Creating a Ceremony Space

I am so excited to have our ceremony on Al Cielo’s beach. It is basically a blank canvas to define any type of ceremony space we want. I spent over five months researching different styles of decor for the beach, but the inspiration I found online was the same thing over and over: chuppah, chairs with colored sashes, and a raffia aisle. That is, until I saw this…




…and I knew this was it. This was how I wanted our ceremony to look (except with flowers in orange, pink, and white).

Mr. Meerkat also put in his two cents. He said that while he liked it, the place we were going to stand needed to have something that separated it from the rest of the area. He suggested…a chuppah. *sigh*



I totally agreed with him that we needed something to define the space, but the last thing I wanted was a chuppah to block the beautiful view. We put our heads together and came up with the idea of tall pillars.





Or maybe even something more simplistic with large wooden rods:





While we are leaning toward the last picture, we have not made the final decision. We have a few weeks until we need to finalize everything, but the deadline is coming up quick!

How did you make the final decisions for your ceremony decor? Did you go with any nontraditional items (like large wooden rods)?


Mrs. Meerkat

Kalamazoo, MI/Riviera Maya
Wedding Date:
December 2010
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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:22 am

    @HoneyBear: I am so glad I posted this! I never would have thought to tie them down has it not been for you and@pamplemousse point out the flaw in my plan. LOL

    @ktisthatbees: Nothing is ever to hippie-ish for my taste! =) Mr. M. on the other hand is the PITA traditional one. I will show him tonight what you said. Thanks!

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    Sarah, Guest @ 12:45 pm

    This was by far the hardest part of figuring out how to lay out our backyard wedding. The florist was all about big topiary, but we felt like that would block sight lines for some of the guests. Ultimately we used what was there—an arc of cedar trees—and hung ribbons from fishing wire strung between them to make kind of a…ribbon-walled tent-ish thing? That’s a terrible description.

    But yeah, we went through all of this discussion: chuppah, pedestals, urns with willow branches, urns with willow branches on pedestals…a mosquito net suspended from the trees! A circle of rose petals! A rug! An arbor! A circle of rose petals on a rug, under an arbor!

    Good—and I mean this—luck.

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    NotYourTypicalBride 1295 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:55 am

    We are having a sunset beach wedding, and after considering lots of ideas, I’ve decided not to mark the spot at all. We will be flanked by two tall coconut palm trees that are part of the landscape, with the sunset behind us, and I don’t want to spoil the natural beauty of the location or distract from the two of us. Honestly, I’m not sure why you have to have anything at all?

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