How to decorate a wedding with gossamer or chiffon

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How to decorate a wedding with gossamer or chiffon
Adorn your wedding with delicate panels of fabric. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When decorating for a wedding, simple, classic additions are often the most breathtaking. Decorating with gossamer or chiffon panels creates an ethereal venue out of a plain hall. They also work as a versatile decoration. Not only can they be used to cover plain ceilings, but they also enhance historic venues and sumptuous ballrooms alike. Whether you decide to drape panels across the ceiling or over your wedding arbor, these floaty fabrics will create an ambience of opulence without looking busy.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pew bow hooks
  • Panels of gossamer or chiffon
  • Nylon fishing line
  • Rope
  • Fairy lights
  • Tea lights
  • Candle holders
  • Loose crystals

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    Hang a pew bow hook on each aisle-side pew and drape panels of your chosen fabric across the hooks, ensuring that each drape has a graceful amount of slack. Though this looks lovely on its own, you may hang your pew bows, if you are using them, on top of the hooks after the fabric is in place. Alternatively, this technique also works with aisle-side chairs at an outdoor wedding.

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    Wrap your fabric panels around your wedding arbor, if you have incorporated one into your ceremony. Allow a foot or two of material to swirl around the bases of the arbor and gently wind the panel up the supports to the crossbeam. If you are getting married outdoors, secure the fabric to the arbor with nylon fishing line at regular intervals to ensure that the panels do not flap around during the ceremony. If you are using two separate panels to decorate the arbor, tie them in a bow at the middle of the crossbeam and wrap the two ends downward for a symmetrical look.

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    Suspend a single canopy of fabric across your venue's ceiling to create a cloudlike effect. Select a rope strong enough to sustain the weight and use it at all four corners and at regular intervals on the sides. Though this look is soft and delicate on its own, try spreading strings of fairy lights out on top of its surface to allow their light to gently shine through over your guests.

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    Drape long panels of fabric across the rafters of your venue. Keep the drapes even for breathtaking symmetry or allow each of the drapes to have a different length to lend an air of trendy celebration. Alternatively, try beginning all of your drapes from a central point, such as a chandelier, for a circular effect.

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    Use panels as table runners at your guests' tables. However, instead of flattening the fabric out across the tables, take advantage of its natural flexibility and allow it to weave gently across the tabletops. To incorporate equally delicate centrepieces, look for tea lights in little bowls and spread out handfuls of loose crystals for a stunning finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask your venue manager or your minister to approve your fabric fastenings before decorating.

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