Post # 1
We are meeting with our minister shortly to start planning our ceremony. We are getting married in a church, but they don’t have anyone who normally does flowers unfortunately.
I would post a pic but the board isn’t working – the church has 2 side aisles and centre pews. We are having a large table flower display at the front of the church, but beyond that I am stuck. We are on a tight budget, so as much as I would love to go for floral pew ends we can’t afford them.
Does anyone have any cheaper ideas for decorating the end of the pews? I was thinking about placing pot plants at the end of a couple of the pews – our wedding flowers are sunflowers.
Do you think this would work?
Post # 3
That would work. 🙂 We’re not doing much for the church, other than buying flowers at a Costco the night before for it. The other flowers are going to be pro, but I couldn’t justify spening a few hundred dollars on it.
I’m not doing pew markers, I think most churches are beautiful as they are.
Post # 4
Yay July 9th ladies!!
We’re doing a few things in our church. Well, we do have a couple big flower arrangements near the alter and on candlabras. For the aisle, we’re lining the sides with fake flower petals (though this isn’t super cheap either, depending on how thick you want the petals.) I’m also renting some lamp posts to space out down each side of the aisle, and covering them with fake vines (the lamps are $20 each from Hobby Lobby, my sister/MOH is supplying the vines as she’s using them for my shower). On the walls, there are some light sconces that we’re draping some blue and white tulle from. Also planning to make some DIY tissue paper wreaths to go on the back doors of the sanctuary.
I really liked the one tutorial that was showcased on here for awhile. They were triangle/prism-shaped flower holders that were made simply from some paper and ribbon, then filled with baby’s breath. I almost went with this, but decided it might be too busy with the petals and lamps.
Post # 5
Honestly I think that the flowers on the table would be enough. You and your Fiance are going to be the center of attention/decoration lol. I think that a bunch of ceremony decorations arent really needed and is just something that is going to inflate your budget in the long run. 🙂
Post # 6
My church has a similar layout to yours. We are doing two large flower arrangements up front and that’s it as far as floral decor goes. I decided not to do anything for the ends of the pews because I would have to spend 2x the amount I would normally, since there are two aisles.
Check with your church- they may have some candalabras that you could borrow.
Try to re-use every piece of ceremony decor at the reception site. Our two floral arrangements are going to double as decor for the escort card table and food stations. Maybe you have something that you plan on using at your reception that you could bring over early and use at the ceremony too?
Post # 7
Here is a link to the idea ItsPronounced_ABear mentioned (I thought this was super cool too!):
Post # 8
I was just at Dollar Tree last night and their sunflowers are actually pretty good. Maybe tie some artificial sunflowers with tulle?
Post # 9
Thanks ladies, some really nice ideas here. I love the link, thank you 🙂 I wonder if those could be reused as centrepieces? I am wondering about putting them in vases or something…
The sunflowers with tulle idea might be a plan too, I guess something like the chair cover bows you get could be tied round a pew and a sunflower put in them – either real or artificial 🙂
On looking at the aisles again, the pot plants won’t work I don’t think because it would make the aisle too narrow for two of us to walk down.
I don’t want to go overboard on the flowers, as you say churches are gorgeous on their own. Our church is has a massive high ceiling so it very light which means it doesn’t need brightening up. I just love pew ends 🙂
And yes, will definately be using the church stuff in our reception – the church is only 200metres walk from the hotel so it is very easy to move stuff. We are going to move the big alter display to our top table in the reception. Would be so good to use the pew ends in the reception somehow too!
I think I will play around with your ideas and see what works – thanks ladies 🙂
Post # 11
“I was thinking about placing pot plants at the end of a couple of the pews”
^^ I LOL’d
Post # 12
I was actually just thinking about this topic as I tried to go to sleep last night. I don’t want to spend a lot of $$ but want to bring a little romance to the church. I think I am going to go with homeade tulle bows tied on the pews, and simple hurricane candles in the windowsills. Our church is very small with just a center aisle, and very old (1881). Altar arrangement, and might add a couple candles beside the altar arrangement as well (Altar is actually an antique table at the front of the church). After reading this though, I might splurge on the petals along the aisle side. I found this website last night with an incredible deal on silk rose petals:
Question, if I line the aisles with petals, should I also have the flower girls drop them as they walk? Anyone out there not using a runner (there is a dark green carpet up the aisle over the original word flooring in our church). I’m not sure I want to spend the money on the runner, and I think that the ivory petals would get lost against it. Thoughts?