Using Props to Decorate Your Wedding

Flowers are gorgeous, but they are far from the only option for wedding decorations. These days, a lot of couples are including interesting props in their ceremony and reception decor. Take a look at all of the great ways that unique items can be used to decorate your wedding.

Lighting has become a really big deal in wedding design over the last several years. Interesting lighting can be one way to use props to add style to your reception. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, place small lamps on the centers of the reception tables to give the space an intimate bistro inspired atmosphere. Clear crystal or glass lamp bases with architectural interest and ice blue silk shades are great for making your tables look like something from the Art Deco period. Or choose very swanky lamps made from rich bronze colored bases with beaded fringe shades for a very opulent effect. They are a great way to cast a warm glow and add style to your reception at the same time.

Theme related props can be a marvelous way to bring your design inspiration to life. For a travel theme celebration, stack cool old vintage suitcases in the corners of the reception space. Set wooden model sailboats on the reception tables as part of the centerpieces for a nautical wedding. Making the boats could be a fun project for the groom, if he is into that sort of thing; after all, it’s not only brides who can bring their diy skills to a wedding. Having a literary theme celebration? How about acquiring a retired wooden card catalog to use as a prop to hold escort cards? There are endless possibilities.

Antiques are another great addition to a wedding. They can be used for virtually anything, and need not be precious or perfectly restored – sometimes “shabby chic” items are the best ones of all. Use an old painted dresser as a guest book table. Line a hallway with an assortment of vintage mirrors in an eclectic array of frames. Don’t forget about the antiques you may already have in your family. Old family photos of your parents (with your mom in her wedding gown and pearl earrings), the bride and groom as kids, and even black and whites of beloved childhood pets can add that great personal touch to your wedding.

Props make great vessels for centerpieces and ceremony flowers as well. Let’s say that you were planning an informal afternoon garden wedding and wearing a white chiffon dress with dainty pearl earrings. Play up the garden idea by using watering cans to hold loose arrangements of fresh cut blossoms for centerpieces or to decorate the food tables. A potting bench would be a great place to display the escort cards or set the guest book; you could even stack up a bunch of old ceramic pots underneath it. Wooden vessels also look wonderful for flower arrangements. A wooden fruit crate or a rough-hewn wood box would make a clever alternative to a traditional vase for a wedding with a rustic flavor.

There are plenty more great ways to use props in your wedding decorations. Hay bales around a barn, decorative birdbaths filled with blossoms, or elegant Victorian terrariums would all be examples of how interesting objects can be incorporated into your wedding. Unique props are an easy way to add character to your celebration.

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