Church Wedding Decorations

Church Wedding Decorations

Deciding on your church wedding decorations takes a lot of time . . . and a big bite out of the wedding budget! Here are some tips on how to save money by making some of your own decorations.

Wedding Decorations for Church Doors

Church wedding decorations often include hanging something special on the doors. Before you decide to do this, you must check with the church officiant to see if this is permitted.

You may be told that it is not allowed to drill holes or any hanging devices that will damage the doors.

Ask if it permissible to use a metal door hanger. They often come in black, silver or gold. If you wish, they are easily painted to match the decor of your wedding.

Whether you hang a church door wreath, wedding bows or flower arrangments, keep them on the light side in case the door must be opened or shut during the ceremony. You certainly don’t want something tumbling down on someone’s head!

This bride to this wedding wanted to keep the charming rustic flavor the this little country church. I sponge painted metal door hangers with a light green paint, put some cut up OASIS foam in a heavy duty freezer bag (to prevent drips), inserted it into the tins and poked small holes with a floral knife. I then carefully inserted the fresh hydrangeas deep into the foam in the plastic bag.

These were a great favorite with the bride and matched the tin pew decorations and flower girl basket. These were church wedding decorations that the bride could use as a keepsake to adorn her new home with.

Non-Slip Aisle Runner

No matter whether you choose a disposable aisle runner, a cloth aisle runner or a personlized or monogram aisle runner – your first consideration should be that is is a non-slip aisle runner!

Aisle runners can become tangled in a long bridal train, around the feet of the elderly and have tripped many a flower girl or ring bearer.

I make sure the aisle runner is lined up so it will unroll evenly down the aisle.

I do not trust the little pull strip of adhesive on the aisle runner itself. If there is carpeting, I secure the runner to the carpet with several corsage pins.

On a marble or hard floor, I may put down a couple spots of Florist Tac – a sticky adhesive that peels off easily after the ceremony without leaving any marks or residue.

Love the look of a monogrammed aisle runner – but cringe at the cost? Try creating your own with either rub-ons or iron ons. (Just be sure if you use an iron that you use a paper or cloth aisle runner – NOT a polyester or plastic type one!)

Tulle Wedding Decorations

Tulle wedding decorations are a way to fill in a large area with an inexpensive product. Be careful when storing tulle for long periods of time to keep carefully wrapped around a bolt. Tulle creases and wrinkles easily, making it very difficult to decorate with if crumpled into large plastic bags.

Creative draping around candelabras makes for an elegant look. Use electrical zip ties for easy on and easy off. Don’t be afraid to allow some of your material to spill onto the floor.

Just greenery and tulle adds a graceful touch. Don’t try to be too exact or pull the fabric too tightly.

Here the wide swath of tulle is simply gathered tightly at the top, right under the candles. Then it is allowed to fall openly to the floor.

All photos courtesy of John Henry. All rights reserved

Church Entrance Decorations

This smart bride made the use of large potted ferns to line her entrance into the church. You can purchase or rent them at a cheaper cost than flower arrangements of a comparable size. You see what a lovely way she made her grand entrance with into the church!

If you remember from the altar pictures above, we also used large potted palms as church wedding decorations close by the piano and the pulpit.

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Wedding church pew decorations

Church Wedding Decorations

Wedding church pew decorations are just one decorating idea for your wedding day.

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Church wedding decorations, including wedding church pew decorations, are just some of the ways that you can add beautiful touches to your special day. Make sure you have your elegant, yet inexpensive wedding church decorations prepared in advance and ready to be setup on the big day.

If your wedding is very traditional, you may want to consider using altar or aisle flowers that match your bouquet as part of your church wedding decorations. For an exotic touch, decorate the aisle using orchids or lilies. If you prefer a more casual wedding, use simpler, inexpensive wedding church decorations such as garden flowers such as carnations, daisies or tulips.

Flowers are not the only wedding church pew decorations that can be used. Consider using tulle on the pews, combined with ribbon or even a wedding theme decoration. For example, if your theme is “Western”, you could hang a small cowboy hat on the end of each pew. Wrap some tulle around it for an elegant touch.

