Boots, baubles, and runners: killer decor for your church wedding

By on Mar. 6th

We've done tons of posts about outdoor ceremony decor, window decor, even porta potty decor! But what about offbeat decor options when you're getting married in a church, that may or may not place limitations on what you can do? Church brides want funky decor options, too, so we scoured the archives of Offbeat Bride, our Flickr pool, and hunted down some kick-ass options on Pinterest. From all this research, what I can tell you up front is that, if you don't feel like decorating the church yourself, you should definitely have a wedding around a religious holiday. Take LeeAnn's photo pictured above. She and her husband got married around Easter time and the church had all of that beautiful draped fabric already in place for Easter!

But if you aren't so lucky, here are some rad ideas for both indoor and outdoor church decor:

Poofy paper balls, pomanders, and papercraft


Photos by Laura Vasilion

Jenn and Sarah's DIYed paper flowers (and bubbles!) added color. Here is a tutorial on how to make poofs out of YARN too!

Multi-colored streamers used to great effect. Now that's impact!

Paper lanterns add just the right amount of whimsy.

Branches, foliage, and flora

Jane and Jason's branches are AMAZING!
Styling by Susan Avery. Source:

Styling by Susan Avery. Source:

Homemade petal toss cones

Photo by Mark Brooke

Brianna and Charles crafted these petal toss cones from the envelope liners in their invitations. Perfect for the ends of the pews.

Aisle runners

DIYed monogrammed aisle runner. I could totally see this with a little handmade screen-printing, if you had the patience.

Zara wrote a passage from the bible, 1 Corinthians 13, in Afrikaans on a long piece of black material with fabric paint.

If you can't have petals in the church, glue them down on the aisle runner to give the effect. Easy clean-up!

Lots and lots of candles

Inside, the guests lit candles for love ones passed away
Memorial jar candles are cheap and easy to set up. Plus, they look kick-ass en masse, like at Pinkee and Pony's wedding!

Tiny jar candles leading up chruch stairs look totally ethereal. This could be done with bulk tea lights or even rainbow LED lights.

Seasonal decor

Bride and groom at altar

Marie and Mike have a glittery white, winter ceremony.

Punkins and gourds for an autumn wedding!

Wellies and wildflowers — is there anything more spring-like?

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About Catherine Clark

Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time, she loiters at her local library, makes art, and overshares on Twitter and Instagram.