Getting married is the most important event in every person's life. Everything should be perfect on this important day. This includes the wedding cake, flowers, and decorations at the venue of the wedding reception.

Take the help of family, friends, and your spouse-to-be in planning this happy and joyous occasion. Decide the theme, the budget and enlist the help of a wedding planner if required. Make arrangements months in advance so that there is no lapse at the last minute. Conduct a thorough research of the available decorations, sample arrangements that fit the budget and then reach a final decision. Plan early for a hassle-free and smooth wedding ceremony and reception thereafter.

The cake is the most important element of the wedding. Traditional cakes are round or layered with lots of white icing, decorated with iced flowers, real flowers or cake decorations. It is possible to order butter cream and cheesecakes with different icings in colors matching the bridal gown. Also important is the cake display. Usually the cake has its own single-tier or multi-tiered display table and occupies pride of place in the center of the reception area.

When ordering a cake, choose a well-known baker who uses the best quality ingredients and will deliver on time at the due date. Consult them on the type of icing and the size of the cake depending on the number of guests invited for the reception. Taste samples and go for a fresh fruitcake, depending on its availability in the season. Consider ordering a cake with different flavors for different tiers and serve the guests a flavor from each tier.

Wedding flowers form an integral part of the bridal accessories and the wedding decorations. The bridegroom's boutonniere, the flower petals showered on the couple, and the corsages of the mothers and grandmothers are all part of the most important flower arrangements. The bride must carry the most beautiful bridal bouquet, matching the season and her gown. The bouquet must be a reflection of her personal style. Accordingly, a glamorous bouquet will have flowers like roses and hydrangeas in whites and creams. The centerpiece can have luminous candles surrounded by flowers. A traditional bouquet includes roses, calla lilies, in cream, pink or peach. The centerpiece accompanying a traditional bouquet would be a low cluster of roses. Interesting floral hairpieces or brooches can add a fresh element to the bride's dress.

To get the best floral arrangements book well in advance. Talk to the florist; discuss all possible flower arrangements depending on the theme of the wedding and seasonal availability of flowers. Choose a highly recommended and creative florist to minimize chances of any mishap. Clearly, explain which flowers are desirable, those to avoid and those not to be included in case any guest or family member have a known flower allergy. Customized arrangements may cost extra, but lend a unique touch to the entire wedding celebrations. Sign a comprehensive contract that includes the refund policy, and a penalty clause for delays in delivery.

Wedding decorations include the table arrangements, bar arrangements, buffet table, and food station arrangements along with the decoration of the reception area. They also include arrangements for the wedding ceremony including the aisle, the pew seating, and the altar arrangements. Arrange in accordance with the available space and other restrictions at the reception venue. Use innovative embellishments like balloons on the dance floor, satin ribbons, and streamers to enliven the atmosphere. The reception decor must be in accordance with the theme of the wedding and coordinated with the table linen and size of the individual tables. Hire a professional decorator and discuss possible arrangements with him. Add greens and candles as centerpieces on each table that are practical and do not block conversations among guests. Devote ample time to planning the cake, flowers, and decorations for your wedding to make it memorable for yourself and others for a long time to come.