Your reception décor is a way to make a statement about your personality and relationship and it will set the tone for the rest of the wedding celebration. It all comes down to the classic debate – casual vs. formal and with this battle of the styling, there can be no fence-sitters.

Once you’ve picked a side, it’s time to pick the décor. We’ve spoken with Harbouside Decorators to get their three most trending products and how to use them for both a formal or casual reception.

Must-Have # 1 – The Cherry Blossom

Formal: With a formal event, you have the ability to create a number of ‘wow’ factors, without losing the authenticity of the theme. One of the most popular ways to do this is with a standing tree and this season it’s all about this 4m-tall Cherry Blossom. It can be a single focal point or used to frame a bridal table; either way, it is a classically beautiful way to impress your guests and fill the room.


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Casual: With a casual setting, it’s best to downsize and make a more subtle statement. These Cherry Blossom branches do the trick. They work beautifully as a centrepiece and if you want to add a bit of drama, you can always place them in a vase on a mirrored base – double the oomph!


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Must-Have #2 – Sparkling Lights

Formal: Nothing says ‘formal’ like a chandelier and to achieve this season’s boho look, but still keep a formal theme, Harbourside Events recommend juxtaposing the ‘bling’ of a statement chandelier with rustic florals and timbers. This keeps the look glam, but edgy.


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Casual: Boho styling with a casual reception theme is a match made in heaven and to achieve a beautiful glow in this setting, opt for Festoon Lighting. This lighting adds warmth and festivity to a venue and it looks beautiful draped above the bridal table or the dance floor.


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Must-Have #3 – Table Settings

Formal: Gold Cutlery and accessories are the new everything and incorporating gold into a formal colour palette adds opulence to the feel of your wedding.


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Casual: Victorian Ghost Chairs have been a huge hit with brides all around the world and although they started out as more of a ‘formal’ styling item, the newest way to use them is in a casual setting. These chairs add a modern twist to a relaxed reception and their versatility makes them perfect for any colour palette.


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Harbourside Decorators was founded by Cem and Ann who, after noticing a gap in the market for personalised service in the wedding industry, started Harbourside to provide brides with a range of outside the box luxury decorative items. They now specialise in corporate and large scale wedding styling décor and work closely with Wedding Stylists and Planners such as Something White, Love 2 Love and Diane Khoury  to supply high quality event products for their luxury weddings.

Main image from Donia and George’s wedding. Photography by Xsight.


Posted in Style, Theming by wedded wonderland

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