(Closed) World’s most awkward altar placement, what do I do here?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Is that an old courthouse?  So cool!!!

I would decorate the curved railing, maybe with a flower garland (if its in budget) or a tulle swag, with flowers on the posts.  As far as entering, can you go in on one side, and out on the other?  Just use the center aisle, and then turn.

Post # 4
28 posts

Is that an old courthouse? Looks awesome!

The chapel where we’ll be getting married has a similar set up. There’s a railing in front of the altar that extends pretty far out. We’re planning on standing in front of it with the officiant behind it. I don’t think standing in front will be too close to the audience. In fact, one of the main reasons I wanted to be in front was because I didn’t want a physical barrier between us and the audience. Our dearest family will be sitting in the first row and I want to be close to them when we’re saying our vows. Also I don’t want the railing to obstruct the pictures. 

As for our bridal party, our Best Man and ManOH (my brother; I’m not having a maid of honor) will definitely stand with us in front of the railing. I’m toying with the idea of the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen standing behind it. That way, it wouldn’t be us and the bridal party in front and just the officiant behind, or just us in front with the entire bridal party and officiant behind. I think that’ll help it to look more even, and not look like some big empty space. I also think that it will add some interesting depth to the pictures/ceremony. And I don’t care so much about the railing obstructing pictures of the officiant or bridal party. 🙂  


Post # 6
28 posts

@Pocket_Mouse:  You’re welcome!

I know! It’s so nice to talk to other brides or read their posts and see how they handled the same issues I’m having.  

Post # 7
5656 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would have most of the ceremony in front of the railing and maybe do the signing or something behind it? That way it’s not unused completely, it feels like that part of the room still had a purpose.

Your ceremony venue looks really cool!

Post # 8
47278 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That “old timey looking gate thing ” is called the bar.

It is the railing in a courtroom enclosing the part of the room where the judges and lawyers sit, witnesses are heard, and prisoners are tried.

Post # 9
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

what about large pomanders or some kind of hanging basket of flowers from the knobs on the bar, and maybe large ribbon/tulle around the railing?

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