Wedding décor trends: Tips to turn your reception into an ‘experience’

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With the peak time of wedding engagements (i.e. the holidays) over with, newly-engaged couples will be contending with the heart of wedding show season.

That’s when vendors eagerly vie for the business of brides-to-be who flock to exhibition halls to get a sense of what their big day could look like — that can include everything from flower walls (Kim and Kanye style) to extravagant (and sometimes immersive) floral displays.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's first kiss as a married couple. Kim Kardashian, Instagram
One of the floral displays at the WedLuxe show held in Toronto over the weekend. Global News at the WedLuxe show

Edmonton-based designer Cory Christopher tends to work with couples who have anywhere from $5,000 to $35,000 to spend on decor and florals.

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“If you are willing to do some things yourself, those costs can be decreased,” he said. “I recommend having a slightly smaller wedding so you can put more of the decor budget into the little details that add those personal design touches.”

Here’s what he and others have to say about top décor trends in 2016:

Make it personal

“The real trend with weddings right now is personalization,” said Elizabeth Clark, an editor at WedLuxe magazine.

She explained it’s becoming more important for couples to reflect who they are at their reception.

Edmonton-based designer Cory Christopher says couple can create an unforgettable experience for their guests by asking them a series of questions about themselves. Those questions range from what the couple likes to what they want their guests to experience.

He did a wedding for a couple this month whose biggest loves are winter and beer. Taking those tiny tidbits, he created a winter wonderland – complete with an outdoor cinema and firepit where people could gather around with blankets.

#ccweddings // outdoor seating area from our first wedding of 2016 // can't get enough of these stunning ice spheres made by the bride's mom and dad // truly magical //

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