How to Decorate Beams at a Wedding

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How to Decorate Beams at a Wedding
Add height to your venue with decorated ceiling beams. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Whether you are holding your wedding at a rustic hunting lodge or a classic chapel, ceiling beam decorations add a splash of luxury and more than a hint of detail. They bring a fairy tale quality to your setting and give your venue a breathtaking finish. However, decorating the beams at your venue can be a tricky affair. If your venue's ceilings are very high or if you are unsure of the best way to accomplish a look, ask your decorator for assistance.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Gossamer or chiffon panels
  • Heavy wire
  • Artificial doves
  • Decorative wedding bells
  • Parasols
  • Hanging flowers
  • Vintage birdcages
  • Paper lanterns
  • Ribbon
  • Rope
  • Watercolour paints
  • Fairy lights

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drape long panels of gossamer or chiffon over the beams at your venue. To decorate the beams individually, attach the panels of fabric to the beams at each side and at the centre of the beam. Alternatively, wrap the material around the beams so that they take on a braided appearance. Consider incorporating your theme by securing the points where the material meets the beams using coloured ribbons and attaching subtle, wedding-inspired items such as a pair of doves or little silver wedding bells on top.

  2. 2

    Drape similarly long panels of fabric from the venue's central point and attach the ends firmly to a far-reaching beam at the front, back and sides of your venue. This works well to draw the eye to the centre of the space, particularly if a chandelier or other ornamentation is present. If you choose to incorporate this style, it will give your venue a closer, circular feel.

  3. 3

    Attach hanging decorations to the beams at your wedding venue. Ideas for this type of spectacle include upturned parasols brimming with dangling flowers such as wisteria, vintage bird cages housing artificial doves, wedding bells or paper lanterns. You may wish to include several incarnations of your chosen decoration, spaced at regular intervals throughout, or you may decide to place one large ornament at a central point. Use thick wire to attach the ornaments for added security, and mask its presence by adding a ribbon.

  4. 4

    Incorporate a large canopy to cover the entire seating area and suspend it from the ceiling. Thread ropes through the corners and halfway down the centre of the canopy and tie the ropes to the beams. Select a delicate, sheer fabric for a wedding-perfect look and, for added panache, use watercolours that match your theme colour to paint subtle designs onto the panel's fabric. For an ethereal touch, place fairy lights inside the canopy so that the lights glimmer softly through the fabric while you walk down the aisle.

Tips and warnings

  • If your venue does not have substantial rafters, incorporate a decorated wedding arbor for a similar effect.

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