Wedding Ceremony Series: Beautiful Backdrops

Welcome to our new and first series on the blog! For the next few weeks, our wedding planning team will take our focus to the wedding ceremony and break down each piece for you. Styling your perfect wedding ceremony one step at a time.
richmond winery wedding, wedding plannerLast week we focused on the ceremony aisle, today’s wedding ceremony focus is on the wedding alter. The backdrop for your “I Do’s” is the focal point before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. As a wedding planner, I believe every element needs decoration; however, if you only choose one piece – this would be it! Your guests are drawn to the wedding alter, because they are facing it from the moment they walk in the door. Creating the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony, can be a simple task or it could take a few more moving pieces. Take a look at some options below that have all swooned our hearts into happily ever after.

Richmond church wedding, wedding plannerChurch Wedding Alter

The church ceremony alter is always a simple set up. Mainly because the architecture of the church speaks for itself! Whether you grew up in a gorgeous church or choose the chapel closest to your reception hall, bringing lush flower arrangements to draw the eye to the center of the alter is a great addition to an already stunning backdrop.

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If you are a country couple at heart, a rustic ceremony might be the option for you! Choosing a barn venue creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony, and getting married on a farm has endless possibilities for your wedding ceremony. If you choose an open field overlooking the pastures, choose a simple rustic backdrop such as a wooden alter. Add some coordinating flowers or light flowing curtains to create a picture perfect view of the rolling hills. Another option is creating the perfect backdrop in front of those gorgeous barn doors!

wedding planner, wedding ceremony, rustic weddingVineyard Wedding Venue

If you and your fiancé are lovers of wine, why not choose to get married overlooking your favorite or local vineyard. Find an arch trellis and weave vines through to create the romantic appeal of you two getting lost in the vineyards.


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Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are so popular in Hampton Roads! After all, who doesn’t love a romantic weekend at the beach? Feeling the sand in between your toes while overlooking the rolling waves will calm every soul at your wedding. For a beach wedding alter, you need to be careful because the wind is strongest by the waves. Using a wooden arch that anchors well in the sand with sheer curtains blowing in the breeze will create a beautiful picture for all your guests to fall in love with.

What will your wedding ceremony alter look like? Let us know on our Facebook page! Need assistance in creating a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony? Contact our wedding planning team today for a customized wedding quote. We can’t wait to see the wedding alters for this year’s wedding season!

Happy Planning!


Christy Hooker

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