By Blake Kritzberg
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
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 flavor.
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 helium-filled balloons.
The Classic Arch: Soften the hard bones of your arch by
it in gauzy base material (tulle, organza) and silk garlands
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.
are probably best off sticking to silk, or at least using
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
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
The Woodsy Arch: Add some unexpected texture by strapping
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 handy DIYer.
About The Author: Blake Kritzberg is editor at
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