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How to Decorate Chapels & Houses of Worship for a Wedding

Learn how to pick decorations for wedding chapels and other houses of worship from celebrity wedding planner Barbara Esses in this Howcast video.


My name is Barbara Esses and I do events for a living. I'm Ruthie Hecht; I'm an event planner and I work with and for my mother. We're going to teach you the do's and don'ts for the perfect wedding. When a bride and groom decide to get married in their family or even not in their family sanctuary, be it a church or a synagogue, usually those buildings are quite beautiful and the best way to decorate them is with lighting, not so much flowers. Not because flowers aren't beautiful, flowers are very costly, but more flowers doesn't necessarily make the space look better. It's usually wonderful to highlight the architecture of the space and to mark the spot where the ceremony is actually happening and to mark the aisle at the begining of it so that when the bride enters there's something very beautiful to claim her for the pictures and then there's something visual for the bride and groom and the officiant when they're standing and actually doing the ceremony.

The most important thing, I think, are either candles if it's nighttime or some kind of lighting to highlight the space so that people really get to feel comfort in the space and the beauty of the space because most houses of worship are quite beautiful.

So, decoration should be minimal but it should just bring the space to life.

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