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Ceremony Decor

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So I am having a lot of trouble thinking of some ideas for ceremony decor. I always dreamed I would get married in a really elaborate large catholic church- you know with all the marble and the beautiful pillars etc.. and turns out, im not.

WE have an interfaith wedding and basically, my priest will not marry us because my fiance is LDS-- and there are little to none that allow us to get married in their church since we aren't parishoners-- and also, because we are interfaith- without approval from the bishop. first of all, im super disappointed -- but what could I expect?

with that said, we have found a cute seaside chapel to get married in. But, its very PLAIN. and im more the ornate type. and its very "new england"

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NOW I think its freakin' adorable!! but,i ts not really what i imagined. plus im doing a very liek gold/pink/ivory wedding that i want to be very like intricate, and detailed- and kinda of edging on gaudy (cuz thats me) with pearls and rhinestones and feathers.. .you get the drift. So while the beauitful Catholic churches and all of their elaborateness went with my "theme" and who I am as a bride,  this little church does not.

Any idea for cermony decor that might ligthen up the place. make it seem a little dressier?
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    twilight.rosetwilight.rose member
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    edited September 2010
    Honestly, I would do very little. This church looks like it has a charm all its own, and I'm afraid that trying to make it look elaborate and ornate with decorations is just going to come off as cheesy and disjointed.

    We had a similar situation. I'd always imagined getting married in the church I grew up in, which is large, ornate, etc. However, our dream reception venue was near H's hometown, in another state from my church, so we chose to get married there. It was really important to him to get married in the little country church he was raised in. It, like your venue, is adorable, but simple.

    We didn't do much to the church (ie. pew bows, a couple of arrangements similar to our reception centerpieces at the altar to tie the two venues together), and it was absolutely lovely. Our reception was more elaborate and it was fine. I just used the floral arrangements and colors to tie everything together between the two spaces.
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    I wouldn't do much either! Ditto PP, it actually looks like it has a lot of charm. I would put some sort of a wreath or decoration on the door:

    http://www.ranabanerjee.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/church-doors.jpg

    http://gb.fotolibra.com/images/thumbnails/545754-flowers-around-a-church-door.jpeg

    And I would decorate the pews with flowers or bows like PP said. Don't overdo, churches can have a lot of character!
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    I'm getting married in an almost identical chapel here in Michigan, for very similar reasons. Ours is at an historic village, so before you plan anything, you might want to check with the chapel and find out what you are ALLOWED to do.

    We can't have an aisle runner, we can't have the flower girl drop anything on the floor. We can only have 3 candles for the unity candle, no more. We can't "attach" anything to the pews. It is however ok if I hang things with ribbons on the end of the pews on the aisles. I'm making white paper lace doily cones, and putting baby's breath in them, and hanging with ribbons. Our colors are black, white & silver, but you could do what you want with your color scheme. While we are using fresh flowers for everything else, I am debating about making silk white hydrangea wreaths for each of the doors. There are also railings on either side of the steps into the chapel, and I'm planning on draping them, probably with white tulle. That sounds like a lot, but I think it makes it look "wedding-y" without overwhelming the natural charm of an old chapel.  

    I was going to put LED votives in the bottom of the cones, but realized this will be "lost" since the wedding is in August, and it will be daylight for a looooooong time, LOL.

    Hope that helps.
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    twilight-- i wonder, did your dr4ess reflect a more ornate look- from that small photo in your sig it looks pretty formal.

    My concern about how plain the church is,is that i envision myself in a rather ornate gown- - and my mother is insisting i will look foolish, with a rather formal dress and reception and a kind of "seaside chapel" ... i dont know, were only going to be there for 30 minutes.. so im not sure that it makes a difference.

    We can use flower petals, i check with the church-- so i am thinking of lining the entire aisle with them-- and then doing some kind of wreath of hydrangas (thanks sue that was a nice idea!)

    I just dont know about outside decor-- i saw these nice tall candles that sat in the ground-- but then ya, itll be light out so that seems like a waste-- i  just want to dress it up so i dont seem "too dressed up" for the church- but i dont know if it makes a difference.
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    ps joy love the flowers around the door!

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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_ceremony-ideas_ceremony-decor-2?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:10Discussion:e3788dd1-3cb0-437e-8fb4-ee6663d8e2e6Post:ef2cee84-b538-42f2-9cc1-47f289cb4ddf">Re: Ceremony Decor</a>:
    [QUOTE]twilight-- <strong>i wonder, did your dr4ess reflect a more ornate look- from that small photo in your sig it looks pretty formal</strong>. My concern about how plain the church is,is that i envision myself in a rather ornate gown- - and my mother is insisting i will look foolish, with a rather formal dress and reception and a kind of "seaside chapel" ...
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    My dress was decidedly formal. I definitely had a fluffy, princess gown. I'll put a couple of full length pics below.

    Also, our reception decor was quite formal. It was perfectly fine that the ceremony location wasn't as ornate. Like you said, you'll be at the ceremony location for such a short time, it really isn't going to make a difference. I promise that if you leave the chapel essentially as-is, everything with be lovely.

    Dress Pics:
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    <a href="http://cdn.cl9.vanillaforums.com/downloaded/ver1.0/content/images/store/11/7/6b9d644f-c10b-4433-a7a0-1ab00fe81ef5.large.jpg" title="Click to view a larger photo" onclick="return gSiteLife.LoadForumPage('ForumImage', 'plckPhotoId', '6b9d644f-c10b-4433-a7a0-1ab00fe81ef5', 'plckRedirectUrl', gSiteLife.EscapeValue(window.location.href));" class="PhotoLink"> <img src="http://cdn.cl9.vanillaforums.com/downloaded/ver1.0/content/images/store/11/7/6b9d644f-c10b-4433-a7a0-1ab00fe81ef5.medium.jpg" alt="" /></a>
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    Personally, I wouldn't worry about matching the dress to the decor at the chapel and reception.........honestly, to me, it's a bit "overkill".

    Unless you want to dress like Laura Ingram Wilder in a country dress, pretty much anything in today's wedding dress market is going to be much more ornate than an old chapel. Each venue has it's own charm and character, and dressing "up" or "down" your attire, or the decorations, is up to you, not etiquette or opinion.


    Go with your own thoughts and opinions and let it go....... there's enough to worry about!

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    thanks ladies! Now that i think about the "church w matchy" dress thing it does seem rather foolish-- just a mother pushing her opinion on the bride (er!)

    thanks for the opinions!! it helped.
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