Wedding Garden Arbor, Outdoor Wedding Decorations
One of the most unique and personalized components of a wedding day setting is a Wedding Arbor. A beautifully decorated wedding arbor provides the perfect backdrop for many of the proudest wedding day pictures.
In some wedding ceremonies, the exchange of vows actually takes place under or near such a wedding framework. How this structure is used in a wedding is often based upon religious customs, the design of the wedding setting, or both.
Whether the ceremony is going to be held in your backyard or you are planning a wedding at the beach, consider having this beautiful feature as part of your plans.
You have a choice of different structures to use as a wedding backdrop from a small trellis to the more common arbors and arches, and the larger pergolas and gazebos. There is a difference but distinctions between them is often blurred. There are a just a few decisions to make about incorporating a wedding arbor into your wedding plan, but don’t worry it’s pretty simple and it can be a lot of fun. You can definitely keep it quick and simple or you can let your creativity flow.
Wedding arches are generally seen finished in white but other colors can be effectively used as well. One thing to consider is the arbor material and the popular choices are metal, wood, or vinyl.
Standard units come in sizes ranging from 48″-72″ wide being the most common but larger and custom designs are also available.
Decorating arbors with foliage and flowers creates a beautiful backdrop for the bride and groom. If possible choose live plant material for its beauty, its richness, and its camera-friendly qualities. There are some things to consider such as the length of time between assembly and decoration of the wedding arbor and when it will be used.
Live plant material, specifically most cut flowers and some foliage, needs water to keep it looking fresh and crisp. There are ways to accomplish that but alternatives should be used in locations of high heat or in situations with extended wedding day itineraries
Wedding decorations are fun to consider for the future bride and should be part of the most creative and detailed wedding plans. Several materials can be added to embellish the raw arbor and to provide more visual interest and beauty.
Natural materials such as greenery and flowers and non-living materials such as artificial flowers, ribbons, fabric, and even lights are used to make the wedding arbor more picturesque. The type flowers and colors used in your bouquet and in the wedding party dresses can be duplicated or mimicked in the decorations.
The location where you are holding your wedding ceremony may already have some outdoor structures in place – a large pavilion, oversized gazebo, or garden walls. But you can impart a personal touch on the focal point of your special day when you introduce a Wedding Arbor into the existing landscape.
More details about decorating and design will be the subject of other articles here at weddingarbor.org.
Wedding Arch Decorations Ideas
Pictures of wedding arches will help you get the basic idea about how to decorate a wedding arch.
Sophisticated Wedding Arbor
Transform a plain arbor into a sophisticated reception area with sheer, lightweight curtains.
Preparing For Your Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
An outdoor wedding ceremony can be an ideal option for your wedding. Many couples are now opting for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
Life often teaches us lessons when we least expect it. On this website you’ve seen how wedding arbors can become long term assets when repurposed and used as garden arbors. An arbor or trellis adds structure to a garden and provide plants with support and protection. Likewise, sound financial planning and preparation provides a structure that will help grow and protect your assets as a family. Planning a memorable wedding, planting a beautiful garden, and setting a sound financial foundation have a lot in common. As a married couple you will be applying for car loans and mortgages and have other needs for securing financing. Before entering into married life, many financial experts recommend that a couple take inventories of their financial health. One quick, easy thing that each of you can do today is to review your personal credit report files to make sure that there are no surprises or errors. You can get and review a free annual credit reports to make sure that credit will be available to you when you need it. If you’re not already in the habit of periodically reviewing your credit file yet, now is a great time to start. Here is a link to the www.FreeAnnualCreditReport.us website for free information: Starting off your new life together on solid footing with a financial game plan that you both agree on can help avoid unpleasant or even disastrous consequences down the road. Many marriages fail because of money reasons. If you take a few preventative measures and precautions now you can minimize the chances of that ever happening to you later. Although this serious topic is not as enjoyable as all the other preparations you are enjoying while planning your wedding, I hope that this simple yet important tip helps. Best wishes for a long, happy, healthy, and prosperous life...
