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How To: “Girls” Inspired Wedding Arch


Lena Dunham would be proud.

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

How To: Girls Inspired Wedding Arch | A Practical Wedding

Have we ever taken a time out on APW to talk about my household’s love for HBO’s show Girls? We lived in Brooklyn as young broke creatives in our twenties, and the show nails that experience with almost eerie precision—that’s what my apartments looked liked (though, worse), that’s what my bosses were like, that’s what my clothes were like (not intentionally terrible, I was just so broke), that’s what having young confused self-absorbed friends is like. And don’t even get me started on how these two theatre kids feel about the incisive precision of the writing—the show could be a stage play. WHICH. Blah, blah, blah. The point here is the wedding at the end of Girls Season One was the best I’ve ever seen on TV. God bless Jessa and her bohemian taste: that wedding looked nothing like your average TV wedding, and it was killer. Ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with recreating a DIY version of that wedding arch (and figuring out how much it cost).  The answer is actual Girls arch (pictured above) probably cost a few thousand (well spent) dollars. Ours? Somewhere south of $500. (There are so many variables here, that I can’t give you a more accurate figure on what your arch would cost. I can tell you that it’s going to be a few hundred dollars on a hugely impactful statement piece.) The actual execution of the arch is remarkably simple. Once you have your base (more on that below), you’ll want to take three posts of some sort (we used birch poles that were six and a half feet high), and zip tie them together to form the arch. Then, start by attaching the center of your fabric (or trim) to the center point of the arch and then tie the ends of the fabric to the sides of your base, so that it looks like a curtain. Alternate how high you tie the fabric on each side of the base to create variation and interest. That said, this project isn’t necessarily dead easy. It requires enough of an artistic eye to know how to combine varying colors and textures while still creating a cohesive project (we have the lovely and talented Michelle Edgemont, who we flew out to help us with these projects, to thank for that here). It’s best to find some sort of inspiration picture (we used the real arch from Girls) to set your color palette and tone, and bring said picture to the fabric store so you don’t get overwhelmed and sidetracked. More interesting trim (like pom poms and lace) tend to be really expensive, but you’ll want to use some of it, as adding those bits instantly takes what is otherwise a weird maypole project and turns it into something cool. We offset the cost of trim by buying yards of brightly colored fabric and cutting it into strips, to give the arch added volume and color. If you’ve got the budget and want to make yours more lush, go for broke and buy as much pom pom trim as you can get, and then string up some carnations for good measure, and hell, buy/make a more expensive/ awesome driftwood base. However, if you, like us, are making this work in the limited-budget range, tissue paper poms are inexpensive and pack a lot of the punch. However, while they come pre-cut and pre-strung, they take a while to fluff out, so make sure to give yourself time to do that properly. So first, let’s start with the base. Here’s how we made ours:

How To: Girls Inspired Wedding Arch | A Practical Wedding

A few tips from Michelle on making this as sturdy as possible:

  • These silver buckets can be picked up at Home Depot on the cheap, so don’t worry about getting fancy.
  • The stronger your poles are, the sturdier it will be. An alternative to birch poles (which I just sourced for you, so you don’t have to hunt down like a crazy person, a la my life) are poles made for closets that can be found at Home Depot. PVC pipes, while cheaper, are not recommended as the support beams for this project, because they are too bendy and won’t be sturdy once decor is added to it. You also won’t want to use poles higher than eight feet (see, top heavy).
  • Buy your poles FIRST then your PVC pipe pieces SECOND. This way, you will definitely know that the poles will fit into the PVC.
  • It’s easier to buy short pieces of PVC that will easily fit in the buckets (can be found in the plumbing section) rather than long pieces that need to be cut down. If you can’t find short pieces to fit in the buckets, you can use a DremelHow To: Girls Inspired Wedding Arch | A Practical Wedding or a hack saw to cut through PVC pipe. Please don’t screw around with thinking you can cut this with a kitchen knife. You can put your eye out/lose a finger that way. (This is a project that goes a step beyond crafty DIY, and moves into light construction with safety precautions required.)
  • Buy more cement than you think you’ll need. Each bucket will hold about twenty-five pounds of cement. Also, you are going to be tired of mixing cement. Keep going, persevere, even when your arm hurts from mixing. The buckets NEED all of that cement to be heavy enough to not fall over in the middle of your ceremony. Fill the silver buckets three inches from the top.
  • The poles CAN be cemented right into the buckets, but they’ll be very hard to transport and store. The technique with the PVC pipe means you can strike your arch, and pack it away easily.
  • The PVC pipe is invariably of a larger diameter than the pole.  Wooden shimsHow To: Girls Inspired Wedding Arch | A Practical Wedding (or cardboard) are needed to stick into the PVC pipe when the pole is inserted to steady the pole into place.  Otherwise, the poles won’t stand upright.

