Post # 1
I was considering doing silk floral pompanders for the pews at church but someone told me that because wedding flowers are considered a sacrimental gift to the church they HAD to be fresh? Are any Catholic brides using any silk or DIY for some of their church decorations? Is this true?
PS: I do plan to go fresh for the altar flowers, its just the pew decor I am concerend about. My church is VERY long (25 rows) and I could not afford to use fresh flowers on each pew. My mom says that I should only do the front half of the church or every other pew. I might accept the “every other” but I think decorating only the half of the pews closest to the altar would look unfinished – even despite the fact that an aisle seperates the 2 halves. Am I wrong here?
Post # 3
I’d ask the parish to see what their rules are. I wasn’t going to have any added decorations because I ultimately didn’t see the need. My mom thought I was crazy but then rationalized it away since I got married two weeks after Easter, so all the Easter lilies were still out.
A couple of days before the wedding, the wedding hall coordinator said she had pew decorations from a previous wedding and said we could use them if we wanted, so that’s what we did. I believe they had artificial white flowers and some green ribbon. My colors were primarily pink and blue, but I had green ivory in the flowers, so I felt it wouldn’t clash. No one said anything.
Post # 4
Our parish just said that if we use real flowers we have to leave them behind and if we used fake we had to take them with us. We’re not using any, but for what it’s worth, they didn’t outlaw fake!
Post # 5
Our parish said that everything has to be “as it appears to be” meaning flowers had to be real and music couldn’t be recorded. I’d check with your church though, they might not care.
Post # 6
Depends on the parish. Ours uses only silk to decorate everything for the holidays. I’m using silk for the ceremony and taking them with me. I’ve never heard of the rule where you have to leave them in the church.
Post # 7
If it turns out they have to be real, I saw a really cute idea once. The bride took a long stem calla lily and made it into a loosely tied loop which she tied with ribbon to each row. It was really simple and beautiful. I tried to find a picture but can’t seem to find any 🙁
Also, I think every other row is perfectly acceptable.