(Closed) Dressing up a huge cross

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am interested to see what others say here. As a Catholic, I think it’s a huge no-no for you to cover up the cross. If I were a religious person attending your ceremony, I would be very offended by that. If you’re really worried about the pictures, I’m sure a skilled photographer could clone the “telephone pole” out of the pictures. Just my two cents…

Post # 5
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2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would not touch the cross 🙂  For many reasons

However if you put an arch or arbor in front of it it will draw the eyes away from it in pictures and look stunning

Post # 6
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913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I don’t know about “prettying up” a cross, as to those who believe in such things it is a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and death, not a decoration. I agree about putting an arch in front of it, or some kind of canopy.

Post # 6
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I agree with unixfairy. Could you adorn the area around the cross without actually attaching anything to the cross?

I totally understand what you’re saying about the close-ups, but I’m be pretty wary of doing anything to cross. Crosses are usually only adorned for special religious occasions.

Post # 7
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5296 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I’m religious and I don’t see anything wrong with decorating it with flowers, draping fabric over it – whatever. You aren’t religious so the cross doesn’t hold the same symbolism for you that it might for others. As you as long as you aren’t covering it in hate symbols or something else I would say go for it!

Alternatively, using an arch or display of flowers in front of the cross should detract from it enough that you don’t see it/notice it in the pictures.

 

Looks like a stunning location!

Post # 8
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3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Honestly, the beauty of your site is the background. I think trying to make the cross “pretty” is going to detrack from that. Whether its right or wrong to touch it is beside the point. If you’re going for a pleasing look I wouldn’t do a thing. I like the “rough” look of it.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would just place a row of potted trees, or even burlap balled trees from the nursery, in front of the cross.

Your guests will still see the cross but your pics will have the trees as your background.

You could add flowers at the base

you could place an arch so that one of the vertical sides was directly in front of the cross.

It would look asymmetrical to your guests with the cross to one side, but your pics would be great

here’s a backdrop  built with salvaged architectural pieces

It all depends on how much work you want to do!

 

 

Post # 11
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10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

What if you told your photographer to only do straight on photos with the full cross and then tried to do photos from a side angle to keep the cross out when they are closer up?

Post # 13
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14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mink: I agree, there are certain fabric colors for different occassions that you can use.  I also like the flowers around the base.

Post # 12
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2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

There’s nothing wrong with draping a cross with fabric.  Catholic churches do it on Good Friday (admitted, that’s a crucifix). 

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