How to Buy or DIY Marvelous Portable Arches for Your Wedding (A Complete Guide)

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Portable arches are a great choice for your wedding – practical, convenient, and beautiful. They’re also often far more cost-effective than their heavier counterparts, such as birch arches.  That’s what makes them so special, and an increasingly popular choice for many couples. Let’s take a quick dive into them and learn what options you have when it comes to buying, renting, or even making your own.

How to Buy or DIY Marvelous Portable Arches for Your Wedding (A Complete Guide)

Let’s start by going over exactly what makes an arch portable! Then, we’ll dig into some great places to buy one already made or DIY your own with basic materials. While you can leave your arch bare for a stunning minimalist effect, we’ll also talk decoration tips for those who want something a little fancier. Let’s get going, shall we?

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What are portable arches?

Portable arches are exactly what they sound like- arches which can be easily moved. This means that they are either super easy to dismantle or are made with lightweight material- or both- so they can be carried away quickly and seamlessly. Some even fold down for easy storage.

If you love the idea and look of a wedding arch but don’t really have the space to store a heavy-duty one after your wedding, they may just be the right choice for you. Let’s take a look at your options for obtaining the arch itself before we move onto decorating tips.

Buying a portable wedding arch

The easiest, but perhaps not the most cost-effective is to buy the arch out-right. You can find these pretty easily on sites like Etsy and Amazon. Here are some of our favorites.

Lightweight Metal Wedding Arch

portable lightweight wedding arch

This super lightweight wedding arch can easily be moved anywhere and everywhere. It’s also extremely big considering the lightweight, which makes it perfect for those statement arches.

They also claim that this arch is easy to assemble, again adding to its portability.

Metal Pergola Arbor,Wedding Arch 7.5 Feet Wide x 6.4 Feet High or 4.6 Feet Wide x 7.9 Feet High,Assemble Freely 2 Sizes,Lightweight Garden Bridal Party Decoration White Arbor
  • [Assemble Freely]:You can easily assemble a wide arch(7.5 Feet Wide x 6.4 Feet High) or a high arch(4.6 Feet Wide x 7.9 Feet High) as you need.
  • [Lightweight & Easy to Assemble]:Pre-cut and pre-drilled holes;Instructions including illustration is provided.
  • [Good material]:Constructed of metal tubing and coated in weather-resistant epoxy

Geometric wedding arch

geometric wood portable arch for wedding

Another great lightweight wedding arch, which comes in a modern geometric shape. This arch is easy to assemble, yet won’t fall apart once you put it together.  It comes in three choices of wood stain.

7.2FT Wedding Arch, Heptagonal Wedding Arch, Wedding Arches for Ceremony, Wedding Arch Frame for Garden Wedding Party Indoor Outdoor
  • 【ELEGANT ARCH】Every plank of the arch is carefully crafted from high-quality wood, and the captivating heptagonal shape will never tire of you. The heptagonal wedding arch is more unique than a circle arch, and more elegant than a square arch or a hexagon one. It’s the perfect arch for a rustic wedding, a contemporary and elegant wedding, a vineyard wedding, garden wedding, boho vibe wedding and etc.
  • 【STABLE&STURDY】Compared to other products, we improved the product design and enhanced the stability of the wood arch. Widened and thickened the dimensions of each plank (2.9″ wide, 1.1″ thick).And we added two brackets and four ground hooks (for lawn), which made our wedding arch more stable and sturdy than others.
  • 【WHAT INCLUDE】You will receive 7 Wood Boards,2 Base Legs,2 iron bracket poles,4 ground hooks,1 bag of Parts, 1 installation Manual. Which means the package includes all hardware required for installation, and it’s easy to assemble.

Wedding Arch Stand with Bases

portable lightweight wedding arch

While this one is fairly basic (okay, very basic), it’ll look much better with a little decor. I’m including it because it’s definitely portable and it’s a great choice for those who don’t have a big budget.

Wedding Arch Stand with Bases,Easy Assembly 6.6 x 3.3 Feet Square Garden Arch Metal Abor for Weddings Quinceaneras Party Event Decoration(White)
  • [Easy Assembly & Disassembly]:Snap-in type,easy installation by snap locking the two ends together.No tools are required.You can finish it in a minute.
  • [Size & Weight]:6.6 x 3.3 Feet(HxW).7.33 pounds.The wedding arch needs some supports to keep more stable.
  • [With Bases]:The wedding arch with bases can stand easily.

Renting a portable arch

If you don’t want to buy one outright, you can also find portable arches for rent in your area.  Your best bet is to call around to party rental places. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, ask your florist for recommendations.  Ensure that you clarify that you need it to be portable/easily moved. This will allow you to use it many different locations, for many different reasons.

Amazon also has wedding arch rentals, but you’ll want to read the description closely. Some only deliver within a small radius, while others charge more than the cost of a brand-new arch just to ship their used one. That isn’t really their fault, shipping rates are expensive on larger items.

DIYing a portable wedding arch

If you want to build your very own portable arch, you will need to find the best materials for the job. This means selecting lightweight woods – like fir – or light metals such as copper or aluminium. The latter is likely the best option, as it is more reliable when moving around. Check out a few videos that I found super helpful!

