Ideas for wedding church pew dcorations

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.

Tips For Planning Church Pew Decorations

1. Get Permission

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:

  • You may not be able to scatter rose petals down the aisle because they are too hard to clean up after, or there may be issues for safety.

  • You may not be able to use candles because they can be a fire hazard or if you can use candles these may have to be dripless candles or battery-operated ones.

  • If you are using flowers, you may find that you can only use fresh flowers and not artificial one.

  • You may be restricted as to the height and size of your pew decorations.

  • You may also be restricted on what you can use to attach decorations to the pews.

2. Consider How The Decorations Will Be Attached To The Pews

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.

3. Consider The Aisle Width

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.

4. Access Time

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.

5. What Are You Going To Do With The Decorations After The Ceremony?

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.

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4 Simple Pew Decoration Ideas

1. Decorating With Tulle

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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Pew end floral arrangments and ribbon tails.

Photo by Juls Knapp Photography

Decorate Every Pew End With Long Tulle Tails

Hang long lengths of white tulle to the end of the church pews and decorate the tops with pastel colored a tulle rosette or a tulle pom pom.

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Pew end floral arrangments and ribbon swags.

Photo by donielle

Buy Tulle By The Bolt To Drape Tulle Along The Aisle

Create a beautiful pathway down the aisle by combining tall floral decorations with delicate tulle swags.

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Pew ends decorated with white tulle and a white rose.

Photo by maximkabb - Depositphotos

An Elegant Church Wedding Decoration Idea

Use a simple white rose and trailing lengths of tulle to create elegant and cheap church wedding decorations.

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Pew ends decorated with white tulle bows and ribbon tails

Photo by dp3010 - Despositphotos

Wedding Bows For Church Pews

Create inexpensive large wedding bows from tulle and ribbon to decorate the pew ends.

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Pew end decorations with white and blue tulle fabric.

Photo by Ray Bouknight

Aisle Wedding Decorations Using Two Colors

Church wedding themes can be made tastefully without being overbearing or inappropriate if you stay with your wedding colors.

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2. Elegant Wedding Church Pew Decorations Using Ribbon and Lace Bows

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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Pew end floral arrangments and ribbon swags.

Photo by Sarah Joy

Draped Ribbon and Pew Floral Arrangements

Hang decorative florist ribbon from one end of the pew to the next, decorate each peak with a simple floral arrangement.

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Feathers and ribbon swags decorating the end of church pews.

Photo by maximkabb - Depositphotos

Feathers and Ribbon As Wedding Decor For Church Pews

If you want to keep things simple consider using satin ribbon and bows decorated with a wedding theme element.

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A simple and elegant churhc wedding decoration idea.

Photo by p.d.

A Simple Church Flower Arrangement Idea

Use a narrow ribbon to hang decorative elements that feature a single flower to the sides of the pews.

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Ideas for decorating chuch pews for weddings and also be used for an outdoor ceremony.

Photo by p.d.

Burlap Bows

Use large burlap bows to decorate the sides of wedding chairs and church pews.

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Single rose and ribbon pew decoration idea.

Photo by p.d.

An Elegant And Inexpensive Idea For Church Pew Decorations

Keep it simple and elegant by using a single flower tied to the end of the pew with a narrow white ribbon.

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Combine ribbon, tulle and artifical flowers as your pew decoration.

Photo by Scott Riggle

Large Wedding Bows

Pew ends can be decorated using large tulle pew bows that frame single oversized silk flowers. Complete the look with tails of colored ribbon and tulle.

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Soft pink organza ribbon and bow chuch pew decoration idea.

Photo by Bill-15-07

Flower Arrangement Ideas For Church Aisle Using Ribbon Bows

Luxurious bows made from sheer fabrics can be used in conjunction with simple floral bouquets.

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3. Pew End Floral Arrangement Ideas

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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Decorate the ends of the pew with a small posy of flowers

Photo by f.p.d.

Use Matching Ribbon To Tie Wedding Flower Arrangements Around The Pew Ends

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Use long ribbon tie flowers onto pews.

Photo by f.p.d.

Fresh Flowers Are Always A Lovely Way To Decorate A Church Wedding

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Bouquets of green flower decorations for wedding ceremony pews

Photo by nyuepik

Match The Colors Of The Pew Decorations To A Color In Your Bridal Bouquet

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Vintage style flower cone holder hanging on the end of pew.

Photo by Corey Balazowich

Decorative Wire Cones Are Perfect If You Are Looking For Vintage Church Pew Decorations

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Sit flowers on top of the pews.

Photo by dp3010 - Depositphotos

Instead Of Hanging The Decorations On Side Of The Pew Have Them Sit On Top

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Use small tin pales a pew flower holders.

Photo by A.I.

Pews Can Be Decorated Quickly When All They Need Is To Be Hung From The Sides

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Rose and ribbon bow floral pew decorations.

Photo by Helena

Consider Long Flower Arrangements For Your Aisle Decorations

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Purple and white aisle decorations in tall sqaure containers.

Photo by p.d.

If Space Permits Line The Aisle With Flower Filled Containers

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Tall flowers and green leaf floral arrangement ideas.

Photo by Raffi Asdourian

Center Aisle Wedding Decorations

If your church has more than one aisle, only decorate the church pews of the one that you are going to walk down.

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Pews decorated with tall stems of flowers with mulitple blooms.

Photo by p.d.

Pew Decorations Don't Need To Be Tied

Depending on the design of the church pews you may be able to tuck tall stems of flowers decorations into the tops of the pews.

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White roses. ribbon and ivy pew decorations.

Photo by Blaise Alleyne

Add Long Vines Of Delicate Greenery To Soften The Look Of Wooden Pews

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Rose and ivy vine is a simple idea that looks effective.

Photo by p.d.

Use Test Tube Vases To Keep Single Flowers Looking Fresh

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Church pews decorated with large flower arrangements.

Photo by p.d.

If The Church Aisle Is Wide The Flower Decorations Can Cascade Down To The Floor

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White rose and pink ribbon decorations on pew ends.

Photo by p.d.

White Rose and Baby's Breath Flower Decorations

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Pews decorated with fern.

Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim

Keep it Simple With Small Bundles Of Fern

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An inexpensive pew decorations with ivy and baby's breath.

Photo by Raphael Goetter

Cheap Aisle Decoration Idea

Use ivy and sprigs of gyposophila for your church pew decorations.

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Orchid pew decoration idea.

Photo by Jocelyn Saurini

Simple Orchid Wedding Church Pew Decoration Idea

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Butterfly church wedding theme

Photo by Andy Rogers

Use trailing fern or ivy to decorate the ends of the pews and finish the design with a matching theme element

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Pew deocrations that compliment the church's colors.

Photo by MIKI Yoshihito

Match The Color Of Your Pew Decorations To The Interior Decor Of The Church

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4. Wedding Aisle Decorations With Candles and Lanterns

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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Aisle decorated with tulle, ribbon, flowers and candles.

Photo by p.d.

Use A Combination Of Tulle, Ribbon, Flowers and Battery Operated Candles To Line The Aisle

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Lantern decorations on pew ends.

Photo by jareed

If you don’t like the look of tulle, ribbon or flowers consider using lanterns.

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