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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 a few simple ways to make your trip down the aisle a lot prettier and give that "wow" factor as guests enter.
An aisle runner is always nice—if it's bordered in rose petals, even better. A couple of decorated candelabras at the front of the church, and 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 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.
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 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 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.
Kissing Ball: 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" to 2" wide ribbon
- Corsage pins
How to Make a Kissing Ball:
- 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.
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DIYweddingplanner (author) from South Carolina, USA on March 02, 2012:
Sunbun, sorry it's taken so long for me to answer, but I've been trying to look for a picture I had of the rain gutters and can't find anywhere! I think they filled with potting soil and planted flowers, can't remember now, but I'll keep searching.
sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on February 29, 2012:
I have a question...you mentioned using white rain gutters filled with flowers as aisle decoration...have you done this before? If so, do you have any pictures that I could see? Great idea if it looks nice and not so much like rain gutters! Rain gutters, for a long 10-ft section, are only 6 bucks apiece. Those big metal planter buckets are so expensive in comparison.
DIYweddingplanner (author) from South Carolina, USA on February 29, 2012:
I'll take a look and see what I can find, but I'm a big fan if Michael's and their coupons and know I've seen them there from time to time. If I find a good source, I'll let you know.
Shevy on February 28, 2012:
Awesome ideas! I have my wedding soon approaching in Sept. I was wondering where is the cheapest site or place to purchase the sap buckets? - Charleston,South Carolina
sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on February 24, 2012:
Thanks for the compliment and for following! I've done those Martha Stewart tissue puffs for various occasions this past year and they always turn out easy and festive. The bride wants to do tissue paper dahlias as favors (also an MS idea) so the puffs should tie in nicely...I've got to call her (the bride, not Martha..hehe)! :) I'm so happy to help them DIY things because I love weddings, starting with my own that I was very involved in planning...I'll be sure to check out your other hubs for some more great advice. Thanks so much!
DIYweddingplanner (author) from South Carolina, USA on February 24, 2012:
He's one lucky guy if you're helping with his wedding, Sunbun. Your wedding was beautiful and I learned so much about your culture I didn't know.
The tissue paper puffs are much less expesnive to do than real or silk flowers and are really pretty. Plus, you can tissue paper in so many different colors now. You need to google the pic of Carrie Underwood's wedding. She got married under a HUGE kissing ball! It was really pretty, but all I could think was wow, that's a lot of flowers...and money!
Thanks for reading, Sunbun!
sunbun143 from Los Angeles, CA on February 24, 2012:
Great ideas! I am helping my bro-in-law and his bride plan their wedding (this spring!), and we are doing all the flowers ourselves. You've inspired me to suggest doing tissue paper puffs on shephard's hooks to line the aisle. The more we can make ahead of time, the better. I also like the silk flower kissing ball idea...maybe we can hang one from the gazebo ceiling. Perfect! Thank you!