Roses are unmatched for their striking beauty, variety of colors, and unforgettable fragrance. Climbing plants help visually “ground” a garden structure to the landscape. Ivys and creepers make beautiful walls of foliage that glisten in the sun and wave in the breeze. So add the two together and climbing roses are like blooming jewels to use with a garden trellis. If you are planning a summer wedding, consider using some real live rose plants as wedding gazebo decorations. For a home wedding you can easily plan ahead and plant rose bushes during the fall or two before the year of your wedding. The roses can winter over in the ground as normal and start the spring off with vigorous growth in anticipation of the big summer show. Another option for outdoor or even indoor weddings is to grow some climbing, standard, or tree roses in containers. Then you can move them to the wedding site a day or more before the ceremony or reception The growing containers need to be large enough to provide ample area for root growth and the soil needs to have good drainage, water retention, and proper nutrients. Shrub roses and tree roses are more commonly grown in planters and containers. Climbing roses area bit more difficult to establish and control in a container but the added effect can be well worth the effort. All roses require a lot of sunlight and good air circulation to bloom properly and stay free from diseases. Climbing roses can be tied to the trellis or arch uprights with floral twist ties, ribbon, or other materials to match the decorations or structure. Make sure to wear garden gloves and long sleeves when working with the roses. You don’t want to show scratched up arms in the wedding pictures. It might even possible to dig up and transplant roses to use on a newly added trellis if they are not too old and well established. You don’t want to damage too many roots during the growing season especially if it is close to your wedding day. A wilted plant and floppy blooms is not what a nervous bride needs to see. Many old style climbers have been around for generations proving how reliable they can be. New hybrids seem to be introduced just about every year resulting in more color choices, improved disease resistance, longer blooming range, or better hardiness characteristics. One of the best and most trusted sources of rose plants is Jackson and Perkins. They have been in business for many years and have a large selection of rose varieties to use for in ground and container growing. Try planting some climbing roses on a rose garden arbor or trellis in your home landscape. And for a really beautiful ceremony setting, definitely consider including live rose plants as part of your wedding decoration ideas. Selecting Roses For The Garden Roses are commonly seen climbing a wall or an arbor. For this type of landscape, the true climbing rose is the best choice. True climbing roses can be trained to ma… Read more… Climbing Roses There are many ways to use climbing and ramblers roses in gardens and patios. To cover walls, over hedges, small or old trees, in pillars, to cover an arch or arbor. Versatile Garden Arbors perennials...
Flowering vines can really add to the beauty and functionality of a home landscape. If you are considering using a temporary arch in your wedding plans, buy one that can be reused in your home garden. In a previous article we discussed three of the most common landscape vines used to grow on arbors, pergolas, and decks. There are many more beautiful flowering vines that can make their home on any garden trellis or support. Flowering vines not only add splashes of color to the landscape but also attract wildlife such as songbirds and hummingbirds. Here is a sampling of some of those beauties: Honeysuckle – (Lonicera) There are many forms of the honeysuckle from spreading shrubs to vines. One of the most attractive and commonly used landscape honeysuckles is the Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa). This quick maturing plant blooms from summer until frost and can reach 15-20 feet in height. Honeysuckle vines prefer at least partial sun to bloom successfully. The vine can be used to make an attractive screen in most places with temperatures similar to US hardiness zones 4-8. It is no surprise that hummingbirds are attracted to sweet smelling nectar of the flowers. Other widely used species of Lonicera include L. periclymenum (Woodbine), L. japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) and L. sempervirens (Coral Honeysuckle). These vines grow easily, provide quick cover with their dense foliage, and definitely put on a show with their trumpet shaped flowers. Several are considered invasive species if let into the wild and some have mild poisonous berries. But that should not stop most gardeners from enjoying honeysuckle