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Wedding Ceremony Details No Bride Should Overlook

Apr 21 2014 - 6:06am

When you're planning your wedding [1], it's easy to get caught up in the big picture. The venue! The colors! But just as important as your shoes are to your dress, smaller decor details are especially noteworthy. Ahead, we're breaking down every small piece of the puzzle you shouldn't forget about. From seating to bouquet accents, consider it your ceremony-decor checklist!

Photo by Sarah Kate [2] via Style Me Pretty [3]


Direct guests to the ceremony and reception areas with unique signage and typography. There's no shortage of excellent ideas [4]!

Photo by Carla Ten Eyck Photography [5] via Style Me Pretty [6]

Aisle Decor

When you're walking down that aisle, you want it to be beautiful. Petals and rugs are just a couple of memorable options.

Photo by KT Merry Photography [7] via Style Me Pretty [8]

Potted Flowers

Scattering potted flowers or plants throughout the ceremonial grounds is a stunning, thoughtful touch.

Photo by Meg Smith Photography [9] via Style Me Pretty [10]

A Basket of Handkerchiefs

For happy tears, of course.

Photo by J Elizabeth Photography [11] via Style Me Pretty [12]

Unexpected Seating

Go beyond the usual folding chair, and consider unique benches or chairs, like these Lucite ones.

Photo by KT Merry [13] via Style Me Pretty [14]


Corsages are a lovely touch for special family members.

Photo by Mademoiselle Fiona Wedding Photography [15] via Style Me Pretty [16]

Welcome Table

Impress guests as soon as they arrive with a welcome table filled with personal details like photos.

Photo by Jon Duenas Photography [17] via Wedding Chicks [18]

Fans, Umbrellas, and Props

If your wedding [19] is outside, guests will appreciate the little details to keep them comfortable. Plus, you can arrange them in a cute setup!

Photo by Clary Photo [20] via Style Me Pretty [21]


Let friends and family know what to expect with fabulously designed programs that feature the names of the wedding [22] party, the schedule, and more.

Photo by Byron Loves Fawn [23] via 100 Layer Cake [24]

Bouquet Jewels

We love the idea of dressing up a bouquet with brooches and jewels — it's also a sweet way to remember family members that have passed.

Photo by Stacy Paul Photography [25] via Wedding Chicks [26]

Extra Lighting

Even if the ceremony is outside, incorporate gorgeous lighting like chandeliers and lanterns.

Photo by Rebecca Arthurs Photography [27] via Style Me Pretty [28]

Ceremony Backdrop Florals

Dress up a plain ceremony backdrop with flowers, balloons, ribbons, you name it — you can start brainstorming with these unique altar ideas [29].

Photo by Jose Villa [30] via Style Me Pretty [31]


If you're thinking of incorporating traditions, like the sand ceremony, make sure the props fit into your wedding [32] theme.

Photo by Jenn and Travis Photography [33] via Style Me Pretty [34]


Whether they're made from roses, succulents, lavender, or something else, groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres should not be overlooked! They'll make it into all the photos, after all.

Photo by onelove photography [35] via Style Me Pretty [36]


Here's an idea: hand out fun flags for your guests to wave as you return down the aisle.

Photo by Beaux Arts Photographie [37] via Style Me Pretty [38]

Chair Decor

Remember to dress up your ceremony chairs with ribbons, sashes, or in this case, a gorgeous garland.

Photo by Sarah Kate [39] via Style Me Pretty [40]


How sweet is it to have your vows written on something as pretty as paper hearts?

Photo by Beaux Arts Photographie [41] via Style Me Pretty [42]


Bright (sparkly) arrows are a fun, eye-catching alternative to signs.

Photo by Joielala [43] via 100 Layer Cake [44]

Reserved Signs

Reserved signs deserve to look great too, and we love the idea of personalizing them.

Photo by Catherine Leonard Photography [45] via Style Me Pretty [46]


Paintings like this one — a present from the bride to the groom that wasn't finished until the ceremony — are personal and pretty.

Photo by Three Nails Photography [47] via Style Me Pretty [48]

Balloon Touches

How fun! Scatter balloons throughout the ceremony [49] for a look that'll take your wedding [50] to new heights!

Photo by Katie Vowels for Annie McElwain [51] via Style Me Pretty [52]

Ring Bearer Pillows

Sure, not everyone will see it, but the ring pillow should be as well dressed as the ring bearer. How great is this simple but beautiful burlap idea?

Photo by Josh Elliott Photography [53] via Style Me Pretty [54]

Seating Arrangements

How the seats are arranged (like this circular setup) is essential to the overall feel of your ceremony.

Photo by Heather Waraksa [55] via Style Me Pretty [56]

Wedding Party Signage

Little ones who walk down the aisle will steal the show, so their signs better look good too!

Photo by Linda Chaja [57] via Wedding Chicks [58]


Naturally, candle vignettes add a romantic feel, whether the wedding [59] is inside or outdoors.

Photo by Judy Pak [60] via Style Me Pretty [61]

Petal Cones

Cones (like these made from music sheets) are a pretty way to display petals or confetti for guests to toss at the newlyweds.

Photo by Pat Furey Photography [62] via Green Wedding Shoes [63]

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