How to decorate a fireplace mantel for a summer home wedding

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You can decorate your home-centred wedding with flowers, fabrics and candles. In the months before the wedding you will plan how to decorate a fireplace mantel for a summer home wedding that will be a setting for wedding portraits. Order or plan to make a fresh or silk flower garland that will be long enough to drape and swag over the front of the mantel piece. A family keepsake mirror or tray will reflect candlelight during the ceremony and throughout the evening.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large mirror or silver tray
  • Candle sticks
  • Candle tapers
  • Candle pillars
  • Removable adhesive hooks
  • Tulle or organza cloth
  • Large metal cup hooks
  • Floral swag, silk or fresh
  • Large vases of flowers or topiary
  • Fireside basket floral arrangement

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Center a large mirror, silver tray or large flowered wreath on the mantel. Collect several silver, wooden or porcelain candlesticks. Set smokeless, drip-less candles in the candlesticks and place them on the mantel.

  2. 2

    Cut two pieces of nylon tulle or organza fabric that is one foot longer than the length of the fireplace from the mantel to the bottom of the fireplace. Cut a third piece that is three feet longer than the width of the fireplace.

  3. 3

    Place adhesive hooks on to the mantel sides and centre. Hand the side panels of fabric from the side hooks and let it pool on the floor. Use safety pins to fasten each end of the long piece to the side panels. Drape the centre piece over the centre hook.

  4. 4

    Screw large coffee cup hanger hooks into the front sides and centre of the wooden portion of the mantle shelf. Drape a fresh or silk flower wedding garland across the front of the mantle. Secure the ends by wiring or tying them to the hooks. Step back to view the swag and adjust as necessary.

  5. 5

    Place 3-to-5-foot tall vases of flowers or topiary that complement the swag on the extreme right and left sides of the mantel top.

  6. 6

    Place a dozen pillar candles or a fireside basket floral arrangement inside of the fireplace to complete the decorative display.

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