26 Simple Church Wedding Decorations & Ideas For 2020

These church wedding decoration ideas will turn your wedding from dull to dazzling!

By Shannon Capri • February 17, 2017

Simple church wedding decorations can make for a magical ceremony

There are many cheap ways to decorate a small church for your wedding and transform dull to glam without spending big bucks. Church wedding decoration ideas on a budget shouldn’t mean you need to skimp on quality, it only means you’re shopping smarter and that’s where we come in.

From small church wedding ideas to Vatican-style megachurches, wedding decorations for a church really depend on your personal style and persona.

Quite often brides and grooms ask themselves and others ‘How should I decorate for a church wedding?’. We’ve got all the unique ideas you could ever want when it comes to your front of church wedding decorations, wedding aisle runner decorations, and everything in between.

To help you find inspiration on decorating your church for the wedding ceremony, we’ve put together some simple decorations perfect for any church venue and answer your most frequently asked questions about church weddings!

What limitations are there when choosing church wedding decorations?

You’re not going to be able to alter the actual church itself, so you’ll want to carefully consider how to blend your decorations before choosing them. A great way to do this is to head to Pinterest or simply Google your church name.

This can give simple church wedding ideas that are often DIY to help save money. You might even ask the church if they have a lookbook as some churches that host a lot of weddings will keep photos of past weddings.

Do you have to confirm wedding decorations with your church?

It’s crucial to also speak to the event manager at your church venue to ensure any wedding decorations you plan on purchasing are allowed by the church. For example, some churches may not want potted plants in their venue to avoid spills and stains, while others may not want balloons due to their tendency to get detached and float to the top of the ceiling.

How much does it cost to have a wedding at a church?

If you’re having a simple church wedding ceremony, your costs will be significantly lower. Where you’re getting married and your own personal style will really drive the church wedding decorations that you end up buying and how much they cost.

The church you choose to get married at probably has a special significance to you or your partner as well, which will also influence the decoration style and how much you’re willing to spend on the experience.

If you have a good relationship with members of the church, let them know what your plans are for the church decor in advance, and see if there are volunteers available to help set up and tear down the decorations.

Is it important to get married in a church?

To many religious beliefs, marriage is a sacred unity that can only be recognized under God. It often coincides with the ability to first have sex and children, and become a true “adult”. This is often why many religions place such importance on the marriage itself and the location.

Can you get married in a church without being confirmed or baptised?

This will vary from church to church, but some do require proof of baptism or communion. There are also limitations by some churches on marrying couples who have been divorced in the past, so make sure you check with your church to go over all the details!

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How to decorate a church for a wedding

Below is the shortlist of absolute essentials that are needed to have a successful church wedding ceremony

1

Stairway and aisle lining

Chances are, the church you’re getting married in has a stairway or ramp. It’s also likely the steps are worn down and made of brick, and haven’t been cleaned for a while. Fear not!

There is an easy way to spruce up your church steps and improve the overall ambiance of the event.

Purchase green brush flowers to cover the steps around the railing, and place roses or your favorite flowers throughout. Finish it all off with candles places along the steps to help illuminate the path at night time, and help bring a beautiful glow to the staircase.

Line any stairways and beams with flowers if your wedding is during the daytime or lights if it will be starting in the evening.

2

Wedding aisle runners

Don’t trip – make sure your aisle runner is secured to the floor with either double-sided tape or weights. Many brides and bridesmaids experience problems with their heels getting caught on their fabric or tarp aisle runners.

3

Proper lighting for photos

Make sure you visit the venue ahead of time to ensure pictures develop properly and are not too dark. We recommend touring the venue with your photographer beforehand if possible to make sure any lighting issues can be addressed right away.

4

Natural or electric candles

Let there be light! Regardless of whether your church venue has natural sunlight or not, candles are a beautiful addition to any wedding that offer a peaceful and serene atmosphere.

Candles are super cheap and can be ordered in bulk. Because they are usually not very exciting on their own, pair them with a glass jar or glass to help reflect the light and provide a more romantic mood at night.

5

Aisle pew bows

Aisle decorations for church weddings can be tough due to some churches having restrictions. Pew bows are the most traditional choice, although flowers or lights can create a unique experience as well if they are allowed.

6

Flowers and floral arrangements

Flower power – this cheap church wedding decoration is not only cost effective but simple. Purchase or collect your favorite flowers, and incorporate them into your pew bows along the aisle for a super affordable yet fun look.

Cheap church decoration ideas on a budget

If you’re looking to save money and keep your cash in your pockets, most of these ideas are DIY and completely free!