The end result ends up looking like this. We used decorative moss to cover the cement. For this project you’ll need two buckets and two poles to serve as your base. Once the poles are in place, secure the third pole to the top of the structure using zip ties. (See instructions below.) How To: Girls Inspired Wedding Arch | A Practical Wedding Now for the arch itself. You’ll need:

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Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.


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  • http://heartsvsbrains.tumblr.com/ HeartvsBrain

    I love this project and think the instructions for APW DIY projects just keep improving…

    But (I’m sorry!) I can’t believe this project needs to cost several hundred dollars. Considering the cost of the branches (which- so awesome they were already sourced for this), might I suggest a more economic path of finding branches outside and using those? Even those of us in urban areas usually have access to a beach or woods or something and finding free branches or using old wood from constructions site, etc. would really bring the cost way down. I mention this only because for my wedding, $500 was more than I spent on ALL my decor but I could have easily added something like this for under $100.

    Not to say that everyone is capable of this or would want to invest the extra time, but for any brides who love this idea but for whom even $500 is excessive for a one time decor item, I think you could bring the cost way down with minimal additional effort.

    • KC

      From theatre background work, I think part of the “this project can get expensive” thing is the trim (the fringes and little pom-pom things), which can be $$/yard (and you’d need probably four or five yards of each thing you’re using, and that adds up). Upholstery trim has sometimes been the most expensive part of a piece of stage furniture we’ve made (and, augh, sometimes more expensive than the rest of the components *put together* – but you sometimes do really need it for the right look). Anyway, they’ve made it cheaper here by using plain fabric for many of the “layers”, though.

      That said, if you’ve got someone with a stash, or are very lucky in thrift stores, you can get trims of various sorts for cheap/free; it’ll just be harder to keep to a coherent color scheme.

      If someone wanted to go very handcrafty, you can also crochet lace or lengths of bobble trim, or make pom-pom trim, but it takes… a while (I would say “takes too long for this sort of use unless you’ve got a *lot* of time on your hands). Or you could dye cheap cotton lace (i.e. from Dharma – ~$1/yard for inch-wide lace), but that can be a pain as well (and dye isn’t free, although dye for non-synthetics can be a lot cheaper).

      Wood-wise, you’d want to be Very Sure that the wood you’re harvesting is structurally sound, since having the wedding arch fall over mid-ceremony is… mildly distracting. (although it’d make for a good story!) But otherwise, yeah, harvesting from someone’s basement, a beach, or back yard might work fine. You just do really want things to stay together/up and not be too heavy in the process.

      (we also spent not-much on decor, except for floral arrangements done by a friend, and I also tend to go the DIY route – but this arch does have potential “hidden expenses” due to the weight and due to people probably not knowing how stinkin’ expensive upholstery trims are)

      • http://heartsvsbrains.tumblr.com/ HeartvsBrain

        So true on fabric and trim costs. I’m one of those weirdos who always has this kind of stuff on hand so it never even occurred to me. But the suggestion of checking the goodwill is spot on. Old bed spreads with trim, old curtains, etc. You could totally find the ingredients for the fabric part at a thrift store or similar.

        • KC

          I’m also one of “them”! Although I don’t usually have upholstery trims, it not really being my thing (and I generally haunt the clearance section, which usually doesn’t have many trims in it). But random fabrics, yessss… (although: what did I think I could do with ice-blue crushed velvet with silver glitter polka-dots? I don’t know, but it was only a dollar or two a yard, and… yeah. Anyone want some?)

          • Marcela

            Elsa from Frozen cosplay!

      • Maddie Eisenhart

        This is exactly it. The cost of the arch was 100% in the fabric and trim, because you need a relatively good length of each, and volume is the key to making it look good. That said, we were determined to get some texture in here, because it’s what made the project for us. I think you could get just as much color out of fabric, it just wouldn’t be the same effect.

