How to Decorate a Stage for a Wedding

Beautify your wedding ceremony with a magnificent setting

By Suzie Faloon

Decorated Outdoor Ceremony Site with Stage
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Create a dramatic wedding ceremony stage with beautiful decorations. Draped walls, lighting techniques and flower-bedecked pillars and arches transform your town hall, clubhouse or school into a wedding fantasy room. Adapt your stage to fit your venue, as well as your culture: The stage in a rental hall or venue will give you a large area to decorate for your wedding ceremony. Or for an outdoor wedding, you can build a stage For South Asian couples, a glamorous mandap wedding stage is traditional, whereas a Jewish couple would instead feature a chuppah at their wedding.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Discuss expectations with your fiancee. Whether you are from drastically different cultures or have similar backgrounds, it's important that you communicate your ideas and agree on a vision for your ceremony decor.
  • Talk to a representative from your venue or your wedding coordinator about what is realistic and reasonable for your space.
  • Get input from family members for traditions and advice on your wedding stage.

Step 1:

Discuss what materials can be used to secure fabric to the walls or existing theater curtain. Study photos of decorated stages to determine what form of draping to use on the stage. You also have the option to rent a wall backdrop of an artistic scene that goes with your theme. Check businesses or theaters in your area to see if they are available. You may find a sunset, winter, movie, Christmas tree, Western town, church sanctuary or garden scene backdrop, just to name a few.

Step 2:

Drape Shimmera, lame, tulle or satin panels for a stage backdrop from the ceiling to the floor of the stage. Hang white lights behind the draped fabric for a soft light effect. Place spotlights on the stage and shine them on to the fabric.

Step 3:

Arrange columns in a semi-circle or rectangular shape on the stage. Walk across the room and look back at the stage to see how the setting looks to you.

Step 4:

Drape fabric from column to column or around each individual column and secure in place.

Step 5:

Add bouquets of silk or fresh flowers to the draping points at the top of the fabric backdrop. Add in fluffy bows of satin or lace ribbon. Place bouquets on pillar headers or tops for an added touch.

Step 6:

Line the front of the stage with bouquets of silk or fresh flowers. You'll of course want to leave an opening for the couple and their wedding party to enter and exit the stage.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Decorating the stage is not a one-person job. Establish a team of helpers and delegate different setup and take-down responsibilities to each of them.
  • Cloth draping is a highlight in stage decoration. Add several pillars, an arch and strings of white lights finished with bouquets of fresh or silk flowers in colors to match your chosen wedding theme.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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