7

Ask your church about included decorations

Some churches offer low-cost decoration packages that are simple, yet elegant. Also try to incorporate the natural beauty of the church itself, and simply accentuate major features of the church that are already “built-in”.

Lastly, churches often already have candelabras and flowers as decorations which can be borrowed during your wedding.

8

Use flower petals as an aisle runner alternative

Instead of using cut flowers, you can use real or fake flower petals for your church wedding aisle runner decoration. A perfect small church wedding idea, it’s more fresh and will catch the attention of your guests.

Since flowers are perfect for lining the aisle, ask your friends and family to “donate” they favorite flowers for your wedding day for a truly unique wedding aisle.

This can be a great idea for your church wedding decoration, because it’s simple, chic, colorful and utterly romantic.

9

Collect driftwood and shells on the beach

Go down to your favorite beach if there is one nearby and pick up seashells and drift wood. Drift wood can be used to hang pictures from string, or table decorations.

Larger pieces of driftwood can be hollowed out and planted with succulents inside for a cute touch.

10

Use your church outdoor space

If your church has an outdoor area or garden available, ask if you can use it! Getting married outside of the church is not as traditional as most would expect, giving the wedding an additional unique touch.

By moving the event outdoors, you can also save money on decorations and instead string lights all around and place some candles and flowers around the aisle and chairs.

11

Let there be light

Break out your old Christmas decorations and unpack the string lights. By re-using these lights you’re saving money and adding a beautiful touch of class to your surroundings.

This will also serve a double purpose to provide light as most churches do not have great, bright lighting installed, especially if they are older buildings.

12

Focus on the altar

Keep everything else inside and outside of the church as-is, and use the altar as a focal point. Decorate with lots of flowers, or an understated combo of your favorite flower, and your partners favorite flower.

You can also add pictures, and large potted plants or trees, so you can create one main area perfect for pictures while saving tons of cash.

13

Baby’s breath adds a magic touch

Baby’s Breath is a cheap and beautiful flower that takes up a lot of space. They are often used to fill up small jars or even buckets for more rustic weddings.

Perfect for adorning tables, aisles, and stairways, Baby’s Breath is a great way to save money and add all-natural elegance to your church wedding.

14

Go green and add succulents

Decorating a wedding venue with succulents is a great idea to create a cool atmosphere on your wedding day. Different options you can opt for include gifts for the guests, adding to dining tables, or using larger succulents to make a statement.

Throwing down succulent flower petals is one of the most cost effective ways to decorate your church wedding as buying succulents in bulk is super cheap! Make it extra-fun by mixing the petals of your and your partner’s favorite succulents for an added unique touch.

Since most church weddings are inside, it is important to purchase indoor friendly succulents so that they still look great on your big day!

Simple Aisle Decorations For Church Weddings

What to walk down the aisle on is often the first thing that comes to a new bride’s mind. We’ve found some amazing aisle decorations for a church wedding that are sure to get people’s attention

15

Ivory wedding pull bows with tulle tails

Kick Up Your Church Pew Wedding Decor Game

Church pew wedding decorations don’t need to be expensive or large to make a huge difference to your venue. Pew bows (often called ribbons) are one of the simplest decorations to transform your church into a beautiful wedding venue. Pew bows are easy to make yourself with the right material, and if purchased online, come in at a low cost helping save money.

16

Elegant roman column pillars

Take Your Church Wedding Decoration Game To The Next Level

These beautiful roman columns can be adorned with flowers, lighting, ivy garlands, candles, and much much more! The creative approach you can take with them is endless.

There is some assembly required, and they come in sets of two. Made out of high quality and durable plastic, they feel much sturdier than they look and can hold some serious weight.

17

White scroll print church wedding aisle runner

Use A Simple Indoor Wedding Aisle Runner To Make A Big Impact

Are aisle decorations for a church wedding actually important? YES! Normally guests don’t care about your aisle runner, let alone notice it! But during a church wedding some people may pay closer attention to your aisle decorations as they wait. In order to spruce up any venue, whether indoors or outdoor, make sure to purchase a simple wedding aisle runner so you can add your own custom flair.

Some churches may not have well-kept aisles, so an indoor aisle-runner will be necessary. The most common worry about setting up aisle runners are guests tripping or heels getting stuck. There are simple solutions to avoid those issues, such as taping the aisle runner to the floor, or using a heavier material like burlap.

