Post # 1
We are having the ceremony in a theater followed by cocktails in the lobby and reception in a gallery. We get to use their lighting so we can add with that but need help with ideas. We are doing a classic wedding with bits of drama. Tuxedos with velvet jackets, I have a silk sheath with low back. We are trying to decide to leave the curtains open and show the wood or leave them down so we have a black back drop? We will be using both levels for the ceremony so we want to add some flowers or decor to make the stage feel more initmate. I have been stalking pinterest but havent seen much for ceremonies except for arches which we would like to avoid as people will be looking down from the top level. Can you ladies share your ceremony decor or inspirations for floral arrangments?
Post # 3
@minted: I think this has the potential to be very cool. I recently went to a ceremony that was also in a theater and while it was nice, I think they could have done more with lighting to have used the venue to it’s max. The only ‘negative’ that I saw was the bride came up the aisle and then had to negotiate stairs to get to the stage. She stumbled a bit as she had the long gown and her hands full with the bouquet. Maybe the Maid/Matron of Honor could have held her flowers while she lifted the skirt to do the stairs?
Do you have any artsy/theater type people who would be willing to brainstorm how they would stage and block out a wedding if it were in play?
Post # 4
Have you thought of projecting an image to be visible behind the ceremony?This would work with the curtains open or closed- your preference. You could project a still shot from an old movie, a pic of the two of you, or a monogram.
If you had the curtains closed, you could project a white image with a favorite quote, or liine from an old movie to look like a silent movie screen.
The apron of your stage is large enough that you can close the curtains and hang a monogram as a backdrop
This would also look better with the curtains closed- a hanging backdrop of bottles and flowers or hanging glass vases
Post # 5
@fascinated: We are lucky that two of the guests were theater majors and will be helping us with using the lighting to the maximum and how to place everyone on the stage as they enter for the ceremony. Thanks for the heads up about the stairs I will have a cathedral train so its great to know to have an extra hand for the stairs and such. The only thing we are needing help with is ideas for columns or flower arrangements to make it frame us and the wedding party.
Post # 6
@minted: I would look to working with the main things that draw the eye and have the biggest impact.
Saying that the three things I would spend my time and effort on would me the balcony, the aisles, and the stage.
For the bacony I would work with some type of draping swag that can be seen from the front and back. You could potentially drape them super low so that they almost even show up as you walk into the bottom area so it does double duty.
For the aisles I would make sure that you don’t use candle or vases that would be knocked over (and create a potential mess). But I think you could possible use something similar to an over-the-door hanger and hang small wreaths or flower arrangements from them.
For the main ceremony area – I like the idea of the curtain down – if you are going for drama I think this is the way to go. BUT this also means that you could potentially hand something from the ceiling to help decorate. My first gut feel is hanging chiffon – I know you can get it online (on amazon) for pretty cheap and 216 inches would hang 18 ft. Depending on how high the stage curtains hang from this could be GORGEOUS. You could hang 6-7 just staright down and then use 3-4 to drape in swags (possibly matching the swags used on the balcony).
I don’t have pics as these are all just off the top of my head – but it could be something you could start with and see where it goes from there.
Post # 7
There’s a lot going on in this photo, but maybe picking a couple of elements could work. I kind of like both the white draping with the backlighting and/or the suspended flowers.
Post # 8
@fascinated: We were thinking of doing a hanging of wisteria at first but everything else on the stage seemed to large. I do love the columns with the flowers