16 May Church Weddings
Wedding day’s approaching, so how do you go about transforming the Parish church or cathedral into the perfect backdrop to your big day? OK, so it seems to have become a bit of a mantra for us, but don’t be afraid to be different!
Say goodbye to the floral arch at the church door: nowadays they look a little dated, and let’s face it, unless they are huge, opulent affairs, crammed full of succulent green foliage and specimen blooms, they’re going to look a little lost against the grand stone-built facades of most churches or cathedrals. Keep things simple and elegant with some modern tall vases of fresh flowers, or opt to tie things altogether with candelabras framing the entrance.
If you’re marrying in one of Malta’s myriad churches, keep colours bright and simple: choose whites, ivories, creams, and greens because most Maltese churches have very dark interiors. Brighter flowers will help provide some light inside the church. The plain, elegant colours will also stand out against the grandiose and often florid inner sanctum of the church.
It’s important to remember that, far from simply being an elegant stage on which your act of marriage will be played out, the church is a holy place of worship. You should always ask the churchkeeper or sacristan about where it is appropriate for you to place floral arrangements; some churches do impose restrictions in some areas, such as on the altar table, for example.
That said, if you have the option to do so, try to focus on two main areas: the aisle and the altar. Many of Malta’s parish churches are deceptively spacious, so you can afford to install some big arrangements on either side of the altar to frame the bride and groom, reinforcing their position as the true centre of attention. Talking about space, it’s important to bear in mind that two people have to process down the central aisle of the church. Whilst vases and arrangements adoring this gangway can look stunning and enchanting, always ensure the space remains functional, and uncluttered. Incidentally, this also goes for the arrangements themselves: cascades of tulle billowing from every arrangement can be rather old fashioned nowadays!
Instead, consider bringing the arrangements alive with the use of candles; whether summer or winter, morning or evening, candles inside the church add to the atmosphere of love! Always take some advice from a professional in the field: choose a florist who already has a relationship with the church of your choice, or arrange a visit to the site for them to walk through it with you and highlight any opportunities or potential problems.
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