Looking for some decoration inspiration? Try one of these picture-perfect wedding reception details that we’ve spotted from real weddings and get the party started…

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Nothing brightens up the interior of a white marquee like streams and streams of bunting. An easy DIY option, if you’re short on time you can also pick up a budget-friendly pack from the Wedding Ideas Shop.

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This potted plant table plan is such a lovely idea, perfect for a country garden themed wedding. You can even give them to helpers as thank you gifts at the end of the night.

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We adore this ‘Love Is Sweet’ banner bought online from Folksy. Put yours on your cake table, on the top table or use it to make a makeshift frame and create your own photo booth!

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This couple made cardboard 3D table numbers and then covered them in pretty, shabby chic style fabric. Why not do this with your initials for a personalised twist?

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We’ll never get tired of seeing well-executed sweet buffets at weddings, that’s one trend we want to stick around – yummy! This bright example looks lovely – for a more sophisticated finish, try using just two shades in the colour scheme.

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How about updating an old step ladder with a lick of paint and turning it into your table plan? Cool, huh?! Try some Farrow and Ball colours for a heritage look.

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White chair covers look beautiful teamed with one accent theme colour, like the purple ones here. Purple is still big news for 2014, as are black and gold. Think Gatsby!

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Pretty and practical, a chalk board running order is a must have. Let your guests know what’s happening when without spending a fortune. (And you can always change the timings if things over-run!)

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This floral centrepiece is so unique, because not only does it add height and texture, it also has mini flowers in test tubes tied to the branches! How unique.

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Personalise your reception room with photos of all your loved ones, then let guests find their faces. You could even put numbers on these and use them as escort cards that lead guests to their tables.

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Japanese tradition states that the art of senbazuru (making 1,000 origami paper cranes) will bring happiness to the newlyweds – and this couple certainly took that tradition to heart on their big day.

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Pretty up the ceiling of your venue with paper pom-poms and lanterns dangling from the rafters. Try different sizes and colours for a mis-matched look.

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Make a decorative feature out of your initials, like this couple. You could use your monogram as a wedding theme, and have it running throughout your wedding stationery.

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Crafty bride Rachel made her own paper fan place cards, which she clipped to wine glasses using a cute miniature peg – love it – and they can even double up as favours for the ladies.

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Long trestle-style tables look brilliant with table runners down the middle – we love the checkered ones for a country festival theme. This contemporary seating arrangement will get guests talking too!

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Real bride Aileen used pastel coloured cloths to pretty up her round tables. Pastels are big for 2014 – in table cloths, details and even wedding dresses, if you’re brave enough!

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Flowers in jam jars and mason vases are the look du jour. Handpicked and oh-so-romantic, this is the ultimate finishing touch for a shabby-chic reception.

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For a cute favour idea, why not make fabric hearts and fill them with lavender? They’ll make your venue smell divine, too. They can even double up as DIY chair backs decorations.

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Literary fans? Use books as your table centres like this couple and save on large flower arrangements. Top tip – double the impact of any table centre by standing your display on a mirror! Pick these up in the Wedding Ideas Shop today.

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Real bride Tabitha got craft crazy when she made over a thousand coloured pinwheels to brighten up her wedding reception. We’re very impressed! What are you making for the big day? Let us know in the Wedding Ideas Forum today.

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