How to Add Artistic Details to Your Wedding Décor

From live painting to watercolor details on paper goods, discover these decorative wedding ideas.

How to Add Artistic Details to Your Wedding Décor

Photo: Mi Belle Photographers

Adding unique, personalized details to wedding décor is an integral part of the planning process for many couples. To make a ceremony or reception fit their personalities, many brides- and grooms-to-be choose to incorporate details from their hometowns, their favorite foods, or decoration elements that reflect their likes and dislikes. Monograms are another way to add a personalized component to your wedding day, and more and more couples are incorporating them into their celebrations.

In recent years, we've also seen a rise in using artistic elements throughout the big day. Whether paint brush stroke details grace invitations and paper goods, couples emblazon their table cards with calligraphy and watercolor designs, or an actual artist is on-site to capture the true emotion of the day on canvas, utilizing artsy details is an especially striking way to add a special flair to wedding décor.

Take a look at the artistic details below from real weddings! Click on each photo to see more from the celebration.

Watercolor map with engagement ring and wedding ring

Since this couple hosted a destination wedding, their paper goods included a custom watercolor map featuring the locations that held meaning to them throughout their courtship. Photo by Jason and Rebecca Walker for Ira Lippke Studios; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Invitations & Calligraphy by Lehr and Black

Watercolor painting of venue on wedding invitation

As an ode to their venue, this couple included a watercolor painting of their Beverly Hills hotel on wedding invitations. Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Invitations & Calligraphy by Lehr and BlackConsulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Custom wedding invitation with blue paint brush stroke design

This wedding invitation, which was crafted by the groom's family's stationery business, featured a deep blue paint brush stroke design to hint at their vibrant color palette. Photo by Mi Belle Photographers; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Wedding ceremony fan program with paintings of wedding party faces

As guests entered the outdoor ceremony space, they were given fans featuring illustrations of the bride and groom, their respective parents, and the wedding party to stay cool. Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Live painter at outdoor wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills

Many couples choose to hire a live event painter to capture their wedding ceremony or reception in a beautiful piece of art that can be displayed in their home for years to come. Photo by Mi Belle Photographers; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Watercolor heart shape escort cards with calligraphy on wood

In lieu of traditional escort cards, this couple chose to pin heart-shaped cards featuring watercolor designs on a walnut-stained wall. Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Calligraphy by Laura Hooper Calligraphy; Consulting by Bob Gail Special Events

Calligraphy on escort cards attached to hedge with clothespins

Calligraphy in itself is a wonderful artistic detail to add to your wedding day. The art of calligraphy can embellish escort cards, invitations, signage, and more to create a refined look. Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography; Floral Design by Empty Vase; Invitations & Calligraphy by Lehr and Black

Sand sculpture on beach of dog at wedding

To honor the couple's proposal, which included a brand new puppy, this destination wedding on the beach featured a sand sculpture of the newlyweds' adorable dog. Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Consulting by SoCo Events

Ice sculpture at wedding with bride groom names and wedding date

Another form of sculpture that will add an artistic element to your big day is an ice sculpture. Simply use for decorative purposes, carve an entire bar out of ice, or use the piece as martini luge. Photo by Robert Evans Studios

White small wedding cake with gold paintbrush strokes

Add a finishing artistic touch to your big day with a wedding cake featuring paint brush stroke details! Photo by Mandy Paige Photography

For more wedding ideas, browse through hundreds of real wedding images in our photo galleries! Be sure to also follow Inside Weddings on Instagram and Pinterest for daily inspiration!