Post # 1
Okay girls, I need some help… I’ve got a sanctuary with two aisles (no center aisle, the pews are bolted to the floor), a crow’s nest sitting maybe 8 feet above us at the front of the sanctuary (meaning nothing very grand or vaulting at the front), and the venue doesn’t allow us to use any candles. 🙁 We’re having a black and ivory November wedding (at 1:00 in the afternoon), and the sanctuary is decorated in red and navy, which makes me think maybe we should stick to ivory since adding black would be too much. We chose the place because it’s my FI’s home church, but I can’t think of a way to decorate it nicely!
We’ve got 9 baby’s breath topiaries (that we’ll be using for the reception) to work with in decorating the room. I’m not terribly keen on poofy stuff like bows and tulle… I’d like to create a feel of sophisticated elegance and romance, but it feels impossible to do in such an old, dated church!
Ideas, anyone? Pictures welcome!
Post # 3
@UK Bride: Do you have any pictures of the actual church?
Post # 4
@chasesgirl: I wish. Unfortunately not. It’s old, lots of wood, vaulted pointy ceiling, big stained glass windows on the sides (brides usually put some sort of arrangement in those, I think–they’re about a foot feet deep so not deep enough for the topiaries…), and a big wrap-around balcony. There are pillars going down the far side of each aisle because they hold up the balcony, and then there’s seating on the other side of each aisle, under the balcony. Hope that’s a more-or-less explanation… Behind the crow’s nest is this huge navy draping that can’t come down, and the carpet is red.
Post # 5
You could baby’s breath pomanders from the pews
You could put something similar in the window ledges.
This might be out there, but would you be able to hang ribbon from anywhere? The front balcony, the windows?
If they won’t let you use candles, could you do arrangements on either side of the stage and maybe wrap them in fabric with fairy lights underneath? I can’t find a good picture of what I mean, but the idea being: