Ask Abby: Pier Decorations
May 4, 2009

It's been SO long since we've had any Ask Abby questions featured, so I figured it was time for a fresh start. Rather than doing a whole day, I am just going to feature 3 questions this morning with the hopes that you guys will be able to help a girl out and give these brides some guidance. The first, comes from Jen....

Q. I love your website, I've used it for inspiration in putting together my wedding and creating a "look"... Well I'm getting married on a pier in Poland on the 4th July, my colours are navy and red(entirely coincidental), I've already got the dresses, favors etc sorted but am at a loss on how to decorate the pier. The look so far has been contemporary, the invites are modern, I'm wearing the J Crew Goddess dress and the reception is outdoors at a museum.

I don't want it to look too "4th July" as I'm Australian and my fiancee is Polish. As far as the pier is concerned I know that we have to provide a table for the document signing but that is about it, so decorating options are pretty endless, any ideas?

I'll have my ideas later today, but in the meantime, we'd love to hear YOUR thoughts!

A. Well, in all of the many, many weddings that I've seen, my favorites are those that don't go overboard with the decor. With an already incredibly beautiful pier, I would definitely recommend keeping it simple. At the most, lanterns with tons of candles to form an alter of sorts, with simple white/green flowers tucked within the candle arrangment. For height, you could do something like this on a tall table.

Here is an example where the couple kept it simple, using their natural surroundings as their decor...

cotton idea studio

This amazing wedding was sent to us by Mindy of Cotton Idea Studio and photographed by Trever Hoehne