13 Beautiful Décor Ideas for a Church Wedding

Having your wedding at a church doesn't mean you have to eliminate décor.

If you've decided to have your wedding ceremony at a church, you'll be faced with two options: decorate minimally to accentuate the ornate design of the sanctuary, or work with your wedding designer to add complementary décor to the space. If you decide the latter, discuss the rules regarding decorations with church administrators first. Next, start thinking about how you can incorporate your design aesthetic into the original styling of the house of worship.

Especially if you're unable to add décor inside the church, onsider decorating the outside with garlands of flowers, add wreaths to doors, or display large urns filled with blooms at the entrance. Once inside the sanctuary, greet guests with a floral arch or place lush arrangements on either side of the aisle. A fabric aisle runner is one of the easiest ways to customize the space – you can even create a custom aisle runner featuring a personalized monogram with the help of a company like The Original Runner Company, or add some flower petals down the walkway. Adorn pews with floral bouquets tied with ribbon or line the aisle with flickering candlelight, and embellish the altar with striking florals or even tree-like arrangements.

Find additional inspiration in the images from real weddings below, and be inspired to decorate your own ceremony space with beautiful décor. 

Bride in front of Perkins Chapel church
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

church wedding decor ideas flower wreath monogram letters on doors entrance
Photo by Chard Photo

Classic car in front of decorated church
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

White flowers with blue ribbon on church wedding door
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

Lush white flower decorations at church wedding
Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Pink flower and greenery wedding arches
Photo by Adrienne Page

Catholic church wedding venue in Los Angeles
Photo by KLK Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company

wedding ceremony at traditional church bride and groom at altar bright bridesmaid dresses
Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements

White hydrangea pew decorations with blue ribbon
Photo by Karlisch Photography; Planning & Design by DFW Events

White tree decor at church ceremony
Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography

Catholic wedding ceremony winter celebration beautiful church venue
Photo by Averyhouse

Custom aisle runner and flowers at church wedding
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Green garlands with white roses on church pews
Photo by Liz Banfield and Adrienne Page

Find more ceremony décor ideas in our photo galleries, discover beautiful ways to decorate your aisle, be inspired by these stunning ceremony programs, and follow Inside Weddings on Pinterest and Instagram for additional inspiration at your fingertips.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy