Sept 5, 2017
Wedding church pew decorations are a lovely way to brighten up and help make your church look a little different and more special for your wedding ceremony.
If you are planning on using pew decorations there are five things that you must do and consider before you start planning in order to get things right.
You can find out what they are in the section below followed by some lovely picture ideas on ways different church pews can be decorated.
One of the first things that you will need to do when considering decorating the church pews is to be certain that the church will allow you to do this, so talk to the person in charge and find out if you can decorate the church pews.
If they say yes, be sure to be clear on what you can and can’t do, not only will this information help you plan your decorations it will save you the embarrassment and heartache of not being able to use the decorations because they do not meet with the church standards.
Some restrictions that you may find are:
Most churches don’t approve of tape, glue, wire, staples or tacks being used to attach the decorations to the pews. The majority are fine with the use of rubber bands, pew hooks, ribbon ties or loops to attach decorations to pew ends as these usually don’t damage the surfaces of the church pews. However, if in doubt all it takes a phone call to the parish co-ordinator to confirm your choice.
The next thing to when planning your church pew decoration is to consider the width of the centre aisle. Your church may have a centre aisle that is narrow and if you decide on using decorations that stick out a little you will have less room to walk down in.
For example, you may have chosen to hang small buckets filled with fresh flower on the pew ends. This may not be a problem if you are wearing a narrow slim fitting dress, but could be an issue if you are wearing a full ballgown style dress which could get caught on the decorations as you walk down the aisle.
You might be better of choosing something that will sit flat against the pew ends perhaps a fabric bow with a hanging heart shape.
If your church is popular you may find that there are other ceremonies before and after yours, if this is the case you just might have limited time in which to put up and take down the decorations. Therefore, it is important that you have decorations that a quick and easy to fix to the pews.
If you have brought in your own pew decorations most churches request that these be taken down immediately after the ceremony. You could have the people who put them up take them down as soon as most of the guests have exited the church.
If you don't want to keep the decorations a nice gesture would be to donate the pew decorations to the church if they can be re-used or offer them to a selected number of your guests as a memento of the day.
Your choice of pew decorations should be guided by the information that you have gathered in your discussions with the church co-ordinator and the style of the church pews as not all pew decorations will be suited to every church pew style.
One of the most commonly used inexpensive items that are used as pew decorations is tulle. You can find tulle for wedding church pew decorations at almost every store and it's not at all difficult to use it for decoration.
An advantage of using tulle is that it lasts long and can be safely travelled over long distances easily - if you want your church pew decor done before time. Today many weddings are theme based, so you can use the tulle in line with the wedding theme for the pew decorations.
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Another option would be to use ribbon or lace. Wide ribbon/lace can be draped and run along the top of the pew. You could use narrow widths create a swag effect between the pews and use a decorative item to hide the peak of the swag drape.
Ribbon or lace can also be made into bows and rosettes that can be hung from the sides of the pews.
All of the above can be used on their own or teamed with flowers and other decorative features to create spectacular looks.
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Some more wonderful pew church decoration ideas are to use flowers or greenery. These can be displayed in inexpensive containers such as decorative cones, small buckets or simply tied together with decorative ribbon.
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Other inexpensive wedding church pew decorations which can be used are unique hurricane lamps, unlighted tiki torches and even just a single candle which has been tied to a lovely floral bouquet. A floral designer or a good florist would be able to guide and help you in developing a special and lovely floral display which can be placed at the pews ends.
Stick to your decided budget and it would be astounding to see how much you can do for wedding church pew decorations. Imagination has no limits - go ahead and experiment with ideas!
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