This one uses copper, but you can also use aluminum if you prefer:

Another copper arch that costs under $40 to make and uses no tools:

Here’s an easy triangle wedding arch using 2×4 wood pieces:

This last one is so neat! It uses surrounding nature as the frame for your arch, so all you need is some fabric, wooden hoops, and flowers.

Decorating your portable arch

The one drawback to most portable arches is that they can’t really hold a lot of weight. So, you’ll have to keep that in mind as you decorate.

Silk Flowers

silk flowers for wedding arches

The best option when it comes to portable wedding arches is faux flowers. This allows you to move the arch around, with no issues or fallouts. Just remember to secure the flowers on securely with either glue or wrap around fabric, just to ensure.

Real flowers will likely fall off when knocked or handles too vigorously. Depending on your wedding style, the type of faux flowers you choose can easily be found online. I love these pretty roses, don’t you?

Luyue 2 Pack 15ft Artificial Rose Vine Flowers Garlands Decorations Floral Hanging Garden Craft Rose Ivy Plants for Wedding Arch Arrangement-Light Pink
  • Material:Flowers vines are made of silk fabric with plastic stem,easy to to be molded,bent cut as needed.
  • Details: Each garland holds 198 leaves and 33 flowers onside.
  • Package includes 2 pack artificial rose vine, each garland is 7.55ft(230cm/90.56inch)in length.

Lightweight blooms

Dried Flowers Dried Bouquet Preserved flowers DIY Home image 3

If you have your heart set on real flowers, Amazon has these neat DIY bloom kits for weddings. Many of them are light enough for a portable arch, as long as you don’t go too overboard.

48 Pieces of Hearts and Butterfly Handmade Wildflower Seeds Embedded Recycled Seed Paper Hearts and Butterflies – Gift Tags Seeded Paper Gift Cards Stationery & Gift Wrapping Supplies
  • SEED BLOOM BLOOM & GROW HEARTS SEED PAPER TAGS AND GIFT CARDS — 24 pieces of seeded paper cards in loveable heart shapes. Each card is embedded with pink larkspur petals and measures 2.85″ wide by 2.5″ tall. Though mostly used for romantic events, the heart is a shape associated with love, gratitude, and appreciation so it’s very useful for all occasions. A simple yet sweet way of expressing a never-ending love through plantable paper hearts is definitely unforgettable.
  • SEED BLOOM BLOOM & GROW BUTTERFLIES SEED PAPER TAGS AND GIFT CARDS — 24 pieces of seeded paper cards in beautiful butterfly shapes. Each card is embedded with purple larkspur petals and measures 3″ wide by 2.85″ tall. It signifies change, hope, life, courage, endurance, and renewal so it can be used for all occasions as well. A simple yet meaningful way of expressing support and love through handmade butterflies flower seed paper is absolutely memorable.
  • STATIONERY & GIFT SUPPLIES — Plantable seeded paper and all occasion cards assortment bundle for everything you need. Blank cards for card making, gift bags label, gender reveal and baby shower thank you cards, birthday wrapping paper tags, personalized anniversary card, wedding invitations, Valentine’s Day gift cards, Christmas stocking stuffer, school projects writing paper, scrapbooking, and a whole lot more of DIY arts and crafts.

Faux greenery

faux greenery for portable arches

Lastly, you will need some greenery to add to your wedding arch. This will allow the faux flowers to look a little more natural.

Again, these are all super lightweight and will make everything look more put together, without making the arch any less portable.

CEWOR 4pcs Artificial Succulents Hanging Plants Fake String of Pearls for Wall Home Garden Decor (24 Inches Each Length)
  • Package includes: 4 pieces artificial hanging string of pearls plant.
  • Each string is about 61 cm/24 Inch long. Each string has 5 branches, the length of different branches is different.
  • How to bring plant colors indoors? These artificial hanging string of pearls plants are the choice you can't miss! They are lush and require no maintenance, and they can maintain a bright green shape for a long time. Regardless of the watering time and whether it can be exposed, these artificial plants are very suitable for busy lives.

Fabric drapes

fabric drapes for wedding arches

Beautiful flowing gauzy material looks beautiful on its own or with flowers, so definitely consider including it in your arch design. You can find it in pretty much any color. The one pictured here, for example, comes in 7 combos, including plain white, blush and white, blue and white, and more. The picture shows Blush+ Dusty Rose + Mauve.

Ling's moment Wedding Arch Draping Fabric 3 Panels 30" x 20Ft Chiffon Fabric Drapery Wedding Ceremony Reception Swag Decorations(Dusty Rose +Mauve +Blush)
  • 100% Polyester. 100 % Wrinke-FREE. These drapery fabric panels are made of a unique fabric that has a sightly shimmer, they are silky soft and more graceful than tulle or nylon fabrics.
  • Package: pack of 3 panels, each panel is 30" wide 20ft long.
  • Reference: The arch in the images are 6.5 ft wide by 6.5 ft tall. The drapes can be used in many different depends on the look you want. It will also fit a wide range of arch size.

We found the video below super helpful when it came to decorating a wedding arch. It includes all the basics and makes DIY wedding arch decoration a breeze.

Portable arches are a popular choice for weddings because they're convenient and affordable. Check out our favorite ideas to buy or DIY one!

We hope this guide helps you with your wedding arch journey. Portable arches will always be a popular choice, courtesy of their convenience and adaptability. That’s true whether you buy one or DIY your own!

What are some of your favorite ideas for portable arches? Share below!

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