Ceramony Decor Advice Please – Arch DIY

posted 3 years ago in Decor
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  • Post # 3
    42089 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @laura.batty:  Rather than try to build something, I would go to an architectural salvage place and find something that could be used. You might even convince them to rent it to you rather than have to buy it.

    Post # 4
    613 posts
    Busy bee

    @laura.batty:  I LOVE LOVE LOVE! This idea!!! +1@julies1949:  Def check out a salvage yard and build from there. Please post about your progress!

    Post # 5
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @laura.batty:  1. I love your idea. I love that you aren’t settling.

    2. You should 100000% do this.

    3. PLEASE for the love of God light the stained glass. It will look unbelievable, lit either from the back or the front.  (Lighting the front of the glass will cast beautifully colored “shadows” on the ground/wall behind your arch and will make the glass colors appear brighter or more saturated depending on what color they are. Lighting it from above and behind would cast the colors onto you and your groom/the ground near you (depending on the angle of the light) and could create a “halo”/ angelic effect (again depending on the angle). If you are using real glass be careful about bounce.

    4. I am jealous of your idea, and how freaking dramatic and romantical it will be.

    Post # 6
    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    @laura.batty:  Amaaaaazing! Love the idea and it ifits your theme perfectly. Your date isn’t that far away though so I would start asap! 

    Post # 7
    2878 posts
    Sugar bee

    @laura.batty:  What is your budget, if you don’t mind sharing ? Because from time to time I see big mirrors or decors that look like huge stained glass windows like that in my local Homesense (In the US i think it’s TJX or Marshall’s) and they retail for less than 200$. They often my height or higher (I’m 5’7). Rather that building one, if you can buy one (and if you get one with a discount it’s ever better) you simple have to make it stand up and decorate around.

    @julies1949:  had a great idea and that’s definitely an option you should consider.

    Or, last but not least, if there is somebody in your area that makes wooden furniture you could have a good price on the structure, especially if you choose to vernish/paint it yourself. 


    Post # 8
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    If you can figure our how to do the curved bits at the top, I think it’s a fantastic idea!

    Post # 9
    1768 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I won’t lie – that looks SUPER difficult. I like PP idea of checking out a salvage yard, but even then you’re looking at a lot of money and still a lot of work (stabilization and the like).


    We’re getting married under a  traditional archway (like a garden archway) that my dad is building (he’s a retired carpenter, so I have complete faith…that is, if he ever just decides on a design and starts building!). I think those are a lot easier to build.


    Something else to think about is that your archway, if you do in fact, plaster and install glass, will be insanely heavy. So you need to think about how you’re going to anchor it, how you will position it, how you’ll get it through the doors, and the big one – how you will transport it. It won’t fit in a car. Heck, my archway will barely fit in my dad’s truck, so he’s making it in three pieces to be quickly assembled at our ceremony site by our DOCs.


    I hope I’m not being too much of a negative nancy – I just don’t want you to take on this project and then – whoops! No way to get it there!

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