How to set about planning your wedding décor

October 15, 2018 2:40 pm

Your budget for wedding décor is probably the first step in this journey. Draw up an overall budget for the wedding including every single expense you will have to incur and work out how much you could logically afford to spend on decor. When you have an idea of the budget you are working with it is easy to research options and to seek out wedding vendors. 

Once you know your budget its time list down the elements that constitute your wedding décor. A typical wedding reception will include entrance décor, table centerpieces for each guest table, a head table or settle back for the couple and retinue, a cake table and special banquet chairs. Depending on the religious activities there will also be a poruwa, alter, wedding throne or mandap to create as well. Basically, these are the must-haves at your wedding which you have no option but to invest your décor funds in to. 

Once these elements are listed down it is time to research a theme for the décor. The simplest would be to stick to a color theme. If you are ready to invest a bit of more time and money into your décor there are plenty of elaborate themes to choose from such as vintage, rustic, garden, nautical, modern or traditional etc. 

In the age of Pinterest, you are never short of creative ideas for almost every single element in your wedding. Doing a simple internet search for wedding themes itself will have you easily confused and it would seem like every single one of those settings is straight out of your dreams. Over-researching is stressful and unnecessary and so be mindful if you’re finding yourself saving way too many reference images on your devices. At the outset, set yourself a target number of options you will work with and also a timeline to decide your final pick. 
Once you’ve picked your theme to try to draw up some ideas within that overall theme for all the décor elements you identified before. This is also probably the best stage at which to consult a few wedding décor vendors to obtain their input as well and to obtain quotations from them for their work. This process would give you a good idea about the feasibility of most of the ideas you have in mind and also what new and interesting ideas you may have missed. 

There are always a few more layers one can add into your reception décor depending on the budget in hand, the theme that you choose for your wedding and how extravagant you would like to be. Bring in the champagne fountains, wall to wall fabric drapes, dramatic venue lighting, special charger plates and cutlery, floral chandeliers etc. Do all of this together with your chosen wedding décor vendor for the day and let them weave in some magic with their expertise and creativity as well. 

Every bride has their own way of organizing themselves during their wedding planning phase. Whether it’s a good old notebook and pen or folders in a tab the idea is to be organized and meticulous in your approach to the wedding project. There will be million little ideas to note down, numbers and email addresses of vendors to jot down, fabric and paper samples to collect and reference images to store for later use. Therefore finding a way to retain all that information in a way that works for the bride is the trick. 

 Selecting a vendor to work is a process that must be given due care. Asking around for personal recommendations from recently wedded couples is certainly a safe route to take. If you have the luxury of time visit wedding related exhibitions, fairs and browse through wedding magazines and directories to get an idea of the various vendors out there. Always meet the vendor and have a personal discussion about your wedding before you finalize things so that you have a sense of how easy they are to work with and if they are likely to meet your expectations. In the order of importance, criteria for selection of a wedding vendor should ideally be reliability, creativity, flexibility, and cost. 


About the author

- Surekha Jayasinghe

Surekha jayasinghe is a freelance writer. A storyteller at heart she feels the best part of the job is being able to connect with new people, learning new things and growing as a writer with every piece of work she authors. She divides her time between her writing and her family.