vines in their gardens. Morning Glory – Morning glories (Ipomoea) are beautiful flowering annual vines that grow quickly on smaller trellises and arbors. As a result of their prolific blooming (and the help of a few visiting bumblebees) they will attempt to spread by dropping many seeds. Although some people report that the heavenly blue varieties are not as vigorous seeders. Moonflower – The sweet scented moonflower (Ipomoea) is another vine with a flower similar in shape to the morning glory, not surprising as it is related. However its large white blooms open during the evening hours and remain open until dawn. The flowers are short-lived but worth the effort once you witness their magical opening. Moonflowers are used as annuals in the northern climates and are perennials in the more tropical climate south. Sweet Peas – The Sweetpea (Latyrus) is a quick growing tender vine with fragrant flowers that come in whites and shades of pinks and violets. It is a short vine growing into a waist or chest high flush of foliage and flowers, perfect for the sides of a garden lattice arch. Like a number of plants, beauty comes with a cost. Unlike the peas we eat, the seeds of the sweet pea are poisonous and should not be eaten. Flowering vines can transform any structure, from a formal white arbor to a rustic cedar lattice, into a festively decorated wedding background or natural landscape focal point. Vines Beautify Your Garden An example of perennial vines would be wisteria, gold honeysuckle and climbing roses. Choosing and Using an Arbor Some flowering climbers like honeysuckle can add a bit of spice and color to the look of your landscaping picture. Grow Ipomoea Vines...
You have so many fun choices for all your wedding decorations and that’s also the case for decorating wedding arches. You can use traditional or modern decorations or a mixture of both. Once you decide on a general theme for your wedding and a color scheme to use the tough part is over. Selecting specific items to fill in the pieces of the puzzle can be a lot of fun. Be creative and open your mind to new ideas. Hopefully we have a few for you at WeddingArbor.org. First, here’s a suggestion – Plan to save and reuse some of the decorative detail items. You can enjoy them and literally keep a piece of your wedding ceremony alive in your home for many months and years to come. What do we mean? More on that later under wedding plants. Wedding Decorating Accessories – You’ll want to select a few of the following accessories for decorating your wedding arbor assembly and you have many options of colors, materials, and styles. These include satin ribbons, fabrics, tulle netting, bows, garlands, beading, and even lights. Small lights can add a sparkle to the setting especially for evening ceremonies or receptions. Helium filled balloons add a real light festive touch, a lot of color and motion, and even some excitement when the occasional one pops. Wedding Plants – It is common to add live cut flowers and greenery to the latticework to soften the edges. This also helps tie the structure into the landscape if it is an outdoor wedding ceremony. Place potted plants around the structure to add to the lushness of the setting and the moment. These can be outdoor plants that can be replanted in your landscape afterwards, potted flowering plants that can be given to guests after the reception, or indoor plants that can be taken home and enjoyed. Better yet, plan to use a combination of all three. You have the option to buy or rent live, neatly trimmed shrubs or topiary plants to place near the wedding arch. Decorate them with some of the same ribbons, tulle material, bows, or flowers to match those used on the archway. Check with local florists or privately-run garden centers about renting plants for the day if you decide to go that way. Wedding Ceremony Accents – If the wedding ceremony is indoors or a very protected outdoor area, consider using floor standing candelabras. Decorate the uprights with ribbons or garland to match the other components of your setting. Light the candles right before the ceremony to add to the ambiance. Even unlit, the candelabras lend a nice formal touch to the area. For a real unique and personal touch, consider hanging a stained glass window accent on the structure. For outdoor weddings the affect of sunlight pouring through the vibrant colored glass can be especially beautiful and inspiring. Have a custom piece made and it will become a treasured keepsake and beautiful reminder of your wedding day. Take a couple minutes and decide on incorporating one or more of these ideas that make the most sense – not only to your wedding budget but also to your likes and lifestyle. You will be spending money on wedding decorations, so why not get the most out of it that you can...
