(Closed) Decorating church for ceremony. Any budget ideas?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That would work.  πŸ™‚  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
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

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. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 8
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was just at Dollar Tree last night and their sunflowers are actually pretty good.  Maybe tie some artificial sunflowers with tulle?

Post # 10
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m using tulle bows

Post # 11
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

“I was thinking about placing pot plants at the end of a couple of the pews”

^^ I LOL’d

Post # 12
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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:

Silk 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?

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