How to Hang Wedding Decorations

Written by kristie lorette
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Wedding decorations, especially floral arrangements, add colour and visual interest to a basic venue but can be a hassle to attach or hang when you're unsure of efficient techniques. These easy ideas, using round pomander balls or other hanging floral arrangements and hanging votive candles, will get you on the right road to having beautiful hanging wedding decorations in every area of your wedding ceremony and reception.

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Things you need

  • Small fresh, silk or paper pomander balls (or other hanging floral arrangement)
  • Ribbon or cord
  • Wreath hooks (optional)
  • Shepherd's hooks (optional)
  • Votive holders or mason jars with handles
  • Votive candles
  • Clear fishing line
  • Decorative willow branches

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    Add a piece of ribbon or decorative cord through the wire loop on the top of the arrangement if your pomanders or hanging floral arrangements do not come with a hanging loop already attached. The length and thickness of the ribbon or cord will depend on the size of the arrangement and where it will be hung.

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    Tie small pomanders with a short piece of ribbon threaded through chair backs, letting them hang down the sides during the ceremony. Add them to every other aisle or even further apart to keep the aisle from appearing cluttered. Add a small wreath hook to the edge of the pews to hold the ribbon tie if are pews instead of individual chairs.

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    Use shepherd's hooks if the ceremony is outside on a grassy area. Secure the hooks in the ground at the ends of the rows of chairs down the aisle. These provide a sturdy place to hang pomanders, votive holders or mason jars that can hold votive candles or fresh flowers.

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    Tie larger pomanders with long ribbons around tree branches or the slats of arbor and trellis structures for outdoor weddings. The decoration can hang down over a couple reciting vows or guests during a reception.

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    Incorporate hanging votive holders or mason jars to the decor by stringing them around tree branches or slats using clear fishing line. Tie a strong knot around the handle of the holders before tying them to the branch or structure so the handle doesn't slide around on the fishing line.

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    Hang large pomanders and other arrangements from the ceiling by looping and tying clear fishing line to ceiling beams or tent ceiling structure for indoor or tent receptions. To incorporate hanging decorations to a centrepiece, stabilise a sturdy, thick piece of decorative willow branch in a vase or pot and hang pomanders, votive holders or flowers from a few of the branches.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with staff at the venue on their policies regarding hanging decorations and whether they allow open flames from votive candles.
  • Instead of ribbon or cord, consider hanging decorations with pearls or strands of beads for a little shimmer.

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