Beautiful Ideas for Church Wedding Decorations

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, here are the easiest ways to incorporate your design aesthetic into the original styling of the house of worship

Photo: Jasmine Star Photography

Though one of the most popular wedding trends as of late is to have an outdoor wedding, there are still thousands of couples who choose to keep with tradition and exchange vows at a church wedding. If you've decided to have your wedding ceremony at a church – whether the house of worship you grew up attending, your current sanctuary, or a gorgeous church in a new destination, you'll be faced with two options: decorate minimally to accentuate the ornate design of the cathedral, or work with your wedding designer to add complementary décor to the space to really create a wow-factor with church wedding decorations. 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.

How can I decorate the church for my wedding?

Especially if you're unable to add décor inside the church, consider decorating the outside entry doors 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. Wedding decorations in church settings are often allowed on the big day, within reason, so make sure you ask before assuming you can't have what you want for your wedding – decorated opulently, for example. While wedding planning, cover your bases regarding church wedding decorations. You may even find that having simpler church decor will allow you to spend on other parts of the wedding, such as more decorations at the reception or even a better menu!

How do I decorate my wedding aisle?

Aisle decorations are a wonderful way to add a pop of color and freshness to a simple church, or you can place a small bundle of flowers on the side of each church pew. A fabric aisle runner is one of the easiest ways to customize church decorations for weddings – you can even create a custom aisle runner featuring a personalized monogram or design through companies like The Original Runner Company, or simply add some flower petals down the walkway in addition to floral arrangements at the entrance to the aisle and the altar itself. Adorn church 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 to create gorgeous wedding church decor.

Find additional inspiration in the images from real weddings below, and be inspired to decorate your own ceremony space with beautiful décor. To see more from these celebrations, click the link below your favorite image!

Bride in front of Perkins Chapel church

Photo by Karlisch Photography; From Real Wedding: Classic Ceremony at SMU Chapel & Ballroom Reception in Dallas

church wedding decor ideas flower wreath monogram letters on doors entrance

Photo by Chard Photo; From Real Wedding: Nashville Wedding with Black, White & Gold Color Palette

Classic car in front of decorated church

Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Elegant All-White Country Club Wedding with Natural Greenery

White flowers with blue ribbon on church wedding door

Photo by Karlisch Photography; From Real Wedding: Classic Ceremony at SMU Chapel & Ballroom Reception in Dallas

Pink flower and greenery wedding arches

Photo by Adrienne Page; From Real Wedding: Pink and White Destination Wedding in Charleston, South Carolina

Catholic church wedding venue in Los Angeles

Photo by KLK Photography; From Real Wedding: Greek Orthodox Church Ceremony & Glamorous Purple + Gold Reception

wedding ceremony at traditional church bride and groom at altar bright bridesmaid dresses

Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography; Planning & Design by Sterling Engagements; From Real Wedding: Vibrant Purple & Blue Celebration at Union Station in Los Angeles

White hydrangea pew decorations with blue ribbon

Photo by Karlisch Photography; From Real Wedding: Classic Ceremony at SMU Chapel & Ballroom Reception in Dallas

Catholic wedding ceremony winter celebration beautiful church venue

Photo by Averyhouse; From Real Wedding: Catholic Winter Wedding with English Traditions in Chicago

Green garlands with white roses on church pews

Photo by Liz Banfield and Adrienne Page; From Real Wedding: Glittering Gold New Year's Eve Celebration in Oklahoma City

Gorgeous Dallas Church Ceremony

Photo by Sarah Kate, Photographer; From Real Wedding: Childhood Sweethearts Say "I Do" at Luxury Wedding in Dallas, Texas

Flowers on Pews

Photo by Perez Photography; From Real Wedding: Church Ceremony + Classic Country Club Reception with Pink Palette

Church Ceremony with Florals on Archway

Photo by John Cain Photography; From Real Wedding: At-Home Dallas Fête Inspired by San Miguel De Allende Weddings

Whether you choose to go simple and neutral for your church wedding decorations or opulent and luxurious, the church wedding decorations you select will work to embellish what's likely already a gorgeous church wedding venue. If you always imagined getting married outdoors but your family has always wanted you to have a traditional church wedding, add plenty of decorations with fresh greenery and white flowers to bring the outside garden feel inside the church. While not every church is the same, it's unlikely that you'll be asked to not have any decorations – once you know what you like and what's allowed at your church wedding, add church wedding decorations that fit within the rules while also providing you with the dream wedding you've always envisioned. Happy planning!

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.

Opening photo by Jasmine Star Photography; From Real Wedding: Spanish-Style Ceremony & Outdoor Ranch Wedding Reception