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  • Writer's pictureBeth Boelter

12 Ways To Create A Beautiful Ceremony Focal Point!

Creating your ceremony focal point, your backdrop, will be one of your biggest decorating decisions! We're sharing a few tips and examples for inspiration.

mantel backdrop with lush greenery is an inviting alternative to arbors
Kayla Dutcher Photography, Designs by Janet Floral

Arches or arbor backdrops have long been an essential when it comes to completing a ceremony focal point, as they also anchor the aisle where you will capture everyone's attention with your first steps into your new adventure. As all eyes are on the beautiful couple celebrating their vows, the backdrop becomes part of the whole beautiful scene.

Maybe the backdrop is the ocean, a forest of pine trees, a luxurious floral wall, or maybe it's a custom-build of copper, a pair of vintage architectural pillars and pediments, a mantel, or a triangle wooden or copper arch. Maybe you love the newest trend using a pair of free-standing floral arrangements! Whatever you choose, we love to see that vision carried through to the tabletop design, and throughout your event!

The key element to incorporating the backdrop you love is making sure that the venue you choose works with your vision. Your venue choice is probably your most important first step in the design of your wedding day! We're sharing a few inspirational photos to consider as you start your wedding planning, and the vision for your ceremony. Whether elaborate, or simple, your backdrop is the anchor to the spot you'll recite your vows, where photos with family and friends will be taken, and memories captured!

For an industrial or modern setting, a circle arch is a simple and timeless way to bring all eyes to the couple, without distracting from the overall focus on the couple.

Wedding Ceremony Circle Arch, with industrial lighting creates the perfect modern touch for your wedding
Photo: Sarah McLimore Photo Floral: Thrive Floral Design

If your venue has an industrial vibe, we suggest our Copper Wall; a stunning, 8' x 8' wall of vintage-inspired copper tiles. The dark and moody aesthetic often found in a vintage industrial space works perfectly with the Copper Wall. This piece may have a string of cafe lights added to it, or lighted signage, while you use it as a candid photo backdrop after the ceremony. We love to repurpose and reuse our pieces in different locations, once the ceremony is completed.

Copper Wall backdrop creates a one of a kind photo wall
Photo: Kim Ayars Photography

For a garden-inspired wedding, we love our 7 ft. vintage fluted pillars, which add a vintage touch to any decor. Wrapping the pillars with Smilax greenery, and accenting them with roses is such a unique and one-of-a-kind way to incorporate true vintage finds into your wedding decor. If you love the look of a garden overflowing with vintage finds and flowers, these architectural pieces may just be what you're looking for.

Vintage 7ft. pillars create a stunning ceremony backdrop, accented with roses and smilax
Photo: Mary Rose Photography Floral: Branching Out Chicago

Our collection of garden-inspired pieces range from cement urns, vintage cast iron urns, mantels, vintage doors, and more. We love to create a romantic memory that captures the essence of your wedding vision.

Our Iron French Fleur Di Lis Arbor is 9 ft. tall at it's highest point, and a beautiful vision for a vintage-inspired garden or beach wedding. Wrapped in greens or draping, and accented with florals, it's the perfect processional entrance point. But, it's also a great backdrop for your ceremony site, as well. Solidly anchored in the ground, it's meant for outdoor use, only.

Photo: Alexandra Lee Photography, Floral: Limani Designs Floral

Our Copper Arbor stands 7.5' high, and is 5' wide, allowing you to stand inside, or in front of the arbor during your vows! This piece can be easily moved to be a focal point behind your sweetheart table during dining, or be left where it is, for family and friends photos throughout the night! Draped in Smilax greenery, and flowers that compliment your wedding decor, it's a beautiful addition to your wedding day.

Copper Arbor draped in fabric and floral swags creates the perfect backdrop for J and J's wedding.
Photo: The Still Life Photography Floral: Designs By Janet

Inspired by the Boho look? We have some great options! For a totally different design option, we love to incorporate our Macrame hanging, and accent the Copper Arbor with florals, palm leaves, and pampas grass, to complete the Boho design. This is just one more unique way to use the Copper Arbor!

Boho elements of peacock chair and macrame hanging accent copper arbor for moody styled wedding set
Photo: Cailynn Wolfgang Photo. Floral: Luci Floral Design

Our Vintage Mantel is a great way to provide a structure that can easily be used outdoors or indoors. Mantels are one of my favorite backdrops to incorporate in weddings and special events! Whether you use Smilax greenery climbing the wall behind the mantel, incorporate a floral display across the top of the mantel, use books and brass candleholders with a few floral compotes, or something entirely unique to your vision, a mantel is a beautiful prop to style around!

Our bride poses in front of a simple mantel accented with Smilax greenery and florals.
Photography: Kayla Dutcher Photography. Floral: Designs by Janet

Creating a beautiful backdrop focal point is essential to a cohesive design. Whether you're using the beauty of nature, something with vintage character, or a custom created structure, the way you style this focal point into your event is such a fun and creative way to add color, greenery, texture, architecture, and drama to your ceremony site!

For a 2021 NYE wedding, we used our square topped columns, accented with 3 ft. silver four-arm candleabras, filled with baby's breath and taper candles! They were just the perfect backdrop for this beautiful wedding at Wildman BT, in Chicago.

bride and groom surrounded by vintage columns and stately 4 arm silver candleabra
Photography: Emma Belen Photography

Ground Floral Designs - One of the newest trends for backdrops are grounded floral arches. Whether circular, or asymetrical, they create beauty, while leaving the structure behind. Here are a few examples of this type of backdrop! We love this new trend!

The bride and her bridesmaids pose in front of a grounded floral and greenery backdrop!
Photography: Rachael Kazmier Photography Floral: Michaela Mantarian

ground floral installation brings a new trend to life with florals seemingly growing from the ground
Photography: Rachael Kazmier Floral: Michaela Mantarian Venue: Providence Vineyard

Another beautiful version of the ground floral design is our couple's ceremony held in the pines, with a ground floral arch!

Wedding in the pines with a rug as the anchor to a floral spray surrounding the couple
Photography: Julia Maruyama Floral: Gatherings By Lisa Enoch

Rug Aisles - Another beautiful option is using rugs for your ceremony aisle, including key decor pieces along the aisle. We used our vintage wine demijohns, surrounded with pillar candles down the aisle, and Florist and Hound created these lovely ground floral installations at this Providence Vineyard event

Photography: Rachael Kazmier Photography - Floral: Florist & Hound Design Venue: Providence Vineyard

Bringing it back to the mantel! A mantel decorated with books, flowers, and candles is always inspiring for an intimate event! That cozy, warm vibe of a fireplace is always welcoming!

Mantel backdrop presents a unique way to add a personal touch to your event, including books, floral, and candlelight!
Photography: Ashlee Cole Photography. Floral: Limani Designs Floral. Design: Limani Designs

We love to offer creative ideas from our collection to help make your backdrop, your focal point, unique and memorable! Not only do we house a vast showroom filled with one of a kind vintage and modern decor inventory, but the best part of owning such a collection is the enjoyment we get in creating something unique and different for each event we get to participate in. We hope you'll allow us that opportunity!

Showroom visits are by appointment only! You may email us at elementspreserved@gmail, or on our Contact page on our website. We always suggest sending your Pinterest inspiration, along with the date of your event, the location, the beginning and ending time, and any specific items you're looking to include. Once we've seen your inspiration, we're happy to schedule a tour.



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