Wedding arches have long been used to enhance—and even transform!—ceremony spaces. Why? A wedding arch can create a focal point for your vow exchange. Plus, the statement-making piece makes a stunning backdrop for photos, too.
Floral arches remain popular, but we also love seeing couples and event designers create new takes on the standard trend. From asymmetrical designs to untraditional materials such as pampas grass and palm leaves, there are plenty of creative ways to match your wedding vision to any style arch or arbor.
Read on to see 50 more show-stopping wedding arch and arbor designs to inspire your ceremony décor.
Mix Different Styles
This Sea Island bride had a non-traditional vision in an otherwise traditionally setting. As shown, her wedding ceremony site—complete with modern acrylic chairs and an arch of moss, greenery, and alliums—proves that both can, in fact, be accomplished.
Turn to the Tropics
For a modern botanical vibe, consider highlighting the raw beauty of your venue, as this bride did by creating a lush altar to match the lush green island where she said "I do" in Hawaii.
Focus on a Single Hue
Choose a single, vibrant hue to add color to your ceremony space—and your pics! This couple opted for a chuppah created from wood and decorated with fuchsia bougainvillea, a flower native to their Palm Springs wedding venue.
Asymmetrical arches add an extra element of visual interest and make traditional florals feel more modern. This couple, married at Ebell Long Beach in California, exchanged vows beneath an arrangement of blush, mauve, and cream roses, sweet pea, hydrangeas, delphinium, and eucalyptus.
For a subtle ceremony backdrop, opt for an arch that seamlessly blends with your venue’s natural surroundings. When planning their wedding at the Paramour Estate in Los Angeles, this couple opted for an arrangement that felt right at home in the property’s lush gardens.
Marrying in a tropical location? Use local foliage to make a statement altar, as this could did at their beach bash in Sayulita, Mexico.
Extend the Florals
To further draw guests’ eyes toward your ceremony marker—and make it stand out from a distance—line the aisle with bold arrangements using the same florals and greenery found in your arch. This couple was inspired by their wedding venue, choosing flowers and plants that mimicked the earth tones of their California setting.
If “simple-yet-elegant” is your motto, opt for an arch of loose greenery like eucalyptus, myrtle, or ivy. At this South Carolina wedding, this couple paired the look with a woven seagrass aisle runner and wooden chairs with crisp white cushions.
Using a variety of flowers and greenery within a color palette means your arch will also have lovely, contrasting textures, which draws eyes towards it. This couple’s green-and-white arch, created for their wedding in Big Sur, California, included feathery pampas grass.
Make an Entrance
While arches are most often used as a backdrop for the couple, they can make a stunning entrance to your ceremony space, too. Guests to this couple’s Colorado wedding passed beneath this arch decorated with pampas grass, quicksand roses, playa blanca roses, and marigolds.
For a modern take on the floral wedding arch, opt for a combination of shapes in its design. This couple’s beach ceremony in Cabo included an asymmetrical arch with a curved arrangement of roses, ferns, and textured greenery set against a square frame.
Add a Platform
Ensure all your friends and family have a great seat for the ceremony by including a small platform in front of or beneath your wedding arch. For their Bedford, New York wedding, this couple added a simple, white stage beneath an arrangement of white delphinium, garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and interwoven vines.
Embrace A Seasonal Palette
Look to the colors of nature during the month of your wedding for inspiration, especially if you’re creating a ceremony space indoors. This couple took a que from the vibrant crimson, burnt-oranges, and yellows of autumn to create an arch of fall foliage for their barn ceremony in Whitefish, Montana.
Frame a Door
If your wedding venue offers beautiful architectural details, try incorporating them into your ceremony design, as this could did for their ceremony in Provence. One easy option: Choose a stunning door to frame with your wedding arch, like this romantic arrangement of greenery and cream-colored roses set in front of a historic entryway.
Make the Most of Your View
If your venue features jaw-dropping vistas, be sure to make the most of them by creating an arch that highlights the surroundings without distracting from them. This couple opted for an arch with a cathedral window for their vows overlooking the hills of Malibu, California.
When it comes to wedding arches, there’s nothing more timeless than the pairing of greenery and white flowers. The versatile combination works for every season and compliments most backgrounds. For their wedding in Aspen, this couple opted for the traditional arch, a smattering of snow on the mountain backdrop matching the white blossoms.
Smaller arches with fewer flowers can still have a big impact thanks to loosely arranged branches with leaves in bright colors. This couple’s arrangement for their fall wedding in Montauk, New York, included branches with red-and-orange leaves, accented by blush colored roses.
Make It Part of Something Larger
A wedding arch creates a focal point for your ceremony but, if you’re marrying in an open space, it can also become the central part of a larger design. Take it from this couple, who created an open-air chapel from reclaimed wood with a floral arch at its center for their September wedding at a ranch in Montana.
