Wedding columns can be combined with wedding arches and other decorations to create a traditional look to your festive décor. They can be used for other occasions, as well, such as graduations, boardrooms, libraries and more. Columns were once an essential part of the architecture, used for the simple purpose of holding up buildings, but now have become more decorative in their applications.
Faux Roman Columns
These faux Roman columns are made of plastic but look as if they might have been found along the Via Marcus Aurelius, or in the Roman Forum. They are on a much smaller scale, of course, making them perfect to use as part of your wedding decorations. They have space for a 10-inch by 10-inch flower plate, or they can be used to support some other meaningful decoration. They can also be used to decorate a boardroom, library or even a birthday party. They are excellent as either temporary decorations or as more permanent room decorations.
These Roman columns lend an air of dignity and solemnity regardless of where they might be placed. Easily moved and easy to store, they can be kept on display or put away for use at various events. In addition to weddings, meetings and birthdays, they might also be attractive at graduations.
Lacy Venetian Wedding Columns
Support lovely floral arrangements, mark off the route for the processional, flank the pedestal for the person officiating at the ceremony or just use as general decorations; these lacy Venetian wedding columns can easily multitask as decorations, traffic control and more. Forty-one inches tall and twelve inches wide at the base, they are certainly hard to ignore. Top them with floral bouquets, meaningful symbols or just leave them plain. Attach streamers or cords to help direct traffic flow or to designate reserved seating for family members.
No matter where you place these beautiful columns, they will add to the general festivities of any occasion. Use them to support special items to be used in the ceremony or to mark special places. Their delicate regal appearance is both dignified and festive, perfect for weddings, graduations, or similar life milestones. They could even be used as a send-off party for someone who has recently retired and is preparing to fulfill their dreams.
Adjustable Roman Wedding Columns
If you like the look of Roman columns at your solemn festivities, you will love these adjustable Roman columns. Sections can be stacked as many as three high or as few as one, creating three height options that range from forty-one inches to sixty-seven inches, not counting feather or flower balls that can be placed on top. Each column comes with a fifteen-inch pedestal that is twelve inches square for good footing and stability and a similarly sized topper. Decorations will add height. Avoid adding heavy decorations as these could destabilize the columns.
The columns can be used on stairs or can be used to create a sense of building toward something, lifting the eyes to a central location. They are easy to set up and to take down. Their sectional nature makes them easy to store. Weddings, graduations, retirement parties, and more – these columns can be used to decorate almost anything.
Crystal Studded Pillars
This graceful urn set atop a column will almost take your breath away. The base of the pure white pedestal is inlaid with tiny metallic plates, and bands of these shiny plates are repeated at each narrow interval of the column and at the base of the urn. The urn is decorated with a crossed floral pattern of raised material. At the junction of each line crossing is a white cabochon crystal drop. The whole effect is rich, beautiful and yet somehow understated, especially if the urn is filled with a bouquet of white roses and baby’s breath. It is the perfect selection for flanking the altar at a wedding or gracing the bottom of the steps at a christening. This is the perfect decoration for an event of great solemnity and joy.
Basic Budget Venetian Columns
These simple columns are less expensive than some of the fancier ones, but they can still do the job. They can hold up floral decorations, light-weight busts, and other symbolic sculptures, they can mark off traffic areas and demarcate areas of reserved seating. They look nice, they are easy to set up, and they don’t ring alarm bells in the wedding treasury. They are a nice, conservative decoration that even if it won’t send up rockets saying, “extravagantly beautiful” they do shows signs that you put some thought and care into planning the wedding setting.
Add some lovely flower arrangements that show off the bride and groom’s selection of colors, and you will have something that is memorable and tasteful. They can easily be stored and used for other occasions, such as graduations, board meetings, even birthday parties.
Create a Stately Colonnade
Not every column created is for a wedding, graduation or other celebration. Some are just intended for daily use or to decorate the inside of your home. Such is the case with the connected top column. It can be placed in any part of your home that could use an accent. Not designed to be a support, they nonetheless could help hold up a light fabric swag or help sustain the corners of a dropped ceiling.
They can also be used to attach holiday lights, curtains or to frame a special cabinet. The columns are eight feet tall and can be painted to match any décor, including faux marble. They can be used to give a Roman or Grecian look to your interior design.
