Top 10 Decor Blunders to Avoid

In my 11 year career, I have had the privilege of helping thousands of couples (with various aspects of their events) create magical and memorable wedding days. With that experience, I continue to notice that there are several common mistakes couples continue to make when designing and decorating their weddings. I want to share the top 10 mistakes with you. Avoiding these mistakes will not only make your wedding planning experience easier, along with saving you more money in the long run, but your wedding will look even more amazing.

Top 10 Wedding Decorating Mistakes

Booking without a Budget, Palette, and or Theme in Mind:

Once the ring hits your finger and the wedding is on, it’s easy to get wrapped up in anything wedding. It’s such an exciting time that couples dive right in and start planning without a clear direction of the look they want and understanding of their budgets. Unfortunately, this leads to overspending, frustration, and missed opportunities to make the best choices for creating your wedding day dream look.

Choosing Tables and Chairs over Linens:

Color is such an important part of creating the mood and providing the visual wow. Linens are worth every penny you will pay for them, whether they are runners, overlays, table cloths, or sashes and they are less expensive than trying to add larger centerpieces to the table to achieve the same effect.

Underestimating How Much Space is Needed for the Ceremony & Reception:  

Guests and servers need space to move throughout the room. Dance floors take up room and don’t forget to account for stations for music performers/DJ, photographers, photo booths, cake/dessert tables, beverage bars, food stations, gift tables, etc.

Underestimating the Size and Cost for Centerpieces:

Standard round guest tables are 60 inches in diameter. After you add the plates, cups and other accoutrements there are still 30 to 32 inches left in the center of the table. That’s a lot of space to fill and a five inch round vase of flowers won’t do it. Make sure you test out the centerpiece you want on the table you will be using.

Ignoring the Ceiling and Floor:

Couples routinely ignore the ceiling and the floor of the reception venue. Decorating these two spaces is your opportunity to really get the drama you’re looking for as well as provide an unexpected surprise for guests.

Forgetting Reception Venue Lighting:

Candles are beautiful and help create ambience, but professional lighting will enhance the ambience and set the mood. Colored lights of designs, patterns, or other projections are so stunning.

Food & Beverage Presentation:

Everyone loves a good meal, but don’t forget how your food is presented is just as important as the taste. (We eat with our eyes first.)  In my opinion, food is one of the most overlooked opportunities to add additional flair to the overall design. That means selecting foods in the season, color, or flavor of your theme and then presenting them accordingly.

Not Varying the Décor Throughout the Space:

It’s important to layer on your look using different heights, textures, colors, various flowers, props etc. Give the eye so many elements to take in and force the eye around the room.

Not Personalizing your Wedding:

This doesn’t mean just adding initials or monograms. Your wedding day needs to be an expression of you and your spouse. It is so important to tell your story. That doesn’t mean you can’t pick a fun theme you both adore, just make sure it says something about you both and infuse your personality into it. It’s okay to tell guests about the story along the way (with little notes, framed statement, favorite expressions, pictures, etc.). Everyone loves to hear about your story and enjoy in the reminiscing.

“Kitschy” Souvenir Shop-Looking Décor:

It’s so easy to fall into the “kitschy” souvenir shop-looking wedding theme. Strong themes can still be elegant, fun, and personalized. It’s best to pick a few elements from your theme and do them well than shove every prop you’ve ever seen into your event.

Planning your wedding look should be a fun journey for you and your spouse. I do not want you to get overwhelmed or disappointed anywhere during the process or worse yet, on your wedding day. I know that you won’t be if you take the time to avoid these mistakes. I wish you all the best. May your wedding dreams bloom.

About the Author

Kristi Richardson, PBC, owner of Bloomed to Last, Inc. is an event and wedding designer as well as a wedding flower artist with over 11 years of industry experience. She helps couples create high style events, with a casual attitude, while providing a stress free, fun environment, and on budget event for her clients. Visit Bloomed To Last online or visit them on Facebook.


3 thoughts on “Top 10 Decor Blunders to Avoid

  1. Kristi,

    What great advice! You pointed out a lot of things that are often overlooked and will make a significant impact yet are not too pricey.

    We always tell our clients that they need to make the day an expression of who they are and their wedding should reflect their personality and style. I think that is extremely important, right up there with lighting of course 🙂

    Thanks for the great article!

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