How to Decorate Your Wedding Arches

Unique wedding arches have become a big trend among modern weddings and are almost iconic in nature. The wedding arch serves as a backdrop for the ceremony altar, where most couples exchange their vows. They are highly photographed and featured in ceremony photos, which means that they are a perfect detail to decorate and make stand out. There are so many unique and customizable ideas for wedding arch decoration, such as wedding flowers, greenery, fabric, and so much more. Read on to check out some of our best ideas and suggestions for putting together affordable and beautiful wedding arches.

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Lanterns & Greenery

You may want to consider hanging matching lanterns and greenery on your wedding ceremony arches. According to The Jakarta Post, “the lantern is the main focus of attention of the celebration as it symbolizes the wish for a bright future. In addition, the Chinese believe that while red is a symbol of happiness, gold is a symbol of wealth”. This idea is a fanciful way of creating a backdrop that signifies a marriage with a bright future. Lanterns, combined with exquisite greenery can be a reminder of the real purpose you are joining together to make a wonderful future.

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String Lights & Fabric

String Lights Wrapped in Translucent White Fabric can be an affordable and magical solution for your wedding ceremony arch or altar. If you want to create a heavenly scene that will leave a fairytale impression with your guests, this is the way to give your audience the feeling of serene romance. Basic fabric and string lights can be very affordable– just stock up on string lights after the holidays to save a bundle!

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Greenery and Flowers

A Wooden arch with Ivy and roses. Symbolism Wiki says that since ivy is an evergreen, it is a symbolism of perennial life and immortality. It may also represent dependence and attachment, which can be seen in the way it climbs trees and buildings to get sunlight.” Using this concept as a backdrop allows you to immortalize your marriage in a way that is like no other and will allow you to tell your audience that your marriage is at the start of growth and will continue throughout eternity.

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Natural Wood

Natural Birch and Willow Branch Arch with Hanging Floral Garland.  In The Willow Place, it is stated, “The willow tree has a long history of symbolism rooted in spirituality and cultural traditions. There are references to the willow tree in Celtic and Christian tradition, among others. One of the most valuable traits of the willow tree is its flexibility. The willow tree is one of the few trees that is capable of bending in outrageous poses without snapping. This can be a powerful metaphor for those of us seeking recovery or a spiritual path”. This kind of archway will allow you to demonstrate how flexible you are in a marriage. There are many winds of adversity but once you are rooted and grounded in this kind of relationship you can never lose and will always remain loyal.

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Wooden Doors

Wooden doors with flowers. South bay and Rustic Doors put out a newsletter that said, “Doors and doorways have been symbolic across cultures for as long as history has been recorded. A door is both an entrance and an exit, so it has been associated with portals and passageways on many levels throughout history. Doors are closely related to gates and thresholds because the three share some very similar symbolic features and sometimes work together to create passage.” This is very important to remember when considering how important a marriage is, it is entering another portal that will give you a deeper and more enriching life. You are no longer alone, but two people traveling together.

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Copper Pipe With Flowers

Perhaps a Copper Minimalist Backdrop with flowers or greenery should be your choice. You can opt for a certain flower depending on the significance or meaning you'd like to be associated with it. Copper, as an element, is rich with symbolism itself. It embodies such characteristics as love, balance, beauty, and artistic creativity, all of which are important in the start of a new relationship.

We hope this has given you some inspiration to take a thoughtful approach to the choice for your wedding ceremony arch or altar! Happy planning!