6 Ideas for your Industrial Wedding Arch

Exposed brick, iron pipes, and cement floors may not exactly scream "wedding", but add in a few striking décor elements and you've got yourself a fashion-forward industrial chic affair!

A floating industrial-chic wedding ceremony arch installation at UNION/PINE in Portland, OR.

UNION/PINE | Phil Chester Photography


One element that will take your industrial venue from drab to fab? A killer wedding ceremony arch.

It not only frames your vows and creates a lovely focal point for your ceremony, but it also acts as your backdrop for photos!

Yes, having a knockout wedding arch in an industrial setting is kind of a big deal. So we've put together 6 ideas—and lots of photos—to help inspire yours.


Lighting

Let's be real: warehouses and lofts can be dark! These types of venues are typically raw spaces in need of some tender loving care, so why not illuminate your ceremony with a warm glow? Exposed lighting featuring vintage Edison bulbs, French-inspired bistro lights, or clustered globe lights are a perfect addition to your arch.

Edison lights hang overhead on this industrial wedding ceremony installation.

Boho Chic Weddings | The Arches at Dean Clough

Hanging bistro lights as an industrial-chic wedding ceremony backdrop at The Green Building in New York.

The Green Building | Quyn Duong

A moody industrial wedding ceremony structure with greenery and hanging globe lights.

Stevie Jay Photography | Emily K Weddings | Typical Type


Fabric & Drapery

Swathes of draped fabric—especially gauzy material—add an ethereal touch to an industrial venue. Consider hanging translucent chiffon from the ceiling to the floor for a simple, yet elegant, backcloth. Fabric can also be hung over brick, pipes, or wooden beams to soften up the look of a raw space.

Summerour Studio | Rustic White Photography | A Flawless Event

An elegant crystal chandelier and white draping as the ceremony backdrop of an industrial-chic wedding.

Casto Photography and Cinema

A fireplace, candles, and chandelier illuminate an industrial wedding at The Century in Modesto, CA.

The Century


Florals & Greenery

Greenery is trending and we're huge fans. By putting all of the greenery and florals on your ceremony arch—and we mean ALL of it—you liven the space up with color and nature, creating a beautiful visual contrast with your venue's industrial interior.

An industrial wedding ceremony arch covered in greenery, hydrangea, and protea.

Arianna Harry Photography | Fir Floral Design

An octagonal industrial wedding arch covered in greenery and flowers.

Maggie Bradshaw Photo | Cajun Cafe | Sara Lasher Weddings | Grandma's Garden | Old New Borrowed Blue Rental

Industrial wedding ceremony with ladders and wildflower arrangements.

Nichols Photographers | Bird Dog Wedding

Wood

Expertly carpentered wooden shapes against raw wedding spaces are a match made in industrial-chic heaven. Get creative by exploring modern, minimalist designs that incorporate different shapes, textures, and even words or monograms. Ever dream of getting married in front of a giant wooden triangle? We bet you will now!

Giant wooden triangle as a modern industrial wedding ceremony backdrop.

Lukas Korynta Photography

Laser-cut wooden You + Me letters for an industrial-chic wedding ceremony

Katie Harmsworth Photography

Industrial wedding ceremony with a wooden teepee and vintage rug.

Lauren Nicole Photography | Bash + Co Events | Brake & Clutch Warehouse | Coral Lane


Metal

You may be thinking "Why would I want more metal in my already metal-centric venue?!" Because rich materials and textures play a huge part in what makes this wedding trend so fashionable. Try out copper or rose gold, or get crazy with electric hues like metallic blue and hot pink.

An intricate pink-purple wedding ceremony structure at Terra Gallery, San Francisco CA.

Terra Gallery & Event Venue | Sylvie Gil Photography

A simple triangular metal wedding ceremony arch.

One Eleven East | Geoff Duncan Photography

An industrial wedding ceremony arch made with copper pipes and adorned with pampas grass.

Lindsey Zamora | Coral Lane Specialty Event Rentals


Paint & Graffiti

For a splash of color, opt for a brightly painted backdrop—or say your vows in front of a vibrant mural. The "graffiti" feel fits perfectly in an urban setting, and what better way to take advantage of the "blank canvas" of your venue than with actual paint?

An industrial wedding ceremony backdrop with colorful splashes of paint.

Nikole Ramsay | Dress My Wedding

Bride and her maids pose in front of a colorful mural.

Island Riviera Brunch | La Vie Studios | The Bridal Project | Uniique Image | Lia Terni

Newlyweds say vows in front of a hand-painted wedding mural at Lacuna Events by LM in Chicago.

Lacuna Events by LM | Brad and Jen | Jennifer Martinez



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