DIY ceremony decorations?

by DIY wedding planner on February 5, 2012

I’m totally lost on how to decorate for my wedding ceremony. We’re having the ceremony at a fairly simple looking church. I like doing DIY projects but Other ideas would be nice too.

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phantom_of_valkyrie February 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Most people do not do a lot of decorating the church. The church has pew decorations that they use for holidays you can borrow. I used the Christmas ones which at my church were tall candle holders. I think bought orange candles to put in them. The church had the unity candle stand and 2 candleabras as well. That was it.

I feel like you have bridesmaids that everyone will be looking at. They have a pretty dress and flowers. They are blocking any decoration you could put at the front. Then you have a church itself which usually has an alter and stain glass.

One large floral arrangement for the alter is really the norm of what people do for the wedding.

Save your money for the reception. People are at the church 30 minutes, but the reception several hours.


planner February 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

a lovely and not too expensive way to decorate the church is to have tall vases,(about 20 to 32 inches) preferably cylinder shaped, filled with an inexpensive flower like hydrangea set right on the floor every so many pews down the aisle. this really looks good if the vases are a solid color. it is simple yet very elegant looking.

it is also easy and inexpensive to buy tulle by the bolt to make a garland drape and gather it together every so many pews with a simple bow in your wedding colors. you can add flowers if you want to dress it up.

for the altar area, you can either rent plants (real or artificial) to fill out the area, or you can make candle stands out of pvc pipes. you can get them small enough to hold pillar candles and paint them. then cut them in graduating heights, secure one end in pots or planters with quick-crete do keep them upright and add flowers or greenery to cover the quick-crete. deocrate them with ribbon and flowers.

you can make a lattice backdrop with lattice from your local lowes and build it a frame out of wood and paint it white and decorate it.


Linda February 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Our wedding had a theme – simple but eligent – a few pew bows and flowers on the alter – why spend the money for something that is about your relationship with your husband – you will remember the day and the ceremony but will you remember the decorations?


Ashley D February 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

check out

seriously. i dont work for that website, i just love it SOOO much, because a lot of the brides who end up featured on it are very diy, and they will usually tell you what and how they made. plus lately they have been featuring a lot more diy sections so there are a lot of great ideas.

plus you get to look at amazing wedding pictures, what could be better?


krissylyn February 6, 2012 at 12:21 am

Just use flowers – lots of real flowers – anything else in a church is kind of sacrilegious


soon to be mrs. infamous mike d! February 6, 2012 at 1:15 am

I’m going to try to remain short & sweet. What’s your theme? Google it. I know that’s not a super suggestion or anything but each theme has so many DIY projects & most of them have directions, you’ll have lots of ideas for decorations in no time. Your budget matters also. I don’t know if you can afford lots of fresh flowers or draping, etc. in your budget, but again, there are so many DIY websites that can make your wedding beautiful & keep money in your pocket!! :)

For example, I’m having a rustic theme and am also incorporated love birds. This weekend, my MOH & I are going twig/branch hunting so we can make my arch & centerpieces. I also went to Five Below & bought paper lanterns in my colors & am going to hang them on the decks at my reception.


iloveweddings February 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

As a church secretary, I first urge you to contact the church to find out their policies/guidelines on decorating for a wedding. Almost all churches DO have policies (i.e., no tape attached on the pew, etc.) At our church, we are not even allowed to have an aisle runner as so many brides tripped on it in the past and practically fell right down! Also, check their policy on flowers. Some churches (mine) only allow FRESH flowers by the altar.

DIY is fine, but do so with class. I love these pew cones that you can make easily….

OR…do a simple bow on the pews:

If it’s a large church, I like the bows on every other pew…it looks a little nicer.

Hope this helps!


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