When we think of wedding ceremonies, we picture the flowy bridal gown, rows of our seated loved ones, bridesmaids holding darling bouquets, and the partner to your happily ever after beaming at you. The one element to tie the whole image together is a beautiful ceremony altar. While it may stand at the end of the aisle, the altar represents the beginning of your new journey with the one you love most. Just as each love story is different for every couple, so is each altar. Ceremony altars can be made out of almost any material, from wood and flowers to bricks and chandeliers. Oftentimes, altars are created symbolically with special meaning to the couple. Others are just beautiful visual expressions of the couple’s love for one another.
There’s a few main trends for ceremony altars that we really adore. Little pillars with florals on top make for a sweet altar without obstructing anyone’s view of the couple. Simple wooden altars with a floral spread on the top left corner are also a huge hit. They’re not as flashy as a tall altar with sweeping linens in your wedding colors, but they’re perfect for a more modern rustic wedding where sweet simplicity is key. Rounded arches with draped florals make for a romantic altar reminiscent of fairy tales and storybook moments. A unique trend that is popular for rustic and woodland wedding is stringing up unsculpted tree branches to create a very rugged effect. These can be accented by florals and simple linens. Some altars are more unorthodox than others – we’ve spotted glass-paneled altars and shrubbery/floral backdrops like the one from Kim Kardashian’s latest wedding.