May I use rose petals inside for decorations? Yes—but they must be white, pale pink, pale lavender, or pale yellow. (Dark colors stain the floor when guests step on them.) Let your caterer know you want to use petals, since they will be responsible for cleaning them up.
May I use candles? Yes— you may use tea lights in votives or candles in hurricane globes (if you use the latter you must put something under the candle to catch the wax). Candles placed in the fireplaces don’t need to be enclosed in glass, but they do need to have something underneath them to catch dripping wax.
What can our guests do to wish us well on our way? Bubbles are allowed—but only outside. Rice is allowed. (I’ve checked with the bird doctor at the local animal hospital, and he says that eating dry rice does not kill birds. It may give them a stomachache, but it doesn’t kill them!) Don’t wrap the rice in little pieces of tulle—the tulle gets stuck in the plants and makes a mess! Sparklers are not allowed Rose petals are allowed, as long as they are a pale color and your caterer will sweep them up. Silly string is not allowed, inside or out. I recommend that these items not be distributed until your guests are outside. Waste Free Bird Food is the preferred option.
May I use strings of little white lights to decorate? Yes, as long as you drape them or tie them up. They may be used outside, too, if they are the kind made for outdoor use. Don’t forget to take them with you at the end of the event.
Nails, tape, staples, glue, etc., may not be used in the hanging or placing of decorations. See The Cloisters’ Rules and Regulations, attached as part of your contract, for all the regulations regarding decorating.
May I drop some decorations/favors/other items off in advance? Contact me. Depending on what the items are, we should be able to accommodate you. We claim no responsibility for any items left, however; since no area can be locked when the building is open, we strongly urge you not to leave anything of value.