The Most Practical Gazebo & Wedding Pavilion Décor Ideas

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Pavilions and gazebos are lovely outdoor constructions that improve the wow factor of any garden or backyard wedding.

These structures offer the ideal setting for outdoor parties & weddings

Our inexpensive DIY decorating solutions easily make these outdoor structures look stunning. Below, we’ll explore some of the best DIY decorating ideas for gazebos & pavilions.

Easily implement any of these ideas to create a beautiful outdoor oasis. Feel free to explore our suggestions & use them to create the ideal atmosphere for your next event.

✔️ This article covers all types of decorations! Add a hint of romance, timeless elegance, classic allure, or modern charm… make sure to read all of it 🙂

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Wedding Gazebo Ideas

Decorating a gazebo is a very enjoyable and creative process. It usually takes less than (1) hour to make the area unique and create a special ambiance for the day.

There are many ways to embellish your gazebo to match your theme using different decor pieces. From lighting & floral details to personalized items that give your place a charming feature.

How to decorate a wedding gazebo?

  • Floral Accents: Flower accents, such as flower walls, are among the top wedding gazebo ideas. Consider decorating this structure with real or fake flowers in the colors that go with your theme. You may also want to consider decorating the columns on the gazebo with flower arrangements as well. Hang these from the pavilion’s top.
  • Drapery & Fabric: Drapery and fabric instantly turns your gazebo into a romantic backdrop for any event. Hanging drapery from our poly silk material creates a dreamy ambiance. Alternatively, you can use tulle, chiffon, or organza material to get the same effect. You can cover the entire gazebo with ceiling drapery or if it’s just too hot outside, you can run fabric around the outside of the top of the gazebo. We’ve even seen customers hide the columns with fabric.
  • Light Your Space: Lighting is the best way to bring the details out of your wedding gazebo decor. Think of candles, outdoor uplighting, or string lights. This brings in warm colors to make the whole area feel more inviting. We look seeing centerpiece pinspots aimed on floral arrangements. Doing so make this shine with detail!
  • Personalize the Space: Think of adding small detailed decor to your pavilion. This might include backdrop stands or hanging a custom-made sign. Doing so looks great in your photos. Try to include the couple’s initials on an easel. Decorate your signage with items that have a special significance to you.
  • Include Natural Features: Your gazebo is already outside. Spruce up the drama with texture & depth. It is easy to work in small touches like flower garlands, branches, vines, or leaves. Use real petals (or bio-degradable) down the aisleway of your ceremony. Make a living wall out of trellis & climbing plants like ivy or roses. This is perfect for a backdrop for photos!

Small Gazebo Ideas

A small gazebo is a charming addition to any backyard or garden. It gives a feel of a cozy and intimate space for outdoor relaxation, entertaining, or dining.

even better if the gazebo is at your house, then you have permanent décor

Decorating a small gazebo is both fun and rewarding! This project allows you to create a beautiful and functional outdoor oasis.

There are many ideas to help you create a beautiful & functional small gazebo. Transform your small gazebo into a stunning & inviting setting with these ideas.

Gazebo Wedding Décor

A gazebo can be decorated in many different ways, depending on the style and theme you choose for your special day.

In general, gazebo decorations allow you to customize the area and give a unique mood for the day. Consider using some of these gazebo wedding decor ideas to tailor a stunning look.

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Gazebo Hanging Decorations

Hanging decorations are a beautiful way to add style & varying height to a gazebo. This is great for those looking to decorate for a special occasion or just wanting to spruce up a backyard space.

How to Decorate a Wedding Gazebo

  1. First, you would choose a color scheme. Either based on a theme you learned or you could start by picking your favorite colors. Once you get a color scheme, choose decorations that match.
  2. Whether fresh or silk, flowers bring a classic and timeless elegance to any gazebo wedding. Wrap floral garland around the trim and up the columns of the gazebo. Add garland to the roof of the gazebo and the perimeter. Flowers may be used to line the aisle of the ceremony site as well. Pick flowers that match your color scheme and style. For a more organic look, incorporate greenery and foliage.
  3. Consider adding some wedding arch draping for a soft and romantic touch. You simply must see what the poly silk fabric will do to your design. It will make it look more dreamy. For just a pop of color and added texture, throw some flowers, crystals or ribbon in the mix..
  4. Consider chairs or benches, depending on your decor style and dress them up with flowers or fabric draping. Consider chairs or benches, depending on your decor style and dress them up with flowers or fabric draping.

