DIY Weddings: How to Create One-of-a-Kind Arbors and Altars

The place where you stand to exchange your vows should be absolutely perfect. From amazing floral arches to understated Japanese lanterns, here are some beautiful ideas for the perfect altar or archway to make your wedding day spectacular.
By: Jeanine Hays

©Janie Medley Flora Design

©Janie Medley Flora Design

©Photographer Sungold Photography

©Courtesy of Jeanine Hays; Photography Sungold Photography

©Kat Flower

©Courtesy of McKenzie Powell; Photography by Josh Durias Photography

©Janie Medley Flora Design

©Janie Medley Flora Design

A Door to the Altar

Choose items that speak to the setting you are trying to create. While this wedding is outdoors, the feel is that of a rustic barn. Create a surprising entry to the altar by bringing indoor elements outside to define the space. Floral designer Janie Medley accessorized the doors with wreaths made with seeded eucalyptus and green hydrangeas.

A Ladder Archway

Get creative and develop a one-of-a-kind archway. Simple wooden ladders have been placed together to create this unique archway. Placed on the steps of the ladders are floral bouquets that tie in with the colors of the wedding. Arrangements of dahlias, ranunculus and garden roses add a pop of color in this rustic setting. Additions like paper flowers or party poms can be used to create a garland similar to this one.

Tropical Blooms

For a tropical wedding, use a bold and colorful arch to help set the tone. This archway filled with hot pink bougainvillea flowers stands out against the blue ocean backdrop. A rich abundance of tropical blooms and bright colors can be the perfect way to accent island nuptials.

Japanese Lanterns

Japanese lanterns are an affordable way to create an archway that is elegant and effortless. They can be purchased at party stores in a variety of colors to match your wedding palette. Simply attach them to string lights and set them aglow.

An Altar of Blooms

For an altar with a bit of a formal air, try floral arrangements in classic urns. Antique stone urns similar to these can be found online at Jamali Garden. The planted flowers atop a credenza create a gorgeous backdrop for the bride and groom.

An Indoor Canopy

For an indoor wedding, a bold floral canopy is a beautiful way to bring the outdoors in. Leafy greens and white flowers are used to bring color and life inside this wood-paneled barn.

A Romantic Trellis

For a wedding that is all about romance, a trellis draped in roses truly expresses the sentiment. The swags for this trellis are made of an arrangement of huckleberry, lemon leaf and seeded eucalyptus.

Trellis Details

By attaching mini bouquets to the greenery, romantic pops of red are brought into the color scheme. Black magic roses, dahlias and smokebush are all used to create a dramatic impact.

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