4 Reasons Why Old Doors Make Incredible Green Wedding Decorations
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Old doors may seem like strange decorations but, it turns out, they are startlingly charming in many different contexts. Doors are also symbolic: as you leave your single life you enter into a new, domestic sphere with your life partner. They represent new hope and opportunity, perfect symbols for any wedding. Typically doors are part of a structure. Having them stand alone outdoors draws attention to the outdoor space, as if that space were the rest of the house. If you’re at home in nature, this is a perfect way to communicate that to your guests. You can find cheap antique doors at thrift stores and estate sales, junkyards and old furniture supply warehouses. You might even have a few in your basement.
Entering an Outdoor “Room”: Setting Your Ceremony Apart
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If your ceremony is outside, give your guests a point of entry by creating a grand doorway at the foot of the aisle. This can be simple, just a single door opening onto the space, or ornate: two large doors that create a grand entryway.
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This shabby chic backdrop made from an accordion of antique doors is a great way to delineate an outdoor space and to call attention to your sweetheart table.
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Create a rustic photo backdrop with a few chic old doors leaning against a building. Or display them inside to create the look of a vintage country farmhouse in any space (like in the image below.)
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Escort Cards with Vintage Keys
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Instead of setting up your place cards on tables, hang them from a vintage door along with an old-fashioned key (the key is in keeping with the door motif). Include a table number on the cards as well.
A Note of Caution
In the old days, paint was often leaded. This means, some vintage doors may be covered in hazardous lead paint. If your wedding is adults only and you’ll have minimal skin-to-paint contact with the door, you’re probably fine. The real danger with lead is long-term exposure. But if you’ve got kids or pets at your wedding, you may want to re-think using doors with suspicious paint. Lead paint looks thick and luxurious (which is why it was so popular). When it cracks, it makes a spider web-like pattern. If you’ve got some suspicious looking flakes, test your doors before you use them with a home lead paint testing kit.
by Anni M.