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Use This Wedding Decor Checklist to Help You Nail Every Detail

March 2, 2017 | nicole

photo by Nicole Nero Studio, floral design by Olive & June Floral Co.

Designing your wedding can feel a little overwhelming, especially when your venue is a blank slate. We’ve been thinking about all of the different decor elements that can go into your wedding day — so many options! — and realized a checklist was in order to help you nail every detail. This wedding decor checklist has everything your day might need, but nothing here is mandatory! Check off what you like and leave blank what doesn’t fit your day.

photo by Hipster Wedding, event planning and floral design by Thai Ngoc Dung

WEDDING CEREMONY DECOR

  • Welcome Sign
  • Seating or Ceremony Instructions Sign
  • Program Display
  • Order of Events Sign
  • Aisle Markers
  • Aisle Runner
  • Ceremony Arch
  • Ceremony Backdrop
  • Vow Books
  • Ceremony Table

Unplugged Ceremony Sign by Pearly Paper Design via Etsy

When thinking about what signs to have at your ceremony, we highly recommend one announcing an unplugged ceremony. This helps keep people’s eyes on you and allows your photographers to capture your love without a sea of cell phones in the pictures! (Not sure what an unplugged ceremony is? Read this!)

Angled Wedding Program via Minted

Let your guests know the order of events with ceremony programs! Minted has a huge selection of wedding programs so you can find one that fits your style.

Wedding Vow Books by Blush Printables via Etsy

Personalize your ceremony with vow books you’ll cherish as a keepsake for years to come! Check out Etsy’s selection of vow books to find the perfect set for your wedding.

RELATED: 7 Creative Ceremony Backdrops to Wow Your Wedding Guests

photo by Daniela Nizzoli, floral design by Anthea Studio, wedding venue: Villa Grabau

WEDDING DINNER TABLE DECOR

  • Centerpieces
  • Table Garland
  • Table Runner
  • Table Numbers
  • Escort Cards
  • Menus
  • Place Mats
  • Chargers
  • Salad Plate
  • Dinner Plate
  • Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Water Glass
  • Wine Glass
  • Chair Back Decor
  • Candles

Better Together Wedding Chair Signs by Happily Ever Etched Inc via Etsy

Deck out your sweetheart seating with wedding chair signs. Go with a classic Bride/Groom or Mr./Mrs. pairing or something sweet and gender-neutral like Better Together or Forever Always. Etsy has tons of ideas so you can choose what feels right for you!

Simplicity Table Number via Minted

While they may seem like a small detail, table numbers are super important! Shop Minted’s selection of table numbers and table number holders to make sure your guests know where they’re going.

photo by Rosanna Lilly Photography, event planning by Wild Ones Community, event styling and stationery by Mille Papillons, floral design by La Floreria, rentals by Jaiak & En Scencia

Don’t get overwhelmed by sourcing enough dishes for every place setting at your reception! We’ve vetted the best rental companies around the world who can help you set your table with every detail you need.

RELATED: 50+ Budget Reception Decor Items for Your Wedding

photo by LAYERS Photography, event planning by JLK Weddings, floral design by 27 Rue de Fleur, cake by Sweet Boutique, rentals by Randal Events

WEDDING RECEPTION DECOR

  • Guest Book Table + Decor
  • Guest Book + Sign
  • Gift Table + Decor
  • Card Holder + Sign
  • Menu Sign
  • Escort Card Display
  • Dessert Table + Decor
  • Cake Stand + Topper
  • Dessert Displays
  • Dessert Table Backdrop
  • Bar or Drink Station Display
  • Bar Menu or Signature Cocktail List
  • Reception Lighting
  • Hanging Decor
  • Wedding Favor Display
  • Photo Booth Setup
  • Lounge Area
  • Cute Quote Signs

Elegant Modern Wedding Guest Book by storiUK via Etsy

We’ve rounded up all our favorite wedding guest books and guest book alternatives on Etsy to make your search a little easier!

Custom Signature Cocktails Sign by Georgia Blue Design Co via Etsy

Are you two cocktail connoisseurs? Designate a couple of signature cocktails for your reception and let your guests know what’s on the menu with an illustrated cocktail menu!

photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography, event planning by Gather Events, floral design by Layered Vintage, stationery by Swell Press Paper Co.

In case you haven’t guessed, we’re obsessed with Minted’s wedding signs — and for good reason! Their new seating charts are a great way to make a bold style statement while easily giving your guests the info they’re looking for.

RELATED: The Best Places to Buy Wedding Decorations Online

To keep this wedding decor checklist handy, pin the image below!

checklist photo by By Julieta Photography, event coordination by The Big Fake Wedding, event design by Marianna Idirin Planning & Design, floral design by Pina, rentals by Warehouse Rentals

If you need more help in crafting the wedding of your dreams, check out our list of planner & designer recommendations.

Looking for more checklists to prepare for your big day? Our wedding planning checklist is perfect for you!

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21 Comments

  1. searching for back drop decorations

  2. Fantastic Photos!

  3. This is wonderful advise for brides! It makes everything so simple!

  4. That triangle arch with the oriental rug up the stairs – heart eyes for days.

  5. A great and handy tool and in my opinion a must have for every bride and groom

  6. Excellent wedding decor checklist. This is useful advice. You can decorate your Dinner table using these tips.

  7. Do you have a printable version of the Wedding Decor checklist? My daughter’s wedding is coming up in September and it would be very helpful to have. Thank you for your wonderful ideas.

  8. Incredible wedding style agenda. This is helpful guidance. You can brighten your Dinner table utilizing these tips.

  9. Amazing Photos! Love them!

  10. Amazingly helpful!!!

  11. Thanks so much for this!!! I am getting married this summer and this helps me to plan. :-)

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  15. Great article. I was planning to make a checklist for my daughter’s wedding and you helped me a lot by sharing this article. So thanks

  16. Awesome article, very helpful checklist to ease the chaos that goes with planning a wedding

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