Though outdoor weddings provide natural sunlight, flowers, and landscapes for attendees, sometimes they require additional personalization or flair. One of the prettiest, and sometimes easiest, ways to do this is to create or enhance a preexisting altar area for the ceremony. There are endless ways to do so, but it can be tricky when you have to consider the elements, the landscape, and the style of the wedding.
If no altar structure exists, there are many ways to create an arch. One of the simplest and most elegant is a basic wood or pipe structure draped in fabric. You can make the fabric a color to match the theme, or can stick with white and decorate it further. This example shows flowers, but you could use twine, ribbon, or even strands of lights to accompany the fabric drapery. This is a great DIY project, and, because it’s portable, can be placed anywhere with ease.
Many outdoor wedding venues have gazebos or canopies available for ceremonies, some pre-decorated and others not. If you want to spice up or change an already existing structure, there are many ways to do so. Adding fabric, like in this photo, is a simple way to add your own flair, and enhance surrounding flowers and plants. There is always the option to use the structure as is, as well, leaving the options open to add more flowers or plants as needed.
Another option to enhance the ceremony space would be a simple, hand-made altar. Similarly to bringing your own canopy overhang, this is a great DIY project that can be portable or made more permanent. The great thing about this option is that, even though it is a simple trellis, the personalization options are endless. You can keep it like this image, plain, and elegant wood, that accompanies nature, or you could add fabric or plants, just as with the other options. This ceremony space is made even more unique by the fact that it has a built in, step up platform for the couple or wedding participants to stand on. This wood structure makes for a great center of focus, while also having an overhang included.
One of the more unique overhangs is one made completely out of items from nature. The twine combined with plants looks effortlessly natural, and can further emphasize an outdoor setting. Trellises like this blend into the outdoors while also creating a ceremony space separate from the land. This example can be used no matte the theme or vibe of the wedding, since it is a natural look and doesn’t look man-made. You can also personalize this by adding your own colored flowers or lights to match the theme. This option for an altar also gives options, as you can buy supplies to make it, or you can take sticks, twigs, flowers, and leaves right from nature to create it.
Creating outdoor ceremony spaces allows for creativity, and the options are endless. Whether you want a traditional trellis, or a more outdoor twine overhang, getting married outside doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a real ceremony space.