Non-naked arches, gazebos, and chuppahs — an archway bling roundup #Decor#Decor DIY#arch#chuppah#pinwheel Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Sep 20 2011) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits True arch love at Abigail and Michael's wedding. Photo by Shea Roggio I'm having a hard time finding anything unique for my arch. It's just a plain white, normal arch and I thought I would try to look up some cool arches and DIY it, but I haven't found anything but flower-decorated arches. Any ideas? -Kelsey Oh boy, we have seen some awesome arches, gazebo decorations, and chuppahs. Folks are spiffing up their ceremony space with all kinds of things like paper pom-poms, signs, fans, lightsabers, ribbons, and some are even making their own arches. Check out some of our faves and put some bling on that naked arch. Traditional arches, souped-up Tribe member Beckyc crafted these amazing accordion pinwheel fans in all kinds of sizes, patterns, and colors to spruce up her arch. Paula and Nicholas' used twisted willow branches on wrought iron screens to give their arch a lovely, organic feel. Photo by Kandice Hadley Michelle and Jacob's dads helped build the leafy arch that stood at the end of their Spanish moss-bordered aisle. Taking your cue from the surroundings is always a safe bet, and in this case, makes for a lovely setting. Photo by Amber Gregory Photography Annie and Johnny used a bamboo-style arch with white lilies, perfect for their ceremony in a wild animal park. Alterna-arches Photo by Nikki Weaver-Aguero Some couples forgo an actual arch in favor of using various materials to create a backdrop, like in Jolie and Jason's origami crane decor. You could use these cranes on the arch itself or let them fly free as… well, birds! Photo by Erick Ramirez Jennifer and Bruce built on the existing foliage to create a fusion of garden and Jedi! It also led to some pretty hawt Photoshopping. Tribe member Nula showed what a bad-ass, power tool-wielding chick she can be when she crafted this driftwood arch from scratch! Oh yeah, there's a tutorial, if you're up to the challenge. Photo by Ben Herman Marina and Adam rocked out a vintage circus theme and had a handmade elephant archway to match. They also made photo cutouts and a kissing booth. After all that work, I'm pretty sure they would be a fixture in the living room. Photo by One Love Photography Heather and Ben made the awesome choice to have their wedding in an amazing cactus garden setting, so all they needed were some flowing ribbons and hanging candles to make for a lovely ceremony site. Hang these on your arch for a similar look. Bunting makes for a quaint addition to an archway, as seen in Stacy and Bob's wedding. And boy do we have a fair few tutorials for bunting to get you started. Gazebo embellishments A lot of weddings end up using a gazebo as the archway, as in Laura and Jim's ceremony. They used fairy lights and tissue paper pom-poms to give it a festive look. Photo by Justin Stevens Elle and Ben had a white gazebo in their cave ceremony and were worried it wouldn't fit the theme. Ben's mother went attic digging for supplies and covered the gazebo in hellebore, forget-me-nots, green foliage, and silver butterflies. Photo by Carlos Carpentier Sheryl and Eric's beach ceremony had a decorated gazebo included, so they lucked out. But we can take inspiration from it with its gorgeous, sheer fabric. So beach-y! Chuppahs Photo by Eugene Spiegel We've seen some amazing chuppahs, as so many couples customize them to match their themes. Juno and Noah used a pop of purple and bamboo in theirs. Photo by Sarah Cross Alissa recruited her knitter friends to make their chuppah and she sewed the squares together, while Eric built the frame himself. Here is a detail shot. Community effort rocks. Photo by Annabelle Reboli And then there is the big daddy of alternatives — this futuristic, Jetsons-style chuppah. Chris is an architect and experience designer, so he channeled his talents into an amazing backdrop for his and Tracy's wedding. Peruse these tutorials for more DIY ideas for that bare arch: DIY driftwood arch tutorial Scalloped wedding banner tutorial DIY printed wedding bunting Felt wedding bunting tutorial Make your own rustic burlap sack banners Easy-to-pack decor options for destination weddings Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. PREVIOUS Stephanie & Peter's technicolor candy house wedding NEXT Jamie & Mengmeng's geeky Corgi-loving wedding Show/Hide comments [ 12 ] Ahhh! So much love! The accordion pinwheels are fantastic and funky, and the fabric curls in front of the brick looks so intriguing! My "gazebo" will be my mom's back porch and I just got some awesome ideas to decorate it!! Helloooo, hanging candles! Reply I'm using the Cranes for my arch, stringing them up on a PVC frame and then moving them to the reception hall for photos. I've spent so much time making them, I want them to earn there keep! Reply This article is very timely indeed, and jam-packed with awesome. Reply We are using cinder blocks that come with holes in them, and rebar, to build all our venue decorating. Lights, paper flowers, flags… it's all going up there. This method is so inexpensive from the hardware store too. Reply Some friends of mine got married and did something simular to the one made out of branches. They used white aspen branches as they were doing an outdoor wedding in the mountains. It looked classy, yet kind of like it just grew out of the ground in the field especially for their wedding. Reply We're having a Christmukkah wedding (Dec 23rd), so we're decorating our chuppah with christmas lights + paper chains made out of wrapping paper. Whee! Reply Anyone know where to buy an arch for cheap that will hold up to some decorating? This post made me all dreamy… Reply I got my ARCH FOR $15 from HOBBY LOBBY, they were having a 50% off sale and i jumped on it. Reply A wedding I captured once used christmas lights that almost formed Angel wings by the time night-time came with reds/blacks and sheer fabric! These are such FUN ideas and SO PRETTY!!!!! 🙂 GREAT montage! Reply AWE! Thanks for answering 😀 sooooo much help! I loved the first one that's bright blue. I never thought leaving it plain like that would look so gorgeous! Reply Gorgeous! Reply My son got married last September outdoors, under a white arch, decorated with prayer flags. It was beautiful! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.