The Best Ways to Decorate the Stairs and Banisters at Your Wedding
Chances are there are stairs at your wedding venue. Whether the entrance has sprawling concrete steps or the reception space has a grand staircase with wooden banisters, you'll probably encounter a set of stairs when coordinating your big day. While steps are a transitional element of the celebration—responsible for taking guests from one area to another—that doesn't mean they should be overlooked when planning the day's décor.
A floral budget typically gets split up between personal flowers—like bouquets and boutonnières—and display flowers—such as altar arrangements and centerpieces. But, with the second category, there is also room to get creative with unique floral installations that play to your venue and your preferences. Staircase and banister treatments are one such area. They aren't necessarily a "standard" floral item, but they're an extra touch that will go a long way in impressing guests.
The addition of greenery and flower accents to a set of stairs will also immediately make the space feel more intimate. Adding depth and filling in the space between staircase spindles, loose greenery will bring a dose of freshness to an indoor space. It's also a great way to thread your color palette through the day and make the whole event feel cohesive. Beyond flowers and foliage, however, there are plenty of other ways to decorate your wedding-day stairs.
This romantic look on the steps of the New York Public Library was created in collaboration with Jung Lee. While flowers and greenery have their place, it's amazing how dreamy simple candlelight can be. If you're getting married later in the day, candlelight is a great way to add soft ambience to the celebration as the sun goes down.
Ahead you'll find banister treatments and staircase decorations that are sure to inspire. From simple greenery garlands to lush floral groupings, there's a look for every couple and every venue style.
Florésie used dahlias, roses, delphinium, and greenery to create this bride's statement entryway. By having the floral installation on only one side, before switching to the other side halfway down, there was still ample room for the bride's processional.
White pillar candles added just the right amount of warmth and romance to these concrete stairs. This look is a great reminder that even a little attention to detail can make a world of difference.
Green and White
Pop of Color
Pool of Flowers
At this wedding at the Four Seasons Orlando, the staircase decorated by Lee James Floral actually served as the ceremony backdrop. If you're going to invest in beautiful floral decorations, it's a great idea to think of ways to maximize an installation's exposure by making them a focal point as Brandee Gaar did here.
A Unique Perspective
When you're visualizing your reception design, it's important to take into account permanent decorations and features at your wedding venue. The climbing yellow roses on the Swan House's wrought iron stairs are the perfect example. Although they're always there, they're a beautiful element that Lacy Geary chose to weave into the overall look for this event.
The staircase at the Pasadena Museum of History was bathed in warm candlelight and a smattering of greenery thanks to Vanessa Michelle Co. and The Flower Story. This pairing of candles and greenery was particularly effective since the greenery was purposefully limited to allow the candles to make a more powerful impact.
A nearby pedestal filled with English ivy added cohesion to the flowing greenery-laden staircase at this wedding.
Stair floral treatments need not extend all the way up the staircase, as evidenced here. A small arrangement on the bottom few stairs showed attention to detail without being over-the-top.
This couple made their venue's staircase look rustically "overgrown" thanks to oak and maple branches, smilax, Solomon's seal, tuberose, dahlias, and garden roses.
This couple's two-floor reception space was punctuated by one décor moment in particular—the pink, white, and green floral arrangement that covered the venue's staircase, which was created by Zimmerman Events.
Two rows of greenery and white flowers from Floral & Bloom Designs lined the aisle and stairs of The Potomac View Terrace at the American Pharmacists Association for this outdoor ceremony. Since the stairs were so vast, the greenery served as a helpful demarcation to accentuate an "aisle."
The grand wooden staircase at the Grand Hall of 701 Whaley in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, is actually what made this couple commit to this wedding venue. Built in 1903 and originally used as a warehouse for a local mill, the hall grabbed the couple's attention from the moment they spotted this grand wooden staircase framed by a 12-foot-tall window. Because the bride and groom love the outdoors, Fern Studio draped lush greenery over the staircase and anchored the arrangement with sliced wood and plenty of candles.