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.
Go for Garlands
Want to add dimension to your wedding arch? Consider incorporating garlands into the design. We love how hanging white florals add color and movement to this stunning greenery-based chuppah.
Enhance Your Environment
At this outdoor wedding in Aspen, Colorado, the couple said “I do” in front of a massive arch of garden roses, wild grasses, larkspur, smilax, and Italian ruscus. We love how the neutral palette lets the setting shine.
Go Big or Go Home
Want to make a statement? Go all out with a floral-covered altar and aisle. We love this display's neutral palette, which created a more romantic atmosphere in the outdoor ceremony space.
Mix Different Styles
This Sea Island couple had a non-traditional vision in an otherwise traditionally setting. As shown, their wedding ceremony site—complete with modern acrylic chairs and an arch of moss, greenery, and alliums—proves that both can, in fact, be accomplished.
Stick to One Flower
Bring on the color and drama by creating arches of all one kind of floral in a similar hue. We love the double arches of bright pink and pale pink roses at this bold Miami wedding.
Turn to the Tropics
For a modern botanical vibe, consider highlighting the raw beauty of your venue, as this couple did by creating a lush altar to match the lush green island where theysaid "I do" in Hawaii.
Bring the Outdoors In
Hosting a wedding indoors? You can still have a stunning arch brimming with natural elements. This beautiful chuppah at a Miami wedding is absolutely bursting with color and greenery.
Transform a Woodland Scene
For a wedding set against a beautiful woodland backdrop, a simple arch of loosely arranged flowers can act as a focal point that blends seamlessly with the setting. Here, a runner of petals and low arrangements help draw guests’ eyes forward.
Focus on a Single Hue
Choose a single, vibrant hue to add color to your ceremony space—and your pictures! This couple opted for a chuppah created from wood and decorated with fuchsia bougainvillea, a flower native to their Palm Springs wedding venue.
Create a Trio
A trio of arches helps set the stage for your nuptials in a stunning way. At this ombré-themed wedding, the pale pastel hues in each design pops even more with the layered ceremony design.
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.
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.
Pick Your Favorite Hue
For this stunning chuppah, the couple went off the bride's favorite hue as inspiration for the bold arrangement. “Anna from Loop Flowers sourced as many local blooms as possible in peach tones, Jessica's favorite color,” the newlyweds shared. “Flowers—dahlias, tuberose, clematis, blackberries on the branch, and ranunculus—were arranged in a whimsical, lush garden style.”
Create a Runway
A stunning structure punctuated by multiple half arches created a beautiful runway at this desert wedding. Using dried greenery and pampas grass, the design punctuated the Moab landscape.
Show Off Your Romantic Side
For a wedding arch that feels traditionally romantic—and a little bit wild—opt for a cathedral-window shaped design bedecked in a range of lush flowers and greenery.
Frame Your Walkway
One couple didn't want to obscure the incredible ocean view at their ceremony. However, they still wanted a wedding arch moment. Instead, they had their floral designer create a green, blue, and white pathway of greenery and blooms along with two stunning arches to decorate their walk down the aisle.
Channel a Sunset
A sunset served as inspiration for the hues within this beautiful arch. Coral peonies, zinnias, dahlias, garden roses, snapdragons, ranunculus, and Larkspur came together to craft this stunning design.
Balance Your Blooms
This beautiful arch filled with pink roses and other light florals is punctuated with the framing of two lovely urns filled with similar blooms. Tied together with a jute runner, the design feels cohesive and defined.
Climb the Steps
Have a staircase at your ceremony venue? Consider having florals climb up the railings of the steps and conclude in an arch. The dynamic design will set a dreamy scene and frame your vows like at this stunning wedding in Mexico.
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.
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.
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 chuppah 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 circular ceremony marker feels decidedly modern, as do untraditional botanicals like feather-like pampas grass and tropical greenery. For their Tulum wedding, this couple’s arch also featured an aisle of bright Persian rugs for a bohemian touch.
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.
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.
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!
Go Full Circle
This destination wedding in Italy took place overlooking the nearby mountains, with a circular altar of oak branches, olive branches, eucalyptus, roses, white lisianthus, and white larkspur framing the bride and groom. Copy this for an equally ethereal look.
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.
This couple wed beneath the sycamore tree’s sprawling branches, with guests seated in wooden folding chairs that highlighted the natural garden setting. The structure combined olive branches and eucalyptus and was dressed with garden and tea roses and full peonies.
Make Your Own
Go for boho-chic vibes with a rustic arch—draped in a garland of eucalyptus and garden roses—paired with a colorful Persian rug to mark the aisle.
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.
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.
Highlight Different Textures
When creating a romantic altar, consider incorporating different textures, blooms, and colors. Here, an array of gorgeous blooms adorn an oversized chuppah, creating a romantic yet natural look.
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.