How to Decorate a Stairway for a Wedding

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How to Decorate a Stairway for a Wedding
Stairway decorations (Collin Anderson

When decorated creatively and with style, a stairway can become a beautiful focal point of a wedding ceremony or reception. Whether the bride intends to walk down the stairway instead of an aisle, or the stairway will simply be used for decorative purposes, a few well-placed decorations can enhance the ambience of the event and add drama and class to a wedding.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Live greenery
  • Large bows
  • Small potted plants
  • Flower petals
  • Candles
  • Clear Christmas lights

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    Use live greenery to wrap the railings and create a classic, summer look. The greenery can be combined with flowers for a splash of colour. Make certain the flower colours do not clash with those used for the wedding party dresses or for the rest of the decorations.

  2. 2

    Hang bows along the railings or on the wall on one side of the staircase. This look can add elegance to a wedding when done properly. Make certain the bows are large enough to be seen from across the room and complement the colours used for the rest of the decorations.

  3. 3

    Decorate the stairway by placing potted plants or flowers at the base of the stairs. Potted plants can also be set along one side of the stairs, on alternating steps, if the staircase is wide enough to accommodate the pots while still allowing safe passage.

  4. 4

    Scatter rose or other flower petals on the steps or at the base of the stairway. Avoid using whole flowers or leaves, as these may cause slips and falls. The petals can continue down the entire length of the staircase and up to the altar.

  5. 5

    Use candles, small sconces or even Christmas lights to decorate the staircase and add flair to the wedding. Clear Christmas lights work very well if you can hide or minimise the appearance of the cord. Be careful of the potential fire hazard if using candles.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid placing items on the stairs that may cause someone to trip. This is especially important at formal weddings, when women will be wearing longer dresses and less stable shoes. Keep the centre of the stairway free of obstacles to prevent falls.

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