Post # 1
I’ve been a long time lurker but haven’t posted much until now. I could use some advice or comments on decorating our (hopefully!) outdoor ceremony space.
Mr. C (err.. soon to be Dr.C) and I are getting married in October on the East Coast of Canada at a boat club on the water. The pics don’t do it justice at all, the boat club overlooks the ocean, a marina, a 150-year old tower, it’s just beautiful and I’m sure mid-October the leaves will be changing and even more beautiful.
Weather permitting, we will be getting married on the wrap-around dock outside overlooking the water. We don’t want to obstruct the beautiful view outside but would like to decorate the ceremony space somehow. So some of the questions I have floating around right now
1) To arch or not to arch that is the question… – Bees do you think an arch would obstruct the view too much, or should we go au natural and for-go one. Or just keep a low “arch” or something like that…. so the water isn’t obstructed.
2) If we do decide against an arch what would be a good alternative to set the ceremony space? We need to keep in mind we are on a deck so we’re limited for space.
Any other Bees who went against an arch and did something else???
Post # 3
I say don’t abstruct the view and forego the arch. I can’t wait to see your recaps… what a gorgeous site!
Post # 4
I would do something in keeping with the setting. You could take inspiration from this pic and hang some triangular shaped fabric panels ( to mimic sails). You don’t need to do the whole balcony but it looks like you could frame the ceremony with panels hanging from the second story of the building. It might be too low to bring them down to the railing but you erect a higher rail just in the center. I would not do an arch or chuppah unless it is required for your ceremony.
Post # 5
@RoyalLime: I’ll definitely be posting recaps, the building is a resorted historic building and one of my favourite in the city! If I go with no arch I’ll probably do a patterned aisle runner (to keep it fun and slightly quirky) and then do some sort of decorating where an arch would be… I just need to think of alternatives.
Post # 6
@julies1949: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sail idea I just wouldn’t know how to execute without worrying it would blow away (also an arch concern). We’re right on the Atlantic and this is a known wind tunnel… my family would probably love the shade too!
Post # 7
@jennniferamsmith: If you use parachute cloth, it will not rip or tear. The panels are separate so the breeze can go between. If you can make pocket hems (like pocket rod curtains), you can slide the ends over a metal pole then anchor the pole to the building.
I would likely only do 3-5 panels in the center over the ceremony site.