Post # 1
I have this amazing idea for my Arch/Altar decor and I would love some honet opinions on the matter.
We have no local churches or buildings available to book for our wedding with amazing Stained Glass Windows. So we had to settle for a local Hotel.
And I had major regret about having to give that up, and then I had this idea of making my own!
I would use wood and plaster, and this is something I am able to do. And when explaining this idea to my sister she jumped and offered to help, so I have at least one helper.
These are my insperations;
I love the idea of it being slightly ruined, with vines running up the side.
We are having a Dark Romance/Gothic Glam theme and this to us ties in really well.
Logisticaly speaking I would make the set into three pieces with frame supports and I would go with a simple pattern of colour for the stained glass effect.
We would stand in front of the ‘window’ with candles of differant hights to really complete the look. And of course being fire safe at the same time.
The whole idea reminds me of The Phantom of the Opera.
But am I onto a good thing? Am I taking on to much?
I am DIYing most of the decor as well.
I am happy to hear all ideas and thoughts on the matter.
And I would love to hear from any brides who took on a BIG task and how it all worked out.
Thankyou for your help and time.
Post # 3
@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
@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
@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
- 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
@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
If you can figure our how to do the curved bits at the top, I think it’s a fantastic idea!
Post # 9
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!