Fun and funky pool decor for your backyard wedding #Reception Advice#decor#pool party June 14 | Megan Finley meganfinley Pi and Lynton got married poolside in the Canary Islands. Photo by James Mitchell So we are getting married next to a swimming pool, on a patio that we won't be able to decorate much. The thought just occurred to me that we could have something float in the pool for decoration but I can't think of what. Any suggestions? -anitaluvskevlyn Love this question! I was at a backyard wedding recently where there was a big 'ol empty pool that I couldn't help but think "this big blue watery thing is just BEGGING for something fun." Of course, you don't HAVE to decorate your pool — water is always pretty as it is. But, if you feel like dressing up your big blue watery thing for your wedding, here are some ideas. Flowers How cool is this idea to use hula hoops to contain your pool flowers!? Source: botanicalbrouhaha.blogspot.com via Lisa on Pinterest Floating candles Source: thefancy.com via Pinwheels & on Pinterest Combine flowers and lighting I love these lilly pond lights. Floating pomanders Stick colorful carnations into styrofoam balls and float them in your pool. Source: bellethemagazine.com via Amy on Pinterest Balloons You could always fill the pool with colorful ballons, or you can make 'em glow by sticking glow sticks inside! Source: Dani on Pinterest Floating fountain This three-tier Grecian swimming pool fountain would be enough as is. And think about how much fun it'd be to swim with! Underwater lightshow For just $30 the Underwater Light Starship features a rotating device adding unique underwater lighting effects. Above-water lights These jellyfish lights are the coolest things EVAR. And they're just $29 on Amazon! Giant silly rafts Go BIG with your pool decor with these giant swan rafts. (Photo by Cory Ryan.) Make awesome floating words or a wedding logo out of styrofoam, like this from a typographic nerd wedding. Source: bridalmusings.com via Stefan on Pinterest Decorate just the perimeter Source: bellethemagazine.com via Jovana on Pinterest Okay kids, what am I missing here? What are your go-to pool decorations? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Make headbands out of groomsman neckties for your groomsgirls NEXT Learn how to rock a stylin' pompadour for your rockabilly wedding Toggle comments [ 12 ] Hire synchronized swimmers!!! It would be beautiful AND entertaining. 16 agree Reply I am planning on using glowing white beach balls (with fishing line and sinkers to keep them from all ending up in one corner of the pool) and tiki torches around the perimeter. 8 agree Reply Make glowing balloons to decorate your pool. grab heaps of balloons in any color you want then blow them up with glow sticks inside. They look amazing and are really cheap and easy to make. 16 agree Reply Get in the water yourself! Get married in the water! 6 agree Reply I have a pool at our venue (and a hot tub) and I've seen some trash the dress photos of a bride and her minions jumping in after the ceremony. not sure if I want to do that to my dress yet lol also. FLOATING POMANDERS!! GLOWING BEACH BALLS! omg… 5 agree Reply We're doing it, jumping in the pool after our vows. And now I'm totally doing floating pomanders. 5 agree Reply We covered the pool with a dance floor – not exactly decorative, but functional, as we needed the space. I love the floating flowers corraled by hula hoops, though. You could do the same thing with floating candles for evening. 6 agree Reply how?? i would love to do this. how would it be sturdy enough and not worried about falling into the pool 6 agree Reply We hired a company that built a temporary scaffolding in the pool (they wore scuba gear and everything). They also put up a railing, since we actually covered only half the pool, so that folks wouldn't dance over the edge and into the drink. Definitely not a DIY project! 7 agree Reply Hi, Im interested in covering my pool for my wedding. Where did you get it done, and how much did it go for? I heard it can be expensive. 1 agrees Reply Do a trial run first – I gave floating candles to our restaurant venue that had a pool – and they couldn't use them because the set up in that pool kept the water constantly moving – so the candles just kept getting sort of swept away. 6 agree Reply OR leave it empty and swim during the reception! 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