Anyone else feel like they dont have enough decorations? Only 2 months out!

posted 3 months ago in Decor
Post # 2
5583 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018


I think having minimal decorations will look fine! We don’t like clutter either and all we had for our ceremony was one simple floral circle at the top of the aisle to create an “alter” as our ceremony was outdoors. We had no signs, no programs, no runner, no pew end arrangements etc 

For our reception we had one larger hanging floral arrangement, no centrepieces and just a few candles on the tables. Personally I loved the simplicity and thought it was really effective. You don’t need to decorate every surface, some people do because that is their style but if it isn’t don’t feel pressured to buy a bunch of nicknacks. 


Post # 3
856 posts
Busy bee

I also did a minimal decor wedding, mostly because the venue itself was beautiful enough. I added no decor to the ceremony hall other than 2 large plant/floral arrangements by the altar, and bulletins. Our ceremony hall was carpeted and had decorative pews, stained glass windows, etc. so no extra decor was really necessary. 

For the reception hall I put centerpieces on every table, tablecloths, and some extra fabric/bows around our headtable to fancy it up a little and set it apart. The venue had hardwood floors, lots of windows, dim lighting, and gold colored “bamboo style” chairs, so I didn’t feel the need for much extra…definitely wasn’t going to put bows on all the chairs, lol. My parents said a lot of guests complimented the wedding/reception, so I don’t think our lack of decor came across as underdoing anything. Small details like toast glasses and cake knives will go unnoticed by most guests anyway. 

I think your wedding decor sounds great. Can’t go wrong with putting flowers anyplace that looks bare. 

Post # 4
923 posts
Busy bee

We had zero decor. The moms had flowers, our kids had flowers, and that was it. No toasting glasses or special knives, no aisle runner. We got married on a yacht on a lake – it didn’t feel underdecorated or unimpressive. And it saved us so much money and hassle!

Post # 5
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Industrial is a look in itself. 

I had no decor in the church at all. It was lovely by itself. Although we did have programmes as it was a long service that needed them. 

At the reception, it was a huge space that couldn’t really be decorated without spending a fortune. They had nice lighting which helped. Otherwise, we splurged a bit on tall floral centre pieces and chiavari chairs.

We did have a special knife but only because it’s a family heirloom. I can’t remember what anyone used to cut the cake at any wedding except my own!

I’m sure it’ll be fine. 

Post # 6
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No one is going to notice if you’re not using a special knife. They don’t really care. People want good food and an open bar. Everything is else is just nice to have. If you want to create more impact on a budget add candles.  I will ask why you aren’t doing a guestbook? We had cards with prompts that people could answer like “Where do you see us in 10 years” or “What advice to have for us”. We still have them in a box on my dresser, and we read them once in a while. Some are hilarious and others sweet, but we just love them. We also had our last name cut out in wood that was signed by our guests. That sign is in our living room and I still love reading what people wrote. You can totally do what you want, but with all the non traditional “guest books” they have now there’s a million ideas. Overall though it sounds like you have all the bases covered, and I’m sure your wedding is going to be beautiful. 

Post # 7
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

Of course the people who are reselling stuff on Facebook went all out. That’s why they have stuff left over to resell! Lol. Don’t judge your own wedding against a small subsection of weddings. I would imagine people who had minimal decor didn’t really have anything to resell so that’s why you’re not seeing their stuff.

Go all out, someone will judge you for wasting money. Go minimal, someone will judge you anyway. So do what makes you happy. I personally hate the idea of cluttering the house with wedding decor that will have to be resold after a single day of use. And your decor sounds lovely. Even if you did have a special knife or glasses, none of the guests would be physically close enough to notice anyway, unless they have hawk vision. 

Post # 8
9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We had very minimal decoration. Our ceremony site had had some flowers at the front and the lights (those are always there, provided by the venue).

Our reception had pretty much just centerpieces as decor:

I definitely didn’t feel like we needed more!

Post # 9
3286 posts
Sugar bee

Besides lighting, the only decor we had were flowers and table numbers. 

Post # 10
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2019

In the end no one notices how much decor you have. If they see a bride and flowers they know they’re at a wedding. I found extra decor to be a waste in the end because people noticed what was being said in the ceremony, and how comfortable they were, but did not notice the tiny details.

Post # 11
871 posts
Busy bee

zzar45 :  hikingbride :  These photos are gorgeous! 

alexam :  I kept buying decorations- ours was a casual themed wedding and I went overboard on the decor. We were also DIY-ing a lot of it and I grossly underestimated how time consuming the decorating would be, even with helping hands. The unnecessary cost adds up too. Don’t be me, Bee- less is more 🙂 

Post # 12
3 posts
  • Wedding: Elizabethtown, NC

I personally felt that our decor was pretty minimal (especially at the ceremony) but that was intentional because our venue was naturally beautiful and didn’t need much!  I also think that not having too much decor gave the things that I did make the opportunity to shine through and get the attention that [I felt] they deserved.  

Post # 13
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

We had no decor at the ceremony and minimal at the reception (votives provided by the venue and centerpieces from the florist). We were having a destination wedding and I didn’t want to haul a bunch of stuff on the plane. Also, we chose our venue because we thought it was so beautiful and I didn’t want to clutter it up. 

ETA: The reception photo reminded me we did also have a few tall palm plants from our florist. The room was huge and we didn’t have a ton of guests, so I thought they’d help fill in the space.



Post # 14
2080 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

We didn’t do most of what you list either. We did increase our flower budget, however, so that we could flank the ceremony area with large clyndrical vases of flowers, have flowers on the ceremony space chairs, for bigger arrangements on the dinner tables, and smallers ones on cocktail tables. We also added accent lighting to the dance floor. I think those things made a bigger impact than special knives, guest books, etc.

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