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

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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

SPARKLE WEDDING! <3Jenn and Sarah's DIYed paper flowers (and bubbles!) added color. Here is a tutorial on how to make poofs out of YARN too!

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Source: maddycakesmuse.blogspot.com
Multi-colored streamers used to great effect. Now that's impact!

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Source: raeleytham.net
Paper lanterns add just the right amount of whimsy.

Branches, foliage, and flora

Spring Wedding in Cambridge
Jane and Jason's branches are AMAZING!
Styling by Susan Avery. Source: bride.ca
Styling by Susan Avery. Source: bride.ca

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

Aisle runners

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

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

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Source: classifieds.weddingbee.com

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 awayMemorial jar candles are cheap and easy to set up. Plus, they look kick-ass en masse, like at Pinkee and Pony's wedding!

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Source: stylemepretty.com

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 altarMarie and Mike have a glittery white, winter ceremony.

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Source: blog.geoffwhite.com
Punkins and gourds for an autumn wedding!

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Source: marthastewart.com

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Source: rocknrollbride.com

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

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

  1. These are wonderful — and are truly inspiration for any indoor wedding, not just church ones. Many of the venues I have been considering also place limitations on decorations. And, from what I’ve seen of sample pictures, people often default to “church-like” arrangements but then get stuck going beyond that. Thanks for the fun starting point on other ideas!

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