Aimee Hutton
Aimee Hutton 5 Aug 2018

I’m getting married in a small village church in March 2020 which is lent...

I’m getting married in a small village church in March 2020 which is lent so not allowed flowers. Does anybody have any suggestions of how to make it still look pretty without flowers?

19 Comments
Cheryl Moulder
Cheryl Moulder 6 Aug 2018

You could use candles and fairy lights to add some prettiness. Lighting can be just as affective as flowers.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

Put bows at end of pews to match your scheme.fake tree with lights on would be pretty.candles around..or silk flowers if that’s allowed.

Suzanne Hunton
Suzanne Hunton 7 Aug 2018

You really need to check with the church itself. If it's strict, it might mean no decorations at all. I've been to lenten weddings where some flowers were allowed, but also one at a particularly strict Catholic church that wouldn't allow anything, including ribbons or extra candles. It's meant to be a period of sombre reflection, so anything excessive might be frowned upon.

It would be something to bear in mind *before* arranging the date, tbh...

Charlotte Ward
Charlotte Ward 7 Aug 2018

It seems to only be the altar that can't be decorated with flowers... maybe simple posys and bows on the pews would suffice?

Jade Renèe
Jade Renèe 7 Aug 2018

Wooden white hearts on ribbons at the end of each pew, Lanterns with candles at the front of the isle xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

I'm putting white hearts with coloured ribbon at the end of the pews.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

Vines? Leaves? They can look quite rustic combined with bark/wood

Sophie Jenkins
Sophie Jenkins 7 Aug 2018

Artificial flowers maybe xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

Discuss with them what decorations you are allowed, if any.. and if they’re not going to allow you much then it will at least relieve the cost! Also most churches are pretty without any decoration.. keeping it simple might just end up perfect anyway

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

I had no flowers at all for ours. I used crystals and sashes and candles xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

I am making the flowers for our wedding from paper.

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UKbride Administrator 7 Aug 2018

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Sarah Pollard
Sarah Pollard 7 Aug 2018

Candles , Moss & fairy lights ....

Kayleigh E Alman
Kayleigh E Alman 7 Aug 2018

We’re getting married in a church and we’re leaving the church how it is, it’s beautiful enough! Don’t think you will need any. Save your money 🙂

Roxie Houghton
Roxie Houghton 7 Aug 2018

Would they allow silk flowers?

Suzanne Hunton
Suzanne Hunton 7 Aug 2018

Lent is the period of solemn reflection in the Christian calendar, and many/most churches do not allow any decoration at all. Easter Sunday is the point at which the church is redecorated to celebrate the resurrection.

If the rule is 'no flowers' it means 'no flowers' - including silk, paper, or skilfully carved carrots in the form of a rose if you're so inclined. There isn't a 'cheat' mode on this.

If the priest has stipulated that flowers aren't allowed as decoration, I'd be checking pretty damn quickly about ribbons, balloons, sashes, disco balls or any other form of ornamentation - pretty much any church I've attended would see these as frivolous and inappropriate for Lent.

Angela Christie
Angela Christie 7 Aug 2018

how bout butterflies, Dragon flies etc xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 8 Aug 2018

Honestly, you won’t need to decorate the church, I bet it’s a beautiful church. I had a church wedding and we didn’t do decorations in there at all. The natural beauty of the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows and just the architecture of the church itself was decoration enough. Plus all eyes will be on you guys, the most beautiful people there doing the most thing

If you really want decoration though, I agree with the above to check with them as if they’ve said no flowers inside due to Lent then they may not allow anything else. Your bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets will be the only type of flowers allowed as you’re carrying them in and out.

Becky Mitchinson
Becky Mitchinson 9 Aug 2018

Use fabrics and fake candles in storm lanterns or little glass jars get Pinterest loads of ideas

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