The more prevalent mixture of tradition and imagination in wedding planning maintains the principles of marriage while personalizing and individualizing each ceremony. As customs and expectations change, brides find that a church ceremony does not have to be formal and are able to interject more and more touches of originality and uniqueness. Pew decorations are just one of many ways to set your wedding apart and here are a few ideas that can display your personality, are a great way to spend time with friends and will save money and keep you within your budget (hopefully).
Use photography to tell a story in place of the traditional bows or ribbons. On each side of the aisle, use pictures to illustrate various stages in your lives, beginning in the back and ending nearest the altar with a current snapshot. An alternative is to use photos of you and your fiance throughout the course of your relationship to share some of your special moments with your friends and family. Both of these give all of your guests (especially those who may not know you so well) insight into your personalities and the journey that has led you to your wedding day.
Get creative. Use buttons of different sizes, colors, shapes and textures to make hearts that will adorn the pew ends. You can easily glue the buttons onto pieces of paper or fabric swatches, frame each of them and hang them from the pews using pieces of ribbon. They add beauty and modernity to the ceremony site and a very special touch because each of them will be unique and different from the others.
Potpourri balls are another innovative option that can be done in more than one way while simultaneously filling the room with a wonderful scent. A way to combine the more traditional notion of flowers with the potpourri balls is to leave them bare so that from a distance, they look like small bouquets on each pew. Alternately, there are many varieties of round containers, ranging from very simplistic and unadorned ones to those that are ornate and have elaborate cut-outs, depending on the formality of your ceremony. Either way, the space will smell as lovely as the contribution the balls will make.
While the overall experience and the significance of a marriage are, by far, the most important aspects of your wedding day, many brides get caught up in the details because those are what make the occasion even more special. With just a little bit of forethought and imagination, the pew decorations can be both memorable and tailored specifically for (and perhaps by) you.