I am essentially getting married on a large stage. Stages are cool, but I think it would be nice to dress it up a bit for a wedding. Even though I am not very familiar with the stage dimensions and the items they have available to decorate, I thought I would try to come up with a rough sketch of my "dream" decorating for the stage.
I know a few of the things the church has on hand. For example, they have long white strips of cloth they drape from the ceiling to the floor. I would definitely want these cloths up, even if we have other decorations in front of them. In the picture, these white cloths would be behind all of the decorations I drew.
I know the church has a number of while pillars, but I am not sure how many. I would assume they have at least 4, but I drew 6 large pillars in my picture. I also drew some small pillars. I know the church also has some small pillars, but again, no idea how many. Small pillars could easily be substituted by small round stools covered in white cloth/tulle.
I know the church has the big black and white dividers that you see in the center of my picture. Becca used these in her wedding. I also stole the candelabra inspiration from her. :)
This is kind of where the design gets tricky. I think it could look really cool to have tulle or white cloth draped over the pillars. I don't know if it would work out as perfectly as I made it look in my sketch, and it make take some playing around with. Plus, there are multiple ways to drape the tulle around the pillars.
I like the idea of putting white flowers on top of at least some of the pillars, and maybe this would just be appropriate for the short pillars. In my picture, I drew flowers on top of all of the pillars. I know the church has an abundance of fake flowers.
Finally, I think it would be cool to line the stage with candles (if it isn't too much of a fire hazard!). For Becca's wedding, we used candles at the base of the stairs, which you can see in the picture below. Also, I definitely want to incorporate an aisle runner going down the sanctuary and up the stairs.
As far as the piano goes, I think I want it pushed off to one side as far as possible. In this picture, again from Becca's wedding, you can see the piano on the stage, off to one side. I like the lighted trees the church has, and I think they would be great for filling in "gaps" on the stage, such as behind the piano.
When it comes to the placement of a unity candle, or sand, or whatever we end up doing, I think I want to use just a small table, placed somewhere on the stage. This time, I am stealing inspiration from Lisa's wedding. :)
So there you have it! Now I have stayed up way too late thinking about wedding things. Not a surprise! :)