Wedding Arches-Arbors-and-Chuppahs – Style, Inspiration, & Design
Lisa Sammons Events has been busy working on creating a custom wedding arch for a ceremony the last few weeks and thought it would be a great time to write an article about Wedding Arches, Arbors, and Chuppah Style, Inspiration, & Design.
First let’s talk about the reasons for wedding arches, arbors, and Chuppahs,,,
From a design perspective, having an wedding arbor or Chuppah in your outdoor wedding gives your ceremony space anchor and focal point. It is a wonderful way to set the tone to your wedding “feel” or theme as well.
For example, if your wedding style is country rustic or vintage, you can really set the feeling immediately with your ceremony décor and wedding arch.
If you can’t decide between your “looks” – and if your ceremony is in a different location from your reception, then you can do 2 different feels between your ceremony and reception….and keep your wedding style “traditional-elegant” – and then move into a country-rustic feel for your separate reception space…
For example: If your look is country-rustic for your reception and your groom wants a traditional-elegant look for the ceremony with harps playing and strings in the background… then you can create your ceremony with this look and have your ceremony arch speak to traditional elegance and bridge your 2 styles together!
Real Wedding Planner Advice: Have fun with your wedding style! You can tie in your ceremony markers or additional ceremony décor to matchy-match your wedding arbor/Chuppah to really create the mood…..
What is the difference between an Chuppah and a Wedding Arch/Arbor?
A Chuppah is a canopy under which a couple stands during their wedding ceremony. It consists of cloth or a tallit that is stretched or supported over 4 poles or can be manually held up by attendants to the ceremony. The chuppah “structure” symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.
The meaning of the chuppah is very sweet…. a chuppah represents the home “structure” symbolized by the cloth canopy and the four poles. Just as a chuppah is open on all four sides, so was the tent of Abraham open for hospitality. Thus, the chuppah represents hospitality to one’s wedding guests.
Chuppahs and wedding ceremony arches can be “over the top” elegant …..
or brought to the present time in a contemporary design…
Or simplified to Country Rustic….
Here’s a great example of how to bring all the styles together for an “inside” wedding ceremony…
and another way to bridge the 2 Country-Rustic-Vintage look into the Traditional Elegance, but this time for an “outside” ceremony….
Here’s a fabulous close-up of of a gorgeous Elegant, Country-Rustic Arbor from our friends at Stoneblossom Florals….to show you how you can simply bridge the styles – just with actual florals and arbor material.
Here’s one of our favorite arbors – from a Real Wedding LSE designed & planned in Newport, Rhode Island…
Wedding on a budget? Not all arbors have to be completely covered with florals to work… this arbor illustrates another way to show contrast in floral design and actual arbor material without breaking the bank 🙂
No matter what your style, your type of ceremony, or reason for your wedding arch, arbor, or chuppah, it will be gorgeous!
We hope you enjoyed this article, and we’ll post our next wedding arch design for you after our Country Rustic wedding this weekend!
Article: Lisa Sammons – Owner/Principal Planner & Lead Designer – Lisa Sammons Events /Contributor & Features Editor: Style, Inspiration, & Design
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