12 Simple Church Wedding Decorations & Ideas On A Budget for 2019

Churches are often “blah” and we want to fix that. These unique wedding decoration ideas are sure to take your church wedding from dull to dazzling!

By: Shannon Capri

July 16, 2019

Simple Church Wedding Decorations Make for a Magical Wedding

There are many cheap ways to decorate a 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 decoration ideas you can think of when it comes to your front of church wedding decorations, aisle 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! With all of that in mind there are some really cool decoration ideas you might want to consider below.


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Indoor Wedding Aisle Runners

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, make sure to purchase an indoor aisle runner as most church aisles are worn down and will offset the overall atmosphere of your wedding.

Some churches may not have well-kept aisles, so an indoor aisle-runner will be necessary. The most common worry about setting up indoors 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.

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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.

Adding simple pew bows or ribbons with flowers can really make the room pop and enhance the overall atmosphere. Consider the colors of the church when deciding what color bow to purchase. In our opinion, traditional white colored bows will match almost any decor or setting.


Church Stairway Flower Linings

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.


Potted Plants

Instead of using cut flowers, you can use potted plants for your church wedding decorations. A perfect small church wedding idea, it’s more fresh and will catch the attention of your guests. Potted plants are good to line at the ceremony aisle. This can be a great idea for your church wedding decorations, because it’s simple, chic, colorful and utterly romantic.

You can also display them at the pews, church windows, outside and inside the entrance or anywhere which you think need some decorations to pretty up.


Go Green & Add Some 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!


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.


Use Candles In Jars & Glasses

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.


Use Lots Of Baby’s Breath 

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.


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


Take A Trip To The Beach For Driftwood & Shells 

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.


Use Your Church Garden Or 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.


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.

How To Decorate A Church For A Wedding?

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

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.

Proper Lighting – 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.

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.

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.

 Flowers & Floral Arrangements – Flower power – this cheap church wedding decoration is not only cost effective but simple. Purchase or collect flower petals from your favorite flower, and sprinkle them along the aisle for a beautiful pathway leading to the altar.

Frequently Asked Questions About Church Wedding Ceremonies

How Do I Decorate A Church For A Wedding Ceremony?

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.

How Do I Confirm Wedding Decorations With My 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.

Why 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!

How Were These Church Wedding Decoration Ideas Chosen?

When putting this list together for you, we kept in mind that the aesthetic designs of churches vary greatly, so the church wedding decoration ideas and recommendations below are based on more formal church wedding styles.

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