37 Easy Wedding Arch Decoration Ideas

Greenery used as a wedding arch decoration.

Wedding arch decoration ideas can be simple or elaborate and look great as a feature in any part of your wedding.

For most of us when we think of wedding arch an image of a bride and groom standing under a decorated dome frame comes to mind but this does not have to be the case.

Be imaginative in what you use as an arch - just look at your location or what you have on hand. Using natural arches are quick to set up and can also help cut down on some of the wedding decoration expense.

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Arches make stunning displays at venues when:

  • Placed in front of doorways.
  • Used to highlight your wedding cake.
  • Can create a beautiful backdrop to the bridal table.
  • And are picture perfect for wedding photographs.

Let's look at a few examples of how to make a wedding arch using features at the location:

2. Existing Structures

You could use an existing frame work such as a doorway or gazebo that could easily be turned into an arch with a little decoration.

Timber archway near water decorated with fabric and greenery.

Photo by f.p.d.

4. Simple and Elegant Wedding Arch Idea

Timber structures can be turned into something that is beautiful just using a few meters of fabric and greenery.

Lanterns and ribbon as a wedding archway decoratin idea.

Photo by Soctt Riggle

5. Lantern Wedding Archway Decoration Idea

Hang lanterns from staggered lengths of ribbon from the framework of a porch for a rustic and elegant archway.

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Photo by Rogert Ta

6. Simple Wooden Arch Idea

If the view is spectacular and the arch is in pristine condition you don't need to decorate at all.

3. Internal Structures

Look to the internal structure of the venue does it have any feature that even half way resembles an arch such as two pillars standing side by side that when joined together with a decorative element will make an arch.

What if there are no natural arches at your location or you just don't want to use nature? You could always hire an arch, make or decorate your own wedding arch.

Hiring an arch is a quick and simple solution but depending on the hire company you may only be limited with the decorated arches that they offer and not have the freedom to personalise the already decorated arch.

Alternatively, if you were to hire an undecorated arch frame, purchase an arch or make your own you could easily personalize it to your wedding theme.

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Photo by Rogert Ta

6. DIY Square Wedding Arch Idea

For an indoor wedding create an easy DIY wedding arch using sheer fabric that has been creatively draped over hooks fitted to the wall or tied to the framework. Fill in the centre gap with a beaded curtain backdrop or a gathered sheer curtain.

Unique Wedding Arches

How you decorate your arch depends on your own personal taste and how much your budget will allow. Careful thought and consideration is the key to making your wedding arch look stunning - pay special attention to color and placement of your decorations.

You don't have to go overboard with the decorations to have a beautiful arch sometimes less is more as the saying goes. For example, a single medium to large cluster of flowers will draw the eye to the display creating a focal point rather than having numerous smaller arrangements which can cause the eye to wander and be distracted from the display. Flowers are not the only thing that can be used as part of your DIY wedding arch ideas you could:

Rustic arch made from wood.

Photo by Cory Denton

7. Rustic Wedding Arch

Create a rustic and charming arch with branches and other natural materials.

Purple wedding arch with beading.

Photo by Seleznyov - Depositphotos

8. An Elegant Wedding Arch Idea

Dazzle by hanging strands of beads, ribbon or silk flowers.

Wedding arch decorated with lights .

Photo by Jonathan Ochocki

9. Wedding Aches Can Be Used to Highlight The Cake

Add a touch of romance with the soft sparkle of fairy lights that have been tucked under generous folds of draped sheer fabrics such as tulle, chiffon or organza.

Lace curtains used to decorate wedding arch.

Photo by Ryan Polei

10. Simple Wedding Arches Using Lace Fabric

Recycle old lace curtains to create and indoor look outside.

Time frame with sheer fabric decorations.

Photo by Krystal Hotels

11. Simple Beach Wedding Arch Idea

Drape lightweight fabric over a timber frame and use matching fabric to decorate the chairs.