Decorating a gazebo is a wonderful way to create a beautiful ceremony setting. Follow these steps & achieve a stunning look.

Wedding Gazebo Flowers

Flowers are an essential part of every romantic and elegant look. They’re used for adding color, texture, and fragrance to your gazebo decor.

What are popular wedding gazebo flowers?

  • Peonies are highly coveted, voluminous blooms often used in wedding ceremonies for their delicate, romantic persona.
  • Use baby’s breath to create floral arrangements, bouquet, or simply use them as standalone flowers to decorate the gazebo. They are very light and airy. They tend to make a mess if they get too dried out.
  • The hydrangea flower has many colors. It will work well with you blending with your theme. They are affordable and very forgiving in event design. Use them in bouquets & grand arrangements!
  • What’s not to love about roses? They are commonly used at celebrations with love. They fit in perfectly with weddings. They smell great and come in a variety of colors!
  • Various flower styles play an important part in creating a stunning and romantic display. Could you even imagine how boring the arrangements would be if every single flower was the same? There are so many different flower varieties to choose from you can incorporate your style and create an unforgettable look.

Pro Tip: Baby’s breath flowers are not appealing to everyone’s scent. They also tend to shed slightly, keep this in mind when using in arrangements.

Pavilion Wedding Decoration Ideas

When it comes to planning a marriage celebration, choosing the right venue and decor makes all the difference. One popular venue option is pavilion décor, which offers a versatile and open space for ceremonies and receptions. If you’re planning to use boxwood walls, there are numerous decoration options to consider.

some pavilions already have nails from previous decorations installed

If you’re renting the pavilion in a park, you have to get approval to attach draping to the ceiling rafters using hooks, zip ties, pipe cleaners, and nails. Chances are any nails left from previous weddings will work for hanging your décor.

👥 Pavilions are typically larger structures that are great for receptions of up to 200 guests.

How to Decorate a Wedding Pavilion

Some decoration ideas for a gazebo can also be applied to a pavilion. For example, hanging decorations like lanterns or floral arrangements can be used in both structures to create a romantic and intimate ambiance.

When to book a pavilion vs a gazebo?

  • Gazebo Size: The gazebo is a smaller venue. This is what most couples use as their ceremony.
  • Pavilion Size: A pavilion is going to be larger & it will hold more guests. Use this for receptions.
  • Flower Size: Larger pavilions require larger floral arrangements while gazebos need smaller flowers.
  • Lighting: Outdoor reception pavilions require lighting for evening events to adequately light the space.

Choose a color scheme, add floral arrangements/greenery, set up lighting, create a focal point, personalize the decor, & add decorative elements like table settings. The key is to create a unique look that reflects your personality & style.

Wedding Pergola Decor

Generally speaking, a pergola is a garden structure that’s smaller than a gazebo or pavilion. You might even say that it looks like an arch that’s about 10 feet tall, more or less.

For wedding pergola decor, use drapery that swags across the top & ties to the sides

DIY Tip: Use a heavy object to weigh on the fabric & keep it in place so the wind doesn’t blow it away.

Decorating a Pergola

Adding lighting, plants, and drapery can create a romantic and inviting atmosphere for the pergola. Using a combination of flowers, fabric, and lighting can help create beautiful decor.

Personal touches like hanging pictures add special decor that makes your event unique

When decorating a pergola, it’s important to consider the material you’re going to use. Opt for a poly silk fabric instead of chiffon because the first weighs a little more (which helps a lot in case of wind).

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Final Thoughts

If you made it this far, then congrats! You have all of our pro decorating tips. The only thing left is to rent the decorations and work your magic.

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