Looking for a frugal way to build your own wedding arch? You’re at the right place.
Beau and I planned our small wedding at a local resort’s restaurant. The room was definitely lacking a “wedding atmosphere” but the price was right and I knew we could turn it into a beautiful room.
We started with an arch. The windows looked out onto a parking lot, so of course we needed some camouflage. And arches are just so pretty anyway. But then I began pricing them. Oh, dear me! They wanted a fortune for arches that had horrible reviews and just looked cheap. And then what would I do with it afterwards? I’m not a fan of buying things for one-time use. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Read my full disclosure policy here for more details. As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Yet again, Beau to the rescue!
First, he grabbed inexpensive pvc and whipped up one for me in no time at all.
Seriously, this stuff was cheap! I added some tulle. Hmmmmm, although I planned to add flowers, something was still missing. After much thought, I finally decided to add some lights and what a great idea that was! It really was the finishing touch. These are the ones I used. They were inexpensive and they worked like a charm. It gave just the right, dreamy look I was after.
Next, we used zip-ties to attach the lights to the pvc arch Beau made.
A bit overkill perhaps, but we had to transport it from our home to the venue. I wanted as much done ahead of time as possible! Then, we attached the tulle using safety pins. That way it was super easy to take down and reuse the tulle. Another great reason to use pvc is that it’s lightweight, therefore easy to transport AND take down.
I think it all came together nicely. For much, much less than the cost of a premade arch. My granddaughter certainly seems to like it.
She ran through the sections and played with the lights and tulle all night long.
As for the leftover arch, we are reusing the pvc as supports to hang netting to fend off critters from Beau’s garden. I packed up the tulle for another project. And we plan to use the lights at Christmas.
So you see, a wedding really can be frugal and beautiful. If I can do it, so can you!
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