Well supported trellised vines provide structure, visual interest, and protection in the garden. Structure as in a growing architectural element in the landscape – visual beauty of foliage and fruit colors, forms and textures – and protection in the sense of providing shade and windscreens. Grape Vines – Many of us grew up with a neighbor or relative who had grape vines in their backyard, the vines often sprawling over a handmade pergola or piping framework. Who can forget enjoying their annual fall treat of sweet Concord grapes, squeezing the skins, and spitting out the seeds. And sometimes you were lucky enough to witness the making of grape jam and enjoy its sweetness for many months of the year afterward. Grape vines make good hardy vertical cover for garden arbors and pergolas and the canopy they provide can block the harshest of summer sun rays. It takes a few years for the grape vines to establish themselves but it is well worth the wait to have many years of foliage and prolific sweet fruits that follow. And if you enjoy wine and are a bit adventurous, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of making your own homemade wine using the literal fruits of your labor. Variegated Kiwi Vine – The kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta) is an attractive deciduous vining plant that is grown for both its foliage and its “kiwi” fruits. The foliage provides interest with its green leaves that change at the tips to whites, pinks, and rose colors as the leaves mature. Although not as tough and foolproof as a grapevine, you should definitely consider using the kiwi vine in your landscape. It tends to do well in a wide range of climates such as the US hardiness zones 4-9 and possibly even into zone 3 with winter protection. If you want a fruit from this Actinidia vine you’ll have to get at least one each of male and female plants. Most often several fruit-bearing female plants are used in combination with a single male plant, which is still an attractive vine even without any fruit. The flowers are not all that conspicuous so this plant is really used for its foliage and fruit. It prefers full sun and will produce the showiest leaf variegation in such exposures. The kiwi vine will spread minimally about 3-4 feet wide and can grow to about 15-20 feet tall. Its twining stems need support and are best used on lattice filled structures. Blackberries – Blackberries and Raspberries are perennial shrubs that are often staked but they can also be trained to grow on trellises or the side of a garden arbor. Most blackberries have thorns on their stems so their placement on structures where they can come in contact with human skin is not always advisable. But that doesn’t mean to avoid growing them otherwise you’ll miss out on one of the world’s free summer treats. Thornless blackberries are available and grown well on trellis systems. It may take several years to get berry plants established and of a decent size but the annual fruit production that you will enjoy for many years to come is worth the effort and the wait. ‘Dormanred’ is a popular trailing raspberry variety. ‘Black Satin’ and ‘Hull’ are two thornless blackberry varieties worth trying. Pruning...
A garden arbor is like a blank canvas and plants are your pallet of shapes, colors and textures. Turn any landscape structure into a real focal point by incorporating flowering vines into your plan. Plants including vines and their support system play an architectural role in the landscape, adding height and depth, shade and cooling, interest and beauty. There are so many different hardy perennial vines to select from for outdoor use and a lot of them can tolerate a wide range of climates. For outdoor settings like arbors and trellises and the occasional very large indoor application, here are some of the most popular flowering vines: Clematis – Clematis vines are a great choice for home gardens as they are reliable bloomers, the flowers come many different colors, and the plants are readily available. The vines are not very heavy so they can be used with smaller trellises as well as larger arbors. They are often used to soften the appearance of mailboxes and lamp posts. Clematis will take several years to really get established and fill out. From a cultural perspective, the common tip is that clematis “like their heads in the sun and feet in the shade. Place low growing plants in front of the clematis and add another layer of plant material to your design at the same time. There are so many varieties available but Clematis ‘Henryi’ is one of the best long lived varieties with 6” wide white blooms and interesting bronze color in its new growth. Clematis “Jackmanii’ is a long time favorite with violet flowers. Clematis are fine stemmed perennial vines and pruning depends on the type, one type flowers on the previous season’s growth and the other type flowers on new growth. It is critical to know which type of you have to guide your periodic clematis pruning and maintenance. Follow the pruning instructions that come with your plants. Wisteria – The wisteria vine (Wisteria) is a great choice for large outdoor pergolas or decks in the landscape. The most common wisteria’s pendant bluish-violet flowers are quite a beautiful sight in late spring. Since it is a vigorous growing vine the wisteria will cover quickly and provide shade and screening for your garden niche. One thing to keep in mind is that the wisteria spreads via runners and requires a bit extra pruning compared to some other vines. Be vigilant to keep vines planted near buildings from getting into gutters and roofing. The benefits of its quick growing foliage and beautiful flowers more than makes up for the wisteria’s wandering tendencies. The ever-thickening network of wisteria vine stems provide year round interest and adds a sense of permanence to the garden. Trumpet Vine – The trumpet vine (Campsis) is another very tough and vigorous vine with striking red or orange-red flowers. Once established it will rebloom year after year without fail adding a gorgeous touch to your landscape. As a bonus bird enthusiasts should note that trumpet vines attract hummingbirds. In southern climates the trumpet vine is sometimes considered a weedy plant as it has great tendencies to spread so siting your pergola is important if you want to use the trumpet vine. Also, some people are sensitive to the oils in the campsis leaves but it still warrants using...
Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life. It is critical to at least consider the detail to make sure that it goes according to plan and is memorable for all the right reasons especially for outdoor wedding locations. But even with the best advanced wedding preparations, your plan can be put to the test if Mother Nature decides not to cooperate. Unless you live in a desert climate and are planning an outdoor Las Vegas wedding, chances are there could possibility be a shower in the forecast in most areas of the country. In some cultures rain on a wedding day is supposed to bring good luck. Lucky or not plan for contingencies or at least consider some for the most critical segments of the day. So what’s a bride-to-be to do? Plan. Here’s a few things to remember and a few tips to consider to help turn a not so dry weather day into a still very enjoyable wedding day. If your summer wedding happens to fall in a stretch of extra hot weather, a couple details can help everyone cope a little better with the heat. Plan to add umbrellas to outdoor tables to shade your guests from the strong sun. Ask the catering company to have pitchers of ice water with plenty of plastic cups available at all times. Adding some sliced lemons adds a nice touch. For an outdoor wedding, plan access to a covered pavilion or arrange for a tent rental company to set up enough covered space to accommodate your guests and activities. In most locations it is a good idea to have wedding event tents with sidewalls. White tents with elegant French or cathedral window sidewalls are perfect for outdoor wedding events. There’s not typically any special outdoor wedding dresses available for brides or bridesmaids so you’ll have to protect the ones you have the best you can. Arrange to have plenty of extra umbrellas at the ready for the wedding party and guests who are not prepared for the rain. It also doesn’t hurt to have some rain coats and towels in the trunk of a few cars for your guests. While planning your wedding check out where your wedding ceremony or reception are being help to see what overhead cover there is for arriving vehicles and guests. If you’ve included a decorated wedding arbor in your plans, live plants and flowers will usually be okay with the rain showers. Artificial plants will also survive the moisture but avoid using paper or tissue paper materials in wedding decorations. It is better to use formed ribbon designs and other artificial material that can withstand moisture and wind better than thin paper products in any wedding decorations. When the weather cooperates there is no place better to enjoy your wedding day than outdoors. If mother nature throws a little rain or extra heat into the mix, you’ll just smile knowing you did your best to prepare and go on to enjoy your big day. Make sure to let your guests know in the wedding invitation that your ceremony and/or reception will be held outdoors and to wear appropriate attire. Especially if it is going to be a wedding at the beach. Wedding disasters to avoid Disaster Scenario: It’s...
