Post # 1
I am getting married in a very quaint Reformed Church (second marriage). I am on a budget and was wondering if it is really necessarty to decorate the pews and such? We are planning a brief ceremony, and honestly, I can’t remember much about church decorations from any weddings I have been to (and I have attended many!). Do you think people would think to themselves, OMG where are the pew bows, etc? Thoughts please, Bees!
Post # 3
@michelle314: You deocrate as much, or as little, as you’d like. You are the one setting the tone of the wedding. What are you going for? Maybe we can suggest some simple and low cost ideas for you.
Post # 4
@PrncssDva: well, I do love flowers, so I was thinking of maybe just decorating the first few pews. I don’t really like poofy bows. Other than an aisle runner, I don’t plan on much else. I guess I was wondering if I have to have big altar arrangements? I seriously don’t know what is considered the norm with church decorations.
Post # 5
i would put an arrangement or two on the altar and then move them to the reception so they work double-duty. anything else would just be a waste if they’re not that important to you!
Post # 6
@michelle314: I don’t like pew bows either, so I didn’t use them. I made my own pomanders (6) and placed them on the floor along the aisle. You can also use a few candles, at the altar, if you’d like. There are many alternatives other than the normal pew bows and such.
Post # 7
I was thinking that I wasn’t going to decorate much if at all. My Catholic church is beautiful with all the stained glass windows. I am also not a fan of the poufy bows. I figured I would price out some flowers but I’m not going to be upset if I go with nothing.
Post # 8
For my wedding, I had flowers and bows for the pews and that’s it.
Oh, if you want flowers, you could see if there is another bride having a wedding on the same day… You could share the flowers and the cost of the flowers, too!
Post # 9
I voted “maybe a few things”. Perhaps something – flowers and bow – on the first two rows of pews for immediate family?
Post # 10
If church decorations aren’t important to you, then I wouldn’t spent a lot of money or time on them. The church that my sisters got married in actually asked that you NOT do much in the way of decorations, because they consdered the ceremony a sacred religious event and didn’t want decorations taking away from that. We aren’t getting married in a church, but I’m not decorating the ceremony space at all (it’s just not important to me)
Using the same flowers for the alter and the tables at the reception is a great idea.
Post # 11
I didnt do any decorations minues 4 little memorial candles at the front…NO ONE noticed and no one said anything. My Mother-In-Law was pushing big floral bouqets etc and i was kjust like “naahhhh” and i think it looked fine.
Post # 12
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the input!
Post # 13
We are hardly doing any decorating at all in the church. There are so many damn restrictions on what we can do, LOL.
We have submerged flowers and floating candles for the pew markers, and 2 small floral arrangements for the altars. Plus candles in the windows.
Post # 14
Church’s are made to be beautiful. So you probably don’t need to do much. We are just doing enough flowers so that the church can have some on the alter for sunday.
Post # 15
If you don’t want to, don’t do it. I don’t plan on doing any church decorations -it’s a small chapel that only seats 160, so adding anything to the initimate space would make it feel cramped.
Post # 16
I’m putting two dozen roses on the table where we will sign our marriage licence, and then moving them to the cake table at the reception. That’s it. I don’t think anyone will notice or care.