Here's Every Extra Item You'll Need to Buy for Your Reception

Keep track of all the small details for your reception with this handy checklist.
by Simone Hill
Outdoor wedding reception hanging lantern decor
Brandon Kidd Photography

Aside from your rentals, you may need a few extra items to really personalize your reception if they're not provided by your venue. The small details can make a big difference when it comes to pulling your look together and helping your wedding stand out. Your florist, event designer or stationer may be able to provide these items, but if not, you could DIY a few of them of them or buy the rest in bulk. Reference our checklist below for all the essentials:

Reception Décor for the Table

[ ] Candles

[ ] Nonfloral table accessories

[ ] Table markers or table number holders


Cake Table Reception Extras

[ ] Cake topper

[ ] Cake serving set

[ ] Cake stand


Wedding Paper Reception Extras

[ ] Table numbers

[ ] Table menus

[ ] Place cards or seating chart


Photo Booth Reception Extras

[ ] Photo booth props

[ ] Photo booth backdrop


Extra Touches

[ ] Wedding signs

  • Bar sign
  • Reception entrance sign
  • Parking sign
  • Photo booth sign

[ ] Chair décor

[ ] Cocktail napkins

[ ] Guest book (don't forget the pens)

[ ] Bathroom convenience basket items

[ ] Entranceway and/or hallway décor


Want to know which reception upgrades are worth your budget? Find out right here.

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