Post # 1
Hello bees. I need some help decorating my ceremony space. It is a gazebo located in a local park. I actually posted a poll last week asking for you all to choose between this, and another space, and the gazebo won by a landslide. I took my fiance to see it today, and he gave it the seal of approval. So now I need some ideas on how to decorate it, and make it look really pretty and romantic. Here are some pictures of it from all angles. I’m thinking tulle going up the beams and the white padded folding chairs with hanging flowers on the end. I want to add more flowers somewhere as well I think. do you all have any ideas on how I can spruce this up? Thank-you!
*My ceremony will be around 6:00pm next June, so it will still be light out because the sun doesn’t set here in June until about 8:00-8:30. I would like to string lights and lanterns too, but I am not sure if they would be visible during the day. My reception starts at a different location at 7pm. We are taking all photos before the ceremony, so we will probably be done with the ceremony and on our way to the reception around 6:30pm.
Long path leading up to the gazebo
This is where you first walk into the gazebo. In that corner directly across is where fiance and I will be standing-thinking of putting an arch there
This is a better view of the corner where we will be standing for the ceremony
This is under the gazebo. Not sure if I will set the chairs for my guest up under there, or closer to where my fiance and I will be standing
Post # 2
Is it daytime or night? I think lights strung up would be super pretty! Since it’s so rustic, I would amp it up with flowers!
Post # 3
I would hang some lanterns with candles inside along the walkway leading up to the gazebo, that would look really lovely 🙂
Post # 4
Sorry-I sould have mentioned. It will be around 6:00pm next June, so it will still be light out because the sun doesn’t set here in June until about 8:00-8:30. I will add this info in my post. Thank-you!
Post # 5
I agree, I would love to do that. It wil be at 6pm in June. The sun doesn;t set until around 8-8:30, so it will still be pretty light out.
Post # 7
Are there any rules about what you can’t do / have?
Post # 8
Good question. They said I can decorate however I want-but I bet I can have any open flame candles or anything.
Post # 9
I like the tulle idea! I’d wrap the tulle around string lights. What are your colors?
Post # 10
I was thinking the same thing! My colors are sky blue, light pink and fischia. Here is my inspiration photo for my weddign colors.
Post # 11
I think you will definetly need added lighting and would talk to a lighting company to provide propper illimunation for your nuptuals.
I do not know what you budget is but here are a few ideas
Low budget – Add lowest cost lighting and hang riboons with thumb tacks as a backdrop. make sure to weigh them a bit so they gently sway but not blow away if the wind picks up. then add a garland hiding the tops and draping down framing the scene. then a rose pettal isle. White folding chairs.
Mid range – Uplights, lanterns, and a floral backdrop. Chavari chairs and lanterns with candles lining the walk way.
High budget – an abundance of String lights, a few small chandeliers and uplights at the corners. Hang a large chandelier over the alter with floral backdrops flanking the alter but not behind. Create an arch with hanging flowers between the two floral walls framing the lake behind. Chavari chairs, floral isle with candles and lanterns lining the way. Wrap all of the poles with Floral garlands and add a floral arch to where the entrance/isle will begin mimicing the arch over the alter.
Post # 12
UGH First of all I’m supremely jealous of this ceremony site!! Its soo stunning! Whatever you decide, I’d do a backdrop behind where you stand for the ceremony. Macrame hanging, DIY archway, hanging bunting, or whatever
Post # 13
If you have time, you can get those little glass balls for like $1.50 on ebay. I ordered one a month or so ago to see if they would come in safe or not, and mine came packed in styrofoam and taped up, so it was super safe! I’m gonna order more soon. I got some from two different sellers, but only the one has come in yet (two different styles)
Post # 14
What a beautiful site for your ceremony! I would not use an arch. I think the lines would conflict with those of the gazebo. I would however, have some special feature as a backdrop.
Lanterns along the walkway will look nice in pictures, but I think spending a lot on string lights, uplighting etc would be a waste of money. It won’t be dark enough for them to make any impact. Show your pics to your photographer to see if they recommend adding lighting.
In your pics I see two large cement blocks (?planters) and two long benches. Will those be there for you to use? You can place two large planters or floral arrangements on top of the cement blocks, then place a row of lanterns of varying sizes- smallest to largest along both benches.
Because you have those lovely big trees, I would consider hang wood plaques on the trees with wood burned initials to mimic an actual carving in a tree. You could do three with the date you met, the date you got engaged, and your wedding date.
Another option would be to hang something like this from a wire strung between the trees.
These are easily made ahead of time with hula hoops, fake garland and silk flowers. If you don’t like those rings as a backdrop, you could hang one in each section of the gazebo between the posts. In that case you could swag fabric from 3 hanging rings instead of an arch.
With any backdrop make sure you check the height so it is not blocked by someone’s head, nor does it look like it is growing out of someone’s head.
Post # 15
garland would be so pretty! Great ideas!