18 Over-the-Top Wedding Ideas

The style, theme and size of weddings obviously varies from small traditional weddings to lush, large extravagant affairs.

If you have decided to make a dramatic, even theatrical, statement with your wedding, we have 18 over-the-top wedding ideas today that will certainly provide you with some excellent wedding planning inspiration.
You can choose from a number of creative wedding decor ideasto personalize your wedding decor such as hanging wedding decorationsand a wedding table overhang as well as other types of unique decor.

And you can design your wedding décor to express your individuality while still being practical and not breaking the bank, by concentrating on a few wedding decor hacks you probably haven’t thought of

Wedding reception decor may echo the wedding ceremony in style and theme, or it may be an entirely different expression of the wedding couple’s style.  In either case, there are some creative wedding reception decor ideas to assist you in your wedding planning. You may want to embrace new wedding trends, as we noted in Receptions: 6 New Trends In Wedding Design,  or focus mainly on luxury wedding reception decorations.

Here are 18 over-the-top wedding ideas, reblogged from the knot:

Here’s the truth about big, over-the-top weddings: It takes more than an unlimited wedding budget to really pull off something different and amazing. The secret? A great team and lots of creative details designed in unexpected ways.

From a flower-filled dance floor to a garden-like ceiling, see the most amazing wedding ideas we can’t stop talking about.


  1. flower-filled wedding reception dance floor

    1. A Flower-Filled Wedding Dance Floor

    It’s like the elegant wedding version of a disco dance floor. Planner and event designer Preston Bailey and his team created this dance floor that lit bright yellow and purple flowers from underneath to create a serious pop in the middle of the room. It’s a complete room transformation like this that makes us love weddings. “My favorite way to wow the guests is to create something they have never seen,” he says. “Ultimately, I always try to push the limit of what’s new and different.”

  2. Tara Guerard's luxe tented wedding reception lounge

    2. A Draped Checkerboard Wedding Dance Floor Ceiling

    This modern draped ceiling, by designer and planner Tara Guerard, takes the black-and-white checkerboard dance floor and literally turns it around for a totally unexpected look. For an otherwise classic, formal wedding at Marlsgate Plantation in Scott, Arkansas, this lounge area was the perfect place to let loose a little with the design. The draped ceiling adds a fun twist to the other elegant details, like the navy and white color palette, comfy living-room-style seating and damask print details.

  3. Marcy Blum's dramatic draped wedding reception venue

    3. A Dramatic Red-Draped Wedding Reception

    Go big or go home. That’s what wedding planner Marcy Blum did when she and her team created this ultra-dramatic, all-red wedding reception. An added benefit of all that saturated color was that it took a very large space with high ceilings and created a more intimate vibe.

  4. Sharon Sacks's open-top wedding reception tent

    4. An Open-Top Wedding Reception Tent

    When you think about it, nature really does provide some of the best décor – just take a starry night sky, for example. And event designer Sharon Sacks used nature to her advantage when planning this tented wedding reception. “We left the ceiling open in sections so guests could see the stars while still creating an intimate feel by making a space for the reception,” Sacks says. It also meant guests got a great view of fireworks at the end of the night!

  5. Nancy Liu Chin's floating orchid wedding reception centerpiece

    5. An All-White Hanging Wedding Centerpiece

    Tons of all-white orchids floating above the tables seem to defy gravity in this hanging centerpiece by floral and event designer Nancy Liu Chin. But beyond its beauty, this design is also pretty practical — elevating the centerpieces above the table leaves space open for guests to mingle! “Over-the-top, but functional,” is a trend that Chin embraces in her modern-yet-elegant designs.

  6. Mindy Weiss's rose petal cannon wedding ceremony recessional

    6. A Rose Petal Wedding Confetti Cannon

    Pretty cool, right? By swapping out colorful paper for white rose petals, celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss gave the confetti cannon a seriously romantic update for a ceremony. “I love the end result, and it reminds me every weekend why I do my job,” Weiss says.

  7. Michelle Rago's destination wedding canopy reception

    7. A Whimsical Wedding Reception Canopy on the Beach

    This “Bombay-meets-the-beach” inspired design by destination wedding planner Michelle Rago brought together the couple’s Indian culture with the festive vibe of their wedding destination in Riviera Maya, Mexico. An airy canopy gave the reception a distinct space on the beach while still letting the sunset shine through.

