A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

How we decorated our wedding reception

In the lead up to our wedding day I spent a lot of time getting ideas for how to decorate our wedding reception.  I enjoyed going on Pinterest and reading bridal magazines to see examples of what other brides had done...the difficult part was deciding what we wanted, as there is so much choice! We were very fortunate that our venue Oxwich Bay Hotel was beautiful as it was, so it didn't really need much decorating/styling.

We didn't go overboard with the venue decorations/extras; we both had a "less is more" attitude to decorating the venue, although we still put a lot of thought into how we wanted it to look.

Our colour theme of ivory and dusky pink was quite subtle, and I loved how it all looked together with the floral arrangements. The drapes of white fabric hanging from the marquee ceiling looked so lovely, and we had ivory table cloths and napkins, and chair sashes in ivory organza.

The Table Theme & Centrepieces
For our seating plan we named the tables after our favourite beaches in Wales and Northern Ireland. This was fitting, as our reception overlooked Oxwich Beach, and we both love being by the sea. I purchased a seating plan template on Etsy and had this printed on A2 Foamex board at a local printing shop. I did something similar for the Order of Events sign. Oxwich Bay Hotel provided me with easels for both of the signs.

The Place Cards
For our place card holders we used shells which David and I had collected from Oxwich Beach. My brother-in-law kindly helped to make them into place card holders by cutting into the shells with an angle grinder (I have no idea how he managed to do this!) I loved how they were so unique and naturally beautiful for our special day. I considered writing the names on the place cards myself, but my handwriting isn't brilliant and I decided that learning calligraphy was an added stress that I really didn't need before the wedding, so I purchased the place card template on Etsy. I chose a design with a pretty calligraphy style font, printed them on thick card from Hobby Craft, and cut them to size with a paper cutter. This sounds straightforward but it took me quite a while to complete! The table centre names were printed by Rosemood, who did our beautiful wedding stationary.

The Table Centres
For our table centres we had pillar candles in vases on wooden stands, all of which were provided by Oxwich Bay Hotel. The florist made wreaths of flowers which sat around the candle vases and smelt absolutely gorgeous.

Wedding Favours
We decided not to get wedding favours for our adult guests, and instead we made a dontation to Dogs For Good on their behalf. We only had a few close family children at the wedding, so for their favours I ordered some personalised colouring kits from Etsy, which had a colouring pen and lots of activity sheets. I'd definitely recommend these if you're having any kids at your wedding, as it kept them occupied and went down well with the parents too!

Top Tips for decorating your wedding reception

1. Get lots of ideas from Pinterest
2. Ask your wedding reception/venue if any decorations are included in the cost
3. Write a list of everything you need (e.g. signs, place cards, and table centres)
4. Etsy is a great resource for purchasing bespoke templates for signs
5. Ask for help if you need it (particularly if it involves cutting a shell with an angle grinder!)

Thank you for reading! Angharad x


  1. Congratulations Angharad, these photos are so well done - you must be really pleased! :)

  2. I love how it's so simplistic. If never have thought to make a donation in place of favors.

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