(Closed) “Altar” flowers alternative (outdoor ceremony)

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

You’ll be having chairs for the guests to sit in, right?


How about hanging pommanders (kissing balls) from the edge of the chairs?  Also, cones to hold petals for the guests to throw when you come back down the aisle?

What about topiaries?

Post # 4
78 posts
Worker bee

I think that you can have an arch or canopy without if being a "chuppah" per se (if any Jewish brides out there disagree, please say so! I wouldn’t want to be giving bad advice!!). I was watching some wedding show last night and this wedding planner was talking about how fabric canopies are becoming more popular because they are really pretty and not so static (they move with the wind). They showed one and it looked really cool. 


Post # 5
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

We went very minimal on any kind of decorations since it was going to be outside. Our officiant had a tiny table for the ceremony for her things and then the chairs were going to define the aisle. Plus, once the officiant was at the head of aisle, the ceremony space was defined.

Then it rained, and we moved everyone inside, but the chairs, tiny table and officiant still defined the altar area.

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

How about tall branches in a bucket with votives hanging off of them on either side?  Well actually since it’s probably going to be bright in the day you could put simple flower heads scattered on and around the branches.  Though you’ll probably have to wire or tie them on. 

Post # 7
72 posts
Worker bee

You might consider a black steel tubular "cast iron" arbor trellis, similar in looks to the shepherd’s hooks.  They are available at Home Depot for not too much money.  It could be decorated with flowers, garland, fabric.

Here’s one from a wedding I went to a few months ago (not metal):


Post # 9
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

You could also do a floral arch… the chuppah I believe has four posts and is more of a "cube" shape than just an arch, so if you did an arch it wouldnt’ be mistaken for a chuppah.

Or maybe you could have a large potted plant on either side of the "altar" area?

Post # 11
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m having an outdoor ceremony as well. We are doing shepherd’s hooks down the aisle with hanging pomanders, and at the front will be two oversized large arrangements on pillars.

We picked up these beach-theme pillars at Christmas Tree Shop. They are perfect! So heavy and detailed, too.We will be placing a large arrangement on both to frame the “altar” as seen in the 2nd picture 🙂 Good luck!


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