Post # 1
We have a low budget wedding and the only ceremony arches I’m really seeing are with tons of beautiful, but expensive, flowers! Did anyone do anything that was more economical but still beautiful? The arch we have available to us is quite large, it stands behind the ceremony platform, and is close to the shape of an M. Our colors are purple and ivory with a unofficial theme of pearls and lace. My bridesmaid has suggested ivory tulle, but idk if I like the look of that.
Post # 3
We used the frame of a portable popup gazebo, and added our own fabric to it. A full description can be found at this link.
Post # 4
This was mine. It consisted of curly willow,Dendrobium Orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids, and was accented with draping cyrstals (I just know the types of orchids because the florist put it on her website) :). Loved it!
Post # 5
commenting to follow! We are at a loss for this detail – great idea for a thread!
Post # 7
How it looked when we picked it out on the showroom floor at the rental company
Post # 8
@California_bee: that is absolutely beautiful! It’s exactly what I’d picture in my head if I could have my way
Post # 9
I bought this arch at Menard’s (hardware store) for $99:
I bought some organza fabric and a fake flower garland from Hobby Lobby to decorate it, and then store it at my parents’ house to save for my sister’s wedding someday.
Here are some of my inspiration pics:
Post # 10
I am a planner but here’s what I used for my daughter’s wedding This easy to makeMake!
Post # 11
@Equine_Breeder: Thank you! We got to put it behind our sweetheart table as well 🙂
Post # 12
@Equine_Breeder: Our arch is actually part of the architecture of our venue, so no help there. But if I wanted to create something inspired by CaliforniaBee’s on a budget I would start with grapevine, which around this time of year I could easily get for free. But I live on the outskirts of the NY wine region…if you don’t have access to grapevines in San Antonio is there anything else that might work? Hops? Do you need to set it up quickly on site? Some thin guage wire ($5) would hold it all in place. I’d then get a roll of satin ribbon, ($3) and sew 5-6 large teardrop crystals to lengths of ribbon to hang ($10). I’m not a fan of fake flowers personally, so if I couldn’t afford real ones I’d get 2″-3″ ribbon or tulle and weave it into the vines ($10). You could get a really nice looking arch for less than $30 if you’re willing to DIY a little.
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We had ours made by our florist. We saved a lot by adding lots of green and some other flowers (and not only roses)
Post # 15
You could use paper pinwheels and rosettes
or paper flowers
you could do a simple fabric swag- sometimes simple is so elegant
you could duplicate this look with fabric- hang a pair of inexpensive drapes, swag them to the sides and drape a length of fabric across the top. You might even find the drapes at a thrift shop. Lots of people are getting rid of their old-fashioned sheer drapes.
you could hang paper pomanders
you could hang sheer fabric on the sides and hang a beaded cutain at the back of the arch (ignore the expensive flowers on the top of this pic)
Post # 16
We totally took advantage of the natural arch that was already there and just added a couple pockets of flowers. I think we paid around 100$ for all the flowers including roses for our rose ceremony and an additional bunch of flowers for the sweetheart table. Our very generous friend who is also a side florist did the design and execution 🙂