding for the first time is surprised by the number of tables that you’ll need. We’re not talking about the matching tables you choose for your reception dinner; we’re talking about all the various types of tables that you need. There is, however, more to decorating your reception than just tables, because the tables will also need to be decorated.


Close your eyes and imagine your dream reception. Now try to count all the tables supporting flowers, gifts, food, desserts, bar, etc. The venue you use may have access to tables, but you don’t want to use the same type of table for everything. Consider the shape, size, and type of table that is best suited for each element for the best effect.

Table Linens

You’ll need to rent matching linens to cover each table. One of the biggest trends in wedding reception decor is to use elegant sparkly runners, leaving some of the table exposed. This is a great look for a long wooden table for gifts. For cocktail tables or the dessert table, get simple and elegant floor length linens, or leave the table bare and let the desserts be the decoration.

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You need a table to display your wedding cake and desserts.
Wedding cake – Photo by Fran Menez



Flowers is a must at any wedding, but you have to remember to get vases. It’s fun to visit your favorite florist and to pick out flowers for your wedding, but once you get those flowers, you need vases. Rent them for the reception so that you get the style that you like, as well as, the amount that you need.

Reception Lighting

The reception should be decorated for a night of romance. Lighting is a big part of creating the right ambiance for your wedding reception. Bistro lights and twinkle lights are the perfect romantic accent to any style of wedding. If you’re looking for a glamorous statement piece to light up your wedding reception, throw in some chandeliers. For a more rustic and natural effect, you can hang lanterns. Create the perfect mood with the right reception lighting for the overall effect, but also to create beautiful lighting for your wedding photos.

Essential wedding reception decorations

Rent the right mood lighting for your wedding reception.
Photo: Boettcher Mansion wedding, Lisa O’Dwyer Photography

Mix in Live Candles

Think about using a variety of lighting to create the right mood. Create the perfect lighting by mixing both electric lights and live candles. Candelabras will create an intimate and soft light to increase the romance.

Lounge Area

When you create a night of love and romance, you want to have some comfortable seating for your guests. Once the dinner is over and the dancing begins, make sure there is lounge furniture set up for your guests to get cozy and comfortable.

Colorado Party Rentals has two convenient locations and showrooms in Denver and Colorado Springs. We offer 24-hour service along the front range and daily deliveries and setup throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. From the moment we answer the phone, you will receive assistance in planning and creating your order to achieve the look that you want. No event is too big or too small for personalized attention, and we will work with you over the phone, via email, or on-site to provide you with your choice of the broadest range of equipment in the region, from specialty linens, tables, chairs and china, to tents and tent structures.

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