Post # 1
This is the beautiful church we will be getting married in!
I love the idea that it’s a really old church, and it’s been restored so it’s in great condition. Part of me feel like I don’t really need to do much with the decor, but I want to do at least something. The carpet is red, though, and the pews are brown. What can I do that is elegant to dress this up (that isn’t too expensive)?
Also, there are some other weird things I am not sure what to do with.
Such as, a narrow aisle.
I feel like the aisle is a little dark so I thought maybe to put candles in frosted vases like this:
However, I’m worried that the vases in the aisle will take up too much space and there won’t be room for me, my dad, and my DRESS to get down the aisle without knocking them over. What do you think? Are dresses heavy enough to knock over vases even if they’re weighted with sand?
I also think it would be nice to have something up front, but the front of the church looks like this:
Should we stand up on that platform with the minister? Would it make sense to have an arch or something behind us? Or would it be too crowded up there?
Please help with ideas of what can work!
Post # 3
@whitemochi622: What a beautiful church! Unless you are having an evening wedding, or are able to turn down the lights in the church, most churches are brightly enough lit that candles and lanterns aren’t all that effective. The price of lanterns also adds up to get the impact that we see in pics.
I would use a pew decor that ties in with your reception decor- in your case olive branches and gold. You don’t have to do every row- every third row is common, or even just the first and last rows.
I would do some arrangements to place on each side of the steps leading up to the altar area. I would also put the same arrangement but larger in scale on top of that short wall that encloses the area for the choir. I would incorporate some of your other colors into these arrangements. You could have someone designated to take these arrangements from the church to the reception venue to place on the gift table, bar, etc.
I am guessing that your officient will have you stand on the top level.
Another idea would be to hang an olive branch garland on the back wall above where the table and floral arrangement are in your pic. You could use Command Hooks so as not to damage the finish.
just the garland, not the wreath
Post # 4
Our church looks like that too. I am playing around with the idea of having a table on the platform with 2 large vases on the table (like the 4th pic with the vases on the sides). I also purchased 4 white columns from the craft store (Michaels $8 each), and I will probably put large vases with flowers and use them at least at the pulpit at each end of the bridal party and at the entrance of the church.
Post # 5
@julies1949: Wow! These are awesome ideas… thank you! I LOVE the pew decor idea with the olive branches… I had not thought of anything like that, and it looks simple and elegant. I definitely think some of the other ideas could work, too.. You’re amazing!
Ooh, I like the columns idea. That could match the columns at the front of the church, and the Italian/olive thing too. Good to know they are so cheap at Michael’s!
Post # 6
@whitemochi622: I love the inspiration pic with the candles and think that would be perfect!
I also like these as well
or these appear to be small lanterns which would give your some light as well
Post # 7
I love the super tall ceiling and the curved benches!
I think a white runner would really help lighten the look of the aisle – and the Michael’s columns are a great idea!
Maybe something like this?