When designing the space to host your wedding ceremony, a stunning backdrop to frame your "I dos" should definitely be on your list. While wedding arches are a common and beautiful addition many couples choose to decorate their space, they aren't the only option for your ceremony décor. If you want to do something a bit more unexpected, there are tons of wedding ceremony arch alternatives that you can try.
From architectural accents to flower walls to unique installations, brides and grooms can get creative with ways to center their ceremony. All it takes is a bit of creativity to dream up the aesthetic of your dreams. Want to get some inspiration to spark those ideas? Ahead, we rounded up beautiful wedding ceremony arch alternatives from real weddings. These gorgeous designs can fit just about any style of ceremony and will add tons of charm to your wedding day.
Rather than have a tropical display of pampas and pink-toned monstera leaves framing a bride and groom overhead, this Palm Springs wedding ceremony let the arrangements serve as bookends to the pair on either side of them.
Play With Heights
Your framing florals don’t have to come in at the same height. To create a dynamic rose-filled design, a large floral column is balanced with a pot full of blooms and an arrangement on the ground.
At this floral-filled Baltimore wedding, the flowers reached new heights with an elevated arrangement of greenery and roses. Clear wire was used to raise the structure above a platform where the couple exchanged vows.
Not for Squares
A square structure at your wedding ceremony is definitely an exciting approach. The style is an unexpected touch that lends a unique design to your celebration. Adorn the top with florals, like at this Southern California wedding, to tie in your palette.
At a wedding in Utah, the floral designer created unique arrangements of blooms that were placed in a semi-circle at the end of the aisle. “We were nestled within a growing crescent nest that felt like a continuation and focal point of the aisle, and highlighted (rather than blocked) the views behind," says the bride.
Step Up Your Florals
A winding staircase is already a pretty backdrop for your vows, but one adorned with florals is absolutely stunning. Draped greenery makes the design feel even more lush.
Opt for Flags
Flags might not be the first choice when it comes to a ceremony accent, but with a soft breeze, they can create dynamic movement around you and your fiancé as you exchange vows.
By the Fire
A fireplace can serve as a pretty backdrop for your nuptials. It can feel extra cozy for a winter wedding when framed with wreaths and pine trees.
Want to play with shapes at your ceremony? Consider a modern geometric structure as a backdrop for your vows. This design has a lot of negative space to allow you to see the ocean waves in the backdrop.
Bring on the Color
Dried grasses, florals, and pampas grass were dyed in colorful shades to create a stunning backdrop at a Minneapolis wedding. The installation also added fun texture to the ceremony design.
Create a Wall of Greenery
Want an alternative to a floral wall? Exchange vows in front of a wall of greenery and other botanicals, like this couple did at their Detroit wedding.
Work With Wire
Using a wire frame, marigolds were affixed in an organic fashion to create a lovely wall of color behind the bride and groom for their Hindu ceremony.
Let It Grow
Create a backdrop full of beautiful branches that appear as if they are growing from the ground. Here, lunaria branches are used to create a blooming display.
A wedding backdrop composed of colorful abstract shapes is a fun idea for a modern, artsy couple. Floral arrangements around the structures are the perfect finishing touch.
A Work of Art
Say "I do" in front of your favorite painting at an art gallery. This couple chose to use a large art piece as a backdrop for their vows.
Build With Baby’s Breath
Baby’s breath is a flower that’s excellent for creating structure and can be used to create the ceremony backdrop of your dreams. This uniquely curved installation at a Wyoming wedding was inspired by Richard Serra’s artwork.
Plenty of Pampas
A low arrangement of pampas grass can serve as a beautiful neutral backdrop for a bohemian wedding. Weave in additional blooms and grasses for extra texture in the display.
While florals don't usually grow out from the sand, create the illusion that they do with a beautiful and organic arrangement. This design looked perfect at an intimate wedding on the Oregon coast.
If you decide to elevate your ceremony on a platform, decorate the structure with blooms to enhance the space. We love how the brides at this winery wedding used baby's breath to make it look as if they were elevated on a cloud.
Go for Garlands
Want to define a wall as your wedding ceremony backdrop? Adorn it with garlands of florals in your color palette as a fun way to frame your vows, like this fun San Diego wedding.