Post # 1
I am getting married at our local boy scout camp. It has a wonderful outdoor chapel area nestled just in front of the lake. It looks a little drab with the snow and all, but I think it will be lovely on the actual day:
My question is this: I’d really like to decorate the aisle somehow (it’s a little plain as-is), but I am on a tight budget. I don’t really want to do a full-on “petal aisle runner” because that would be very costly. I was thinking of putting SOMETHING at every 2-3 benches down the aisle, but I don’t know what. I am buying tulle to drape from the chapel.
Post # 3
@soupydoopy: What’s your wedding theme? That could be a springboard for a lot of cute, cheap ideas!
I’m doing a sort of storybook theme, so I got a TON of books for free either on craigslist and by visiting book resale stores and taking the books other people don’t want! I’m going to stack them next to the rows of chairs with some doodads or other fancy things on top of them, haha.
Maybe if you have a rustic theme, check flea markets or craigslists for old crates that you can put some seasonal flowers on! Since you’re getting married in September, mums are always cheap and will be in season! Or, if you know someone who lives in a woodsy area, have them give you some tree slices that you can put mason jar lamps in or something! Also, vases at the dollar store and dollar mart are plentiful and cheap cheap cheap! You can also get little votive candles there too, which you can put in the vases!
Post # 4
@keembeen: Thanks for the suggestions! We’re going with a rustic sort of theme because of the location.
I actually am NOT allowed to use mason jars–long story short, my older sister is getting married next year and specifically forbade me from using mason jars in my decorating because that is “her thing.” **shrug** I don’t want any drama. I can do without mason jars. 😛
We’re also doing the log sections with votives as our centerpieces for the reception tables!
I like the idea of the crates! I am friends with a girl who runs a wine shop. Maybe she can cut me a deal on some. I’d need like…12 of them though. And I could use them afterwards as shelving/DIY furniture!
Post # 5
@soupydoopy: You could use lengths of a log standing on end, then place something simple on top. This one does show mason jars, but you could use another container- milk glass, a wood box etc. If you contact an arborist now, you can likely get the logs free from all the damage done in the winter storms.
You could also use pomanders or grapevine balls.
Post # 6
Depending on when your ceremony is, strings of lights in the trees would be pretty and usually not that expensive. You could also do flower cones for the pews, we did them with fake flowers (not the crappy looking ones but decent just use coupons)”for $10 each. Or just ribbon bows or oh what is the word…. the balls of flowers. People make them with fabric or ribbon or paper flowers for super cheap just some effort.
Post # 7
@soupydoopy: That is hilarious about the mason jars, hahaha! Girls can be so funny.
And YES MA’AM work those connections! Since you’re getting married in September, that will give you plenty of time to have her save them up! At the very least, if you go to your local grocery store and ask nicely, they should be able to give you some!
And the idea of using the crates as furniture afterwards is BRILLIANT. If pinterest has taught me anything, it’s that wood crates and pallets can be turned into literally anything.
It would be so cute if you could paint the crates in your wedding colors and then put some extra wood slices and candles on top! And maybe some greenery or something, but who knows! I’m just spitballing 🙂
Post # 8
@keembeen: My only concern is the height of the crates. Wine crates are usually pretty decently sized. If I stood them up on end, they’d be taller than the benches. My OCD might kick in on that!
Loving these suggestions so far. 🙂 Keep them coming!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
Tissue paper “flowers” would be inexpensive and add color! I’m thinking of using them for some of our decor, too 🙂
Post # 10
OOH! OOH! Look at this picture of ferns as aisle deco!!!
Ferns are easy to find here in rural Pennsylvania. I could probably take a shovel out into the woods and dig some up on my own. Get some dollar store pots, WHAM. That’s pretty cheap, haha!
I don’t think mine would look nearly as whimsical though!
Post # 11
@soupydoopy: If you like the fern look, you could do a fern aisle runner! We did winter greens and candles for our aisle runner, and I thought it looked really pretty!
Post # 12
Just in case anyone else is stumbling into this thread looking for ideas, I just spotted these on Dollar Tree’s website:
These flower pots are nicely sized and could easily be painted with acrylic or spray paint to match a theme. It comes in packs of 24, which would be more than enough for my purposes! I am stopping over at my local Dollar Tree tonight to see them in person, but that might be a really nice deal!