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Sparkling, intricate chandeliers, whether hung in a grand ballroom, a barn, or from trees can be gorgeous focal points in ceremony or reception decor. I find, however, that chandeliers constructed unconventionally, can be more eye-catching and add a level of uniqueness to decor, whereas a traditional chandelier may just blend in with all the other lovely elements going on around it. I am really loving a-typical ones that include flowers/foliage, and a few that are more architectural-looking.

Lemon Lime Photography via Green Wedding Shoes


Ali Harper Photography via Southern Weddings

Vanessa Pleasants of Vintage Whites Weddings, Jeremy and Alicia Brown Photography via Ruffled

Blueberry Photography via SMP

We Heart Photography via SMP

Pure 7 Studios via SMP

Have you seen any other types a-typical chandeliers that you love? 

Twinkle lights can seem so elementary when you’re thinking about design.  But, if you really think about it, they can really transform a space into something magical.

Image courtesy of Hoffer Photography

Now, if you’re going to have a daytime wedding and reception, this obviously wouldn’t work as well. However, twinkle lights can really provide ambiance at night, and when in a darker reception space. Plus, they usually are not very expensive. So, don’t rule them out!

Love, love, love this reception set-up.

rustic-barn-wedding-reception-hanging-lights-fabric-bunting-red-white-pink-wedding-3 Elizabeth Messina via The Sweetest Occasion

Not only does this reception have a great atmosphere thanks to those lovely hanging candles, but the room is filled with chiavari chairs.  Anyone else out there love these chairs as much as I do?

So, you’re having a romantic, vintage wedding, and you’re looking for a unique way to dress up your reception tables. Insert vintage books.

Classic Bride via Flights of Fancy

Not only is this an eco-friendly decoration option (no new materials are needed), but the books add a touch of whimsy and character. They make a great base for milk jars filled with wildflowers, or they are great by themselves. Plus, you can even use them in photos.

Jessica Claire used this idea in her last photography workshop, stacking Anthropologie coffee mugs on top. She even used old books for her very own wedding invitations (see the post here).

Image courtesy of Jessica Claire – Photographer

You can find old books at garage sales, book swaps, used book stores, eBay and the list goes on.  They are pretty inexpensive, but can make a big impact.