Wedding ceremony decorations for a civil ceremony

At a civil ceremony your wedding ceremony decorations can be used in a more imaginative way than at a religious service. Your room is a blank canvas just waiting for wedding ceremony flowers and decorations to transform it.

A civil ceremony gives you the freedom to make decisions about the room such as the seating layout and the width of the aisle, allowing you to have as much fun as you like with wedding ceremony ideas.

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Your venue may have a wedding co-ordinator who will have a wealth of wedding knowledge; they may be able to help advise you on how to put your ideas into action and what works well at the venue.

Also ask your co-ordinator about what lighting options the room has, you may be able to dim the lights and use lots of candles. Or you could hire starcloth or fairy lights to be placed around the room. Before you start planning your fabulous ideas, check with your venue for any health and safety regulations regarding decorations that you must abide by. They may have rules about candles, use of confetti and making sure your decoration don't cover any exit signs or fire extinguishers etc.

Some venues have nice enough chairs and some have chairs you'd rather cover up. Either way, chair covers can transform the look of the room. It's not very likely that the chairs provided will match your color scheme, so by covering them you get a neutral uniform look and you can add a touch of color with a chair sash to match your color scheme.

You might not need as many wedding ceremony decorations once you have lots of chair sashes in your chosen colors. If you are having your ceremony room turned around for your reception, you can use the chair covers there too.

The layout of the chairs will make the 'aisle' you walk down. You can make the aisle even more special giving it the red carpet treatment, or any colored carpet you'd like to walk on. Venue dressing companies can get pretty much any color carpet you like.

If you're having a stylish black and white theme, have a white carpet with black chair sashes and decorations. You can also dress your aisle by scattering flower petals down it. If your venue doesn't allow fresh petals in case they get walked into carpet around the room, pick faux petals instead.

To decorate the aisle you can let your imagination run wild, there are so many wedding ceremony ideas for a civil ceremony. You can have pew end type decorations tied to the side of chairs. Wrap a soft organza type ribbon around the back of the chair and tie it at the base so the flowers hang down the chair legs. You could have small tied bunches or flowers in floral foam.

For a natural theme use fabulous tall branches lining the aisle, or for a winter wonderland, use frosted or snowy branches. If you want to incorporate candles into your ceremony, use candlesticks linked with swathes of tulle up the aisle.

At civil ceremonies it is much easier and cheaper to re-use wedding ceremony decorations as they only need to be moved from room to room. Florists usually charge to transfer flowers from a church to reception venue. Ask your wedding co-ordinator of they can organize moving your wedding ceremony flowers for you.

wedding ceremony decoration ideas

If you are having a long and low floral design on the registrars table you can move that to your head table for your reception. Any large designs like pedestal arrangements can be also be placed around your reception later in the day.

If you have your heart set on a themed wedding, civil ceremonies give you more scope to decorate using large props that may not be considered appropriate at a religious ceremony. Event companies hire out unusual props you can use for wedding ceremony decorations.

There really are no rules for a civil ceremony; if you love butterflies and want to include them stick them on everything. If you want your guests to join in with the fun, specify a dress code on the invites suggesting things they could wear and then place props on chairs to help them get into the spirit of things. Fun items that they can wear like badges, flower garlands or masks will get your guests talking and make for some great photos.

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The Language of Flowers

You can use the 'language of flowers' to give a special meaning to your bouquet

Here are some of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings...

  • Allium - good fortune
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  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - calm
  • Gardenia - grace
  • Gypsophilia - everlasting love
  • Heather - passion
  • Lily - virtue
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Red rose - passionate love
  • Tulip - hopeless love
  • White rose - purity

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    Hints and tips...

    For a bit of fun for the girls at your wedding, why not tie this cute poem to your bouquet before you throw it?

    "Congratulations Missy! You pushed your way up front. You caught the bride's bouquet. Good luck with your groom hunt!"

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