Sunday, July 11, 2010

Don’t forget about the ceremony!

A common mistake - some couples focus all of the décor on the reception, while the ceremony (the most important part) is forgotten. The ceremony should be a special and magical celebration mixed with a combination of traditions, personal meaning, and celebratory style.

You don’t have to go all out and dress the entire ceremony to the nines – but rather pick one area to focus on – putting everything into that one aspect to create stunning impact. Whether you focus on the chuppah or on the aisle itself, make sure you don’t forget about the ceremony!

For chuppahs, draping them in fabric and flowers gives a romantic look.
Down the aisle? Rose petals cost around $5 a bag – so it’s ok to splurge a little and fill the aisle for an abundant look! Or fill tall glass vases with rose petals or stems of flowers and top with a candle.
Up front – two large urns or vases filled with flowers and placed on either side of the altar give a very classy look.  Just make them big, tall, and dramatic.
No whimpy arches – dress it up a little! Fill the arch with flowers for an outdoor wedding so it fits with the surroundings.
Most items used at the ceremony can then be transferred over to the reception to do double duty. The arch can be placed at the entrance of the reception room, the urns can be placed on either side of the head table, and rose petals and tall vases can be used along the front of the head table – and my favourite, the chuppah can be turned into a sweetheart table for the bride and groom.
Of course, if you want to go all out - feel free :)

Here’s to well styled ceremonies!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for mentioning the importance of the ceremony. Of course that's what I do - and I see many ways that couples could improve the decor. Cheers
    Alan Viau