        • KC

          It looks like the “original” arch has some volume with… brambles? twigs? not sure? added on the sides. Wondering if netting (the petticoat-sticker-outer-kind) might help add some volume and texture on the cheap. But you do need the different textures to get that “look”.

          And yeah, either the original arch was basically almost free (because of a giant stash of leftover trims from maybe a Bollywood movie in the back room of the studio?), or cost Big Bucks, because that’s a *lot* of stuff.

          • http://www.MichelleEdgemont.com Michelle Edgemont

            This is the type of project where I could have just kept adding more and more decor to make it huge and dense. Until Meg was all, “Michelle, scale back the trim, girl.” The arch from the show has flower balls, branches…all kinds of stuff. The wedding also took place at a venue here in NYC that costs $10,000 to RENT. So, that. Cheaper version for the win!

          • Meg Keene

            I would have added ALL THE THINGS, but it would have cost ALL THE MONEY.

            Stupid Jessa with her stupid VC money five second husband.

          • KC

            I think it was a good choice to keep it in the range of what’s doable for someone without a Giant Prop Room (and/or Big Bucks) at their disposal, so people can see what’s realistic in this price range and scale it up or down from there.

            (but yeah, I would have kept wanting to add, too! Because each bit isn’t all that much more in itself… and it’s all so interesting and multi-textured… and… yeah.)

    • Jess

      I read this, and immediately thought of the awesome rainbow-wedding flowers from last week (http://apracticalwedding.com/2014/01/second-marriage/).

      How absolutely amazing would it be if you just asked people to bring a length of brightly colored trim/ribbon/strips of fabric and tie it to your arch as they arrived for the ceremony – or have a friend or usher supervise/help them tie it? Because even the super cool stuff probably wouldn’t be terribly bad if you split it up like that.

      And you could have them tie a piece of kraft paper with their name to the end of their ribbon/fabric/trim that would be a fluttery note of love throughout the ceremony and you could keep it and a piece of their trim forever and ever…

      Yup, now that’s something I want to do. Somebody do this and write about it with pictures please so I can sob over the story and how beautiful it was.

      • KC

        That would be awesome. (and you could get a curtain-like effect by having everyone tie theirs straight on, then have someone pick out every other strand hanging down to tie to one side, then the rest tied to the other side, immediately before the wedding)

        • Jess

          That cross-curtain effect would be SO cool looking, and way easier to execute. It’s a lot easier to just tie on a piece and sit down than to try to drape it around artistically. You could still have people tie the alternating pieces at different heights to get the random draped look.

          • Elisabeth S.

            This idea reminds me of the time I officiated my friend’s wedding, and we hatched this plan that as everyone walked into the ceremony, they would pause and write a wish for the couple on a blue or green ribbon with a sharpie, and then tie the ribbons onto their arch. The end result was an arch fluttering daintily with lovely little bows in the glorious September upstate NY wind. Then the plan was for me to untie a few and read them (sight unseen) at a particularly meaningful moment during the ceremony, and I ruined it when I picked one that said, “I hope you French Kiss each other for always.” Ah well.

          • KC

            Reading wishes out loud sight unseen is always a bit hazardous (especially if the wishers don’t know that the wishes will be read out loud sight-unseen). :-) But that sounds really pretty, and like a really lovely idea!

          • M.

            *snort* Amazing.

          • Maddie Eisenhart

            Every time you comment is the best time, Elisabeth.

      • ART

        Wow, I really want to do that! Fantastic idea! I’d supplement with my own but it would be super cool to have guests bring some.

        • Jess

          You could start the structure with some of your own materials and then let other people copy what you did with their own to fill it out! Then you wouldn’t have to explain the idea to people as much.

    • Meg Keene

      It doesn’t NEED to cost several hundred dollars, but I think that’s a pretty fair guess of what it’s going to cost unless you’re really going to get creative.

      The cost isn’t actually the branches, the cost is the trim. Trim be ‘spensive, y’all. And it’s the key to making this look the way it does. Not that you couldn’t come up with something different, but to create something like this, with trim, it’s going to cost you a few hundred. Plus, there is noticeable, if not extravagant, cost in constructing the base.

      • http://heartsvsbrains.tumblr.com/ HeartvsBrain

        I hear you guys – fabric and trim can be quite pricey, but $80/each for branches seems like more than one would need to pay and you eliminate that cost – you’ve already saved $240. So…just sayin.

