Decorating Dos and Donts

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Decorating for your wedding may be the most fun part of it all, besides the honeymoon that is. You can create a look that is unique and matches you and your partner’s personality and show your friends and family what great taste you have.

However, there are some major Do’s and Don’ts that most brides and grooms don’t think about when they are decorating for their wedding. Safety of your guests, rules of the venues you are using and etiquette faux pas are all things that may be compromised during decoration. So how can you avoid these embarrassing and potentially hazardous decorating mistakes?

Do:

Ask your venues about their rules for decorating. You may not be allowed to use tape, burn candles, throw confetti or other things you may normally think are fine for a wedding.

Don’t:

Ignore the venues rules. Doing so may cost you your deposit or even a fine and is one less hassle that you need to worry about post-wedding. If there are rules about decorations at your venue, it is best to follow them and find creative ways to decorate instead.

Do:

Think about small children, disabled persons and women with slippery pointed shoes when decorating. While a floor covered in rose petals, leaves or fake sand or snow may be beautiful and romantic, it could be a walking hazard. Also think about pointy or small objects at eye height or low to the ground where children could get hurt.

Don’t:

Forget to tie things down. If you are using your grandmother’s antique candle holders or expensive family heirlooms to decorate, have someone keep an eye on them while they are being used. Even though this is a joyous event, outsiders or even guests may have light fingers. If this is a major worry for you, then don’t use expensive decoration at all.

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Do:

Be mindful of where you place candles and other potentially hazardous decorations. Remember to light your candles right before guests arrive, or a stray piece of ribbon may be blown into the flame causing a disaster while no one is around.

Don’t:

Decorate with something that is potentially offensive. Even though your reception is meant to be fun, remember that there are a lot of other people there, including children. Not sure if it’s offensive? Just ask someone about a questionable decoration and make your decision from there.

Do:

Use decorations that are either easy to throw away or are something that you will want to keep. You may find that hundreds of fake doves make beautiful decorations, but what the heck are you going to do with them when the wedding is over?

Don’t:

Forget to have fun! When all is said and done, it’s your big day and as long as your decorations aren’t dangerous and don’t break the rules of the venue there are no limits to what you may decorate with. Just because your grandmother didn’t decorate her wedding in black silk doesn’t mean that you can’t, so do what you want and make enjoy!