Choosing the right decorations for your wedding can be a daunting task, and getting everything set up ‘just right’ isn’t going to be the work of an afternoon. Your choice in decorations, from the colours you use to the way the napkins are folded on the tables, is going to make a huge difference in how beautiful your big day is going to be. However, there are a few pitfalls to watch out for, so this quick list of do’s and don’ts for decorating your wedding will help you avoid them.

Bouquets are for Brides, Maids, and Vases: Ok, we know those bridesmaid bouquets are lovely, and we know you want to frame your cake in a way that is both lovely and cost effective. This? This is not the place for your bridesmaid’s bouquets, instead place them in beautiful vases on the guest’s tables. Everyone will get to enjoy them this way.

Coordinate Your Fabrics: Don’t use a cotton tablecloth with satin napkins, it just winds up looking like you couldn’t afford to keep everything in line. While hemp can have a natural and beautiful look, combining silk tablecloths with hemp napkins is also going to look awful. Keep the colours coordinated, as well as the fabrics, and things will look perfect.

Table Legs Are Taboo: This is another thing that can make a reception look like a cheaply arranged convention. Table legs shouldn’t be seen, they should hold up the table, so I advise that you go for fitted, long hanging tablecloths to keep everything looking elegant and clean. You’ll know you have the right length with the tablecloth slightly bunches on the floor, rather than being above it.

These are just a few points to keep in mind, and you’ll notice they focus exclusively on the reception, and more specifically the table setting. If this much care needs to be taken with just that one small element, you can imagine how many things you need to consider all around. Work with your friends, family or wedding planner, you’re not going to regret it.