Deck the halls {Day 24}

When it came to decorations for our wedding, we were blessed with a beautiful venue that really could have stood on it’s own {have you seen that chandelier?!} and a wonderful friend who is amazingly creative and whose style is very similar to mine who agreed to handle the decorations at our wedding.

Our first dance in the beautiful banquet hall (complete with original running track above)

My biggest crisis was trying to figure out how to fill the giant stage where our ceremony would take place. I searched the internet to see what brides before me had done in the same space, but was not impressed with the options. So I asked my brother-in-law to build a giant wooden “arch” for us, and Becki refurbed an old chandelier to hang over the communion table. Once we got the bridal party up on stage with us, it actually filled the space quite well!

Our ceremony in the auditorium

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Things to remember:

You don’t want to have things sticking our of people’s heads when you get photos back- try to keep ceremony decorations to a minimum. Feel free to consult your photographer on this, they may have some tips or preferences from their personal experiences.

Stick to your theme.

If you are looking to cut costs, decor is a great place to keep it simple. No one is going to remember if you had an aisle runner or pew decorations or a display welcoming them to the ceremony site. Although those things look great on Pinterest, sometimes they are more stress and expense than they are worth.

If you do have a specific idea for center pieces {or really any aspect of the decorating}, set up a trial run and take a picture so your decorating crew knows what it should look like.

Pinterest can be your best friend or your greatest enemy when it comes to this. Check out my wedding board here.

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Check out the other posts in the 31 days…to the altar series here.

31 Days to the altar

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