- 2 months ago
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
Hey Bees, FH and I just finished our wedding arch, and I wanted to share how I did it in case anyone else is looking for some decor ideas. Our florist said it would be almost $900 to have them bring in a wedding arch that we didn’t even really like, and we didn’t want to spend that much to begin with. We were able to do this for about $400.
Arch: $220 (we also had a coupon. There are cheaper ones out there though.)
Flowers: $115 (on sale at Hobby Lobby)
Glass Jars: $40 (on sale at Hobby Lobby)
Fishing line, zip ties, S-hooks: ($15)
Uplighting: $30 (from Amazon)
We were careful to get an arch that we knew was sturdy and could stand on flat ground, so keep that in mind. Many of the garden arbors out there require stakes that go into the dirt for any kind of stability, and since this isn’t going to be placed outside we knew it needed to be solid standing on it’s own. Make sure to research that first.
Then I went to Hobby Lobby armed to the teeth with coupons (not hard; they have sales constantly). I bought the flowers in one trip during a huge fake flower sale they had, and I chose branches, a small amount of greenery, and a few actual blooms. Our wedding will be a “Warm Winter” sort of theme, so I didn’t have to go crazy buying a lot of lush flowers and thick greenery, but you absolutely could if you have the budget. I hunted for a while to find cheap hanging glass jars, and happened to stumble on an online sale from Hobby Lobby for those, so I got them through their online sale. I was adamant about NOT having Mason jars because I feel they’re overdone, but these had some interesting texture and I thought they looked warm and classy. I got the fishing line, zip ties, and some small S-hooks from my work so they were discounted. Even if you have to buy them full price at Home Depot or something they won’t be too expensive. Lastly, I got the uplighting for $30 on Amazon. I knew I wanted soft uplighting, not anything too bright or harsh, so when I found cheap ones that were also dimmable, I jumped on them. They won’t last you a lifetime, but they’re good quality and will certainly get through one day of your wedding (I’ll probably reuse them for Christmas decorations and parties and such).
Fh and I built the arch together (which was a massive pain because the company labeled all the pieces wrong :PPP), and once we got it set up I started on the flowers. I added the flowers in layers, ziptie-ing them to the arch as strategically as I could. I also used grey zip ties so they wouldn’t stand out as badly as white ones against the wood. I also fluffed and arranged all the fake flowers as I went along so I could get an idea of fullness and where there might have been holes. I also used a couple pictures from the interwebs for inspo.
After the flowers were in place, I played around with different arrangements of the lanterns to ensure they would look balanced. I knew I wanted them hung at different heights and depths, so it took a bit of back and forth and shuffling around until I found an arrangement I liked. To hang them, I ziptied a small S-hook to the arch at the place where I wanted the lantern to hang down, and then attached a length of fishing line to the handle on the lantern. Once I found the right height at which to hang the lantern, I tied a loop at that exact place in the line and hung it on the S-hook. Once I finished decorating the arch, I loved it but it felt like it was still missing some “deep woods drama,” if you will. So we tossed the uplighting in there, et voila! It’s really magical in person and I feel like the pictures don’t do it justice.
As far as logistics go, my parents have offered to go and set up the arch the day-of, and it’s likely the venue will let us store it there the day before which means FH and I might be able to just do it ourselves before the rehearsal. It breaks down into two or four pieces so we can move it somewhat easily, and I was careful to make sure none of the flowers/branches overlapped/crossed over pieces so it could be disassembled relatively painlessly.
Anyway, hopefully this will give some of you some inspo if you’re doing some DIY work for your weddings. 🙂