Wedding Reception Essentials | What Decorations Do You Need For Your Wedding Reception?

Feeling overwhelmed with planning your wedding reception? Here’s a secret: Your guests will love it, so long as there’s food, dancing and an open bar! But if you’re looking for stunning and creative decoration ideas to make your wedding reception that little bit more special, we have plenty of ideas for you.

Here are our favourite wedding reception essentials for a fun and unique reception.


Wedding Decorations

What decorations do you need for a wedding reception? Well, it all depends on your personal style and vision for the day. There are no right or wrong answers here, but there are plenty of opportunities to be creative.


Wedding Reception Decoration Checklist:


Gorgeous Lighting

Natural light

If you are lucky enough to have a venue with abundant natural light, take full advantage of it. For example, your venue may open up to a glorious view or even offer full-length glass windows.

Themed lighting

If you have a wedding colour scheme, it may be worthwhile setting up themed lighting in a colour that coordinates well with your wedding theme. For a spellbinding entrance as bride and groom, switch up the colour of the lighting, or use the themed lighting to create a striking background for your first dance.

Make your venue glow

There are countless ways to brighten up and make your venue space look even more magical. Think candles, floating candles, candelabra, majestic brass lanterns, fairy light terrariums, or a chandelier decorated with fresh flowers — the only limit is your imagination.


Amazing Centrepieces

#1 For Lovers Of Flowers: Fresh Flowers

If you’re pining for peonies, why not bring them into your wedding reception, as well as your ceremony, with beautiful centrepieces? Fresh flowers create a colourful or elegant backdrop for your reception festivities. Here are some fantastic floral centrepiece ideas:

  • For an elegant and fun centrepiece, try cascading orchids in a single hue
  • For a beautiful centrepiece, surround a single orchid with seashells and add a delicate lantern
  • For a unique twist on the traditional floral centrepiece, a cherry blossom tree can create an exotic impression
#2 For Food Lovers: Seasonal Fruits

For a striking centrepiece, combine lush flowers with seasonal fruits and verdant foliage.

#3 For People In Love With Plants: Succulents

Place subtle or boldly coloured succulents and flowers in a glass votive, vase or mason jar for a stylish centrepiece.

#4 For The Fun-Hearted: Balloons

Balloons filled with confetti or glitter make for a simple yet fun centrepiece.

#5 For Lovers Of Vintage: Antiques

Arrange clocks and sand-timers with a few antiques for an elegant yet detailed vintage display.

#6 For The Literary Lovers: Books

If you’re a literary-loving couple, consider stacking your favourite vintage novels or gorgeous bound volumes for a simple yet meaningful centerpiece. Add glass bottles filled with flowers to create pops of colour.

#7 For The Children At Heart: Pinwheels

Fill vases with whimsical pinwheels for a lively and fun centrepiece. For the most bold effect, mix and match several patterned pinwheels.



You’ll need signage to help your guests navigate your venue with ease. Here at Moda Events Portside, we provide easels and quality, elegantly styled signage as part of our venue hire.

Of course, if you’d like to bring in your own personalised signage to give your wedding reception that extra touch of personality, you’re absolutely welcome to.


Bridal Table Décor

Elevate your bridal table with an elegant flower wall backdrop or a colourful floral arrangement.

Looking to create a luxurious feel? Embrace accents of gold and silver with elegant centrepieces such as gold-toned candelabra, stylish brass lanterns or a delicate, silver floral arrangement.


What Other Wedding Reception Essentials Do I Need?


Wedding Entertainment Ideas:


A Delicious Dessert Table

An amazing dessert table or station is a worthy investment guaranteed to please every guest. At Moda Events Portside, we offer a spectacular dessert station, complete with a chocolate fountain. Try offering your guests a delicious selection of mini ice creams assorted macaroons, mini key lemon and lime pie, chocolate and caramel tart, salted toffee popcorn, double chocolate brownies and mini mint baked cheese cake.


Amazing Food Station

Offering both food and entertainment, interactive food stations are a wonderful addition to a cocktail wedding reception. Give your guests the ultimate decadent experience with a fully stocked whiskey bar or a food station brimming with local and imported cheeses, a fresh selection of seafood, or rustic Spanish paella. At Moda, we offer a range of food and beverage station packages that we are happy to customise to suit your needs.


Photo Booth

Another great interactive experience to offer your guests is to set up a photo booth, complete with creative photo booth backdrops and props. Set fun challenges, such as inviting married couples to write their wedded wisdom on colourful cardboard and taking a photo together.



Have you considered hiring performers to entertain or teach your guests a new skill? Flamenco or ballroom dancing, circus acts, magicians, caricaturists, live painting, karaoke or a comedian — all entertainment that can liven up your wedding reception and make it unforgettable.


Final Thoughts: Wedding Reception Essentials

We hope our list of wedding reception ideas has ignited your imagination about possibilities to make your event unique and special for both of you.

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