The ceremony is the most important (and most photographed!) half hour of the entire wedding day. During this time, you have the vow exchange, the first kiss, the cheerful exit—and, oh yeah, you become officially hitched! That's why it's important to put some serious thought into the wedding altar, aka where all of this is going to happen. Your options here are endless—think flower-filled wedding arbors, candlelit chuppahs—but remember: This one décor element will set the scene for the ceremony and define the entire wedding's design theme. Yes, a ceremony structure does have that kind of power. (Do you need photo evidence?!)
Well, since you asked, we searched our real weddings on Brides.com, Instagram accounts, Pinterest pages, and more to find 60 examples of unique wedding altars. That's right: We searched high and low for the prettiest, jaw-dropping, and just downright cool wedding pergolas and wedding arbors around. Below, you'll find it all—from a rustic birch teepee to a overflowing floral canopy—so we recommend going in with an open mind. Now, with that mindset, we must also note a few things before you start. In this gallery, you'll also find the newest wedding décor trends around. A few that stand out: Circle installations, palm frond-covered statements, Persian rugs, and macramé anything. But even if being in-the-know isn't your thing, that's OK. We have a flower-covered altar that rivals all for you romantic ladies; a retro, modern one for any of you with an old-school music theme happening; and if you're all about enhancing a naturally beautiful setting, we have that for the mountains, beach, desert, and more.
With that said, get to scrolling, pinning, and sharing away. We hope you find the wedding ceremony altar of your dreams—but with this many, we can't promise you'll fall in love with only one!
At this fashion-forward ceremony, the bride and groom shared traditional vows under a modern chuppah that they designed together.