(Closed) Outdoor ceremony: show me your focal point!

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Wow, if your mom is a florist, I would think that large floral arrangements would be the way to go.

 

Haha.  That tiny picture shows the 5′ iron stand that I will have two of up at the front.  I haven’t worked out the details yet… but I think I will be placing a ball-like flower arrangment on top, or maybe having garlands wrapped around it.

I agree – what your mom is suggesting sounds a little old-fashioned.  Could you rent trees?  They wouldn’t be gigantic, but maybe something to soften and cover up the brick wall.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here’s mine. I love it, but it’s won’t be feasible for a backyard wedding because it is a permanent structure. 

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Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Sorry I don’t have much help, as our site has a big tree we’re standing in front of, but I know exactly what you mean when you say your mom’s idea might look dated.  My mom is the exact same way.  I love the natural beauty of the tree, but she wanted to drape it in tulle so it looked “wedding-y”.  Yikes!  She got a big N-O on that one.  I think you could do the rented arch, but if your mom is going to have a hand in it, show her lots and lots of pictures of what you like so she understands you aren’t looking for that tulle explosion aesthetic.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Honesty I like the twisted wood/sheer fabric ect chuppahs and I don’t think you have to be Jewish to have/make one. I mean, its very much like an arch. I don’t think it would be inappropriate to construct something similar if thats a look you are interested in.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

We’re renting the stands for the day.  I’ll have to see if my florist is OK with designing something for a stand that she will never see… if not, I guess I’ll have to DIY it!

Our venue is a heritage home, and hopefully (weather-permitting) will be in the garden in the back. 

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@xoxokristin: I am planning to ask our florist to make a floral arbor decoration to decorate the top of the structure. I think the piece could be moved into the reception space after the ceremony and be used to decorate the fireplace mantles there.

I am attaching an inspiration picture of the decoration I want.

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Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Maybe you have to be Jewish to use a chuppah–but if you call the exact same structure a wedding canopy, anyone can use it.  And if your mom is a florist, she may well have one around the place.

Lacking a florist mom, we used a DIY chuppah.  A picture is below, and instructions can be found at this link.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Draping, draping, draping… I learned it can be dramatic and beautiful without much cost. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our wedding is taking place where my parents live, and here’s the beautiful arbor/arch thingy that they just got for our ceremony. This pic was taken when they first set it up, but now it has flowering vines growing on it and it looks SO pretty! I think it was rather pricey though. In your case, I love the idea of really going overboard with flowers, I think that would be gorgeous!

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re doing an arch, but are keeping it clean and simple. Hanging tiny glass lanterns from it that I found at the $1 section at Target. Originally saw it in a Martha Stewart book. Can’t find a pic online to save my life, otherwise I’d share it with you!

Here’s some other things I loved, and considered:

 

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