35 Altar and Aisle Decorations We Love
A lot of thought goes into your wedding decorations. For one thing, you have to make sure they go along with your vision or theme for the big day. For another, you want them to be visually appealing. The same goes for your ceremony space. In fact, we'd argue that your altar and aisle decorations are even more important, especially because this is where you'll say your "I dos." While it helps to have a breathtaking venue as your backdrop, an equally awe-inspiring set up—like a floral arch or pretty aisle decorations—can elevate any ceremony site.
That's why we've rounded up our favorite altar and aisle décor ideas from real weddings that will help you make the most of your service space. In the following slides, you'll see how these couples chose to dress up their venues. While some newlyweds decided to let their locations speak for themselves, they proved that even the most scenic spots can be made that much more beautiful with unique floral arrangements and structures. Take this mountain view, found at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, for example—it would have stunned all on its own, but it got an elegant upgrade by A Good Affair, who placed a floral hoop structure by Little Hill Designs at the end of the aisle.
Whether you choose to play up the beauty of your ceremony location with minimal décor or fill the room with plenty of floral arrangements—note one couple, ahead, who created an ethereal canopy for their indoor vows—there are plenty of ways to make your venue your own. Click through to discover more of our favorite altar and aisle decorations for a personalized, beautiful ceremony.
You don't have to reserve your special song for your first dance. Polished Pen Calligraphy penned the lyrics to "To Make You Feel My Love" on the concrete floor of this aisle.
This bride—who planned and designed much of her own wedding—let the location's gorgeous waterfall be the backdrop for her nuptials.
Pop of Color
On this otherwise all-white aisle, red, green, and pink floral arrangements by Rose and Willow brought a dramatic pop of color.
Soft pink petals lined both sides of this aisle. The colors anchored the pink garden roses used in the altar's Edelweiss Floral Atelier floral installations.
Pampas Grass and Greenery
Penelope Pots filled vessels with pampas grass and greenery for a subtle hint of color in this contemporary ceremony space.
Sometimes, a venue doesn't need to be intensely decorated—especially when it's this beautiful! Juniper and Lace Events kept it simple and opted for well-placed candelabras to play up the majesty of this event's location.
We're loving this wooden, geometric backdrop. To incorporate a natural element, a friend of the couple draped various parts of the structure with greenery and potted plants.
These The Foxgolve Studio arrangements felt like they were plucked straight from the forest thanks to their fresh greenery and mossy bottoms.
Crates and Flowers
Mismatched chairs, pillows, and candles came together to form this whimsical and bohemian ceremony space by Golden Arrow Events. To complete the look, the pros added a sentimental quote which hung in the middle of the altar.
One of the best ways to decorate your beach wedding's space is by utilizing flora and fauna from the surrounding area. For this destination wedding, The Dainty Lion used palm fronds and waxy leaves for each aisle's arrangements.
A Quick Solution
After seeing photos of the large oak tree at the Aldredge House, this bride knew she wanted her nuptials to take place right in front of it. However, she elected to keep decorations minimal as to not take away from the beauty of the old tree.
Saipua made it look as if the ceilings of this tented ceremony were vaulted by hanging long garlands of lush foliage.
For an outdoor service, bring nature to the forefront like Bows + Arrows did with this site. The pros displayed floral arrangements at the end of each aisle along with a flower-covered arch.
Scattered, mismatched rugs led up to a teepee at this undeniably bohemian service. To prevent the structure from looking too bare, Lalé Florals dressed it up using greenery.
It doesn't take much to add a touch of elegance to your ceremony chairs. Just look to this Fleurs de Mars arrangement of dahlias, garden roses, and greenery that dressed up these otherwise white seats for proof.
Cherries Flowers combined dry pampas grass and soft sweet peas for a textured set up.
One benefit to potted arrangements? They can be used multiple ways on your big day. These Amaryllis Floral & Event Design creations—they flanked both side of this altar—were used later to decorate the reception area.
A "red carpet" of rose petals led this bride to a 300-year-old oak tree where the couple said their "I dos."