Things to Consider When Planning Your Perfect Ceremony Decor
November 6, 2012
In the past, ceremony décor was not much of a consideration for couples as most wedding ceremonies took place in houses of worship. With that no longer being case, ceremony décor has become an important item to consider. While all couples have their unique visions, there are some features all ceremonies share.Here are some ideas on how to make the most of this emotional, memorable event.
Creating an "altar". While the majority of wedding ceremonies no longer occur in a place of worship, many couples still want the framing focal point and beauty that the traditional altar once provided. When thinking about what décor you want up front, consider your surroundings and your general wedding style. Are you outside or perhaps in a ballroom? Do you have a wall to work with, or a row of trees to frame you? Anytime you can use framework already in place, the more cost-effective, and natural the décor element will be. Should you decide to use things like arbors or a Chuppah, please keep in mind the height of your bridal party, the number of people in your bridal party, any blind spots it creates for your guests and of course things like the strength and stability of the structure. The last thing you want is for things to come crashing down right before you say “I Do”.
Candles and more candles!!! The best way to give any space that “romantic” feel is with candlelight. When thinking about candles, remember your aisle, ledges, book cases, even floating (fake) candles hanging from the walls. That glow will truly transform the room.
Aisle runners. To do or not to do? In the “old days” when every bride wore a long train, the aisle runner was used to keep it from getting soiled. Now, the runner is used to heighten the drama of the bride's entrance. You can use fabric runners (rented through your florist), such as white linen or white satin acetate. You can even have custom runners created with your custom monogram, poem or quote. Visit www.yourperfectpapery.com for more information on custom aisle runners! The one bit of advice we have when it comes to runners is this: do not use them on concrete/wood floors. They end up being major tripping hazards as the runner gives on the smoothness of the floor and folks go tumbling. Not exactly the grand entrance you are envisioning.
Flowers! When choosing what flowers to use in your ceremony ensure there is some similarity to the ones you are using for the celebration. You don't necessarily have to match all the blooms used that day, but staying within a color scheme brings a sense of uniformity to the look and feel of your wedding. We really like using large flower pots (hanging baskets with the hangers snipped or tuck in) as you get really lush look from them and they are much more affordable than cut, arranged flowers. An added bonus is that you can take them home afterwards and decorate your home or give them to your parents as thank you gifts. We also love using petals on your aisle either in a swirl pattern down the middle, as a thick carpet - to replace the look of an aisle runner, or even down the sides. However you use them, they are a very pretty, dramatic element to add to your ceremony. Visit www.yourperfectblossoms.com for more floral ideas and pricing!
Most importantly... however you decide to decorate your ceremony, just remember the ceremony is really all about the promises you and your partner are making to one another. Quite frankly, your guests will be so moved by witnessing the love you share for one another that they likely won’t notice anything else.