        • Meg Keene

          I want to be realistic here. We sourced our branches not online, but I think we paid a good $40-$50 each for them. Finding what you need: 6+ foot high, thick enough, straight, structurally sound, branches is none too easy. Possibly if you live by a forest you’ll be set, but if you don’t, they are hard to find, and thusly, not cheap. I’m looking out the window at my oak tree, and not a single branch on it would work.

          That said, you can totally do this without branches. We created it with branches because we already had them, but there are more affordable ways to do it.

          • http://heartsvsbrains.tumblr.com/ HeartvsBrain

            Ok, crazy brainstorm – but what if you used ALL crepe paper/tissue paper/paper trim and fabric and used cardboard tubes instead of the branches? Could then use sand, stones, dirt, etc. to hold tubes in bucket steady. Certainly not as study or permanent as this version, however I think you could whip something up that should withstand a 10 hour party and would certainly be less expensive. This is why I need a job where people write in to me their craft crises and I try and solve them in the cheapest way possible…

          • Meg Keene

            Paper trim, yes. Cardboard tubes NO WAY. But you can use poles from Home Depot that are pretty affordable.

          • tashamoes

            Another thing that might work and might actually look great would be copper pipes – they’re not likely to be bendy, right? Also, if you want to get really fancy, you could skip the zip ties and use copper elbow pieces to attach the top part once it is in place? The “let’s make this really complicated” part of me says that you could even solder the pieces together quickly as you set it up. Teardown would be a pain though.

          • Meg Keene

            Coper pipes would look really great.

            Soldering during wedding set up however… uh…

          • tashamoes

            I was in a wedding last year that had a 10ft arch/miniature log cabin for the bride and groom to stand under…tied together with twine. It was about one sneeze away from collapse the whole time, and now I’m irrationally worried about unstable wedding arches. Seriously though, the logs they built it with. This thing could’ve housed the Ingalls family.

            That said…yeah, soldering is too much.

          • KC

            That would be the most fun “Dear Abby” sort of column ever!

            (one issue is that you’d probably want to cover up the cardboard completely, whereas the branches can be naked in places and still look nice?)

          • Bets

            My first thought was also that crepe paper/streamers instead of fabric would do the job.

            Also, if you’re really artsy crafty you can bend wire into the shape of the branches and paper mache over them, then paint over it with acrylic paint in a naturalistic pattern. Paper mache can be very strong.

          • KC

            I think giving realistic price ranges assuming you have to buy the stuff is good; just because *I* have something just lying around at home doesn’t mean that anyone who wanted to do a project would (for instance: I bet APW now has multiple random wedding arches on hand, but that doesn’t make it free for anyone else who would want to use a wedding arch as a base for something).

            (and anyone who wants to brainstorm cheaper but potentially more time-consuming options: behold the comments!)

            I would note that, on the long odds that you know someone who is clearing land that’s gotten overgrown or who has trees on the edge of a river, short birch (or similar) trees would probably be great for at least the upright poles of this. (I’m also wondering about bamboo…?)

          • rys

            Bamboo is another good option. If it grows near you, chances are there’s someone who would like you to remove it from their yard since it tends to take over (but not the panda’s yard, if you live near a zoo).

        • cakes

          that link is $80 for 4 I think…but yeah, still a big cost.

    • ART

      I’m going to put on my environmental professional hat for a moment and say that in addition to it being structurally sound, please be absolutely sure that any wood you collect from anywhere is allowed by whatever jurisdiction it’s on. In general, removal of organic matter from parks, public beaches, etc. is a no-go for (important) ecological reasons. thanks and hat off :)

    • http://www.thehousealwayswinsblog.com/ Rachel Wilkerson

      A couple more thoughts on how to make this more economically feasible:

      – Give yourself enough time to buy the trim on sale and/or using coupons to Jo-ann’s and Michael’s. (There’s usually a 50% off one item coupon each week, which could be used on an entire roll of ribbon/trim.) For the thicker ribbon and such, you can probably get away with using whatever they have there to add the volume. Only splurge on the really cool accents that will really pop.
      – Get awesome pics, find a good way to store it, and sell it after the wedding!

  • vegankitchendiaries

    This is bloody gorgeous!

    My first thought was “I’m not making that Girls arch.. that wedding was DOOMED!” but my second thought is something like, ‘I wish I hadn’t already sorted my arch out ’cause now I want this one.’

    • Helen S.

