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 whole 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 at Brides, 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 nuptial arbors around. Below, you'll find it all—from a rustic birch teepee to an 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 okay. 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, beaches, deserts, 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.
Yes, the circle installation trend can do no wrong—as evidenced by this frond-covered altar. (That's BTW perfect for a modern beach bash.)
At this fashion-forward ceremony, the bride and groom shared traditional vows under a modern chuppah that they designed together.
Now this is how you do a statement altar and a statement runway—um, we mean aisle.
Potted Cacti and Persian Rugs
A marriage of two wedding décor trends: potted cacti and Persian rugs.
Palm Fronds and Monstera Leaves
Palm fronds and monstera leaves for the win.
This modern structure gets straight to the point.
Lots of Candles
Candles, candles, and more candles, please.
Another suspended greenery altar for the win.
This backdrop (of floor-grazing macramé and hanging potted flower arrangement) looks straight out of a home décor catalog—and for good reason.