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Decorating a Church Wedding Ceremony
When you're tasked with decorating the church for a wedding ceremony your choices will be dictated by the theme and ceremony of the day. Many churches have strict rules for decorations which you will need to adhere to, so the first step will be to ask the church for a list of what can and can't be decorated and if there are any materials that are banned. Many churches won't allow you to use real rose petals on their floors as they can stain and damage the carpet, for example. Here's our list of the decorations you might like to consider when decorating a church wedding ceremony.
The entranceway - A beautiful way to decorate your church is to include an entranceway treatment. This might be a long garland stung across the pillars of the church doors, a beautiful floral wreath in the colours of your wedding placed on the doorway, or embellishing the walkway as your guests arrive with luminaria or large planter pots filled with sculpted plants and tied with ribbons matching your wedding colours.
Wreaths - Wreaths are a traditional church decoration and make a beautiful entranceway decoration on doors and gates. Ask your florist to create a floral wreath for you in the same flowers you are having in your bouquet. Some of our favourite wreaths are made of lush but cheap blooms like daisies, carnations and sweet peas. Think also about shaped wreaths - a heart shaped wreath makes a romantic motif as you enter the church.
Pew decorations - Even if you don't decorate every pew, for your ceremony photography it makes a pretty backdrop to decorate the main pews at the front of the church. Strings of flowers, paper tissue balls, and garlands of roses make pretty pew decorations when strung across the front of the pew facing the officiant. If you have more time and money, you can add a small decoration to the end of each pew facing the aisle. You could use paper cones filled with blossoms, small hanging vases, a single stem of the flower you are carrying in your bouquet wrapped with a satin ribbon or miniature clusters of flowers matching your bridesmaid gowns. These don't have to last long, so if your decorator can set them up just before the ceremony, you won't need to worry about them wilting before the guests leave.
Altars - Decorating the church altar is one of the most elaborate of the floral arrangements you will need to make a decision on. Of course, you don't need to use flowers, but you probably don't want to get stuck with the chuch flowers, so you will want to organise some altar decorations yourself to suit the theme. Enormous arrangements in a large church make a dramatic backdrop to the wedding ceremony activities. Try and keep with your theme and choose pots, urns and vases that complement the venue and style of your wedding. Talk with your florist about the options for your altar arrangements and don't forget to ask them to bring the arrangements to the reception venue for added floral decorations on the main table, entranceway or cake table.
Aisle Runners - Many churches love you to use your own aisle runner over their carpet which protects their floors, and also adds personality and unique style to the church for your wedding ceremony. There is a gorgeous range of personalised wedding aisle runners at Pink Frosting's wedding shop which can be used to match the theme and style of the day to your ceremony decorations.
Candles - Central to any church are the flickering and ambient candles. Ask your church if you can include more candles to give a warm glow to the church as you are saying your vows and completing the ceremony. You may also want to include a Unity Candle Ceremony in your wedding ceremony, which includes the lighting of the candles as a united couple.
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