Post # 1
So my decorater has informed me that wedding arches are expensive. Like, $2000 apparently. Who knew?! LOL. Anyway, I figure since I have 15 months till my wedding I have enough time to make one. Have any of you done this? Did it work out? I would probably still get my decorater to help with the flowers but I feel like making the structure can’t be that hard!
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Post # 2
I didn’t do it myself, but asked my FI’s grandpa who does all kinds of wood working projects if he would make it. We were super lucky, because they had wood leftover from taking down part of their family’s 100+ year old barn so the materials were all free (and have a ton of sentimental value). I gave him a picture of what I wanted, and he made it last week. I think it only took him under a week to prep all the wood & build it. It’s absolutely perfect. That being said, he’s pretty much an expert wood worker, and has all the tools at his disposal…I wouldn’t have been able to do it.
My back up plan if he was too busy was buying a wooden arch from Home Depot. I didn’t like them nearly as much, but you can get them for under $300 (definitely waaaay less than $2000)
Post # 3
OP, I would suggest not building this yourself if you have no experience.
1.) Would you want to stand under something a beginner built?
2.) Think of all the abuse it will take while being transported– do you trust yourself to build something sound enough to withstand that?
Since you have such a long time before your wedding, you should wait until fall when the summer garden stuff is on clearance at Menards or Home Depot. You might be able to score a wood arch for cheap.
Post # 4
I have seen them online where you build it but the pieces are already cut and its pretty easy to assemble. Is your future husband pretty handy or another male that maybe handly be able to help you out?
Post # 5
Could you possibly rent one? Is the wedding outside or inside?
Something like this would be easy to make. The floral arrangement wont come cheap either, garlands often have to be made in seperate pieces, transported, then the pieces need to be assemeled. Our garland was $800 CAD alone.
A DIY silk or paper flower wall would look nice too
This could be nice too, you could even use large wooden doors or glass doors too.
Post # 6
Haha, good point. Hadn’t really thought about that
Post # 7
Oh wow, is that top picture yurs? It’s soooooo beautiful! I might use that as inspiration! We are having an outdoor garden wedding
Post # 8
Lucky you!! My Fiance is pretty handy so I’m hoping he could help out with it
Post # 9
My dad is hand building me one! He has a *vision*. I’ll update with pics when I get them. Check the FB wedding groups in your area. I see them for $200 all the time here.
Post # 10
A wedding arch can be as inexpensive, or as expensive as you want it to be. You can buy a used arch from another bride on http://www.searchtempest.com
All the big home stores sell garden arches and arbors. Watch the prices and you may get a bargain when they are clearing out the summer stuff in a few months.
This one is from Home Depot and is no where near $2000-closer to $200.
There are lots of inspiration pics on Pinterest. You can decide if you want flowers, sheer draping, paper pinwheels etc. The arch is one place in a garden wedding where you can get away with using silk flowers. No one will be close enough to care.
Post # 11
Home Depot says a wooden arbour can be yours for less than $200, and you don’t have to DIY it. The flower arrangement would obviously be more.
Post # 12
My best friend, her fiance, and her dad built ours as our wedding gift, from falled tree limbs on their land, land where I pretty much spent the first 17 years of my life, playing and hanging out. Here it is:
Post # 13
Good idea about the silk flowers! hmmm. I may have an idea now!
Post # 14
I made one, and the picture you posted was one of my inspiration pictures 🙂
Ill try to remember to post pics when I get home later- they’re all on my iPad.
Post # 15
My dad is building ours. I actually looked on pinterest and found some ideas. Our ceremony is on the greens at a golf club, so we aren’t allowed to stake anything to the ground. The plan is to secure the posts to a PVC pipe that’s been cemented into a bucket, which will weigh it down and hopefully withstand any wind?
These are the instuctions we’re using (but with no ribbons) .
We are planning to add some fabric or a curtain to ours –