Rustic Wedding Ceremony Arch Plans

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For your country or rustic wedding, a wood ceremony arch is a must!  This is the frame for all your wedding ceremony photos, and creates a base for attaching florals.  

This is a super simple plan design that looks amazing and can be stained any color of your choice.  This plan is easy to customize too.

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Here's the perfect plans to build your own wedding ceremony arch!  This is traditional style arch, that features rustic cross bracing and since it is solid wood, can be stained any color.

You can use 1x6 and 2x6 to create a thicker look.

It can be disassembled and reused about 10 times before the screw holes will start to strip out.  

We love the idea of using the wood for a bench or other project as a permanent fixture in the home, after the ceremony.  It would make a great end of bed bench!

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Rustic Wedding Ceremony Arch Plans

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Dimensions shown in plan


Shopping List
  • 4 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
  • 2-1/2" self tapping wood screws (about 20, SPAX or similar brand)
  • 1-3/4" self tapping wood screws (about 10, SPAX or similar brand)
Cut List
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 84"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 32"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 20-1/4" - long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 92"
  • 2 - 2x4 @ 24-1/2" - long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, ends not parallel
Cutting Instructions

The best way to make the cuts is with a miter saw.  It is the fastest, easiest, most precise and safest method.  You can use a circular saw or jigsaw and a speed square as an alternative.

Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Miter Saw


Step 1

Attach the legs to the base wit 2-1/2" screws.

Step 2

Attach the cross bracing to the base of the legs as shown.

Step 3

Mark the overhangs on the 1x4 and attach to the bases with the 1-3/4" screws.


Step 4

Attach the cross bracing as shown, using the 1-3/4" screws at the top.  A mending plate or pocket holes can be uses to fasten at the base.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Sand with 120 grit sandpaper.
Finish Used
Recommended finish for a rustic look is either a wood stain applied with a foam applicator brush or an aged wood accelerator.
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