We loved sharing some spring inspiration from Sarah Winward and Rylee Hitchner yesterday, and we’re really excited to show you how to recreate that gorgeous, lush lilac arch today! Keep reading for the full tutorial below.


diy-lilac-archBuilding an arch for a wedding is a job that most people leave to professionals. It is one of the bigger jobs, and there are lots of variables and risks associated with it. You want your arch to be sturdy, no uneven ground or gusts of wind can be allowed to affect its stability. There are endless possibilities for types and shapes of arch structures, but this is one that can easily be recreated by an adventurous DIYer.


1. An arch base: Start with an arch base that can be mounted into the ground. This could be a small or large structure, just make sure it is balanced and can be anchored into the ground easily. These can be purchased at lots of garden or home improvement stores.

2. Some small, watertight vases or buckets that can be wired to the arch to hold the bulk of your flowers.

3. Wire

4. Water tubes

5. Flowers & greenery to fill the arch with


1. Start by anchoring your arch into the ground.

2. Wire your vases or small buckets to the arch. Make sure they are right side up and can hold water. I used six on this arch, use as many as you think you need to make it look full. (The number here will also depend on the length of your branches.)

3. Start filling the buckets with greenery. Make sure the stem is in the water, and then arrange the greenery so that it frames the arch and covers you base. Wire the ends of it back of the arch if they need to be held secure.

5. The great thing about this arch is that you don’t need to water tube EVERYTHING that you are putting on the arch! But, if you feel like you need to have some flowers running horizontally, or in a place where they wont reach a bucket, water tube them, and then wire them in.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner | Floral Design: Sarah Winward (Honey of a Thousand Flowers) | Model: Elyse Wynn


Comments (3)

Wedding Venue TX | Reply

wow nice guide for my favorite flower, they are just so lovely and mesmerizing

Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} | Reply

I really like that this is an easy DIY that is even easier to maintain. The lilac colors would compliment any bride, beautiful!

Jessica | Reply

Lilac wilts if you look at it crooked…worse than hydrangea! Don’t believe me? Try it.

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