Affordable Ceremony Altars to Make Your At-Home Wedding Beautiful

Visually define your wedding ceremony site with these affordable and creative backdrop and altar ideas from Etsy!

Whether you've made the decision to plan a pandemic pivot wedding or wanted a backyard wedding all along, you'll probably want to define your ceremony site visually. Most wedding ceremonies take place in front of a backdrop or altar of some sort, and lucky for you, there are many affordable ways to create on yourself!

If you don't want to get super crafty DIYing a wedding altar all on your own, you can find some incredible options from the talented sellers on Etsy! Check out these creative and affordable wedding altar and backdrop ideas for your at-home ceremony!

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Affordable Ceremony Altars and Backdrops under $100

Custom Wedding Backdrop

Custom Wedding Backdrop

By CustomPartyStore

Choose from matte vinyl or lightweight cloth for your custom ceremony backdrop. Perfect for your wedding ceremony, reception, or welcome sign. Personalize it with your names, date or other special message.


Artificial Foliage Wall Tiles

Artificial Foliage Wall Tiles

By LuckandLuck

These realistic wall tiles make a beautiful wedding backdrop for a photobooth or as a focused wall for your ceremony or reception. Just snap the faux-greenery tiles into place to create a custom botanical-themed wall. At ~$13/ea, depending on how many you need this could be an affordable option!


Rustic Wedding Backdrop

Rustic Wedding Backdrop

By LovelyDrops

Perfect for a garden wedding, this printed ceremony backdrop is lightweight so that it's easy to hang. This vibrant print features a rustic wood design with realistic-looking stringed lights. A range of sizes are available for the perfect look.


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Tulle Draping Fabric

Tulle Draping Fabric

By WeddingTrousseau

Long drapes of fabric can create a romantic scene with these tulle sets. Hang them around a gazebo, from a beam, around your wedding arch or wherever you need a dreamy touch of glamour.


Fairy String Lights

Fairy String Lights

By perfectholiday

Hang these romantic lights at your outdoor venue for a magical and sweet decorative ambiance.  Customize how they twinkle with one of the 8 modes. Choose your length for the perfect fit. They're a versatile way to bring light to your special day. 


Artificial Cherry Blossom Garland

Artificial Cherry Blossom Garland

By PartySupplyPlus

Perfect for decorating an arch, window, backdrop, table, or hanging from a beam, this gorgeous silk garland makes a stunning and romantic statement. Made from silk, these faux cherry blossoms are offered in a double set of 6 feet each.


With My Whole Heart Backdrop

With My Whole Heart Backdrop

By BlushingDrops

Share your personalized message of commitment by hanging this sweet sentiment. It makes a wonderful backdrop for your ceremony. Decorate with flowers or fabric so that it's showcased as a focal point. Choose from various sizes.


White Flower Backdrop For Wedding

White Flower Backdrop For Wedding 

By PartyDecorStudioCN

This classic white rose and hydrangea silk flower wall is an elegant way to decorate your wedding venue. Perfect as a ceremony backdrop, photobooth backdrop or as a focal point at your reception, these faux floral panels can be easily customized to fit your space.


Happily Ever After Backdrop

Happily Ever After Backdrop 

By CustomPartyStore

White and gold are elegant colors to share your fairytale romance message. Personalize your happily ever after message with your names and wedding date. Use as a photo backdrop, entrance sign, or as a ceremony backdrop.


Greenery Wedding Garland

Greenery Wedding Garland

By BabysBreathBySarine

Choose from a variety of color palettes with these floral garlands. Decorate your wedding arch or create a ceremony backdrop with a beautiful mix of faux greenery and flowers. Order as many lengths as you need for either a minimal look or a stunning full garland representation.

Wedding Ceremony Altars & Backdrops over $100

Burgundy And Blush Altar Flowers

Burgundy And Blush Altar Flowers

By BloomsofGraceDesigns

This stunning combo of colors is the perfect way to enhance your outdoor wedding arch. If these aren't your colors, no worries! Choose from the extensive color palette for the perfect look.


Cascading Backdrop

Cascading Backdrop

By CraftyCousinsCo

Hang a romantic cascade of flowing tulle lit by delicate strands of light at your outdoor wedding venue. Hang it from a rafter or beam. Choose your length and color. Perfect for your ceremony or reception. 


Macrame Curtain Backdrop

Macrame Curtain Backdrop

By LandOfMacrame

This large macrame curtain will lend a Bohemian theme to your wedding. It's made of natural white cotton cord. Hang it between arches, on a wall, or as a photobooth backdrop. Select your size for the perfect fit.


Geometric Wedding Arch

Geometric Wedding Arch 

By WoodandWeddingSupply

For a modern look, choose this hexagon arch that will surely be a focal point at your ceremony. Keep it clean with no decor, or decorate with macrame, palms, flowers or natural fabric. The wood is available in 3 stains.


Copper Wedding Backdrop Stand

Copper Wedding Backdrop Stand

By ForeverTogetherDecor

You can quickly put this beautiful copper wedding arbor together for your ceremony or use it as a photo booth stand. Decorate it with flowers, fabrics or garlands. It's a classic and versatile look for your special day.


Wedding Ceremony Arches over $200+

Semi Circle Wedding Arch

Semi Circle Wedding Arch

By WedBizStore

This classic metal arched altar can be used indoor or outside. The design makes it easy to decorate but it's also stunning without embellishment. Cover all of the metal with fabric or flowers or go light and let the scroll design peek through. 


Round Wedding Arch

Round Wedding Arch

By GoldenWeddingShop

This large round metal wedding altar is a substantial piece with a flat base that will work perfectly outside. Decorate it with flowers, palms, pampas grass (as pictured) balloons, garlands, or fabric. It's available in 3 colors and 2 sizes.


Round Wooden Wedding Arch

Round Wooden Wedding Arch

By LiubovDeco

Rustic yet elegant is what you'll have with this large round arch. It's easy to assemble and  disassemble. It comes in 5 separate pieces, including two legs. Add a sweet romantic touch to it by decorating it with flowers.


Rectangle Wedding Arch

Rectangle Wedding Arch

By WedBizStore

There are so many ways to decorate this classic rectangle metal arch. Steel tubing keeps this decorative piece sturdy so that you can deck it out with garlands and flowers. A spray of flowers in each corner would be stunning. 


Driftwood Wedding Arch Kit

Driftwood Wedding Arch Kit

By MaineSaltyGirl

This driftwood arch is perfect for a backyard, beach or lake ceremony. The kit helps you to put together a simple, natural look for your day. Adorn it with flowers, fabric, rope or even more natural wood.


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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.Β