Church wedding decorations
Your church wedding decorations are important as the ceremony sets the scene for your whole wedding. Your church may be a traditional building, but you can still decorate it with your style and personality.
How you decorate the church will depend on how ornate the church is, what the church will allow and your budget. Churches are historic buildings and often have rules about wedding ceremony décor to ensure nothing is damaged, such as where you can place decorations and use of confetti.
You should always check with the officiant what is allowed to ensure you are respectful and to avoid unnecessary stress on your big day. There will most likely be no permanent fixings allowed such as drilled holes or nails. Your wedding florist will be used to dealing with these types of buildings but it helps them to know what is allowed at your church.
If your officiant says there are fresh flower arrangements provided in the church for your wedding, you may be tempted not order your own flowers. But bear in mind a lot of church decorations are made by volunteers with only a tiny budget to decorate the entire church.
If you are considering this option it is advisable to arrange to view the church when a wedding has recently taken place, so you can see the quality and quantity of the flowers. It may help your budget but most likely will not match the quality a wedding professional can provide. You may however be able to share the cost of your church flowers with other couples that are getting married the same day as you.
With large buildings such as churches, it often helps to prioritize which areas are important to you for decoration. Your budget may only stretch to a few church wedding decorations, so pick the areas that will have the greatest impact and where you want to guests to focus their attention.
The entrance to the church is often decorated with floral arrangements as guests will congregate there before the ceremony and often take photos there. There are several designs to choose from, a pedestal arrangement on a stand in your wedding colors or two bay trees decorated with flowers at the doorway. Heart shaped door wreaths make a lovely entrance display, or you could go all out with a floral arch or garland over the door.
Another area often decorated with flowers is the top of the aisle where the vows are exchanged. Your ceremony will look beautiful with an arrangement either side of the bride and groom. You could have two pedestal arrangements on tall stands, or two large vases. Candelabras also look lovely and suit traditional style churches.
You may think pew end decorations are an unnecessary expense for wedding ceremony décor. Pew decorations are not vital but do help to decorate the large space of a church. They don't have to be expensive. You can make simple pew decorations yourself, such as a tulle bow, or a single flower tied with ribbon. If you have a larger budget you can opt for small tied bunches of flowers or arrangements in floral foam.
If you want to use the pew flowers later at your reception, designs in floral foam are more convenient as they already have a water supply. Pew end flowers made in foam on a flat shovel shaped base can easily be placed around the reception room. To make your budget stretch further you can choose to decorate every other pew or just the front half.
Most church wedding decorations can be transferred to your reception after the ceremony. Ask your florist if they provide that service or arrange for some of your attendants to take them. Although it is not required, it is polite to leave some flowers at the church after your ceremony. You may wish to leave the pew end flowers or perhaps a pedestal arrangement.
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