Post # 1
The chapel we have for the wedding is stunning, but it needs a little more uniqueness and I’d love to incorporate more of our wedding style within the ceremony. Would it be strange to have an arbor or backdrop within the church? Our wedding colors are grey, beige, brown, and marsala, and I’d love to have an arbor with grey curtains and red, beige, and grey ribbons framed by olive branches. I’m also thinking about having a Persian rug for us to stand on. Here’s the inside of chapel – think it will look okay? Even with the giant cross in the background? Any other ideas?
Post # 2
I think the architecture is so beautiful and stunning that it doesn’t need one! Do you have an arbor or backdrop in mind? You could photoshop it on there to get a better idea.
Post # 3
an arbor would take away from the focal point. This is a beautiful church, love the unique shape with the large window in the back. The arbor would break this up and change the dramatic effect of the sloping beams.
Maybe just a isle runner and flower accents every other pew? Or accent lighting?
Post # 4
Good point, I totally agree with you. I really don’t want to destract from the architecture. I would, however, love some more framing of the bride, bride, groom and officiant. Any ideas on how we could do that? Perferably that’s not flowers on the back table. Giant flower arrangements are a little too expensive.
Post # 5
Honestly, I think a fabric backdrop would detract from the beautiful architecture of the church. If you want add some wedding colors and some pizzazz, I’d do just the ribbons. That was you get your colors and some movement and fun but it isn’t this big, imposing block of fabric.
Post # 6
I would check to see what you are allowed to do before planning anything. Most churches where I live only allow minimal decoration.
Post # 7
I agree with the pp”s that an arbor wojld be jarring aginst the backdrop of the beautiful window and the wonderful beams.
Here is a closeup of the altar area where you can see the table and the traditional large floral arrangements.
If I were to do anything, I would do something more vertical, like birch poles in a tall cylinder vase, or try to repeat the arch shape of the gorgeous beams.
I don’t think you need the floral arrangements on top of the birch branches as shown here.
or something like this
They do seem to allow some decor if you look on their facebook page.
Post # 8
Oh, I really like that last picture you posted. The drapery is beautiful. Perhaps I’ll go with something more like that. Thanks for your input!
Post # 9
I think an arbor might ruin the look of youre church which is amazing. I would probably not decorate and let it speak for itself. Trying to decorate a big space like this it that it takes a lot to make an impression. Florals and drapery get expensive quickly, and while it might make the look a little different, I really don’t think the space could be improved.
Post # 10
i think the linearity of that stained glass and the church as a whole is part of its charm. simply standing two potted trees (can you hire olive trees for example?) either side of the altar could look good and would suit the style of the church.