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It is becoming more and more popular to
have wedding receptions at home. Not only is it a cheaper alternative to hiring
a venue, you are almost always guaranteed to get the date you want! There are
of course some decorating trends to think about so that you can make your home
as inviting as you can for all of your wedding guests.



Utilise
Your Garden
If you are planning on having your wedding
reception outside in your garden then you can kill two birds with one stone.
Who isn’t always going on about making the garden neat, tidy and presentable?
Save money on your wedding by having it at your home, but
at the same time spend money on your garden, something you will be able to
keep.
Plan well in advance and fill your garden with perennials and annuals,
shrubs, ferns, raised beds and whatever you want. Choose plants of a suitable
colour for your theme and make sure you choose those that will be in full bloom
on your wedding day.
If possible hire a landscape gardener a
year before the big day and get them design everything for you. The week of
wedding get the grass cut and trimmed so that it looks neat and tidy.

Clean
Up Your Home
Plan for unexpected weather. Just because
you have planned to have your wedding reception in your garden doesn’t mean
that will happen. Due to that use your wedding as an excuse to give the inside
of your house a lick of paint. Any decorations that you were thinking of
purchasing; think about how they could be used inside and out and utilise them
accordingly.
Choose unique aspects of your house to
feature. For example if you have a stunning staircase, an open fireplace or
perhaps a large room focus most of your creative flow into this facet.

On
the day make your garden and home look like a paradise with some of the current
decorating trends:

Ribbons
hang ribbons on trees, bushes and even your garden fence to create an elegant
backdrop. Dress up chairs, washing lines and sheds with multiple ribbons. You
could make them a focal point by buying fabric markers and having your guests
sign them like a guest book.
Inside hang them from the ceiling or
perhaps around the bannister on your stairs.


Ornaments
Use a myriad of decorative ornaments, hang them from trees, plant them in
flower beds or attach them to the back of chairs. You could even ask your
guests to take one as your favours.


Flowers
Although you have no doubt brought your garden up to scratch on the plant
front, there is nothing wrong with adding even more flowers. A popular way to
do this is to attach small colourful buckets to chairs along aisles and fill
them with flowers. Centre pieces always go down well. Fill tall vases with long
stems or fill bowls with water and petals.


Lights
Having any special lighting at a wedding reception always creates an amazing
effect. In your garden why not hang tea lights in mason jars from trees. Or
light the way with a variety of solar lights planted in flower beds. You could
event line garden fences with lanterns or fairy lights.
If you are hiring musical
entertainment
they may provide lighting, always ask as this may save you
money.
Inside have a variety of candles placed
strategically around the home. Have fairy lights around shelving, the
bannister, the fireplace, even around doorways.


Chalkboards
– These are ever so popular. Whether you just wish to welcome your guests or
perhaps give some useful directions, chalkboards seem to be a big hit.


Bunting
Back in fashion is good old bunting. Available in a variety of different colour
these can be strung anywhere.


Conclusion

Whether you are choosing to have your
wedding inside or out decorating couldn’t be easier with these simple ideas.
Hang ribbons, bunting and even ornaments onto dull furniture or boring outdoor
necessities to bring them to life. Use flowers, vases and buckets to create
colour and beautiful scents. Lighting always goes down well and with the
possibilities of hanging lights, candles and solar lights you could create the perfect ambience.