Elegant Wedding Column
This elegant column has the fluting found in many Greek or Roman columns. It can be ordered in a variety of heights, beginning with 24 inches, and topping out at slightly over ten feet. It can be used as a wedding column by placing floral decorations or symbolic ornaments on top of each pedestal, or it can be used as a more permanent decorative element inside your home. It can easily fit in a library, boardroom, office, or even your dining room. Its spare design allows it to go with almost any décor, from shabby chic to modern formal.
It is made from weather resistant resin/plastic and can be used out-of-doors. Combined with an arbor or garden statuary, these columns can help turn your home gardens into a reflection of those found in Italy.
Greek Column Pedestal
Enhance the walk leading to your wedding altar with this sand-colored pedestal or decorate your flower beds. It is weather resistant and can work well indoors or out. Just position it and fill it with sand. Otherwise, you can use the top to place flower plates or other pretty decorations on the pedestal. The sand-colored surface is easy care, just wipe clean with a soft cloth, as needed. You can also top it with light-weight busts or other interesting ornaments. Just a note of caution: It can NOT be used with gazing balls. The heavy metal spheres become much too warm for the resin composition of the pedestal.
Considerations When Buying Columns
Some things to think about when buying columns as wedding decorations include where will they be used, how many of them will you need, what height is going to be most practical, and – of course – what you will decorate them with. Some columns are more expensive than others, some will work both indoors and out, while others can only be used indoors. Poly/resin columns are popular and will often work both indoors and out. They are easy to set up and easy to take down and store.
Applications of Columns
Columns can be used for a variety of purposes. They can support vases, urns, bouquets and light-weight ornaments. Larger columns can be used to support swags of fabric or more formal sorts of arches. They can be used to hold up decorative ropes to guide traffic flow at a large event. Small columns can be nestled in flower beds to support urns or small, light-weight sculptures.
Setting Up and Taking Care of Poly-Resin and Acrylic Columns
Columns are often sand-filled, especially the base. This helps them stand up without being staked or sunken into the ground. They are easy to care for. Simply wipe them clean with a soft cloth periodically to clear away any dust or debris that might have fallen on them. Although eventually they might deteriorate from sun, they will last many years with minimal attention. This means that the columns you used to mark the area for your wedding processional can become garden decorations that will last for several years.
Symbolism and Columns
For the ancients, columns often represented trees. Trees represented life. They bore fruit, things nested in their branches, they gave shade and they provided wood for heat, light and furniture. Indeed, some of the earliest columns were tree trunks, places upside down so that they would not grow. This would not be necessary for all types of trees, but the willow, for example, can be grown from cuttings. Columns represent the masculine principle, not only for obvious reasons, but because they were often the load-bearing part of a house, temple or official building. To East Indians, a column could represent the chakras which are believed to be arranged in a straight line up the back. The curling sections at the top represented rams’ horns. Other designs represented leaves or fruits.
Columns in Architecture
Columns were once a vital part of the architecture of any large building for one simple and practical reason: they held the roof up. Before engineers learned about arches and before the invention of steel beams and similar modern building materials, columns were essential for holding up wide expanses of roof. Today, columns can fulfill that function, but the decorative columns made of acrylic or poly resin can create the illusion of older times by using columns in ways that appear to hold up something, even though they are primarily for show. If you enjoy that sort of thing, you can use columns to create a sort of faux ruin in your garden or near your patio.
There are many options when purchasing decorative columns. Many of them imitate real columns used in ancient architecture. For your garden or event, you will want to keep in mind the purpose of the columns, the number required, the individual or collective cost and your overall decorating budget. Size is also a factor, since decorative column come in a variety of sizes, from around 2 feet tall to more than ten feet tall. There is some variance in the size of the base and the top surface, as well. Thinking about these sizes is important for getting the look you desire. It wouldn’t do to try to place a ten-foot column in a room with an eight-foot ceiling, for example. Nor would you want to try placing a large flower tray on a six-inch column top.
If you plan to place a gazing ball or other heavy objects on the column, make sure that it is rated for it. Stainless steel gazing balls can be heavy and they can warm up in the sun. Stone or clay sculptures can also present a challenge. You want the right column to support such items. This is an important factor in the longevity of your pedestal column.