This couple hung family photos on a giant oak tree by the reception area.
Dinner at this reception in a converted factory was served family-style on long plank tables lit by hanging vintage filament bulbs.
To make this hanging sign, the bride and groom cut and shaped hollow cardboard letters, covered them with gold paint, and hot-glued the letters to a blue ribbon.
Washtubs outfitted with lamp kits were hung from the ceiling of this reception venue using rope for a rustic look.
Simple garlands of ombré carnations made for the perfect hanging backdrop at this outdoor ceremony, creating texture, but still showcasing the gorgeous scenery.
Giant suspended paper pom poms welcomed guests to this wedding.
Take a cue from these creative and gorgeous hanging wedding decorations.
Hanging chandeliers brought elegance to an otherwise rustic venue.
Guests dined beneath a glowing collection of string lights and swinging lanterns, and the installation lit up rows of hanging greenery.
Wrapping string lights around a wooden rod transformed it into a rustic chandelier at this reception inside a barn.
For a glowing effect, small tea candles adorned this rustic chandelier made of smilax and hops.
This couple suspended these modern, bubble light bulbs over the dining tables and dance floor.
Pink paper lanterns played perfectly into this wedding’s pink ombré color scheme, and a retro chandelier added a touch of glam.
Branches created a nest-like structure from which candles and glass orbs were hung, making for a truly unique light fixture.
A hanging canopy and fresh gardenia garlands created an ethereal look for this outdoor ceremony.
Taking a cue from nature, this couple used tree branches to hang a variety of flowers directly over the spot where they were to say their vows.
A cattle-branding iron showed off the monogram design the bride created for the wedding.
This couple went the DIY route with paper pennant flags and pom pom garlands made from old packing paper.
Paper lanterns and naked bulbs gave this barn a romantic glow.
This ceremony took place alongside an oversized art installation by Lee Boroson, the creation adding an airy, whimsical feel to the entire event with its strands of white, hanging globes.
With help from Bryan “Breezy” Ream, this couple lit up their reception area with a hanging Italian crackle-glass globe surrounded by four vintage brass domes.
The hanging white parasols complemented the glossy white theme of this wedding.
This giant American Flag, an existing Park City landmark, provided the perfect patriotic backdrop for this couple’s wedding portraits.
This couple suspended candlelit lanterns of all shapes and sizes from the ceiling of their tented reception.
This sheer covered archway adorned with moss letters (which stood for the couple’s first names) served as a fun post-ceremony photo backdrop.
The groom enlisted his mother and sister to help handmake these streamers. The trio glued 1,000 pieces of blue Nepalese lokta paper to a cotton cord and added small squares of brass between the layers of paper to make sure the garland hung accordingly.
Crystal chandeliers and gold candelabras strung from green garlands created an elegant ambiance inside this reception venue.
Whether you choose to do so with your lighting, florals, escort cards, or ceremony canopy, hanging wedding décor is an easy and seriously elegant way to make a statement at your wedding reception or ceremony. Why not maximize the decorative elements in your wedding venue? Play up towering ceilings, decorate your gorgeous white tent, or highlight the skies above at an outdoor bash. Whatever type of wedding you’re having—and no matter what your venue is like—top-down décor is sure to wow. From grand chandeliers to pretty paper lanterns, get inspired by the hanging decorations at these weddings. Even better? Your guests will be in total awe.
This couple’s rooftop brunch reception tent offered views of the New York skyline, including the Empire State Building. The tent was decorated with elegant blush drapery and a mix of retro lanterns and edgy black chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
For escort cards, this couple drew inspiration from their own Instagram feeds, hanging photos they’ve posted on twine.
Guests looked to this hanging oversized scroll from Artful Designs by Rachel Nieman to find their seats.
With help from Skyline Tent Company, this couple incorporated 20 Moravian/Moroccan-inspired star pendants in two different sizes, giving some sparkle to the reception.
Tablescapes paired gold plates with bright flowers, but the real standout details included elegant crystal chandeliers for the perfect hanging accent.
The bride handmade this curtain by tying ribbon to a piece of wood and wrapping barbed wire hearts along the top.
Antique lanterns hung from the trees on the walkway from the cocktail hour area to the tented reception area.
Chandeliers, garlands, hanging topiaries, oh my. These ceiling-sweeping additions brought the décor at this tented reception to life in elegant, garden-inspired detail.
String lights combined with draped fabric and silver stars set a glittery and celestial scene at this rustic barn wedding. The bride and her sister crafted the stars themselves out of cardboard, glitter, and glue.
Tealight candles hung from the treebranches with colored ribbon surrounded the reception area, casting a romantic glow over the party.
Playing into the wedding’s color scheme, this couple hung red and blue paper lanterns above the banquet tables inside the reception tent.
Vintage birdcages from Artefact Design and Salvage, were whitewashed and transformed into chandeliers by Got Light at this barn reception.
You can’t get much more rustic than this! Escort cards were suspended on twine between pine saplings at this reception area.
This linden tree aisle is naturally stunning, but the bride’s addition of chandeliers, ribbons, and hanging floral arrangements made this outdoor ceremony space next-level chic.
Pennant flags draped the courtyard at this Spanish-American wedding in the Canary Islands.
Curtains, shelves, and shutters were hung over the tables at this outdoor wedding to create a woodsy cabana feel. In lieu of traditional chandeliers or string lights, this couple got creative with candles placed inside mason jars and hung them from antique riddling racks that used to store wine.
The couple used window markers to write the schedule of events (plus some cute Peanuts characters) on the glass panes and hung it on a tree near the ceremony area.
Hanging Edison bulb fixtures of various shapes and sizes lit up this vintage barn wedding.
Finding inspiration for your wedding reception isn’t always easy. Although there’s no shortage of great ideas out there, it’s can be hard to figure out what works together. One thing is for sure: You want to avoid busy, cluttered decorations that will leave your guests feeling overwhelmed. Of all the ways we’ve seen couples transform their wedding venues, one of our favorites is to play with where you decorate. Instead of crowding tables with tons of candles and flowers, highlight the height of your venue with hanging décor; bringing decorative details in from above keeps your wedding reception looking edited but keeps that festive feeling.
The rafters at the reception held classic string lights with naked bulbs, plus an edgy light-up sign reading “pow.”
Wedding planner Shannon Leahy hung hexagonal light fixtures from the ceiling of the tent, adding a geometric texture to the billowing drapes that also hung from the tent’s ceiling.
Edison bulbs were strung from the balcony of the ceremony space for a bright and whimsical feel.