There are several different types of garden structures to pick from – arbors, arches, pergolas, gazebos, and trellises. There is some difference but the distinctions between the structure types is often blurred. Pergolas and gazebos are generally larger structures and trellises are typically flat and require attachment to another structure. Your choices are many with several classic styles and various modern designs available. And an unlimited number of custom designs are an option too for the wedding planner who likes total control over all the wedding details. The arbor is often formed with a curved arch at the top but flat or slightly curved tops are also common. Some arbors come with planters built into the base to hold potted plants for temporary installations such as outdoor weddings but can then be used to hold seasonal flowers in permanent settings. If you are planning on reusing the arbor in your garden permanently you can always add on planters afterwards. Your vines or shrubs may be happier with their roots in the ground depending on your climate and watering habits. There is a wide range of standard sizes to choose from and custom structures can be built to any size. A common size is approximately 4 ft wide x 2 ft deep x 8 ft high – perfect for your wedding or as an entry to a garden path. You have choice of materials – woods, metals, or plastics. The wooden variations can be made of cedar, redwood, or pressure treated pine. Lower cost untreated wood is an option if the arbor will be used indoors only. The options for metal frameworks includes steel, iron, and copper. In the man-made material category, plastics such as vinyl, PVC, and a blend of PVC and wood are available. The type of finish available will depend on the material used to build the structure. Latex or oil based paints can be applied to wooden or metal frameworks. Clear coatings or stains are also good for wooden arbors and come in many different tints. You can match the paint or stains to the building or other landscape features. This is often done if the wedding arbor is destined to be used in the home garden after the outdoor wedding reception. Iron arbors are painted or powder coated to deter rust. White is the most common color of wedding arches, arbors, gazebos, and other backdrops. Green paint, stain, or coating is more likely to be used for structures destined to be used as permanent garden focal points. Natural finishes are best for cedar, redwood, and copper materials. All three will weather to attractive, warm colors, with the greenish patina of copper being especially beautiful and timeless. The newer vinyl or weather-resistant PVC materials and combination recycled materials have the pigment built right in. This makes them a good low maintenance option and popular choice for many outdoor wedding planners. A wide range of arbors are available as easy-to-assemble kits. In just an hour or two with a few tools such as a cordless drill, hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, and level anyone can build a beautiful garden arbor. Many come prefinished and some like the vinyl are very low maintenance. So you can see that you have a number of choices when planning you wedding site...
Your wedding day is one of the happiest and most important days of your life. How would you like to keep those wonderful memories alive at home every day of the year? Well of course a framed wedding picture capturing the moment of smiling bride and groom standing under their wedding arbor is one way to do it. But here is an even better idea. Plan to keep your wedding arbor and take it home. Years after all the wedding reception meals have been digested, the table centerpieces have wilted, and the wedding music has faded, a well constructed wedding arbor can live on in your life for many, many years, right in your backyard landscape. An arbor can be used in many decorative ways and can easily be adapted from a elegant wedding setting into a beautiful landscape focal point. Your repurposed wedding feature will grow and age into a lovely garden friend. Wooden arbors are the most common material and vinyl material also gaining popularity for their ease of maintenance. Metal options include painted iron, finished steel, or natural copper models. The copper frames age beautifully and add grace to the garden. Often thought of as only being white, wedding arbors come in other colors as well. And no matter what color or style you choose for the wedding, it can be repainted if necessary in the future to fit right into your home landscape theme. The metal and wood types are best candidates for repainting. Repainting vinyl is not as easy and generally not recommended. What to do with your decorated wedding arbor after the wedding reception: Arrange for someone to deliver your treasure from the wedding reception location to your home or other temporary place after the last official wedding day use of the arbor. Once you return from your honeymoon and get settled into your new life of bliss, you’ll have plenty of time to rework it into a backyard garden feature that you envisioned. You already gave some thought about how you were going to use it while planning your wedding and selecting the design options. Once your "new" garden arbor is home, you have great opportunity to test it out in the yard. You may want to try different locations or orientations to find just the right place. After all, you will be looking at and enjoying this wedding souvenir for many years to come. When the arbor is set in place and the plants grow on, around, or through its slats it will be more difficult to move than it is right now. So take a few different looks at it. Once the best location is picked out for your new garden arbor it will be time to secure it in place and add the other landscape materials and plantings to your new landscape feature. That’s a subject for another day. When you include a wedding arbor in your planning checklist for your outdoor wedding decoration, you not only beautify your wedding day, but also start planning for the home life that follows. The Art and Grace of a Garden Arbor Garden arbors come in many shapes and sizes, with designs as traditional or offbeat as their owners. Plants are encouraged to climb on the latticework. Garden Gates and Arbors...
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