Between exchanging your vows, putting on your rings, and sharing that first kiss as a married couple, the ceremony is the most important (and most photographed) part of your big day. Of course, you want a beautiful wedding backdrop for such an important occasion!
That’s where your wedding altar comes in, and your options here are truly endless—from flower-filled wedding arches and modern chuppahs to even a simple display of candles and a blanket. “Within the overall wedding design, you have a few choice moments that will make a tremendous impact,” says Lindsey Boyce, owner of Host and Haven. “I think the ceremony, and specifically the altar, is one of those moments.”
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Lindsey Boyce is the owner of Host and Haven, a full-service event and home design firm based in South Carolina.
This one décor element will set the scene for the whole ceremony and define the entire wedding’s design theme. “It’s important to take all of the design elements into consideration and make sure you’re looking at the whole scope when choosing your altar,” says Boyce.
Everything from romantic rose-covered altars to natural tree-inspired designs have been used as altars by real couples at a variety of gorgeous venues. It’s all about finding the ideal fit for you and your partner and the way your altar will tie in with the overall look and feel of your wedding.
Ready for some major inspiration? Here are 60 of our favorite wedding altar ideas to get you started on designing your own.