Dewan Demmer
Dewan Demmer

Your wedding ceremony will be one of the most magical parts of your wedding day, so you want everything from your vows to your decor to be on point. So far as decorations are concerned, the focal point should be your wedding altar (obvi!), so that’s where you should be focusing your efforts. From hanging flowers to signage, we’ve put together a list of altar inspo that should help get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s how to personalize your wedding altar.

Flowers
Give your wedding altar a little bit of extra oomph by adding some flowers and greenery to your display. If you’re looking to cut costs you can skip the real blooms and DIY some out of tissue paper and felt or purchase faux versions at your local craft store.

Hilton Hall
Hilton Hall

Signage
If you love the written word, why not embellish your wedding altar with some signage. This is a great way to show off your wedding monogram, your favourite lyrics or a line from your favourite book or poem. You can do it with bunting, a banner, or, if you love a more modern look, gobo or marquee lights.

Swallows Nest Barn
Swallows Nest Barn

Linens
Make your space look extra dreamy and romantic by adding a few linens to your wedding altar. If you’re going for a rustic-chic vibe, fabrics like hessian and lace work best. Alternatively, if you’re in the market for something a bit more luxurious, velvet, silk or an embroidered textile may be more suitable.

I Do Devoted Dreams
I Do Devoted Dreams

On-theme items
Really want your wedding altar to match your wedding theme? Think about working in some trinkets and treasures that fit with the style of your big day. For example, if you’re throwing your wedding in the countryside, follow this happy couple’s lead and include goodies like boots, mason jars and crates in your display.

Herons Park
Herons Park

Archway
One of the most tried and true ways to pretty up a wedding altar is to add an archway. These can be made out of almost any material and can be taken to the next level with flowers, linens, greenery, bunting, banners and more.

Briar Rose Design
Briar Rose Design

Windows and doors
Sometimes you don’t need to add any bells and whistles to make your wedding altar shine. Find a picture perfect spot in your wedding ceremony venue, perhaps in front of a bright window, doorway, mirror or extravagant piece of art, and say your vows there. Bonus: this will save you money on wedding decor, so it’s an awesome option for couples who are on a strict budget.

The Cadogan Flower Company
The Cadogan Flower Company

Flower wall
Kim and Kanye had an absolutely stunning wedding altar set up in front of a flower wall and we totally encourage you to follow their lead. Similar to the hanging flowers, they don’t have to be real blooms to pack a punch visually.

Gabriel Adrián Photographer
Gabriel Adrián Photographer

Find more wedding altar decor ideas in our Real Weddings section. »

Photo editing by Monica Lorraine.