rusticbride
Master May 2014

Anyone else ditching the alter/arch?

rusticbride, on December 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Posted in Style and Décor 33

This is my venue. I keep going back and forth. I want to get married/have the setting be just like this on the front lawn. Will it look weird without an alter of any kind? I just think the house is a really beautiful background for pictures. Anyone go alter less? Were you happy with that? Do you...

This is my venue. I keep going back and forth. I want to get married/have the setting be just like this on the front lawn. Will it look weird without an alter of any kind? I just think the house is a really beautiful background for pictures. Anyone go alter less? Were you happy with that? Do you have pics to share? Just curious.

ETA: My venue has multiple ceremony options. The option pictured is one is NOT used as often, so I can't find any pictures (other than this) that help me see if a alter is needed, not needed, how it looks, etc. :/ That's what I get for trying to be a little trend setter Smiley winking


33 Comments

  • TooManyMistys
    Master June 2014
    TooManyMistys ·
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    I don't plan to Smiley smile

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  • May
    VIP October 2013
    May ·
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    I think it'll look great without an arch. We had one, but there wasn't much to look at behind us, so the arch made a focal point. My brother didn't have an arch because they had a gorgeous fountain behind them.

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  • ItsGoodToBeKing
    Master February 2014
    ItsGoodToBeKing ·
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    Those look like really large nice trees, could you just get married under one of them?

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  • Helen
    Expert April 2014
    Helen ·
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    We're not having one, our ceremony is outside and our venue has a fountain we're getting married in front of and we think the arch would take away from it.

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  • rusticbride
    Master May 2014
    rusticbride ·
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    @AlmostMrsKing, well, we *could*. It's just if we turned the chairs around, the guests would be facing a subdivision/back of homes. Believe it or not, this house picture is in the middle of a bunch of homes. I'd rather the guests face the house instead. It's just prettier! LOL. This picture doesn't do it justice. They really need to update their website with better pictures. When I looked at this venue online originally, I HATED it. It wasn't until I saw it in person in April 2013 that I FELL in love with it!

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  • Mrs. A & J
    Master December 2014
    Mrs. A & J ·
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    We aren't having one, either. The only thing that sets us apart is the step up. I think the setting is beautiful enough! I'm adding small trees to either side, though.

    You could maybe add decorated trees/candles, something, on the side of you both to give yourselves a framing of sorts?



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  • Kesslertobe1018
    Super October 2014
    Kesslertobe1018 ·
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    @rusticbride- I don't think we will be doing a unity candle or sand either. Fh hasn't said anything about doing one so its really up to me lol but anyways I think with your venue, not having an arch/alter would be fine. The outside is beautiful.

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  • Abby
    VIP November 2013
    Abby ·
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    I like the way it looks without one. I think it would be fine either way!

    I used a chuppah, not because I felt our space needed anything, but because it is Jewish tradition.

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  • GettingHitched
    Super November 2013
    GettingHitched ·
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    We got married in an old mansion in one of the rooms. The room was a dark wood room with a small spiral staircase that came into the room from upstairs. We had no arch or alter. We set up chairs on either side with an aisle down the middle. We had no podium or anything..just walked down the aisle. Behind the officiant was a fireplace.

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  • M
    Master May 2014
    MizizAngi ·
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    So nice to hear people who aren't having an arch. I'm having a super short beach ceremony and I just think the extra time to set one up is unnecessary.

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  • 2d Bride
    Champion October 2009
    2d Bride ·
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    Like Abby, we used a chuppah because it is a Jewish tradition. But I don't think that space needs one, and if you don't want one, you'll be fine without it.

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  • rusticbride
    Master May 2014
    rusticbride ·
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    I love everyone's input. I don't feel so alone! Sometimes they just aren't conducive to the venue. I feel like we'll just let the scenery do the talking Smiley smile

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  • Jae
    Master June 2014
    Jae ·
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    This is where my ceremony will be. We loved it because of the view, and we didn't want to block any of it with an arch so we're leaving it as is and just decorating the aisle with some flowers on the chairs. I don't think you necessarily need the arch if you like your background setting.


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