How to Decorate a Wedding Reception with Fabric

    by Erica Green

    About the Author

    Erica Green has been a freelance journalist since 2008. She has contributed to the Atlantic Publishing Company, Texas Sports, Confessions of a Homeowner and more. Green is currently pursuing a degree in Spanish, and she tutors English Language Learner students. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and is a certified middle school teacher.


    Accentuating a wedding reception with textiles incorporates color and texture into the wedding design. Decorating with fabric can be time consuming, so it's important to take accurate measurements from the reception area beforehand; this ensure that you buy enough of each fabric you need. Enlist friends and family to help you decorate your wedding reception area to achieve the look you want.

    Things You'll Need

    • Toilet paper rolls
    • Fabric
    • Scissors
    • Craft glue
    • Gemstones
    • Fabric glue
    • Staples
    • Tacks
    • Cup hooks
    • Greenery
    • Flowers
    • White holiday lights

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    Design napkin rings with empty toilet paper rolls. Cut the rolls into rings; you'll get two to three napkin rings per toilet paper roll. Cover each napkin ring with opaque fabrics that complement the wedding colors and table design. Attach the fabric to the cardboard with fabric glue. Embellish the napkin rings with faux gemstones.

    Enhance chairs with sashes. Purchase lightweight fabrics that match your wedding colors such as tulle and organza. Cut the fabric into 4- to 5-foot-long strips, each measuring about 12 inches wide. Place a strip of fabric around each chair back and tie it into a bow. As an alternative, tuck fresh or silk flowers into the knot. Create a distinctive chair design for the bride and groom using multiple fabric colors.

    Decorate the ceiling. Start in the center by the chandelier. Use staples, tacks or cup hooks to attach tulle or gossamer to the ceiling. Create swags by attaching the fabric to the ceiling at certain intervals. Secure the fabric at the wall. Attach greenery, bows or flowers to cover staples, tacks and hooks. Attach white holiday lights to the fabric to give it a soft glow.

    Make table runners to match the wedding reception area's decor. Stitch the ends of fabric cut to the size of the tables. If sewing isn't an option, use fabric glue to fold over and finish the edges. Drape tulle or other fabric along the edges of a table. This may not be possible for every table, but consider draping tulle on the cake table, serving tables and gift table.

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