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Wedding Trends: The Altar

 

The altar is a deeply personal and important component of the wedding. It is the exact place where the couple will be married. It’s where the groom will see the bride for the first time and where they will stand alone in front of their guests to say their “I do’s”. It’s the pinnacle of the wedding, because it truly is what the wedding is all about. The altar carries deep religious meaning as the place where a man and a woman become one. It is the tabernacle for both Christians and Jews, and therefore it is seen this way in America and generally all of western civilization. Although the meaning of the altar has remained constant throughout the years, the design and decor of this splendid spot has changed a great deal. It follows fads like all other elements of the wedding, but always remains beautiful.

The altar is generally natural in some way. This usually mean flowers and wood.

Whether covered in flowers…….

or simply adorned with a few, the altar rarely is without them. Sometimes, in fact, they may be made of flowers entirely.

This can mean flowing with vines……..

or simply covered from top to bottom with only flowers.

No matter what the them of the wedding may be, just as flowers work in every wedding, flowers work on every altar.

It’s simply a matter of finding the right kind in the right amount.

If the couple wants their altar to be natural but doesn’t wish to use flowers (or wants something to accompany them), then wood is their best choice. Wood is beautiful and fitting of most weddings. There are many options when using wood as well.

An altar can be built of wood bought from the store to give a finished and orderly look.

Or, tree branches can be bundled together into a tabernacle.

Or, a natural piece of wood can make for a great accent.

If the trees used are skinny enough (such as Aspen trees), then, the entire trees themselves can be used.

For a ornate and natural look, many thin branches and twigs can be fastened together as well.

There’s a reason many things are built out of wood and altars are no exception.

Whether intricate or simple, wood just makes things more beautiful.

For the bride and groom who wish to use something other than wood for their altar, metal is the most popular option.

Metal can be intricately decorated in ways that is difficult on wood, so it is a good option for chic and vintage weddings.

It can also make the altar stand out a bit more than others, since most are made of wood.

You can also get metal altars in several colors, while wood offers limited choices. So, the curly iron and pointed designs may have perks that some couples may be looking for.

As you may have guessed, altars can be done in more ways than simply wood or metal. They can be done as simple as cloth thrown over a tree branch.

Or, as whimsical as mantel brought outdoors.

Or, you can even bring the church outside.

Or, you can turn your ceremony venue into the altar itself. The possibilities are endless when you a little bit of creativity.

Once the material and design of the altar has been decided, its decor comes next. Although flowers usually a given decoration, there are many other things that can prettify (yes, that is a real word ;)) your altar, too.

The decoration second only to flowers is fabric. This can come in many forms, though. Usually it’s one or a few sheets adding some detail to the altar.

But, it can also be the only ornament. The type of fabric used also greatly varies.

From sheer flowing linens to lush curtains, the design is entirely up to those marrying under them.

Burlap is sweet for rustic weddings.

And lace is beautiful for vintage affairs.

Flowing streamers are ideal for the beach.

Full curtains can also be used as well to bring indoor luxury outdoors.

How simple or furnished the couple wishes for it to be is entirely up to them.

Along with fabric is the new use of signs.

It is where the actual wedding takes place and couples want to mark it with something extra special. So, many use signs. Just remember to keep it loving simple, so your guests can appreciate it.

And, if the wedding is taking place in the evening, a string of lights……

or candles are the perfect accent to illuminate the altar and the bride and groom for the congregation.

The last thing to take into consideration when designing an altar is the weather and location of the wedding. If the wedding is in the mountains, flowers that naturally grow around there may be a lovely way to incorporate the location into the wedding.

Or, if autumn is beginning, use dark colors along with autumn colors.

Of course, along with the ideas of dressing up the altar, you can always get married in the church where the altar will always be.

It’s comforting to know you can walk back to the exact place where you were married with everything in the exact place as it was on your wedding day. Besides religious reasons, it’s a great reason to be married in the church.

No matter how design your altar and how you adorn it, use it for its significance above all. It’s the place where two people are joined forever and it should be only about that important fact.

 

 

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Rita Nava - July 3, 2012 - 11:24 pm

My daughter is getting married in Dallas on Sept 1st. We would like a simple altar with branches like the 2nd or 7th one. How can we find someone or place to help us make it or order it? Could you recommend a florist or a place that could help us out?
Hope to hear from you soon.
Rita Nava.

Al - May 22, 2012 - 3:06 am

These are really great ideas for wedding altars! Love the natural looks of using wood limbs for a more do it yourself look. Very pretty with pops of flowers and string lights.

Claire - April 16, 2012 - 10:54 am

@Charlotte – glad you like it! i do love finding pretty pictures, because those make great pins. thanks for reading!

Charlotte - April 16, 2012 - 6:40 am

Thanks for posting this great post! I’ve been pinning like crazy :) Have a great day!
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Angel Collins - February 21, 2012 - 10:52 am

Such a great place for the partners where they can say “I DO”

Angel Collins - February 21, 2012 - 6:42 am

Great photo shots and nice wedding venues!!
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Wedding Videos - February 20, 2012 - 7:07 am

Great altar photography. All altars are different but original and that’s how it should be. Like the marriage, has to be unique. X

Wedding of the Week: Dashing DIY

Hello everyone! Sorry about the lack of posts this week. Us pretty girls have been up to quite a bit with new work, school planning for the spring, kids and of course, Valentine’s Day. I’m back from the business with something good, though! We love everything DIY here, especially weddings. This particular one is done so well that I would take it over any grand, expensive wedding any day. I hope you fall in love with this simple British wedding as much as I did!

