Bridal Club Magazine
Six ways to decorate your wedding arch
Sometimes a wedding arch is a no-brainer way to spruce up your
ceremony site. No-brainer, at least, until you actually have one in
your hands and ready to decorate. Then it gets a little more
Thinking back to prom, you might recall something vaguely gauzy,
but that doesn't give you much to go on when you have that
bare-looking eight foot metal structure in your living room. Plus,
maybe you want an arch that doesn't look like prom at all -- and
personalization is what's going to make your wedding tick. Here are
some ways to give that arch a touch of your wedding's unique
The Balloon Arch: Don't forget this dramatic, pearly alternative
to the wood or metal arch. A determined bride (or family member)
can definitely do this herself; helium isn't even required if you
use PVC or can suspend microfilament from the ceiling. Just keep in
mind it's best to build the arch the day of the wedding, and
essential to build it within hours of the ceremony if you use
The Classic Arch: Soften the hard bones of your arch by draping it
in gauzy base material (tulle, organza) and silk garlands of ivy
(or real grape vines).
Now accent with a large silk bow, a pomander ball or "kissing
ball" -- which you can make yourself if you're willing to use silk
roses -- or a traditional grouping of flowers at the top.
Or for a little more oomph, use the rule of three: one flower
arrangement for the top, and at least one at each base. DIY-ers are
probably best off sticking to silk, or at least using potted
flowers at the base.
The Gothic arch: Use a simple black arch that rises to a dramatic
point and leave the lines clean and unadorned -- or attach dried
curly willow for a downright spooky touch. Hang an enormous floral
kissing ball from the apex.
The All-Floral Arch: Dripping from top to toe in greenery and
roses, the all-floral arch is the kind of formal living sculpture
seen in cavernous churches. The greens and blooms in this arch seem
to float on air, with the flowers appearing immensely heavy (they
are) and the arch insubstantial. The all-floral arch is definitely
a job for the pro -- grand and expensive.
The Woodsy Arch: Add some unexpected texture by strapping young
apple or willow branches to the sides of your arch. Or instead of a
fabric or ivy base, attach garlands of ferns.
The Tropical Palm Arch: Dressed entirely in palm tree fronds, the
tropical arch creates a sharp, dramatic and slightly masculine
silhouette. This simple but striking approach is perfect for the
By Blake Kritzberg
Blake Kritzberg is editor at "FavorIdeas.com." Stop by for a huge
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