Your wedding arch is going to be one of your most important backdrops, and the backdrop to the precious memories that are going to be captured in your wedding photographs.
Making your wedding arch isn’t a complicated DIY project and it’s fun. It doesn’t have to be expensive either if you use the right types of fabric and in-season flowers. The arch will definitely add a rustic charm to your wedding ceremony.
When the tree becomes the structure
If you’re fortunate enough to have a beautiful tree at your ceremony venue, you could use it as a main feature by draping lengths of fabric over and around it. Decorate it with bunches of colorful blooms, fair lights, or leaves pinned onto fabric.
Building a well-supported wedding arch
For the full DIY experience watch this video on how to build a wedding arch from scratch. You will need a drill, a saw and a staple gun, so be prepared. Enjoy decorating it with fabric and flower garlands of your choice.
Fluid, flowy fabrics drape well. Lightweight fabrics usually drape best and bunch nicely. It’s vital that the fabric is fire-retardant. Get the widest fabric you can find. Try online if you can’t find a wide fabric anywhere else. The way that you decide to hang your fabric will be dependent on whether the desired effect is translucent, sheer or opaque. White is probably the most popular color to use for wedding ceremony drapery, but there is no hard and fast rule here.
Here are the top 5 fabrics to use for a wedding arch:
- Voile, which is a sheer fabric and can be used with lighting to create a magical effect. White voile is most popular, but voile is also available in a variety of other colors, which may be more suited to your wedding palette. Voile will add a more organic touch to your ceremony. Crushed ‘voile’, which isn’t true voile, puddles beautifully on the ground.
- Satin, which is an opaque fabric, doesn’t wrinkle or crease easily. It comes in matte or shiny. It’s best not to use a heavy satin.
- Charmeuse, which used to be made from pure silk, but now comes in a polyester version, is an opaque fabric. It comes with a slight sheen or in matte.
- Chiffon, which a delicate sheer fabric, flows beautifully.
- Gossamer, which is semi-translucent to sheer, is incredibly lightweight.
Flowers to use on your spring wedding arch
Find inspiration in Enjoy Flowers’ featured collections. The Bohemian Green wedding arch is lush, and will breathe life into your spring wedding, with soft white roses and fragrant eucalyptus. Be experimental and add a few succulents to the mix. Blushing Love — with fragrant garden roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies and eucalyptus — is also a striking arrangement, perfect for a spring palette; say your I do’s under an arch of love and hope. Lilah is a collection of soft lavenders, pale pinks and muted greens. It’s suited to a more whimsical springtime wedding arch. The arrangement includes snapdragons, veronicas and loose garden roses.