Flowers and fabric used to create a simple wedding arch.

Photo by RJ

12. Decorating A Bridal Arch With Flowers

Use a long flower garland and drape fabric to create a simple arch in a gazebo.

Greeny added to a wooden arch.

Photo by Sean P. Anderson

13. Garden Arch Using Greenery

Use greenery to decorate wooden arches so it blends into the scenery.

Red and white arch fitted into frame of gazebo.

Photo by pivich444 - Depositphotos

14. Wedding Gazebo Decorated Wtih An Arch

Use flowers and fabric to create an arch inside the frame of a gazebo.

Metal arch decorated with white bows.

Photo by ferrerivideo - Depositphotos

15. Metal Wedding Arches

Use a black metal arch with white fabric bows to frame your wedding cakes.

One key factor to keep in mind at all times when planning your wedding arch decoration ideas is the cost. You can easily get carried away and overspend here - which may not be a problem if you have unlimited funds but if you are working on a tight budget this is something you should consider.

Tips For Decorating A Bridal Arch

  1. If you choose to use flowers as part of the decorations use plenty of foliage. Foliage is a good base to build upon and is relatively inexpensive to purchase - you may already have a good supply in your own garden. You could cover your arch in one type of foliage and leave it at that or add other decorative elements.
  2. If adding groups of elements make sure that they are uneven in number - for some reason and odd number always looks better than and even number.
  3. Ensure that the items attached to the arch are secured firmly in place especially if your venue is in a windy area such as the beach - you don't want to see half your arch fly away during the ceremony or reception.
  4. If you want to prepare your arch weeks or several days before the wedding your best option would be to use items that won't deteriorate quickly such as silk flowers, silk greenery, soft floaty fabrics such as tulle or chiffon you get the idea...
  5. If you are not delivering the arch yourself to the venue you will need to find someone trustworthy who can do that for you and don't forget the arch will need to be collected after the wedding festivities are over. You will also need to give them clear instructions as to the placement of the arch at the venue.
  6. When transporting your arch to the venue cover it up during transport to avoid any damage or soiling.
  7. It is also a clever idea to have a few spare items and repair tools on hand when delivering the arch to the venue - just in case a few things do go wrong repairs can be done on the spot.

Ideas for Wedding Arches With Flowers

A flower wedding arch style decoration is loved by many. Flowers are ideal for decoration purposes at all events and celebrations. They look fresh and beautiful. Use ivy and tulle for decorating the arch and more flowers can be further added to make the arch decoration look more interesting.

A lovely traditional arrangement of white flowers would be perfect for wedding arch reception decorations. Talk to your local florist and you can ask him to do a beautiful arrangement of white mums, baby's breath and calla lily.

This arrangement can then be placed on top of the arch centre. From there on, swirl the ribbons down towards arch sides and pull them inwards into a bow form at the arch stand's midpoint. If necessary, you can place additional satin ribbons to complete the look.

A cheaper alternative would be to use silk flowers instead of fresh flowers and by using silk flowers you will be able to decorate your arch well in advance.
Cut down the silk flower stems and then with the help of a hot glue gun, glue down each of those satin or sill flower on the wedding arch, the tulle. Arrange all of these so that it gives an impression that the flowers magically grew from the wedding arch.

Use other colorful flowers in the market for decoration like chrysanthemum, anthurium or tulips. Roses are ever popular and make beautiful wedding arch reception decorations. There are many other exotic varieties of flowers to choose from.

Red and white rose flower wedding arch.

Photo by Rob Bixby

16. Square Outdoor Wedding Arch Idea

Square wedding arches can easily be decorated by creating a pelmet of flowers over sheer curtains with matching flower tie backs.

Purple and white flower arch.

Photo by Irina Dolzhenkova

17. Decorate An Arch With Flowers

Flowers can also be used to decorate the top section of a curved arch with fabric hiding the rest of the arch.