The same idea can work for any theme, and will add unique detail. Hint: you can use Christmas tree ornaments in various styles that match your wedding theme. Affix the ornament to a clear string, add tulle or ribbon, and your pew ends will look full and well-decorated. Here are a few more theme inspired, wedding church pew decorations.

  • For a beach-themed wedding, tie seashells over tulle on each pew end along the aisle.
  • For an Asian-themed wedding, adorn pew ends with colorful Japanese lanterns or scarves made of Thai silk.
  • For a fairytale-themed wedding, use miniature glass slippers backed with organza ribbon or tulle.
  • For a heart-themed wedding, tie paper hearts or Valentines on the pew ends, and include some ribbon to give the decoration a little more pizzazz.
  • For a nautical-themed wedding, you could affix wooden lighthouses to the pews and tie with ribbon or nautical twine.

Plants are another inexpensive wedding church decoration touch that will add warmth. Instead of just flowers at the altar, why not include some potted plants, or even line up small plants along the aisle entry? This is a great idea for a garden themed wedding, or even a spring or summer wedding. In keeping with the idea of using plants for church wedding decorations, you can incorporate leaves, real or imitation, into the design by scattering them down the aisle or by placing a colorful leaf on each seat.

You can also use traditional items to add to your church wedding decorations, such as altar flowers and a warm welcome table adorned with ribbon. In addition, you can hang streamers, flower garland, or large bows on the door. Even if you don’t decorate the aisles, you’ll still have personalized, inexpensive church wedding decorations to welcome your guests and create a nice mood.

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Winter Wedding Decorations

Winter Wedding Decorations

A winter wedding is meant to sparkle like new snow on a clear evening.

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Winter can be a magical season for decorating a wedding. A sparkling snowscape can beautifully emphasize your wedding white, or strikingly set off a richer, rarer color palate of jewel or earth tones. Even if you won’t have a snowy backdrop, the darker skies and indoor atmosphere invite ample use of lights, sparkles, and reflective things.

Many of the winter wedding decorations you may seek will already be widely available for the holidays, and available at a considerable discount if purchased the year before.

A good decorating item to get on discount is candles, since they have a hundred uses and you could easily buy a hundred! Winter candles include shapes such as snowflakes, stars, and candy canes, and fresh scents such as evergreen or mint.

Sometimes the simplest design is the most elegant: clear or frosted glass holders with candles in white, lavender, periwinkle blue, or pink will artfully dress up your wedding or reception. Or add a sprinkling of snowflake, star, or heart confetti to sparkle in the light.

Also consider using the following natural elements planning your winter wedding:

  • Pine Cones
  • Eucalyptus
  • Poinsettias
  • Holly
  • Berries
  • Evergreen
  • Ivy
  • Mistletoe
  • Pomegranates
  • Oranges, Cloves and Cinnamon sticks
While flowers can be expensive, roses and calla lilies are always available. Poinsettias are always an economical choice, available in white, yellow, and pink, as well as red. Gardenias are great for floating in a bowl with candles. Or for a more original arrangement, combine hydrangeas with pomegranates and eucalyptus.

Gold or silver accents are elegant with winter botanical arrangements, but you may also consider a cocoa or sable brown to compliment your wedding colors. Use complimentary color palates for dramatic results. For example, by using a dark color like burgundy with a softer one like pink, you provide your guests with an unexpected and romantic feast for the eyes.

Bells are an excellent winter wedding decoration. Tie tiny bells into your botanical arrangements; set them across the reception tables to encourage guests to ring and toast; or give them as wedding favors to guests as the enter the church, so that they can ring them as the married couple leave. Tie the bell favors to ribbons and have the ribbons printed with the names and dates of the wedding. Guests can later hang them on their Christmas trees!

Glass ornaments should also be considered when decorating for your wedding. Choose ornaments in snowflake, star, and heart shapes. Hang them on trees, flower arrangements, or on candle holders. Make a garland decorated with these ornaments and string it where your lighting can enhance its beauty.

If you think ahead, you can create enchanting winter wedding decorations without buying anything labeled and priced explicitly for weddings. Just consider everything you love best about the season, and you can surely use it in your design.

