Post # 1
Okay ladies, we are on a super tight budget of less than $10K and have prioritized food/entertainment and photography. That leaves a very small amount for actual decor. Our ceremony is going to take place in a white ballroom in an old historic courthouse that we have also rented for the reception (we got this venue at a steal!). Our venue is providing gold chiavari chairs for just $3 a chair and I’m thinking about lining the aisle with ivory petals similar to the photo below but without the pomanders. In the center of the room is a marble wainscoting that goes about 6.5’ up the wall (see arrow).
Would this work as a focal point? Do I really need to shell out more cash for some kind of arch? If anyone has any suggestions for a pretty cheap arch or arch alternative that you think would work in this space I’d love to see it! We can’t hang anything from the walls or ceilings so it would have to be freestanding.
Post # 2
I would not worry about an arch. Personally I’m not a huge fan of them, and as a wedding photographer I see A LOT of differnent kinds of arches. A lot of times I feel like they just take away and can be a little distracting from the couple. If you wanted to do something you could always do some short pillars with an arrangement on top, or even a large arrangement that just stands tall from the floor/
Post # 3
I think arches aren’t needed. I agree with the other bee that two short pillars with large arrangements would work just fine.
Post # 4
No you don’t need an arch.
I would either continue the petals the whole way (so your standing between the petals), or as previously suggested an arrangement on either side would look really nice, something like this (with or without pillars).
Post # 5
Gorgeous venue, you don’t have to have an arch.
Post # 6
No need for an arch. Gorgeous venue!
Post # 7
Definitely don’t need one with that lovely room!
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
I wouldn’t bother. I had a similar budget, and I didn’t do an arch or anything. The only ceremony decor we had were a few sunflowers tied to the sides of the chairs in the aisles. It looked a bit sparse, but it was fine. 🙂
Post # 9
We didn’t have one. Our chapel had a beautiful big window that overlooked a forest so that was all we had at the end of the aisle
Post # 10
If you decide to do an arch or focal point, I think these are lovely — considering something like this for my ceremony. Probably easy to DIY too: https://willowsandmore.com/products/curly-willow-wedding-arch-with-vases?variant=1005739540489
Post # 11
The room is so gorgeous, I think an arch would just be unnecessary clutter that detracts from the room. I don’t think your need anything up front but I’m into simplicity.
Post # 12
Gorgeous room. No need for an arch! And I had a huge Chuppah at my wedding!
Post # 13
I love your taste! that room is beautiful and has so many gorgeous details that you can get away with doing the bare minimum so you don’t need an arch. I’m not fussed with arches indoors anyway. I like the idea you have with the gold chairs and flowers and petals.
Post # 14
That venue is stunning! I wouldn’t go with an arch, I think it would be overkill. The room with the chairs and petals is going to feel so classic and elegant. If you want to add something, I agree with the bees who suggested pillars or columns. You can rent the pillars fairly cheap and if you aren’t having much other floral decoration, putting some greenery in vases on top wont break the budget but will make a huge impact on the visuals.
These are what we had.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
No you don’t need an arch your venue is gorgeous