How to Make Wedding Arches Made of Wood

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How to Make Wedding Arches Made of Wood
A flower-covered arbor adds a focal point to your ceremony. (Wedding 2 image by Joelyn Pullano from

What is lovelier than a wooden archway covered in flowers on your wedding day? Appropriate for a spring, summer or fall wedding, this sturdy arch can be constructed weeks in advance and provides a focal point at your ceremony or reception.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • posthole digger
  • circular saw
  • drill
  • 3" galvanised deck screws
  • 2---4x4 posts
  • 2x4 boards
  • 1x6 boards
  • 2x2 boards
  • gravel
  • quick-drying cement (Reference 1)

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  1. 1

    Choose the site for your arch. Decide how wide you would like the arch to be, and mark off the post placement. Using the digger, dig holes to a 30" depth and 12" width. (See Reference 1)

  2. 2

    Place a few inches of gravel in the bottom of the holes. Place the posts in the holes, making sure that they are level. Attach the 2x4 bracing to keep the posts upright. After mixing, pour the quick-drying cement into the post holes and let dry for 24 hours. (See Reference 1)

  3. 3

    Cut two 1x6 boards a little bit longer than the arch opening. Using the galvanised deck screws, attach one board at the top of the post, horizontally, thus creating the arch. Attach the other board on the other side of the posts. (See Reference 1)

  4. 4

    If you wish, you may cut the 2x2 boards into even pieces and attach them across the 1x6 boards, creating a rafter effect. (See Reference 1)

  5. 5

    Paint and decorate the arch as you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't want the arch to be a permanent fixture, try constructing it out of a very lightweight wood instead. Don't use the cement and fill in the holes with pack dirt instead. Decorate the base with flowers.

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