Pew Marker Ideas for Your Wedding
Some brides are fortunate enough to have a beautiful chapel with lots of stained glass and gorgeous soaring beams for their wedding site. And others, sadly, are not. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to get excited about your upcoming wedding when you know that it's going to take place in a very drab and ordinary looking place. However, there are ways to make your trip down the aisle a lot prettier and give that "wow" factor as guests enter with a few simple things. An aisle runner is always nice and bordered in rose petals, even better. A couple of decorated candelabras at the front of the church, you're getting there. An altar spray on top of the altar where the two of you will be standing and it's almost perfect! Now, what are you going to do about those sad, scuffed up looking pews to finish off the lovely picture that you've created?
What Are Pew Markers for Exactly?
Pew markers have several purposes, it just depends on what you have in mind when you are using them. Some brides place them only on the ends of the pews where immediate family will be seated. It's kind of a nice way to let other guests to know those pews are reserved for special guests. Some brides use them all the way down the aisle along with gossamer or tulle as a means to block off the seats down the center aisle, so guests will know to seat themselves from the sides instead of the center. This is usually the case when a bride has a special aisle runner which has been rolled out in advance of the ceremony and she doesn't want anyone but the bridal party to walk on it. And some brides just use them as a way to add some lovely décor to boring wooden pews and to focus attention on the aisle.
How to Make a Pew Bow
The Simple Pew Bow
The lowly pew bow has been around for decades as a way to decorate pews and was originally used to mark the seating for guests. They were usually made from wide ribbon or tulle and sometimes swagged from pew to pew. Bows are a pretty and simple pew marker and if you enlist the help of some handy friends, you can have them made in no time and ahead of the time you will need them...no stress, no mess!
However, if you are thinking of something a little fancier than pew bows, you could simply add to the bow with another color bow, mix ribbon and tulle together or add flowers, just using your bow as a kind of jumping off point for something a bit more elaborate.
Creative Pew Markers
Depending on the style of your wedding, you could have pew markers that are a bit more creative. For example, for a country wedding, you could have mason jars with candles inside decorated with daisies and other wildflowers. For another outdoor wedding idea, you could fill white metal rain gutters with flowers and lemon leaves to line the aisles and not worry about something hanging on the pews. Tissue paper pomanders are an easy DIY project you could do as well and a fun activity you could do ahead of time with your bridesmaids. Metal shepherd's hooks with lanterns are a beautiful and rustic pew marker and something you could use in your new home as well.
A Quick DIY Pew Marker
A very simple pew marker that anyone can make even if you don't have a crafty bone in your body is a kissing ball. Kissing balls have quite a history dating all the way back to the Middle Ages, but were extremely popular during the Victorian era. The core of the kissing ball was an apple or potato (pre-styrofoam!) where the Victorians inserted all kinds of flowers, herbs, and greenery. Each item put on the kissing ball had a special meaning. The balls were hung up and much like mistletoe, those caught under the kissing ball got lucky and snuck a kiss! Kissing balls symbolize love and romance, so why not use a kissing ball as part of your wedding décor?
What You'll Need:
Styrofoam ball, size depending on how big you want the ball, at least 5", if you're using silk flowers
Green Oasis ball, if using real flowers
Silk or real flowers
Toothpicks, if using silk flowers
Floral glue, if using real flowers
1 1/2" - 2" wide ribbon
Using two corsage pins, attach a 2-3 foot length of ribbon to your ball. Just overlap the two ends of the ribbon and stick the two pins through the ribbon and straight into the ball. That is what your kissing ball will hang from, so make it long enough for the look you're trying to achieve. Then if you are using silk flowers, pull them off the stems. You will be left with flower heads and a base with a small hole in it. Glue a toothpick into each hole and after these have dried, start sticking them in the ball. You need to make them as close together as possible, so no ball will be showing through at all. Continue until the whole ball is covered.
For real flowers, soak the oasis ball in water, preferably overnight. Take your flower stems and cut them at an angle to about three inches long. If it's a flower with sturdy stems, you can insert them directly into the ball. If not, you may have to wire them onto florist's picks. Start sticking the flowers around the ball in a line until you're all the way around the ball. Then start a line intersecting that line and go all around the ball. You will be left with four quarters. Now fill in each quarter tightly with flowers until you don't see any of the ball. Mist the balls with a floral preservative and refrigerate them until they're ready to use.