Excellent ideas you can take from the book: “Winter Wedding Idea Book

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3 Questions To Consider When Decorating A Church For A Wedding

Getting married in a church is quite different from getting married elsewhere. Your marriage will obviously have a religious ceremony and many of the procedure will be made to your church standard practices. Although many people get married in churches, it does not mean that your marriage can not be original, quite the contrary. The elements of each church marriage will be different from the previous one to follow. That said, one way you can make your wedding unique you east by the decorations of your choice. Before starting to make decorations for your church wedding ceremony there are some things you want May to consider.

Is it possible?

Most traditional churches have a view of decorations and some decor May not be allowed. You should always consult the church, and give them idea of what you plan to decorate the wedding ceremony and get their opinion on the decorations before you go out and buy them. Although many churches can organize your own decorations for the wedding, some churches have their own staff to do so. If so, they will prohibit May to bring in your own decorations. Again, be sure to check with the church before they go out and buy anything. This should help ensure that you do not spend much money on decorations that you end up not being able to use.

Is it necessary?

Many churches, especially (but not limited to) the oldest churches are themselves highly decorated and May not need many decorations to create a good atmosphere for the wedding. Considering that some churches need sprucing, May you find that some flowers or candles work in other wonders. Similarly, if you are close to marry a holiday like Christmas or Easter, the church will more than likely many of his own decorations on show. If so, you can often save money by using decorations already in the church and build your wedding around them. May You need to put in place very little of your own decorations to complement those belonging to the church.

Is it appropriate?

So you have a church in need of a little decoration and you’re allowed to bring your own decorations. What types of decorations are appropriate for a church wedding? If you are marrying in a church then chances are you are quite a traditional marriage, with some elements of primness, even if you do not go all the way and have a very formal event. Flowers can make for a good atmosphere in a church, bouquets bound to go bench ends well with a few scattered petals in the aisle. Flowers can add a powerful aroma to your site, which adds to the atmosphere and compliments for the environment. If you choose to decorate with flowers so why not opt for a somewhat broader arrangements rather than many small series. Smaller arrangements tend to get lost in their environment, what can be a particular problem if your church is already very ornamental. In addition to flowers, bows, ribbons and candles can make a big church wedding decorations.

Once you’ve asked yourself these three important issues that you can begin to buy decorations. Before doing so, you want to visit again May your church and make a note of areas that you can decorate and opportunities to reflect on the way. Take time to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each decoration possible and you should arrive at a decision that will complement the site and your personal style.

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Easy Church Wedding Decorations

Easy Church Wedding Decorations

The simple way to create easy church wedding decorations is to start with products made by Smithers-Oasis. These products are used by professional florists to save time and to create beautiful florals that can be made up ahead of time.

This extra-long brick of Oasis florist foam is sealed in a polyfilm that is meant to stay on. Simply soak in water that’s been treated with a cut flower food and insert the flowers. Yes . . .it’s that easy! I call this design tool “soak and poke”.

The extended bricks come in three different lengths and can be taped together with florist waterproof tape to create the size and length of floral arrangement you need.
This oasis has a built in water tray, so no separate container is needed. Be sure to protect any wood surfaces with a sheet of plastic since Oasis is filled with water.

This floral is filled with yellow roses, stems of pale yellow carnations, pale yellow stock, double yellow tulips, white hydrangea, yellow fresia, pale yellow lilies, yellow irises and white Monte Casino asters. Accent with maidenhair fern, varigated ivy, and miniature pittosporum.

This arrangement can be easily adapted for the colors of your wedding.

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Altar Flowers for a Wedding

Altar Flowers for a Wedding

When making altar flowers for a wedding ceremony, be sure to consider the size of the sanctuary. Flowers that look very large at home on the kitchen table may seem lost in front of a church.

Find several cost cutting hints below on how to save money on your altar decorations.

Cheaper Flowers for Church Altars

This is one place where a bride can certainly save money. The colors and size of altar bouquets is more important than the type of flowers.

It is not necessary to use all roses, calla lilies, or oriental lilies. Use those flowers for your hand carried bouquets.

The congregation is so far away that expensive flowers won’t make that much of an impact.

They more notice the size and colors. Use lots of greens and cheap flowers such as daisies, mums, gladiolus, snapdragons, alstromeria and carnations. All these flowers come in a wonderful range of color and make a big show for the money. Once made up, they even look elegant enough for a black tie afternoon church ceremony.

