Love Potion #7: Goin’ to the Chapel…

For most couples, “ceremony decor” is an entire category in the budget. Hundreds of dollars are spent on flowers, gorgeous decorations are painstakingly DIY’ed, aisle runners are lovingly designed.

For us…not so much. In fact, we basically had no ceremony decor at all. This was partially due to the budget; when we decided how much to budget for each line item, we first ranked every category in order of importance (to us), and while flowers did make the list, they were toward the very bottom—and any other decor for the church didn’t make the list at all. But I think the reason that decor for the ceremony wasn’t a priority for us was because the church is just so…pretty. St. John’s isn’t a big, elaborate cathedral or anything—it’s just a quaint country parish. And I think it’s pretty enough that we didn’t need to mess with it.

Here’s what our guests experienced as they arrived.


This is the door most people entered through:


The entrance hall has this beautiful stained glass window:



In the middle of the entrance hall is the baptismal font, in front of which we placed the basket of programs and the sign instructing guests to sit wherever they wanted in the sanctuary:


Our programs were meant to feel like books, titled Our Geeky Adventure by Mr. and Miss Potion


After picking up a program, guests walked through the open doors to the sanctuary, where you find more stained glass!





The only thing we added to the sanctuary were flower arrangements—one on either side of the altar, and a bouquet of roses at the feet of the statue of Mary.




Of course, the church looked even better when it was full of people—which you’ll see next time!

Did you invest a lot in ceremony decor, or did you let your ceremony space speak for itself? Were flowers a big part of your budget, or were they included more to appease your mom?

*all photos by One Photo Gallery*


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Mrs. Potion

Herndon, VA
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    bridesmomma 482 posts, Helper bee @ 11:25 am

    Your church was beautiful! I agree, no decor was needed at all!

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    BulldogBride 298 posts, Helper bee @ 1:09 pm

    We had minimal décor at the church too. We didn’t do any flowers around the altar because no one would really be able to see them anyway. The only thing we had were green and white tissue paper pomanders on the pews. They were not expensive but they were a labor of love. It took me months to make all of the flowers for each ball.

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    alevesque2000 82 posts, Worker bee @ 3:00 pm

    We plan to have minimal decor as well. We are going to have a customized aisle runner my sister is making, and simple pew decorations. The church is beautiful, and I don’t feel decorations at a place of worship need to be elaborate for a wedding.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:11 pm

    No we were like you, I bought some little wicker white birds and hearts to hang off the aisles. But besides that we let the church do the talking.

    I can see why you did, its a beautiful Church!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:31 pm

    Beautiful stained glass windows!

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    firstthingsfirst 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:18 pm

    I didn’t have any ceremony decor at all. I also got married in a Catholic Church and I feel the old building itself was perfect for us. I also truly just could not have been bothered. The girl who got married before us in the church that day (happened to be a family friend) ended up leaving her pew markers on for us, and to be honest I didn’t even notice until I got the photos back. For us church decor was a waste of time, energy and cashola. Don’t regret it one bit! Who remembers that stuff anyways!

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:59 am

    We also didn’t want to spend much on ceremony decor at all. That’s what the church is for! 😉 We also just had two flower arrangements on the altar.

    Our church has a rule that you have to leave flower arrangements there, so it was kind of like a flower donation for the weekend services. And we skipped the flowers for Mary because we were having a nun sing Ave Maria during the timing. 🙂

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