In the past, custom decided most elements of the wedding ceremony. Guests could expect to witness different variations of the same ceremony over… and over… and over again during the busy summer wedding season. Fear not, bride-to-be! The nuts and bolts of the ceremony are no longer off limits! More and more brides and grooms are experimenting with ways to make every part of their wedding day a showcase of their unique personalities.
One way to do that is by creating a stunning backdrop for your altar. The altar is supposed to be sacred and represent the seriousness of the vows between bride and groom, but it doesn’t have to be boring to be holy! Help the altar evoke a sense of the sacred by lighting up your guests’ imaginations with magic and delight.
Photo courtesy of mywedding.com
Consider the theme of your wedding, and don’t be afraid to use the backdrop of the altar to bring it all together. Going for a whimsical, magical feel? Use wispy strands of lights or gossamer fabrics to take your guests to that fairy garden. Aiming for something more formal? Use elegant flowers and heavier fabrics to emphasize the beauty and profundity of your vows to each other.
Photo courtesy of Hummingbird House and mywedding.com
If you’re a Lancaster or York County bride who’s excited (and maybe a little overwhelmed) by all these choices, let’s talk! I’d love to help you brainstorm the perfect altar backdrop and discuss how we could achieve your vision for your wedding at Perfect Settings - or even off site. Here's a wedding alter snapshot I took right before a barnyard wedding I coordinated offsite. Tell me this isn't gorgeous!