The Ultimate Wedding Decor Checklist, Leaving No Stone Unturned

The Ultimate Wedding Decor Checklist, Leaving No Stone Unturned

Wedding Decor Checklist

If you are a newbie bride-to-be you have undoubtedly started pinning wedding ideas for how you want your wedding to look. Initially, it can feel incredibly overwhelming, particularly if you have opted for a blank canvas venue and need to source a lot of the wedding decor items yourself, in which case this ultimate wedding decor checklist could come in rather handy!

You have probably already come across a handful of ‘wedding checklists’ online and in your favourite bridal mags, but the vast majority only touch on the major planning components and items that quite frankly the wedding wouldn’t work without. You are not going to forget to order the table and chairs for your wedding reception or somehow neglect to mention your bouquet desires to your florist (or so we would hope!) It is almost always those finer little details that get forgotten.

It’s all these small touches and carefully-selected wedding decor items that can have such a drastic impact on the overall aesthetic of your day, not to mention really helping to make it so personal and memorable to your guests. At the end of the day, who wants a cookie-cutter wedding when you can have something that really stands out.

You by no means need to include all or even any of the items below, but I want to make sure that you have as comprehensive a list as possible so that you can see the options and then decide what is right for you.

Read on for the Ultimate Wedding Decor Checklist.

Ceremony Decor

Welcome sign

Other signage (e.g. seating, ceremony instructions, order of events)

Order of service display

Reserved seating signs

Ceremony Arch (floral or fabric)

Ceremony Backdrop

Aisle runner

Pew ends / aisle decorations

Urn floral arrangements

Windowsill floral arrangements

Candles / lanterns

Vow Books

Confetti in baskets / cones / urns

Wedding Table Decor

Floral centerpieces or garlands

Non-floral table accessory or decoration


Fabric table runner

Candles (dinner, lanterns, tealights)

Table numbers / names

Table number holders / frames

Name places

Menus (per person or per table)

Glasses (wine, water, bubbles)Plates (charger, side, starter, main, dessert)CutleryNapkins (and napkin decoration)Wedding favours (perhaps personalised)

Table games / ice breakers / disposable or polaroid camerasKids activity packs

Reception Decor

Signage (welcome, loos, parking, dancing, bar, other directions)

Personal signage (quotes, memories, photographs)

Table plan / seating chart

Decorative candles / lanterns scattered around the venue

Lounge seating, side tables, poser tables

Overhead or hanging décor (floral arrangements, Edison light bulbs, fairy lights, lanterns, balloons, personalised bunting)

Guestbook station (incl pens, camera, crafting materials, signage)

Photobooth station (incl backdrop and props)

Cards and Gift table and sign (e.g.postbox or other kinds of container for cards)

Bathroom basket with convenience items (e.g. hairspray, plastic heel covers)

Decoration for bathroom (e.g. photographs, quotes, flowers)

Garden games

Cake table (incl stand, flowers and candles for decoration, cake knife)

Dessert table (display and backdrop)

Bar or drinks Station (plus signature cocktail menu)

Practical needs: Umbrellas, blankets and vases to sit the bouquets in

To have these items all on one page, save and download the image below and keep it close by as you work through your wedding plans!

Wedding Decor Checklist Download

Wedding Decor Checklist

Image credits

Image 1: photography by Boho Chic Weddings

Image 2: photography by Laura Cullen Photography | Image 3: photography by Andreas Nusch | Image 4: photography by | Image 5: photography by Everwallpaper

Image 6: photography by Hearts on Fire | Image 7: photography by Lane Dittoe | Image 8: photography by Maggie Marguerite Studio | Image 9: photography by Lara Hotz Photography | Image 10: by Fox and Sparrow Design

Image 11: photography by Emma Pilkington | Image 12: photography by Greg Finck Photography | Image 13: by Telu Linen

  1. I’ve been looking to DIY my wedding decor as I’m a super arty and thrifty person – but was so scared I’d miss the details! Thank you so much for this list!

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