(Closed) Would I look “cheap” if these were the only flowers I used at church?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 4
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think that would be nice – it looks like a pretty church overall so you don’t need as much decoration.  Our wedding was the weekend after Easter so there were tons of potted plants (lilies mostly) – would your budget allow a few potted flowers/plants to add a little more color or texture?  Or a smaller arrangement on the actual altar itself (like the photo attached from http://www.lamberdebie.com/weddings.htm)

Candles are another good way to add decoration.

Good luck!


Post # 5
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think that it’s a beautiful altar all by itself and that the single arrangement would add just the right amount of color.

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

Not at all. I think thats beautiful and the nice thing about church weddings is usually the church is pretty on its own.

Post # 9
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ evalague – No you would not look cheap. Most Catholic Churches are beautiful in itself and thus there is no need to overdue their existing decor.

The important part of the mass, is the Eucharist… so as long as you have that, you are good.


Post # 10
529 posts
Busy bee

I think it will look beautiful – I never understand why people put lots of flowers in churches that are already beautiful. They never show up in pictures, anyway!

A tip: I don’t know about you, but our chapel “asks” (=its pretty much required! – I know this is common for funerals as well) that you donate the flowers after the ceremony. We have no problem with that and are happy to help beautify the church for weekend Masses, but we are on a tight budget and asked if we could do arrangements to transport to the reception hall and bring them back the next morning and they were fine with it. Since our families (and us!) will be going to Mass the next morning anyway, its no extra trouble.

Post # 11
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think this would be just fine.  Realistically, your church is already beautiful…  would anyone even notice if you added an arrangement?  One of the problems I’ve faced with wedding planning is thinking I needed to do A, B and C when really, none of them are required and no one would notice if they were missing.

Post # 12
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We didn’t have any flower arrangments.  It was the weekend after divine mercy Sunday (two weeks after Easter) so there were a ton of easter lilies.  Also we had a Latin Mass, so the priest stood in front of the altar rather than behind it, so we had to keep that area free.

My sister had an English Mass and my parents rented laterns to go next to the kneelers set in the front of the altar.

Post # 14
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

No, I don’t think you need flowers.   Heck, we only budgeted 80.00 for church flowers.

Post # 15
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We actually budgeted $0 for our altar flowers–partly because our church is very ornate, partly because we’re getting married during Lent so altar decorations are discouraged, and partly because we feel like the ceremony is beautiful enough on its own and doesn’t need a lot of “extra” details, so we would rather use that money on the reception flowers.  

Post # 16
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We didn’t get any flowers or decorate the church at all. I thought about going throwing an arrangement together myself the day before, but I ran out of time. 🙂

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