 

 

 

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Deana - March 28, 2012 - 8:39 pm

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Wedding Trends: Bouquet Alternatives

Everything about the bride is beautiful on the day of her wedding. Every element of the bride beams with beauty, even those that aren’t actually on here, namely the bouquet. Although flowers are an easy way to have a beautiful bouquet, there are alternatives that make for an equally beautiful bouquet. Your wedding theme and creativity are your only limits. If you are in need of some inspiration though, here are some alternative wedding bouquet trends to help guide you along.

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The most popular substitute for flowers are paper flowers. This can be a great option for a few reasons.

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For the frugal brides, they cost significantly less than real flowers.

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For the DIY brides, you can opt to make the flowers and arrangements yourself!

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And above all, for the sentimental bride, paper flowers, unlike real flowers, last forever! They are sweet momentos that can be used around the house for years to come. They also come in many styles from true imitation to delightfully homemade.

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If you like the idea of faux flowers, but want material that is a little more sturdy than paper, fabric flowers may be for you.  If you want to make your own flowers, you can find resources here.

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Another trend emerging for alternative bridal bouquets is the use of buttons. Although this may sound a bit odd, they can be very lovely. They can also be done in several styles, depending on colors and decoration.

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From whimsical to casual, buttons can fit many different wedding themes. Usually, jewelry adorns the buttons, but of course, you can use anything you’d like.

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Another bouquet trend reminiscent of another era is the use of feathers. Feathers are eternally elegant and nowadays generally used as a throwback of the Roaring 20’s.

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They can be used for any theme, though from natural to classic chic. It all depends on the types of feathers you use and how the bouquet is decorated. For instance, for an elegant wedding, incorporate pearls and other jewelry into the bouquet decorations.

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Also, use wispy and exotic feathers, such as peacock feathers. For a natural or rustic wedding, use twine and possibly a few flowers, twigs and other natural elements. You can also use feathers of birds that are found around that area to tie in the location a bit more.

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One of the newest and brightest types of bouquets to emerge are jewelry bouquets. Jewelry is normally used in many bouquets. It appears in bouquets of real flowers, fake flowers and other creative types.

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It’s quite rare to find a bouquet made entirely of jewelry, though. It is the style becoming popular for handmade brides, though.

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If your wedding theme is something specific, such as a holiday, old movies, a magic show, or otherwise, incorporate it into your bouquet.

This can mean using flags and sparklers for Independence day, candy for carnival theme, or a magician’s wand and playing cards for a magic show theme.

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You can also integrate your wedding location as well. A seashell bouquet is the perfect tropical touch on the beach.

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And, a wheat bouquet is sweet and simple for a farm wedding.

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For something to truly set you apart, you can also forget about the bouquet completely and use other things in it’s place. For brides looking for a truly vintage look, a hand fan may be a good choice. Ribbons and streamers are great for colorful and simple weddings.

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A pinwheel may be ideal for whimsical or summery wedding themes. For sunny destination weddings, a parasol may be most suitable. Or, for cold winter nuptials, hand muffs may be the best option.

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No matter which accessory you choose to walk down the aisle with, just make sure that it compliments you and your wedding theme. And above all, enjoy your your special day as the beaming bride!


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Stew - June 13, 2012 - 7:03 am

This posting knocked my socks off

Lesley - April 2, 2012 - 12:16 pm

These are some really great ‘alternative bouquets’ can I add a couple of suggestions

1. A bouquet made entirely from foliage – colorful leaves are great in autumn/fall but you can also use croton and coleus most of the year.

2. A bouquet of vegetables. One of the prettiest Ive ever seen was made from kale and Brussel’s sprouts, a delightful green a cream theme with small purple accents.
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Valentine’s Fashion to Make Your Heart Skip

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and along with cards, flowers and dates, it’s also one of the few days of the year to get dressed up. It’s a way to make the day (and night) more romantic, and honestly, what girl does not like to get dressed up every now and then? And, for the special day of St. Valentine, not just any dress will do. Here are some helpful ideas for you to choose the prettiest dress for your Valentine’s day and date.

Valentine’s Day is all about romance which means hearts. Heart are a bold statement, but obviously work well on Valentine’s Day. The best way to wear hearts is on a red or pink dress. This may be difficult to do, though, without looking like a teenager. If you can find a tasteful heart dress that is fashionable for women, snag it up for the perfect Valentine’s wear.

Second to hearts on Valentine’s day are flowers. They’re not only fun to receive, but to wear as well. Flowers are quite common on dresses, so there are plenty of options from casual to formal. Try to find something with a sweet, romantic feel, whether it’s for the day or night.

The last element perfect for Valentine’s day are bows. Like flowers, there are also plenty of dresses adorned with them. They always add an eloquent and very feminine touch to every dress. Whether long or short, casual or formal, bows are lovely and a romantic addition to every dress.

Colors also mean a great deal on Valentine’s day. Red is of course the color of love. Pink is the color of sweetness. Black is formal, but other colors can work as well. Choose something romantic for the day or night and of course, choose something with your style. Have a happy and *romantic* Valentine’s Day!


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