Why buy a wedding arch?
Wedding receptions tend to be where many brides and grooms focus their energy in terms of decor and planning, but you want to make sure your ceremony has consistent design elements and plenty to look at. Wedding arches are a beautiful focal point unique to your theme, flowers, and colors and can double as a photo booth opportunity during the reception.
What should you consider when buying a wedding arch?
- Venue: The big consideration is whether your wedding is indoor or outdoor and if you own the property. If you’re renting an indoor or outdoor space for your ceremony, you probably won’t need a garden pergola arch for real flower growth, so consider what makes sense for your big day.
- Venue Provisions: Some venues provide basic arches as part of their package, but in that case, you aren’t able to customize the arch with your flowers, garlands, or other embellishments in advance of the big day. If customization is significant for you, it’s best to buy your arch and transport it to the venue.
- Ease of Setup: It’s a policy for most wedding venues that they are not responsible for the setup or takedown of any decorations brought from outside vendors, including your arch. If your arch needs a lot of last-minute setup, you don’t want any little pieces or something that requires tools. Be realistic with what you can take on the day of your wedding, and choose a plan that won’t cause you extreme stress.
What are some tips for decorating a wedding arch?
A thousand options are available in craft stores and online that require little to no craftiness. Consider faux flower garlands, dried arrangements, and LED-controlled string lights to make your arch unique to you.
LeJoy Garden Metal Pergola Wedding Arch
Classic pergola style arch for indoor or outdoor weddings.
Pros: This wireframe pergola is a classic wedding arch, available in wide or tall options. It can be assembled on the premises of your venue, so getting it through tight doorways is less of an issue than with some models. You can string any number of decor items through the bars, including garlands, organza and taffeta fabric, and lights, making it easy to customize as a natural-looking garden pergola or a glammed-out arch.
Cons: The metal is hollow and extremely lightweight, making it likely to tip over in windy conditions. You may need to secure the arch with ties and stakes or sandbags if you have an outdoor venue.
Bottom Line: This barebones arch frame can be customized to suit any wedding theme and may be best used as a one-day solution and not a permanent garden fixture.
LANGXUN Golden Circle Wedding Arch
An on-trend round circle wedding arch that can be decorated with balloons of garland.
Pros: We love this round arch because it combines two of our favorite wedding trends: gold everything and full-circle shape. The metallic gold offers glamor and sheen that can be dressed up or down. This is also an excellent option for balloon arches and even comes with an instruction manual and a starter balloon arch kit. It also runs about 50% less expensive than most other golden circle arch retailers, making this a steal. Plus, it’s sturdy enough to be saved for other occasions, from the bridal shower and engagement party to birthdays and anniversaries.
Cons: Because it is an extremely tall and wide circle on small legs, this arch can be unstable outdoors even when weighted down. We recommend only using this for indoor weddings.
Bottom Line: While trends come and go, this wedding arch is a fun modern twist on the classic pergolas. We love it for the many options for customization, the gold metallic finish, and the fresh full-circle shape.
LANGXUN Gold Semi-Circle Wedding Arch
Stable partial-circle arch that can be used indoors or out.
Pros: LANGXUN is back on our list with this balloon arch-friendly golden semi-circle wedding arch. The biggest standout on this arch is the lay-flat rectangular feet base, unlike the full circle. This makes the arch much more stable and secure even in outdoor conditions.
Cons: This model is big, clocking in at 8 feet tall and 9.5 feet wide, so this will not be comfortable in a small room. We recommend this for an outdoor event or a venue with tall ceilings, so it doesn’t overwhelm the space.
Bottom Line: A gorgeous semi-circle option that brings great height and drama to an event, making it ideal for large venues or outdoor ceremonies that need a grand focal point.
VINGLI Wooden Pergola Style Wedding Arch
Beautiful, classic outdoor pergola that you can grow real flowers around before or after the wedding.
Pros: This gorgeous solid teak wood pergola is a beautiful, rich addition to any backyard garden wedding. We love that it can be used to grow actual flowers or be repurposed from a decorative item to a practical garden accessory. It’s incredibly sturdy, weather and water-resistant, and can hold plenty of climbing vines and vegetables. This is a beautiful option for the couple that wants nature to be all around them on their big day.
Cons: Like with any solid wood accessory, this thing is heavy, so once it’s assembled, we recommend you think of it as a permanent structure in your yard.
Bottom Line: Beautiful not just for your wedding day but also for a lifetime, this solid wood pergola is excellent for homeowners hosting the wedding in their backyard with green thumbs.
Adorox Metal Wedding Arch
Don't break the bank with this classic, budget-friendly design for garden and backyard weddings.
Pros: We have included this metal wedding arch because it’s incredibly affordable, customizable, and great for single-day use. You can also assemble it to be either a tall or wide arch, depending on the needs of your venue.
Cons: While this no-frills arch is great cost-wise, you will need to find a way to keep it stable and upright. It’s also very lightweight and may not hold the weight of many flowers and garlands.
Bottom Line: An unbeatable price for a wedding arch that can be modeled with simple, minimalist decorations that will add uniqueness and theming to your wedding ceremony.
Wedding planning can be stressful, and it can be hard to know where to spend your energy, but don’t let your ceremony go unnoticed. Wedding arches are a fantastic option for creating a unique statement piece, and many can be repurposed for other major events or even go in your garden. Add something special to your wedding day with a customized wedding arch and make it a ceremony to remember.