Post # 1
We’re booking a gorgeous garden behind our local Historical Society. It really doesn’t need much in the decoration department, but I’m not sure on decorating the pre-existing arbor.
1) It’s very long (we would only be using the middle portion to stand under as our chuppah (wedding canopy) during our mosty/semi-Jewish wedding ceremony.
2) There are rose bushes growing up around the front two posts (which have been cut back this year, but are already back). This equals bare, thorny vines come next October.
My ideas have included tying fabric flowers on the vines here and there (nothing too drastic), or ignoring them and setting potted flowers in front of those two posts.
Other ideas have included:
1) A ribbon backdrop behind the middle section of the arbor
2) A flower arrangement on the windowsill of the tiny little catering shed (which will not be in use).
Please keep in mind we will have a tallit (prayer shawl) tied up inside the arbor to create the canopy.
Our colours are cream/champagne, brown, ivory, and bits of muted gold, cranberry red, soft coral, peach, and a touch of vintage blue. (Highly vintage tones.)
The first photo is from the angle of standing under the arbor, just so you can get a feel of the space.
Post # 3
Will all those trees have lost their leaves in your area by your wedding date?
I think I would try to utilize that cute little window, at least for some photos. Maybe hang a bunting below it that says different things one each side. Perhaps, your names or initials on one side , and Just Married on the other.
One idea would be to get a few old white doors to stand in the left section to mimic the shed and create some balance. If you found one with a window for the center, it would be perfect and mirror the shed on the other side. You could then hang bunting under both windows.
For the center section you could drape sheer fabric like this.
Post # 4
@julies1949 The leaves will not have all gone, no. They will probably be a bit thinner, but in Maryland we still keep the leaves until late October/early November.
Those are some really good ideas. I didn’t think of balancing out the shed. The challenge is that the arbor is so large. It would be easier if it were just the center section, for sure.
Post # 5
What about draping the arbor with some soft fabric? We’re doing something similar with a gazebo on the property of our venue. Here is my inspiration pic:
Post # 6
I really like the fabric. The only issue is that, as you can see in the pics, those are thorny rose bushes wrapped around the arbor, which would make it very hard (or impossible) to get fabric up around the front. But if they trim them back, I’d definitely consider it. Right now, I think hanging the fabric in the back as a backdrop idea would work better.
(But I LOVE the layered fabric look!)