Indoor wedding arch idea.

Photo by Wen Zeng

18. Indoor Wedding Arch Idea

Use flowers to cover the arch completely.

Rustic wedding arch decorated with white flowers.

Photo by Carl Lender

19. Rustic Wedding Arch

Existing arches can be made more interesting with the addition of flowers.

Rose arch against a brick wall.

Photo by Scott Riggle

20. Garden Wedding Arch

Add small lights to the arch for a magical twilight ceremony.

Two garden arches used for a wedding ceremony.

Photo by Virginia State Parks

21. Wedding Ceremony Arches

Use a curved arch lightly decorated with flowers for when you enter ceremony venue and say your vows under a square arch with a lush flower display.  

Garden arch with red and white flower decorations.

Photo by Scott Riggle

22. Simple Arch Idea

Thread extra-long drops of sheer curtain fabric onto the top of a square arch. Draw the curtains apart from the centre to the side poles and tieback. Gently swirl the extra length of fabric around the base of each pole. Then complete the look with a flower arrangement on each end at the top rail.

White metal frame with white flowers.

Photo by Jack Zhang

23. White Metal Arch Decoration Idea

Create and elegant indoor wedding arch with a white metal arch frame decorated using white flowers with hints of green and pink.

Beach Wedding Arches

Blue fabric used to cover a wooden beach arch.

Photo by RJ

24.Simple Beach Wedding Ceremony Arch

Tightly twist fabric over wooden arches and hold in place with knots of contrasting fabric.

Beach wedding arch decorated with tropical flowers and leaves.

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25. Flower Decorated Beach Wedding Arch Idea

Decorate beach wedding arches with tropical flowers and greenery.

Garden arch used as a beach wedding ceremony arch.

Photo by RJ

26. Wooden Lattice Arch

Simple garden arches can be decorated by weaving fabric around the frame and securely tuck (or tie) flowers into place.

Arch made with bamboo poles and white fabric.

Photo by RJ

27. Use Bamboo For Arches

If you like the billowy effect, loosely drape fabric across the top pole of a square arch frame. To hold fabric in place, twist the remainder of the fabric around the poles from the top down to the bottom.

Beach wedding arch with seahorse sand sculptures.

Photo by sframe - Depositphotos

28.Tropical Flower Wedding Arch Idea

Wedding ceremony arch with white and blue fabric.

Photo by RJ

29. Beach Wedding Ceremony Arch

Wooden Wedding Arches

Outdoor rustic arch idea.

Photo by Irina Dolzhenkova

30. DIY Rustic Arch Idea

If you are the DIY why not create an arch from wood of different shapes and sizes.

Indoor wedding arch idea.

Photo by Scott Riggle

31. Indoor Wedding Ceremony Arch Idea

Create a curved look to an otherwise square arch using fabric.

Arch made using twisted branches.

Photo by Ryan Polei

32. Natural Timber Arch

Long branches that are twisted and curved have a natural beauty of their own and can be left as they are.

Outdoor wedding arch idea.

Photo by f.p.d

33. Easy Outdoor Wedding Arch Idea

Decorate a wooden frame with hanging bottles filled with flowers.

Beach wedding arch with flowers and matching aisle decorations.

Photo by Irina Dolzhenkova

34. Wedding Arch With Flowers

Flowers and ferns used to decorate a wooden arch near the beach.

Photo by f.p.d

35. Beach Wedding Arch Idea

The use of delicate greenery such as asparagus fern and flowers will add softness to the surroundings.

Bride and groom saying vows under a rustic looking arch.

Photo by Soctt Riggle

36. Rustic Wedding Arch With Vine Decorations

Decorate an existing frame with fabric and vines for a rustic look.

Bride and groom kissing under a square wooden arch.

Photo by Kim

37. Square Wooden Arch

Leave the front of a wooden arch exposed and have the decorations peep out from the back of the frame.

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