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Wedding receptions are the most fun part of the wedding. After husband and wife exchange vows, everyone comes together in the wedding receptions to celebrate new life, and love together through music, food, and drink. Wedding receptions can be held in gardens, hotel ballrooms, in your backyard, clubs, by the shore in a beach, on a lakeside, restaurants, and anywhere with a vast land such as wine countries. It can be formal or informal depending on the way you like it to be, but appropriate for everyone else as well.

By working on the venue of your wedding reception, here are some ideas to make wedding reception decor planning a breeze.

1. Outdoor weddings. If you are having an outdoor wedding, it's much better to keep the decor up to the minimum since nature is already a decor itself. An open air reception already gives a good backdrop and necessary ambiance. Supplement the nature with light complementing colors as a backdrop just to have a focal point. If it is a wedding reception by the beach or lake, use light, free flowing material for the table clothes, napkins, or any drapes. White and ivory provide a good contrast. You can put up pillars to hold up a tent, and decorate it with leaves and sheer cloth for a grand walkway, depending on your location.

Clear candle holders are a great way to add some lighting and romance when night falls, otherwise take advantage of the natural light that outdoor receptions provide. For centerpieces, a large clear bowl with floating candles and flowers adds a delicate touch of sparkle. Use soft and pale colors for the candles, like white, blush pink, or pale yellow.

Flowers are a must in a garden wedding. Flowers, in various kinds and textures, add color and life to a wedding. If you want to tone down the mood, you can use white and ivory flowers such as lilies and roses. For more casual receptions, a variety of colorful flowers can be used. Great color combinations for flowers to consider, depending on your theme, are yellow and pink, green and white, purple and white, red and white, deep purple and lavender, and blush pink with yellow.

For lighting, torches are a great idea for garden and beach weddings. Placing them around the perimeter of the reception will be the most ideal way to use them. Hanging lights are also great for lighting up a tent, you can choose from a variety of designs to suit your style. You can also hang lace strategically where the wind blows; it adds a pretty accent to the natural setting. Christmas lights and Japanese lanterns hanging from a wire around the location are an affordable alternative as well.

Choose a good material for an outdoor dancing area. Use a simple two inch wooden square area, or an elevated platform with railings. You can brighten up the dancing area with hanging lights and colorful lighting. For beach weddings, rattan or straw mats with pillows for guests to sit down and talk on are also great.

Make sure to plan for emergencies, if you are having your wedding during a time of year when rains are a possibility, always have a back up plan.

2. Indoor weddings. You can amplify the style, color, glamour and drama in your reception for indoor weddings. If you are going to hire a disc jockey, depending on the type of music you will be playing, you can get one or more disco balls to hang from the ceiling to add a more celebratory vibe.

Spreading delicate rose petals on tables are a lovely touch, and the centerpieces can vary from elaborate to simple. Some ideas for simple centerpieces would be a simple glass vase with just one or two flowers in it, the delicate beauty of white flower buds are great too.

For daytime indoor weddings, liven up your table with wildflowers, daisies, roses or carnations as a centerpiece. If your wedding theme is very simple, you can take advantage by adding color through the centerpiece. Go ahead and experiment with two or more colors.

Lace or ribbons can also be added as accent to indoor wedding decor. Use a sheer lace as tablecloth, or around candles, torches, or other forms of lighting you might use. You can use two ribbons of contrasting colors to add drama and elegance. Some combinations are: black and white, black and gold, deep purple and magenta, deep red and rust, white and silver, gold and purple. You can also use ribbons to tie flowers on the back of chairs.

Bubble machines are also good additions for indoor weddings, especially if a lot of children and young people are going to attend the wedding.

Most importantly, keep the convenience of the guests in top priority. The best is to keep it simple, but work around your creativity and your color schemes.

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