  8. Holly Chapple's hanging flower wedding reception installation

    8. A Hanging Flower Wedding Dance Floor

    Not that you need a reason to put pretty flowers everywhere, but here’s another one. This hanging flower installation, designed by florist Holly Chapple, created a stunning focal point right above the dance floor. “I love for the flowers to be on different levels, so the eye can move around and always see something beautiful,” Chapple says.

  9. Diann Valentine's pink mirror wedding reception decor

    9. Wedding Reception Hanging Framed Mirrors

    You’re more likely to see mirrors like these on your vanity than at a wedding, but wedding planner Diann Valentine gave them a whole new purpose — as hanging ceremony décor! With a few fresh pink flowers, the silver-framed mirrors added depth to the pinked-out space and made a creative alternative to chandeliers to add sparkle to the ceiling.

  10. David Stark's ticket stub forsythia vase wedding centerpiece

    10. A Wedding Centerpiece Vase Made Out of Ticket Stubs

    This jaw-dropping vessel filled with forsythia branches, created and designed by event producer David Stark, proves that elegant can be fun. “While it is a serious day of great importance, a wedding can also include levity and a wink and a nudge,” Stark says.

  11. David Beahm's all-white curtained wedding ceremony entrance

    11. An All-White Curtained Wedding Ceremony Entrance

    As if it were a Broadway play, event and floral designer David Beahm set the tone for a dramatic-yet-elegant ceremony with a stunning all-white curtained entrance. Beyond the curtain, beautiful large white flower arrangements and dramatic lighting gave the room at The Pierre hotel in New York City an intimate glow. “Lighting brings out the drama in everything,” Beahm says.

  12. Colin Cowie's Paradise Island, Bahamas beach wedding ceremony

    12. A Curved Wedding Ceremony Aisle With Beach Ottoman Seating

    Every beach is a blank canvas to design something beautiful (and that’s why we love weddings on the water), and event designer Colin Cowie made the most of the scenic Paradise Island, Bahamas, by letting the natural beauty of the ocean take center stage. The low ottomans and winding shape of the aisle worked with, not against, the sandy landscape. “People think these things happen so easily, but I like to make sure that my work always appears effortless and elegant; it should never look contrived,” Cowie says.

  13. Todd Fiscus's secret garden wedding reception decor

    13. Secret Garden Banquet Wedding Reception

    It’s one thing to create a beautiful reception, but it’s another to make it look as natural and effortless as this greenery-and-twinkle-light-covered banquette, with birdcage chandeliers, thought up by planner and event designer Todd Fiscus.

  14. Bryan Rafanelli's luxe wedding reception entrance with mirrors and candles

    14. A Modern Mirrored Wedding Reception Entrance

    Glamorous is the perfect adjective to describe this vignette of flowers, mirrored pedestals and votive candles at this reception designed by event planner and producer Bryan Rafanelli, who says he loves to create surprises a little bit outside of the expected for his clients. The mirror effect creates a warm glow from the candlelight and the illusion of tons of white flower petals.

  15. Jung Lee's terrarium wedding reception table decor

    15. A Terrarium Wedding Tablescape

    Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, event designer Jung Lee played with proportions to create this table filled with shapely glass vessels and oversize snail motif plates. This whimsical twist on the garden theme is exactly why it’s on our list of favorites, “I find the couple’s shared passion for one unique element and I creatively weave it throughout the entire wedding,” Lee says.

  16. Jeannie Savage's hanging flowers tented wedding ceremony design

    16. A Wedding Ceremony With a Hanging Garden

    Talk about a total room transformation! This wisteria-and-chandelier-covered ceiling, created by wedding designer and planner Jeannie Savage, takes the idea of a garden wedding to a whole new level. And it’s the complete transformation — from the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, to an enchanted garden — that’s really amazing. “We created an environment that was unexpected and out of the ordinary,” Savage says.

  17. Mark's Garden oceanside wedding ceremony design

    17. White-Rose-Covered Trees

    Height equals high impact in this ceremony entrance at the Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California, flanked by trees covered in white flowers designed by the team at Mark’s Garden. And floral designers and cofounders Mark Held and Richard David are all about scaling up designs to create a jaw-dropping effect. “Detail is great, but if you want to create the wow, think big,” David says.

  18. Karen Tran's flower-covered wedding reception entryway

    18. A White Floral Wedding Archway

    Part architecture, part floral arrangement, this archway, created by florist and designer Karen Tran, is the perfect introduction to an all-white reception. It’s a subtle-yet-stunning way to seamlessly connect one space to another.