Courtney
Beginner August 2022

Does Ceremony/reception Decor Need to Match?

Courtney, on August 4, 2021 at 12:09 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 9
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Looking for decor advice. I always wanted to have a red/white themed wedding (red bridesmaid dresses, red and white bouquet, etc) HOWEVER I have also always wanted to get married on the beach. For my wedding next year, we’re having a beach ceremony with an indoor reception. I plan on following the red/white theme for the ceremony but I’m feeling conflicted with the indoor reception decor, primarily because the floor of our venue is blue (to match the ocean) and I feel like the red and white theme will clash. So does anyone have experience with their ceremony and reception decor not matching? I was thinking of making the reception decor more beach themed with softer colors and beachy decor, but I don’t know if it would be tacky or just wrong?


TL/DR: do your ceremony and reception decor have to match if they’re being held in separate places?

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Latest activity by Ava, on December 3, 2021 at 1:44 PM
  • Rosie
    Rockstar February 2022
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    I don't think they need to match at all! But don't forget that when you enter the space, generally the bridesmaids and you will put your bouquet on the table, so it's right there on the head table anyway.

    Also, they'll be wearing red dresses too, which will pull your theme in.

    What you could do, if you hate the thought of red flowers on the tables, is use the other colours in your colour scheme - for eg, creams, whites, champagnes or whatnot, and have the same flowers as your bouquets but in those colours instead, so there's continuity but just less red.

    I really wanted to have soft pinks, creams and peaches for my girls and my bouquets, for example - I like very soft, fluffy florals, but I didn't want to be super girly through the actual reception space as I worried it would end up being too much.

    For the tables I wanted mostly greenery, quite masculine, herby type greenery. So, I asked my florist how to marry those two things together and we settled on using the fireplace - we'd have the herby greenery on the sides of an arrangement that builds up to something peachy, pink and cream in the middle to blend the two looks together without having those colours all over the tables and making the place look like it's been sprayed with pepto bismol, lol.

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  • Courtney
    Beginner August 2022
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    I was thinking of doing sort of like a pink/gold theme inside as a softer version of my colors! I don’t mind the bouquets being on the table, I just think an overwhelming amount of red would be too much with the blue floor. Plus with a beach wedding I definitely think some beachy decor would be nice and you can’t really get that with red 😂 once I decide on a florist I bet they’d be able to help me work it out some!
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  • Rosie
    Rockstar February 2022
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    Definitely! Mine is one of my closest friends so I can talk to her about it whenever I want, but she was such a star at helping me figure out how to pull these two elements that felt like they were quite different into one cohesive look!

    I think the pink/gold theme would look lovely, or maybe coral.

    Also loads of tropical flowers are red, so that could work! Here are some pics I found to incorporate a bit of red while still looking 'beachy'!

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  • E
    Super July 2023
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    I don't think they have to match.

    There was a bit of a trend in higher-end weddings years ago called "progressive décor" where the ceremony was white or pastel (very light colors like soft pink, cream, etc.) and the décor got progressively bolder throughout the event - the cocktail hour would be medium colors like pink and yellow and then the reception was full-blown vivid fuchsia, red, etc.

    I am personally making our ceremony and reception completely distinct décor, because each is in a different exhibit of the science museum we're having it in so the rooms themselves are completely different - the ceremony is in a space science exhibit where the room's existing décor is in blues and greys, the reception is in a fossil exhibit where the existing décor is in browns and greens. The only way to make this work is to either do all white/cream so nothing clashes with either room, or to embrace their distinct theming and just... go wild. I'm choosing the latter.

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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    How blue is the floor? Is it like royal blue or a softer shade? While I don't think everything has to match perfectly there should be some continuity between the ceremony and reception so everything looks cohesive. I love Rosie's idea of tying in some softer colors like creams, champagnes, peachy pinks, etc. I think if you try to stick to strict red and white and have a royal blue floor, you run the risk of looking super patriotic and having your wedding feel like it's 4th of July/Independence Day themed.

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  • Courtney
    Beginner August 2022
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    The best way to describe it would be something like a teal/turquoise type color. It’s supposed to emulate the ocean. I definitely want to avoid the 4th of July type theme though which is why I was leaning towards different colors but sticking with the same “theme” (because the ceremony itself is outside on the beach, so it seemed like a safe bet to make the reception inside feel like the beach and avoid clashing colors). I definitely like the idea of the creams and pinks though so I’m holding onto that one as a possibility
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    You could definitely have a different theme entirely indoors, but I would just want to make sure there was something to tie together the overlapping elements. I think red bridesmaids dresses might look a little out of place at a beach themed reception unless there was some red tied into the decor/color scheme indoors as well. As long as you have some elements that make it all cohesive, it will look great!

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  • Tara
    VIP November 2016
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    I think you can definitely still tie the red into the reception!! Here's some different things I found featuring red and blue as the main colors. I know your bridesmaids will be wearing red, but this just gives you an idea of how the colors can work together. I hope this helps!!

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  • Ava
    Savvy October 2022
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    My colors are Navy blue, burnt orange, white, golds, and lots of greenery….the ceremony and reception will have accents of all colors
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