Empire Columns & Your Wedding: Why Classic Style is So Popular

Empire columns are a very popular choice for weddings and other major events. They look amazing, but what many don’t know is that the design is quite ancient. The modern Empire wedding columns found in event stores and rental shops are actually inspired by one of the most beautiful reminders of the craftsmanship of the ancient Greeks.

84 inch Empire Wedding Column
The modern Empire column

The original temple is believed to have been divided into two parts, including one area of three enclosed rooms and an enormous open porch. It was on the porch that the wide spaced columns could be seen. They provided support for the roof while creating an amazing scene that must have been a breathtaking sight to behold in the temple’s heyday.

Choosing Empire Columns for Your Event

You don’t have to host a wedding inside an ancient Greek ruin to enjoy the same look as the famous Temple of Minerva once offered. Modern event planners and couples can instead find lighter, more versatile décor inspired by the originals. These columns are just as beautiful but come in smaller sizes. They are hollow and portable so you can set them up or store them almost anywhere.

When choosing the right size wedding column for your venue, make sure you consider ceiling height and floor space. A small column may be lost in a huge venue while an oversized column may be too much for a smaller venue. Also consider the purpose of the column. Do you want to highlight an aisle, doorway or pathway? Go with taller columns. Do you want to display a plant, bouquet, urn or wreath on top? Choose something shorter or mid-height.

Customizing Your Empire Wedding Columns

Don’t be afraid to get creative and combine columns of different heights. You can create a lovely tiered effect or use multiple matching columns for different purposes. Custom finishes also provide more options so you can create a classic Empire column that complements your theme, color scheme or purpose.