Wedding Decor As Seen in Real Weddings

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Hands up if you are constantly scrolling through Instagram, looking at photos of wedding decor! I’m a huge fan of looking at what other couples have chosen to do. There are so many colour schemes and wedding themes to choose from, so it’s hard to know where to start. Well, this is my advice: see what other couples have done and decide what you like. Mock-ups can tell you what a fab supplier is capable of doing, and real weddings can show you what their wedding decor looks like in action. We’ve got lots here for you today, so take a peek…

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Elegant Blush Cream and Pink | See More

“Tracey and the team at Wow Weddings did a spectacular job on the room. We were absolutely blown away. The whole room was dropped in white, the lighting added great atmosphere, some cherry blossom trees and we got the pièce de résistance – the lit up dance floor! We found the quality of what we got for the price was absolutely amazing. Everybody commented on how lovely the room was.”

Decor: Wow Weddings

Photo: The Fennells

Venue: Radisson Blu St Helens


Green and White Winter Wedding | See More

“As it was a winter wedding we opted for green and white in the church. I think the Connemara room is incredibly classic so didn’t opt for too many decorations here. Decor – Wedding Dream Theme – although I never met Christine, she was incredible and really brought my ideas to life! We had the team from Enchanted Wedding Company to do the decor in the church and my bouquets I was so happy with them! Even down to meeting us the week of the wedding so we had everything in order for the big day. I can’t thank Marie enough.”

Decor: Wedding Dream Theme

Flowers: Enchanted Wedding Company

Photo: Gerard Conneely Photography

Venue: The Hardiman


Beauty and the Beast Theme | See More

“Our wedding was a Beauty and the Beast theme. It was the first film I’ve ever seen at the cinema as a child and it’s been my favourite ever since. We had wedding invitations that represented the gates of the castle and inside was the famous rose inviting family and friends to be our guests. We loved the invitations and Andreea at Save the was amazing at creating the invitations. We also had a Beauty and the Beast cake which was unbelievable. The detail and all the work that went into it was unbelievable. Bev at Amazing Cakes in Bray was fantastic. We also had a big fairytale book that had our table plan to complete the theme and it was such a lovely feature, everyone loved it. There was no specific colour theme, we hired uplighters for the room to get that lovely purple/pink glow and it was beautiful with the sparkly dancefloor.”

Decor: Magic Moment Wedding Decor

Photo: Denlo Photography

Venue: Knightsbrook Hotel


Relaxed, with no theme | See More

Tracy and Cathal tried to stay away from wedding themes. In fact, they would say that the theme of their wedding was that they didn’t have one. They chose things they liked and left out the things they didn’t like. For example, they talked about not having a wedding cake so they decided against it. Funnily enough, that ended up being almost the most contentious part of the wedding. For their wedding table numbers, they chose to do something unique. They travel quite a bit and each place they went to they took a picture of themselves holding a table number. This included places as far-flung as Table Mountain in South Africa and Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin. It was something quirky and unique to them!

Decor: Aisle Love You

Photo: Clare Frances Photography

Venue: Shamrock Lodge Hotel


Timeless Autumn Wedding | See More

For their theme and colours, they tried to stay away from what was trendy at the time. Instead, they opted for a more timeless look. The colour palette included blush pinks, peaches and a splash of burgundy. They were lucky that their colours went with both a summer and autumn wedding.

Decor: Elderwoods Wedding Decor

Photo: Couple Photography

Venue: Kilkea Castle


Non-Traditional Wedding Filled with Personal Touches | See More

“Our theme of the wedding was ‘our day, our way’. We wanted a non-traditional wedding that celebrated our relationship, with everyone closest to us. We all wore Converse including my dad and Pa’s dad. The bridesmaids wore burgundy and the groomsmen wore black suits with burgundy ties. I picked Pa’s burgundy suit which he wasn’t mad about on the hangar but fell in love with it as soon as he tried it on. All our decor was DIY, except for our fabulous flowers from Miss Daisy florist. Pa’s nan collected jam jars for the year in the run up to the wedding and we decorated them with lace and hessian.”

Decor: DIY

Flowers: Miss Daisy Florist

Photo: M and M Photography

Venue: Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge


Charming, Disney Themed Wedding | See More

“We both love Disney so it was a no-brainer that this would be our theme! We had Disney touches throughout the day from the lads’ Disney socks to the Mickey Mouse-shaped Ceremony “booklets”. We were Cinderella and Prince Charming and our tables were other Disney couples which we had corresponding Disney confetti for. Our Bridesmaids wore Sage/Mint Green dresses so we bought this colour through our table plan and wedding invites.”

Flowers: Sunflower Design

Ice cream bike: Karen Ball Events

Photo: Ronan HD and Alan Roche (second shooter)

Venue: Hillgrove Hotel


Gold and Silver with a Celestial Theme | See More

“We had a celestial theme as Ciaran has an interest in astronomy. Our main theme colours were gold and silver with hints of green and burgundy. Gold and the sun represented the male and silver and the moon represented the female form so we brought in the burgundy and green through our flowers from Ina McCarthys in Midleton. We also had Rachel from Ina’s implant important aspects of Sinead’s life and interests such as apples and berries to represent nutrition and food.”

Flowers: Ina McCarthy

Photo: Laura and Benny Photography

Venue: Imperial Hotel


Winter Theme Wedding with Christmas Lights | See More

They went with a winter theme. There were Christmas lights twinkling, furs, and sage green. The flowers were a mix of deep red, white and pine cones scattered throughout.

Flowers: Flower Creations by Nicola

Venue: Glasson Lakehouse

Photo: Alex Zarodov Photography


Pastel Pink Summer Wedding | See More

Aiveen and Mark’s colour scheme was pastel pink which was perfect for summer. They incorporated this in a number of ways including the flowers, bridal party attire, stationery, sashes on the back of the chairs, napkins and the envelopes for the party favours. They even had strawberry and vanilla ice-cream as a refreshment for the walk to the dinner venue and also had pink and white cupcakes at the drinks reception. They also tried to incorporate the theme of travel into the wedding. “As we’re based abroad, we thought this would be a good choice. We managed this by including Singapore Slings at the drinks reception, having a country-themed table plan and incorporating some signage and decoration relating to Singapore.”

Flowers: Absolutely Fabulous Flowers

Photo: The Fennells

Venue: The K Club


Relaxed Wedding with a Travel Theme | See More

“We had our ceremony and reception in The Station House which worked so well for us on the day as it minimised travel and meant we had loads of time to spend mingling with our guests at the reception. Our friends and family are hugely important to us, so we had large framed collages of photos of all of our guests hung in the reception area. We love to travel so this was chosen as our theme. For our table names, we chose countries we have visited together, and glued selfies of ourselves onto the back of the name cards. After the dinner and speeches, we took almost all of our guests outside with us and lit sparklers, which gave us absolutely fantastic night time photos and was a really fun experience for all involved.”

Flowers: Flowers Touch

Venue: The Station House Hotel

Photo: Alan Dunne Photography