In our family and circle of friends, this time of year is absolutely wedding season. The weather is finally nice but not too hot, the sun is out, and the flowers are all in bloom, so it’s the perfect time for a stunning wedding and reception! Because we’re the crafty one of the bunch, we’re always called in to help with DIY decor and details and this year we’ve been asked to help a friend make a lovely wedding arch. That’s why we’ve found ourselves pouring over every tutorial for arches that we could possibly find online.
1. Ribbons, stripped fabric, and pom pom trim arch
Is the wedding that you’re making your arch for one that’s full of personality, charm, and colour? Then we have a feeling you just might be the perfect person to create something like this fantastic ribbon, stripped fabric, and pom poms arch featured step by step on A Practical Wedding! We love the idea of adding different types of trim depending on the aesthetic you’re going for.
2. DIY wooden wedding arbor
Do your DIY skills lie more in your ability to work with harder materials, like doing actual building and woodworking? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Sorry Girls made themselves a fantastic wooden wedding arbor! Their basic design as you see it here might be simple but you can adorn it with all kinds of things to dress it up and embellish it.
3. Lace curtain and floral bouquet wedding arbor
When we said the word “whimsical”, did your mind automatically go to something slightly more delicate and feminine looking a bit more of a classical sense? In that case, we think perhaps you’d get along a little better with something like this lace curtain and floral wedding arch outlined step by simple step on Wedding Chicks.
4. Rounded curtain and double bouquet wedding arch
Are you very interested in the idea of a floral and curtain clad arch but you’re not sure the flat-topped arbor style frames are really doing it for you visually? Then perhaps you’d prefer a more rounded shape! We’re completely in love with the way Fandel made this fantastic arch that looks almost like a permanent garden feature.
5. Roses and vines wooden arch
Are you still thinking about the part where we discussed building your very own wooden arch and the embellishing it however you please? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Dunn Lumber outlines the steps the process of not only building an arch but also adorning it with roses and vines to make a stunning garden archway.
6. Vintage doors wedding arch
Is the wedding that you’re making this piece for actually a little more vintage in its aesthetic, meaning that you’ve kept scrolling in hopes of finding some kind of stylishly weathered concept with a whole lot of kitschy, old fashioned charm? Then we have a feeling you’re going to get along very well indeed with this stunning upcycled door wedding arch outlined step by step on The Knot.
7. Pre-made frame and silk flowers arch
Have you actually already go a pre-made metal wedding arch frame and you’re just looking for ways to dress it up a little and make something nice out of it? Well, adding flowers doesn’t necessarily sound hard or seem entirely unique, but it’s actually one of the prettiest visuals around and there are some really great DIY ways to attach them subtly so guests can’t see how you’ve fastened them! Get the full details for trying it out yourself on Afloral.
8. Metal arch with flowers, fabric, and hanging beads
Perhaps we really piqued your attention when we started talking about more whimsical looking arches but you can’t help feeling like you’d prefer something even more over the top? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way eFavormar added a little drama using more flowing fabric and even some hanging beads.
9. DIY balloon arch
Perhaps its actually the party you’re hoping to create some decoration for and you’ve been holding out for something that looks a little more celebratory and typical of, well… a party? The we have a feeling this fantastic DIY balloon arch outlined step by step on Sugar and Cloth might be right up your alley! This white arch is typical of a wedding, but the effect would be fun with colours or pastels too.
10. Colourful balloon and paper honeycomb arch
Did we really catch your attention with the idea of a balloon arch but you’re not sure that finished product has quite enough for your taste? Then we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at how Green Wedding Shoes made their balloon arch with intermittent tissue paper honeycombs throughout! It’s a great way to add a pop of contrasting colour to the scheme as well.
11. Curtain wrapped wood frame and vintage photo frames
Perhaps we really caught your attention when we started talking about weddings that have a slightly more vintage aesthetic but you’re just not sure that the weathered door tutorial we showed you earlier is quite the look for you? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Hello May created this arch with decorative hanging vintage photo frames instead!
12. White curtain thrown over tree branches
Perhaps the wedding you’re helping to make decor for is heavy on the natural elements in its theme and scheme and you’re looking to incorporate the nature of the location the bride and groom chose as much as possible? Then it sounds like you’d get along very well indeed with the way Ira + Lucy used two tree branches in the place of the arch and threw a lovely white chiffon curtain over them to create the same kind of framing effect.
13. Curtains hung from a barn doorway
Just in case this concept of using an structure that’s already there in the wedding site and embellishing it to make it look lovely really appeals to you, here’s another concept that’s perfect for a farmhouse chic wedding! We love the way Ace Photographs hung lovely, whimsical curtains from the doorway of an old barn and fastened them back using pretty bouquets.
14. Hand painted quote fabric strung between saplings
Perhaps the idea of using the trees already standing on the wedding site really appeals to you but there aren’t quite so grandiose ones as you saw before there, since it’s mostly saplings? Then we’d suggest taking a look at this idea from Moonlight Bridal instead! They hand painted a quote on canvas and strung it up between two trees as a sort of backdrop come arch.
15. DIY floral branch wedding arch photo backdrop
Perhaps you’ve agreed to help create some kind of beautifully set scene for the portraits happening before, during, or after the wedding as well and you love the way arches look so much that you can’t help wondering whether that might be the best photo setting as well? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Once Wed used branches, leaves, and flowers affixed to a grey backdrop to make the simple illusion of an arch for the sake of lovely pictures.
Do you know a fellow craft lover and DIY enthusiast who is getting married soon and feels intent on making their own homemade wedding arch but who could use a little bit of guidance along the way? Share this post with them so they have all kinds of styles and tutorials to choose from!