If you are planning to hold your wedding ceremony in a church sanctuary, please check with a church representative regarding any restriction on decorations. Inquire if the church has a candelabra, arbor or aisle runner available for your use that day.
Fresh greenery is a very inexpensive way to decorate the church, especially if you have access to a magnolia tree, or other large leafed plant. These can be arranged into sprays to place on window sills, or around the front, back and sides of the sanctuary. Large bows in white, or your color, can be used as an accent to these arrangements, and as family pew decorations.
Two medium sized floral arrangements will enough flowers at the front of the church. Be sure your florist makes the arrangements to match your attendants’ bouquets.
Candles are an inexpensive way to add atmosphere to any event. Be sure to inquire with the church representative on any restrictions regarding candles. Make arrangements in advance for someone to be responsible for extinguishing all candles before the building is vacated.
If the church you are being married in has stained glass windows, you may decide to have only the unity candle and one large floral arrangement behind the officiant as your decorations. Less is more – especially in a sanctuary filled with beautiful woodwork and the sun streaming in through stained glass windows.
Flowers are lovely, but can get quite expensive. Consider using large clear vases and filling them with fresh flowers from your local supermarket. Most supermarkets carry beautiful fresh-cut flowers at very reasonable prices. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area teeming with wild flowers, you might want to save even more and go pick them yourself. Bouquets of local wildflowers placed around any room will be interesting and very unconventional. Dare to be different, and save some money at the same time.