Use Large Ferns as Altar Decorations

Large ferns look wonderful and fill up a large stage or church front. I simply dropped large ferns into fiberglass urns (which the bride used later on her patio) and they really added to the church decor. Ferns can also be placed at the base of candelabras, in front of podiums, and sides of large steps.

Altar flowers don’t necessarily have to be flowers! Interesting arrangements in greenery can add a lot of beauty to your wedding (and still cost less!).
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Church Flower Arrangements need to be Big!

Brides try to cut costs by having the florist make smaller bouquets, and then are disappointed when the flowers seem lost in the front of the church. If you are on a limited budget for your wedding, designing your own altar flowers for a wedding can mean bigger flowers while saving money.

In the photo below, these standing altar sprays are over five foot tall and the actual arrangements measure 3 1/2 foot tall by 3 foot wide. Yet they need every bit of that size even in this small country church!

Look closely on the podium. That is the flower girl basket. See how small it looks? So if you have a small vase it will look lost from a distance.

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Keep the Arrangements Close to the Center

See in the photos below how the bride clustered several large arrangements close to the altar and on either side of the cross? The four large altar arrangements were kept close to the center of the stage. The photos will have the floral arrangements framing important photography shots, such as the lighting of the unity candle, etc.

If you spread them too far out, they may not even show up in the wedding pictures. So stand back in the church after placing your flowers and see how they look. Stand in the middle of the aisle. Are they placed so they will show up in the pictures? Are they blocking any person’s view? Floral arrangements in back should be big and tall. The sprays in the front should be low enough to see over.

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Put the Altar Bouquets on Pedestals

Pedestals can lift the bouquets up so they are more visible to the audience. If the church doesn’t have stands, check out plaster of paris pedestals. You can usually find them in craft departments or home decor stores for a reasonable price.

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Remember that when creating altar flowers for a wedding that brighter flowers will show up better than dark flowers. Using all dark colors such as deep burgundy, green and red will be a dark in wedding photos. Lighter or brighter altar flowers will show up better in photographs.

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If you should do your own altar flowers for a wedding, please feel free to visit my supply store if you need products such as large block Oasis, florist tools, and everything you need to do your own floral arrangements. You will also find decorating supplies, ring bearer pillows, and much more.

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Altar Decorations

Altar Decorations

Church Wedding Decorations

Altar decorations for your church wedding don’t have to cost hundreds of dollars. Using bulk wedding flowers, you can create your own Beautiful Flower Arrangements for a lot less.

The key is having the same products that professional florists use to create large florals quickly and easily. Start with this long block of Oasis foam that is encased in a polyfilm layer. This polyfilm is not removed – it helps keep the water in the foam from drying out.

You can design this a day or two in advance – the key is to never let the foam dry out – keep soaked in water treated with fresh cut flower food.

Depending on the size altar spray you want, you can tape two bars together or assorted sizes together. Because there is a built in tray, you don’t need a separate container.

The blocks will be saturated with water, so be sure to protect your table tops with a covering of plastic or protective table cloth.

Begin inserting five or six tall line flowers in the back. Gladiolus are using in this spray. Insert the first one dead center and begin to angle the others out as you cut them a little shorter.

Add more line flowers. In this spray, it is white snapdragons. You can use a contrasting color if you choose. Snapdragons are very reasonable and come in a large assortment of colors. If the stems are soft, cut them with a sharp knife and then cut a small slit into the plastic before inserting the stem.

Cutting the stems shorter, insert some large headed focal flowers. You can use lilies, roses or other large headed flowers. Here yellow spider mums are used for contrast in color and texture.

Add filler flowers, angling outwards and coming straight out from front and sides. Here white carnations and mums are used. Again, you can choose different flowers for a color scheme that matches your wedding.

Finish by filling in any bare spots with greenery. You can use a mixture such as tall myrtle, leather leaf fern and trailing sprengeri. Other greenery such as seeded eculyptus and ivy would work well, too.

The final floral arrangement is large, lush . . . and much more cost effective when you do the labor yourself! Be sure to mist well with a flower sealant such as Finishing Touch and enjoy all the compliments.

More altar decorations are found on this website. For another step-by-step tutorial making the church wedding flowers pictured below, check out this link.

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