Use fresh (or fake!) eucalyptus leaves and sprinkle them along the aisle for a simple yet unique wedding aisle decoration. Easy to set up and easy to clean up, most churches will have no problem with this idea.

18

Hanging ivory pew flowers with drapes

These Are The Real Deal

Using fake flowers instead of real, fresh cut flowers almost seems like a no-brainer when trying to save money on your church ceremony. Well, going fake doesn’t have to look bad with Link’s Moment hanging pew flowers.

These hanging pew flowers may be fake, but each one is handmade and ready to use right out of the box. The best part about these decorations? You can use them again for a variety of future events and they will be just as beautiful.

19

Golden vintage candle lanterns with fairy lights

Use Candles & Lights in Lanterns For A Magical Effect

Candles are super cheap and can be ordered in bulk. Because they are usually not very exciting on their own, pair them with a vintage lantern to help reflect the light and provide a more romantic mood at night.

These totally cute and vintage style candle lanterns by Evermore Light can light the way all the way down to your one true love. We can’t imagine any church would have issues with placing these along the aisle. The vintage brushed gold design is on the pricier side and comes with two lanterns, but you can also op for a set of eight that are plain white for under $25.

With those options, you can decide if you want a modestly or heavenly lighted aisle.

20

Artificial wisteria vine

Bring Focus To The Altar

Bring the beauty of wisteria flowers to your church wedding without the heavy pricetag. This combo of silk flowers on vines makes a beautiful backdrop for a church ceremony, especially if the current backdrop is plain and simple.

If you do not have a traditional arch to hang them from, you can actually purchase a temporary arch to complete the look.

Since these are artificial flowers, once the wedding is over you can re-use it over and over again for party decorations.

21

Large LOVE marquee letters

Let Your Love Shine Bright

This retro marquee style LOVE lettering is the perfect item to place on the wedding altar or table. It will shine bright whether it is day or night, and make for a perfect picture op.

The sign requires 2 AA batteries which are included, and is operated with a simple on and off switch to ensure there are no hiccups on the big day! You can also place this at the beginning or end of the aisle if the church wedding will be at night for a magical look.

22

Clear glass wedding welcome signs

Re-Use This Awesome Wedding Welcome As An Art Piece In Your Home

This beautiful customized welcome sign will look great in any church setting. Add some flowers to really step it up and make it look even better.

The coolest part about this sign is that you can later hang it in your home after the wedding to remind you of your big day.

23

Elegant twisted candle & flower pedestals

These Show-Stopping Pedestals Will Shine Bright On Your Big Night

Beautifully crafted and elegantly designed, this set of two pedestals can have flowers attached, or hold candles with a dramatic flair.

A perfect accent piece for tables or even a main feature at the altar, these pedestals really shine. You can also re-use them in the future for fancy dinner parties, or use them as a decorative piece around the house after the wedding

24

Modern abstract dancing couple sculpture

Capture The Beauty of Motion With This Conversation Starter

Totally artistic and elegant, this dancing couple sculpture is sure to be a conversation started among your guests. Perfectly capturing the loving motions of dance, this romantic couple would look great on the gift table, dessert table, or any guest table!

Made from a strong and durable resin material and completely hand-made, these figures are just under a foot tall and comes in just under $30.

25

Handwoven boho hanging macrame

Give Your Church A Boho Makeover With This Stylish Backdrop

Most churches have boring backdrops – spice it up with this boho macrame. Approximately 59″ wide by 78″ long, this unique hand-knotted macrame makes any setting beautiful and boho.

Make a statement with this piece and we’re sure it will be the talk of the ceremony. You can use this at the altar, head table, cake table, or just about anywhere, and it’s that versatility we love!

26

Modern LED gold coated wax candles

A Beautiful & Elegant Lighting Option For A Church Ceremony

Most churches will not allow having open flames and burning candles inside the premises. This modern yet elegant LED flameless candle is the perfect solution!

Create a hopelessly romantic reception setting with this set of 6 tall gold-coated wax candles. You’ll never have to worry about burning the place down as these feature LED lights on a timer, yet flicker just like the real thing.

27

Rose gold decorative lanterns

Go Above And Beyond With These Cute Decorative Lanterns

Unlike any other lantern we’ve seen, these rose-gold colored lanterns with tempered glass look great with or without candles inside! Make your church wedding pretty in pink with these cute decorations that have a vintage yet modern flare due to the high, rectangular glass design.

Closing thoughts

So now you’re all set to take care of the wedding party favors for your guests, bringing you one step closer to your big day! Here’s to wishing you much love and happiness!

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