Post # 1
Just curious about how many pew bows are people doing, those of you getting married in a church…
I’m getting married in a rather large university church. I’m not getting any flowers. The church is very beautiful so it’s really not necessary. I am getting a white aisle runner, though.
I don’t want to spend a lot of money, I’m planning on going with inexpensive bows that I’ve seen for like a dollar. I just want to know what would look right: a bow on every pew? Every other? Every few?
There’s the front half of the church which are the first half of pews, then there’s a break, and then there’s the back set of pews. There are also side rows of pews. Basically the church is much larger than all my guests. It looks like it fits about 800 people (maybe I’m exaggerating, I’m estimating) and only 100 are coming so I’m wondering if I should just put the bows on the first half of the pews (to the first break). Know what I mean?
Post # 3
I’ve been advised by many people (both at my church as well as friends, family, etc) that if you are going to have pew bows/decor/etc they need to be on every aisle and go all the way to the back otherwise it looks undone and unfinished. Kind of like you added bows as a last minute oversight.
So with that, I’d say that no, you shouldn’t just go to the break in the pews – if you do bows they should go all the way to the back. To minimize cost, you could just do a bow every 3 or 4 pews, but they should still go from front to back.
Your church sounds much like mine – beautiful in and of itself to where it really doesn’t need decor and much larger capacity than your guests. For those reasons, I decided not to do pew bows (my church also has two aisles so that would double the decor I need).
I also think if you aren’t doing a bunch of other flowers and such at the church, to just have pew bows will look kind of silly (again, kind of like a last minute thing). Just let the natural beauty of your church be the decor and don’t worry about doing anything else!
Post # 4
I went to a wedding last year at a church that had some sort of pew decor… not sure if they were flowers or bows. But the way they did it was to do them every other starting at the front and then stopping at the last row that held family. That may there was a good indication for the ushers to know where to seat family vs friends. As friends, we sat in the rows behind the bow’d rows. Family sat in the rows with bows. I want to say they used six bows/flowers total and did every other, so three on each side.
Post # 5
I am doing 16 pew bows. We are putting these one the first 8 on each side, these rows will also be where the family, bridal party sit.
Post # 6
We’re going to do either every other row or every 3rd, depending on how many rows/pew bows we have. (I know how many bows we have, but I don’t remember how many rows there are in the church!)
Post # 7
Our church sounds very similar to yours. There are 3 aisles, a break in the middle, and WAY more room than we need. We also didn’t want to do any floral decor because of the cost. I don’t think we’re doing any pew bows at all. I completely agree with FutureKMM’s points. I’m going to make “Reserved” signs to place on the ends of the first couple pews that will be for immediate family and bridal party.
Post # 8
I actually didn’t do any. The church we were getting married in was really pretty and I didn’t think it needed any decor, and also, I was sort of tired of paying for things at that point and wanted to skip the extra expense. We instructed our ushers where to seat everyone, so people sitting in the reserved family rows wasn’t an issue.
Post # 10
Above is a pic of the church. The couple isn’t us, it’s just the one the university uses to advertise their church for weddings.
So I’m thinking I should use an aisle runner b/c it looks pretty like that.
What do you think, should I use pew bows? If so, how should I do them?
Post # 11
That church is beautiful! Just stick with the aisle runner – that will look great!
Post # 12
I personally would just stick w/ the aisle runner! We are not using a runner or pew bows, simply because I feel it takes away from our church. A church decorates itself, in my opinion. But if you decide to do pew bows, I would make sure they go all the back
Post # 13
Ok, I’ll just go with the aisle runner!!