Wedding Ceremony Altar Alternatives

Put a twist on the traditional ceremony with one of these genius altar ideas.
  1. Surfboards

    This quirky beach couple took a cue from their casual surroundings and planted surfboards in the sand, stringing a single garland between them.

  2. Birch Trees

    Tall birch trees decorated with hanging blooms add a natural look and lots of drama to this all-white, modern space.

  3. Word Art

    This outdoor ceremony spot speaks volumes with a larger-than-life, cute cutout. Hung between trees, it creates focus both visually and thematically. The message does -- and says -- it all!

  4. False Walls

    For their outdoor wedding, this couple built an entire wall, complete with windows, to look like a chapel.

  5. Arbors

    You can set up an arbor just about anywhere, but we love how this super-lush one sits right in the middle of a winding path.

  6. Airplanes

    If you're saying your vows in an airplane hangar, there's no better focal point than this.

  7. Pinwheels

    This arch is a festive combination of paper flowers, kites and pinwheels. It’s a super-fun photo op that sets a fun tone.

  8. Photo by Dawn Sparks

    Fabric Panels

    To define a large space with high ceilings, panels of fabric are hung from the balcony above to define space and block a not-so-picture-perfect view behind.

  9. Photo by Luna Photo


    Giant trees are a natural focal point, so use them! Hang paper pom-poms and drape fabric from the branches for a whimsical look.

  10. Photo by The Wiebners


    Create a freestanding outdoor "room" with a view for your vows. Paint a punchy piece of furniture or build a window wall for a backdrop that can't be beat.