DIY Wedding Chapel Decorations


Make wedding decorations for the chapel less expensive by creating them at home. Most chapels are beautiful themselves and need little enhancement to make a wedding special. Flowers are especially festive when placing on or near the alter, on window sills, or down the aisle. Check with the chapel first to see what is available. Many have pew candles and other decorations that brides can use, spending little to no extra money. Keep chapel decorations simple in order to keep the attention on the bride rather than the decor.

Things You'll Need

  • Large basket or baskets
  • Rose petals
  • Tissue paper
  • Wide mouth vase
  • 50 long-stemmed roses
  • Green adhesive floral tape
  • Sharp knife
  • Water
  • Ruler
  • Bucket

Aisle Runners

  • Decorate the aisle with flower petals instead of an aisle runner. Place rose petals in a large basket.

  • Tear white or ivory tissue paper into small pieces. Use colored tissue paper that complements the color of the bridesmaids dresses if desired.

  • Add tissue paper to the rose petals. The tissue paper acts as filler to stretch the petals as far as they can go.

  • Spread the petal mixture down each side of the aisle before guests arrive, and then have a flower girl scatter some down the aisle before the wedding party goes down.

Floral Arrangements

  • Choose roses in colors that match or complement the wedding colors. Remove all foliage and thorns from the stems from a handful of stems.

  • Place the stems underwater, and cut 2 inches off at an angle. Hold them in the water a few minutes so they soak up water. Transfer them to a bucket of water, and continue with the rest of the flowers.

  • Gather four stems and situate the flower heads in a square. This is the center of the arrangement. Add more flowers around to create a dome shape. Once stems are wide enough to fit in the vase, wrap with a ring of floral tape 3 to 4 inches under the flower heads to bind them together.

  • Hold the flowers next to the vase and mark stems to the correct height with another piece of tape. A 6-inch vase will accommodate flowers 7 to 8 inches tall. Cut the stems to the proper height at an angle to allow the stems to take up water. Place flowers in the water filled vase.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a stem stripper to remove thorns and foliage.
  • Add a teaspoon of lemon-lime soda to the water to keep flowers fresh longer.
  • Arrange centerpieces the day before the wedding so there is no rush.
  • Place centerpieces on each side of the altar or in the center.
  • Place large arrangements on each side of the aisle.
  • Bring the arrangements to the reception, and place them on or in front of the main table to get the most use out of them.
  • Keep centerpieces in a cool room away from the sun until an hour before the wedding to keep them from wilting. Check with the chapel before planning any decorations. Many have rules about what decoration couples can use.

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