How to Decorate Columns for Wedding

    by April Sanders

    About the Author

    April Sanders is a writer, teacher and the mother of three boys. Raised on an organic farm, she is an avid gardener and believes that good growth starts with a rich, supportive foundation -- a philosophy that serves her well in both gardening and teaching. Sanders has written for Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers, Smarted Balanced, PARCC and others.


    Columns add an elaborate, beautiful touch to a wedding. Placed on either side of an altar, they create a special, romantic area for the bride and groom to exchange their vows. Alternately, they can be placed near a doorway for the bride and groom to walk between as they exit the church, or they can be placed in the background for wedding pictures. How you decorate the column depends on the theme and style of the wedding, but below are some tips to get you started.

    Things You'll Need

    • Decorative accessories of your choice, including fake flowers, vines, ribbons and lights
    • Double-sided sticky tape
    • Hot glue gun
    • Balloons
    • Glitter spray

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    Use lights. Start at the bottom, and wrap strings of twinkling holiday lights up the column, attaching them with double-sided sticky tape. If you can, use battery powered lights. Otherwise, make sure the columns are next to an electrical outlet.

    Decorate with vines. After the lights are on, add some artificial vines. You can find them in a variety of styles at craft stores. Twine the vines through the lights so the lights can sparkle through. You can choose vines with flowers or just with leaves. Attach the vines with double-sided sticky tape or a glue gun.

    Add ribbon that complements or matches the colors of the wedding to make bows. Create two large ones and place them in the middle of each column, or, for a more casual look, intertwine the ribbon into the vines. Again, you may need to attach the ribbon with double-sided sticky tape or a glue gun.

    Get whimsical. For a fun look, add a bouquet of helium-filled balloons to the top of each column. Just make sure the columns are weighed down! A touch of glitter is also whimsical and can be added with glitter spray.

    Get personal. Add something special to the columns, such as black and white photos of the bride and groom, or even their baby shoes dangling from the ribbons on the bows.

    • If you own the columns and aren't renting them, consider painting them in a faux stone finish for an elegant look.
    • Cover any electrical cords with tape to reduce the risk of tripping.

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