Post # 1
So I am having an outdoor wedding in 55 days and I am clueless about decorations!
There is going to be a HUGE deck with railing all the way around it and I am going to walk across it and then down the stairs to where the guest will be seated and walk down the ‘isle’ to the archway. Is it a cheesy idea to get streamers that match my wedding colors and decorate the railing?
Also my FMIL is apparently really good at making bows and has been asking for something to do with the wedding. Should I ask her to make some bows that match our colors and decorate the railing with bows and streamers????
I was thinking maybe also get a few potted plants to make it look prettier. Does anyone have any ideas??? Are mine bad ideas?
Post # 3
I love the potted plant idea, my only worry about streamers is that they might get all windblown & blow away (had this happen at a b-day party I threw on our deck LOL). One of my favorite ways to decorate a railing is with the garlands they sell at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. They’re inexpensive & come in lots of different styles.
Post # 4
Unless your budget is just super super tight, I’d probably avoid streamers. They just scream little kid’s birthday for most people. Ribbon could have the same basic effect, but look classier. I really like the garland idea too. They’re not expensive. I’m draping tulle for a lot of my decorations. That’s probably the direction I’d go if I were you. It comes in a lot of colors, or just white, and would look really good with some bows made by your FMIL. HTH!
Post # 5
I have to agree with happilywaiting!
Post # 6
I’m with Liz. Tulle is inexpensive, especially if you can dig up a JoAnne’s coupon somewhere. I’d just reccommend steaming it (or hanging it up in the bathroom while you take a well-deserved hot shower) before you drape it. It can achieve great drama! You could also try some paper banners, depending on how much time you’re willing to spend.
That said, if your heart is set on streamers (and it’s not going to rain), streamer it up! Your wedding is about the look you want. Tacky is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t bother with it!
Post # 7
Tulle is a great idea, just don’t overdo it 🙂 Bows would be really pretty if done with matching ribbon and placed in a few places to emphasize importance- like where you two will stand while exchanging vows; where guests first enter; maybe even as aisle markers.
Post # 8
I agree that streamers probably aren’t the best idea. I love the ribbon and I think that white lights would look pretty wrapped arond the deck railing.
I think bows would be nice too. Especialy at the end of the railing. If the bows she makes are super fabulous you could hang one every couple of feet along the railing.
Post # 9
Potted plants are a GREAT way to add color and a decor to your wedding. Maybe even consider some smaller ones, so guests can take them home as favors?
You can wrap your flower and favor costs all up in one. =)
Post # 10
There’s a myriad of things you can do for budget and last minute!
tissue pom poms (Martha Stewart idea)
flower balls hanging on the rails (you can even use fake flowers)
or just plain flower petals thrown on the floor for added color.
I don’t think it’s completely necessary to decorate the railing but you can ask your florist to string some inexpensive flowers for the garland. There’s also inexpensive butterfly and bird clips you can purchase at michaels and hot glue them on different parts of the garland for added detail.
the potted plants idea is great too and reusable!
Post # 11
I don’t think your ideas are bad.
What about Christmas lights? The white ones might look less Christmas-y and I’m sure someone you know has some for you to borrow.
I also like the potted plants idea- it’s very organic and will add to the lush greenery.
As for streamers, it depends on the look you want. Since it’s a ‘backyard’ wedding, do you want a more garden wedding look or a more BBQ/informal look? If you want the garden wedding, then I’d probably avoid the streamers.
As for the bows- I think you should totally take your FMIL up on her offer- you can use them on the railing, or also on the guests chairs as aisle decorations.
Also- perhaps ribbon instead of streamers might hold up better (and look more like a garden than a BBQ/bday party)
Here are some ideas to use ribbon like a garland (for the deck and stair railings). Some are Christmas themed, but you could alter them to your colors.
This one is ribbons and white lights:
Maybe use your intials for something like this:
Post # 12
Oh dear- I posted lots more photos and they didn’t come through. A google search of "ribbon garland" turned up a lot of nice ideas!
Post # 13
Please don’t do streamers. I do love the potted plant idea.
Post # 14
Thanks bees! I think I will prob go with the tulle and have my FMIL make some bows.
oh and also use the potted plants