How to Decorate Alters
Floral arrangements can liven up an altar decor.mother"s day bouquet image by Colette MacDonald from Fotolia.com
Examine your altar. Take an assessment of the size and shape of the altar itself. Large altars require larger floral arrangements. Use your visual judgement to determine the size and shape of the floral decor required. Be sure to choose floral colors that complement the surrounding decor.
A tape measure helps ensure proper spacing between arrangements and altars.tape measure image by Joann Cooper from Fotolia.com
Place one floral arrangement on each side of the altar, between two and 10 feet out from each side. In other words, leave between two and 10 feet of space between your flowers and the altar. You can use your aesthetic judgement to determine the placement of the flowers. Use your tape measure to ensure equal spacing on both sides.
Blue LED spotlighting can be too harsh on speakers standing at altars.Blue light image by DigitalNature from Fotolia.com
Place your low-powered LED spotlight on the floor in front of the altar Note: Electric spotlights can be used if outlets are available. Position your spotlight no more than six inches from the front of the altar. The goal of the spotlight is to illuminate the altar itself, and provide up-lighting, without casting undesired shadows on the speaker's face. You may find it helpful to have a partner stand behind the altar to determine the best distance and power of the lighting. Here again, the size and shape of your altar will play a big part in the placement of the lighting. If possible, choose LED lighting in soft white or yellow lighting or a soft shade of pink. Blue LED--common in spotlights--is often too harsh for up-lighting.
Open Bibles often adorn altar tops.open bible image by Kalani from Fotolia.com
Place an open Bible on a book stand and place the two on the altar, in the center of the surface Note: If your altar has an angled top surface and small shelf, you won't need a book stand.