Post # 1
I’m at a total loss on what sort of ceremony/aisle decor I can do for a very low cost. We aren’t working with a florist for the event
Here is the venue set up for an outdoor wedding, so you’ll see the setup:
That is pretty much barebones – which is all I have planned thus far. I experimented with some tissue paper pomanders that I was thinking I could attach to the chairs to decorate the aisle.
I would love advice on how you think the space could be decorated – on the cheap! I know a lot of other brides have done pillars with large flower arrangements – but that is just not in the budget. I tend to think that having the lake background is decoration enough – but I wanted to see what other ideas people might have. Thanks!
Post # 3
We were going to use picture frames (just plain wood ones from the dollar store) with pictures of us in them.
kind of like this:
Post # 4
mason jars with a few DIY flwers
decorate the aisle with silk petals-could be a problem if there is a breeze off the lake
quick and easy- place potted plants or cut flowers ( the kind you get at the corner store) in buckets
teacups sourced from thriftshops or borrowed from relatives- fill with a tiny flowering plant
large pomanders placed only at the entrance to the aisle
burlap cones with baby’s breath
place a piece of vintage furniture painted a pretty color at the altar to attract attention
Post # 5
I love simple decor for outdoor weddings, so I wouldn’t worry so much with the aisle, but I would try to do something to designate an alter.
I can’t tell how far those trees are from the chairs, but I saw this first pic & thought it was beautiful!
Or, if you move the chairs over & focus on one tree you could do something like the the 2nd pic. Or add paper lanterns to the tree.
The 3rd is just a really simple way to show the alter.
Or, you know the backdrop is pretty enough, you could just get rose petals and thrown them down the aisle w/ no other decor other then the trees & the water 🙂
Post # 6
That ceremony space is so beautiful it really stands well on it’s own.
We just had chair hangers on the first two rows of seats to indicate they were “reserved”. Other than that we let the space speak for itself.
You can kind of see them on either side here:
The nice thing was, that these flowers were then moved to the reception venue and placed in the bathrooms as bathroom decoration. So 2 uses for the price of one!
Post # 7
This picture was my aisle inspiration. We’re getting married on a lakeside patio at 7pm in early June. I am not a floral-garland, pomander, or rose petals type bride, so we’re using varying sizes of black lanterns with white pillar candles inside. I’m having lavender sprinkled down the aisle. I think since you’re doing it outdoors and there’s already so much beauty, something simple, elegant, and understated would be easy and cheap to pull together, but also make a really good impact. You’re not having to work with a sparse church or hotel banquet room, so you shouldn’t need much to give it some umph!
ETA: Here’s another picture my Google search turned up. Lovely combo of florals (you’d need a few so it probably wouldn’t be that expensive) and lanterns. We’re buying wholesale bags of lavender pods for the ceremony and elsewhere throughout the reception…check into wholesale florists or other plant vendors for cheaper rates if you want some flowers.
Post # 8
Thanks so much for the great ideas! I forgot to mention that my venue isn’t exactly flexible on setup – so the chairs are always in the same spot, they won’t let us decorate the trees, etc. Also they charge an crazy amount for rose pedal cleanup that I refuse to pay for. They do two weddings a day here on most Saturdays in the spring and summer, so I guess they just try and be as functional as possible to turnover from one event to another. I think lanterns are also not allowed but I’d have to check with the venue – I love that look!
Maybe I’ll get some shephards hooks with flowers in some sort of bucket to put at the front by the ‘altar’ to frame the area. We are having a small bridal party – only my sister and my FI’s brother will be standing up with us.
Post # 9
@MrsDrRose612: I love this. It’s perfect, especially for OP’s setting!
Post # 10
Maybe they would allow you to use lanterns with a flameless candle. I don’t see why there would be an issue with that.
Post # 11
@alaydelette: The venue is quite restrictive in what they’ll allow for the outdoor ceremony. Anything that they do allow will incur a hefty ‘setup’ charge that I’m trying to avoid. I did consider flameless candles – I just don’t really think they will have much of an effect during the daytime ceremony. If it were at dusk, I think it would be gorgeous!