Take a Cue from the Landscaping
If you’re planning a garden wedding look to the landscape design for sensibility and style. This wedding, which took place at a historic villa in Lake Como, Italy, included an arch that felt perfectly at home against the squared hedges and manicured lawn of the formal gardens overlooking the water.
A square-shaped arrangement creates a true frame from your vows, and works well at the end of a long aisle, like this one from a couple’s celebration at the opulent Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.
Highlight Existing Details
Make the most of your wedding venue’s existing details by placing a wedding arch in the midst of them, whether it's a gorgeous facade, stately architecture, or, in the case of this couple’s Tuscan celebration, ancient statues in the garden.
We’ve already mentioned that asymmetrical arches can add a striking visual detail to your ceremony, and another way to achieve the look is by adding blooms to just part of your arrangement. For their wedding in Aspen, Colorado, this couple used copper-colored blooms on just one side of their arch, keeping the other pure green.
Utilize Unexpected Materials
A square or triangular-shaped ceremony marker feels decidedly modern, as do untraditional botanicals like feather-like pampas grass and king protea. For their elopement in Italy, this couple’s arch also featured eucalyptus and, for a Boho touch, they opted for an aisle of Persian rugs in different shapes and colors.
Frame the Water
Whether you’re marrying on a beach, a boardwalk, or a cliff overlooking the sea, setting your wedding against the water will always make for a stunning backdrop. Use a wedding arch to create a focal point, like this couple who wed in San Diego.
Marrying at a vineyard? Incorporate vines! We love the look of this wisteria arch, infused with white and green florals, dominated as the ceremony focal point. At this wedding in the Hamptons, the couple added to their all-white vibe by adding hydrangeas along the aisle on the altar.
Create a Focal Point
At this modern Napa wedding, the couple ceremony added a geometric arch—accented with garden roses, dahlias, proteas, and greenery—to the otherwise rustic setting.
Make an Arbor
Because their chosen venue was already so stunning, this couple understandably didn't want to go overboard with décor. With the help of the groomsmen, the groom crafted a wooden arch for the ceremony....the day before the wedding in his basement! Talk about a DIY project.
Add Pops of Color
Go for a romantic-meets-rustic look by pairing a lush arch of birch trees with pink roses and peonies. Punchy shades of pink will brighten the setting without taking away from it.
If you're marrying in a lush setting, consider mimicking the surrounding canopy in your wedding arch design. In Charleston, this couple wed beneath an asymmetrical arch of greenery accented with blush and white blooms.
Match Your Surroundings
Much like the above, this ceremony—held within a grove of olive trees!—stayed on the natural side thanks to green and white blooms. The couple also purposely kept the aisle flower-free to direct all attention to the chuppah.
Love the look of an arch and arbor? Marry the two, as this couple did, by draping a wooden arbor with palm leaves, eucalyptus, white orchids, and statement pink proteas.
Embrace a Rustic Theme
Love the rustic look? Go full-on with a wooden arbor or arch. At this Wyoming wedding, the bride's father hand-built the chuppah!
Find An Existing Arch
If your venue already has an arch, embrace it! “The foliage-covered archway at Petrognano is so stunning that it doesn’t need anything else,” says the bride of her destination wedding at Petrognano in Tuscany.
Make It Your Something Blue
After a wildflower feel to juxtapose the elegant surroundings, this ceremony site in France was set with a smorgasbord of roses, greenery with berries, scabiosa, thistle, dahlia, pepper plant, cosmos, cineraire maritime, astrantia, eucalyptus, jasmine vine, rosemary, clematis, and viburnum berry.
Frame Your View
Throwing a wine-country wedding? Look no further for inspiration. This blooming arch, with overgrown greens and blush roses adding a pop of color to the otherwise green landscape, served as the focal point at this rural Virginia wedding, while wooden wine barrels completed the rustic look.
Make a Statement
This couple said "I do" in front of a giant floral backdrop. "David is 6’7” so I needed to find something huge,” bride Alex says of landing on a 9-foot-wide ceremony ring covered in greenery, white flowers, and pampas grass.
Find Your Focal Point
If you love the look of an arch, why not embrace it twice?! This couple did, pairing their flower-covered chuppah with a gorgeous arch at the start of the aisle.
Keep it Simple
The Colorado ceremony took place in an open field, with a simple wooden altar draped in greenery and tall grass lining the aisle. We love how the minimalist set-up frames the epic mountain view.
Last, but not least, we're obsessed with this oversized wedding arch. This Mississippi couple embraced their outdoor setting by marrying beneath an arch of greenery, framed by white hydrangea and Japanese blueberry hedges.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out the below for more creative takes on wedding arches, arbors, and backdrops.