If you've been struggling to find the perfect wedding venue to bring your chapel wedding visions to life, you might want to consider the possibility of creating that venue in your own backyard. It's easier than you might think to create a chapel environment in your yard. You can use a gazebo or even just a standing altar for your ceremony depending on what you have available for space. Here are a few tips to help you create that chapel wedding at home.
Find Your Focal Point For The Ceremony
The very first thing you should do is select the focal point that you're going to design the rest of the ceremony around. This can be a lattice archway, a gazebo or something similar. The focal point inside a chapel is usually the altar area at the front, so you'll want some kind of structure around the altar space in your yard, too. Adorn the structure with flowers and other decorations that fit your wedding theme and colors to make it more eye-catching.
Once you've settled on that focal point, it's time to position the altar. Whether you choose to turn a podium into an altar space or you're actually renting an altar structure, make sure that you have enough space for it to fit. Remember that you'll say your vows here, so you want it to be easily visible and roomy enough for you all to stand comfortably.
Set Up Your Seating
When it comes to seating for a backyard wedding, you won't need to go as elaborate as renting pews. You can invest in benches or even white decorative folding chairs for your seating area. The goal is just to ensure that everyone is facing the focal point you created and is able to see comfortably.
Depending on how you design the seating, you may need to customize the way the bridal party walks to the front of the space. If there's one central aisle and two sections of seats, you can follow a traditional path of having everyone walk down the same aisle. However, if you have three sections of seats with two aisles, you'll want to alternate the bridal party members so that you have someone walk down one aisle, then the next person walk down the other.
From there, decide which aisle is best for the bride and send the flower girl and ring bearer down the other one. That way, you have a balanced entrance and everyone knows where they are supposed to go.
Add Decorative Touches
Adorn all of the rows of chairs with ribbons, flowers and bows to help them appear more festive and decorative. If you're looking to represent your religious beliefs, you can include trinkets that are faith-based, too. The goal is to enhance the overall appearance of the ceremony space so that everything is celebratory.
Sometimes, even your best decorative and planning efforts just can't bring that vision completely to life in your own backyard. When that's the case, you might want to work with a wedding planner or other specialist in your area to find the wedding venues that represent the image you've been trying to create.