17 Overhead Wedding Decoration Ideas We Love
Elevate your tablescape—and rethink the chandelier—with one of these dangling pieces.
The space above your reception tables can be a blank canvas waiting to be filled. Get inspiration with these hanging centerpieces, lanterns, and floral arrangements that can easily add visual interest to one spot or many.
For a festive feeling, suspend these lovely lanterns constructed with fabric-wrapped embroidery hoops that are a snap to put together.
Want to make your head table sparkle? Create this impressive chandelier from budget-friendly metal sheets, then use them to elevate glass vases as well. Enlist your bridesmaids to help with this mixed-metal fixture, and you’ll be admiring your collective brilliance all night.
This cluster of suspended arrangements hung with twine frees up table space below. We started with three houseplants (tradescantia, selaginella fern, and jade plant) and added purple blooms of ranunculus, brodiaea, pansy orchids, and clematis. To prevent wilting, place flowers in water tubes, then push them into the soil.
Finish a chic scene by hanging these easy-to-make paper chandeliers above your reception tables.
These dahlia-like pom-poms appear to float above the table and impart a cheerful radiance to a rehearsal dinner or casual reception.
Pull together a rustic tablescape with a harvest-theme trio of wheat-covered wire baskets.
Above the Fold
Guests won’t be able to resist looking up for a better view of these mesmerizing handmade origami paper mobiles, which come in 42 shades that work with any palette and look just as amazing over a dessert table or bar. Once seated, attendees will be delighted all over again when they see similarly folded bracelets-turned-napkin-rings on each plate.
“Bubble” and “Droplet” paper mobiles, from $37, and bracelets, $1.75 each; fiberstore.etsy.com.
This arrangement, one of floral designer Ariel Dearie’s signature designs, is twined with ranunculus, hellebores, poppies, and wild sweet peas for a sprawling-vine look. “Even just one is lovely hanging over an escort-card or side table in a lounge area,” she says. “It’s a great way to use an old lighting fixture that no longer works but is too beautiful to ignore.” Don’t have any suitable family heirlooms kicking around? Follow Dearie’s lead and canvass local flea markets or antiques stores for options.
These cloud-like bursts are a breeze to create. You just need to know how to fold them!
Paper Cone Lanterns
Beckon guests to a festive candy buffet adorned with these lanterns and add battery-powered mini lights if desired.
Jewels are attention-getters (just think about the compliments you’ve received on your ring). So what better way to mark off your bar or denote where you exchange vows than with jewel-like prisms made from folded glassine paper?
Add fishing wire and a touch of glitter and a three-dimensional constellation can fill the reception skies.
Paper doilies can add high drama (without the schmaltz) and stylish elegance (without the stuffiness) to your reception tables.
For bohemian yet tailored table décor, look no further than these dangling embroidery hoops fitted with beautiful fabrics. It’s an effortlessly chic look that’s simple to execute and difficult to resist.
Adorned with vintage fabric flowers and dried protea leaves, a Manzanita branch makes for a bold “chandelier,” especially when spray-painted gold.
These easy paper chandeliers—made from honeycomb balls stapled to narrow ribbon and hung from the ceiling—will elicit oohs and aahs from your guests.
Tie the knot with these pom-poms. Each one is made up of several separately made rosettes; just combine two or three, sew or bind together at the center with white pipe cleaner, and fluff into pom-poms. Suspended almost invisibly from the ceiling by monofilament, these soft orbs recall clouds sailing across a blue sky; they also echo in color and shape the white peonies in the centerpieces.