Post # 1
Hello wonderful Bees,
After digging through countless photos, I’m at a loss about what to do for flowers at the ceremony, mainly how to mark the "altar." Since the wedding is outside, obviously there isn’t a real altar. My florist has recommended large arrangements in oversized galvanized buckets, and while that is pretty in most cases, I don’t <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-style: italic”>love it for my ceremony.
I think I am going to line the aisle with a few shepherd’s hooks with small arrangements hanging, and have petals scattered on the ground. At first, I was really wanting a chuppah, but not being Jewish, I didn’t want to offend anyone. Then I decided I didn’t want anything, but now I’m kind of thinking I do need SOMETHING up there.
So, I’m appealing to the wonderfully creative community of bees to help think of cool alternatives to the massive arrangements on the side. Or to think of cool, rustic containers – I’m considering old wooden wheelbarrows at the moment.
To paint the picture: The ceremony is in a natural rock park with virtually no trees that could normally set an altar space and it has a short stone wall surrounding a flat grassy area.
Post # 3
You’ll be having chairs for the guests to sit in, right?
How about hanging pommanders (kissing balls) from the edge of the chairs? Also, cones to hold petals for the guests to throw when you come back down the aisle?
What about topiaries?
Post # 4
I think that you can have an arch or canopy without if being a "chuppah" per se (if any Jewish brides out there disagree, please say so! I wouldn’t want to be giving bad advice!!). I was watching some wedding show last night and this wedding planner was talking about how fabric canopies are becoming more popular because they are really pretty and not so static (they move with the wind). They showed one and it looked really cool.
Post # 5
We went very minimal on any kind of decorations since it was going to be outside. Our officiant had a tiny table for the ceremony for her things and then the chairs were going to define the aisle. Plus, once the officiant was at the head of aisle, the ceremony space was defined.
Then it rained, and we moved everyone inside, but the chairs, tiny table and officiant still defined the altar area.
Post # 6
How about tall branches in a bucket with votives hanging off of them on either side? Well actually since it’s probably going to be bright in the day you could put simple flower heads scattered on and around the branches. Though you’ll probably have to wire or tie them on.
Post # 7
You might consider a black steel tubular "cast iron" arbor trellis, similar in looks to the shepherd’s hooks. They are available at Home Depot for not too much money. It could be decorated with flowers, garland, fabric.
Here’s one from a wedding I went to a few months ago (not metal):
Post # 8
jewish bride here! you can have a chuppah without being jewish. the symbolism applies to all couples getting married, not just jewish ones (it represents creating a new home).
i think mrs. gummi bear posted about her "psudo chuppah"…her post is here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/12/10/its-not-a-chuppah-ok-so-it-kinda-is/
Post # 9
You could also do a floral arch… the chuppah I believe has four posts and is more of a "cube" shape than just an arch, so if you did an arch it wouldnt’ be mistaken for a chuppah.
Or maybe you could have a large potted plant on either side of the "altar" area?
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I’m having an outdoor ceremony as well. We are doing shepherd’s hooks down the aisle with hanging pomanders, and at the front will be two oversized large arrangements on pillars.
We picked up these beach-theme pillars at Christmas Tree Shop. They are perfect! So heavy and detailed, too.We will be placing a large arrangement on both to frame the “altar” as seen in the 2nd picture 🙂 Good luck!