      Agreed! It us so pretty, but it seems like bad luck to use a disastrously failed TV marriage as your inspiration.

  • ML

    For people in the SF Area, SCRAP is an awesome place to find assorted fabrics and ribbons (and much, much more). I’m sure you could find some cheaper pom poms and lace trimming there!

    • ART

      And also perhaps East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse!

    • Bee

      There’s also a SCRAP shop in DC, in Brookland – just opened recently!

      • ML

        Wow, that’s great news! I used to live in DC :)

  • TeaforTwo

    Please someone do this and then use it as your headboard after the wedding.

    • Meg

      I didn’t do this, I had a sheer curtain kind of thing, but it’s our headboard now and I love it.

      • KC

        That is awesome. :-)

  • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

    Hardware stores will gladly cut PVC pipe to whatever size you want for you. They might charge a bit per cut, but it’s still easier to let them use their specialty tools for it. That’s how I got an entire classroom set of PVC rhythm sticks.

    • KC

      Okay, totally not wedding-related, but PVC rhythm sticks sound *fascinating* – do they all have the same tone, or does it vary depending on how long they’re cut?

      • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

        Have you heard of Boomwhackers? You should check those out. There are some great youtube videos of them.

        Mine are all the same length, 12 inches I think. It was an assignment for my elementary education music class in college to get them. You can use them with the class all seated in a circle banging them on the floor in rhythm or passing them around the circle in rhythm.

        • KC

          I hadn’t! Thanks for introducing me to them – that is really nifty. (like handbells… except, instead, pvc pipe… that you whack on things…)

          • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

            And whacking things is always a good time. :)

          • KC

            And now I’m wondering how someone could incorporate them into their wedding. Can you imagine the wedding march played on them, by the bridal party, at an otherwise-formal wedding???

  • KC

    The “original” arch looks like some of the strands are possibly just braided-together contrasting fabrics, which might be feasible to do to add further variation? (I noted elsewhere that you could technically crochet your own bobble trim to cut costs, but that would be *insane* to do and not recommended)

    • Meg Keene

      Yup, that’s true of the original. I wasn’t going to do that for a lazy girl tutorial, because I am (and assume most of you are) too lazy. Each of these strands was about 15 feet, and that’s a LOT of braiding, without a bunch of PA’s working for you. Totally do-able in many months leading up to your wedding, but not something I felt like doing ;)

      • KC

        Okay, 15 feet of braiding would be Too Much Braiding (unless, yeah, it was a while-sitting-in-front-of-the-TV months-before-wedding project, or unless someone has Serious Braiding Skillz).

        And I revise the concept of crocheting your own bobble trim from *insane* to *completely bonkers stark raving mad*. 15 feet??? Ouch. (although I guess that is the same as my vague estimate of 4-5 yards. But 4-5 yards sounds so much shorter…)

        • Meg Keene

          That’s 15 feet PER STRAND. We have at least 5 strands here. 75 feet, nbd.

          • KC

            Ha, yes, I was also estimating per strand and not taking into account the whole “need multiple strands of the fancy stuff” thing…

            Crocheting 75 feet of anything is going to take Too Long, unless you start it as a “hope chest” project at the age of 12, which seems unlikely here. :-)

            (I would note that you could possibly pick up white cotton lace varieties from Dharma and dye them in your color scheme for cheaper than colored lace would be at most fabric stores. But that’s still not as much impact as bobble/tassel/pom-pom/fringe stuff. And requires adding a “dye your lace” step. Which… yeah. Not a good plan as a “required step”. But an option for people who might want to trade effort for money.)

          • Maddie Eisenhart

            I sincerely hope some 12-year-old starts a “Girls” inspired hope chest-esque crochet project. That 12-year-old is my best friend.

          • Meg Keene

            <3

          • KC

            That would be pretty amazing. Better than doilies?

  • Laura

    Considered something similar to this that could be used for a headboard later. I quickly abandoned the idea because cats.

    • KC

      Cats. The destruction of so many lovely-in-theory home-decor ideas. (I thought “how would one *dust* that?”, but maybe a vacuum would work? But yeah, cats, no waaay.)

      • Laura

        Oh yeah! Vacuum with the brush attatchment. It’s how I dust the tops of curtains (when I get the urge… which isn’t that often, really).

    • http://www.smittenchickens.com/ Sarah Hoppes

      It’s sooo pretty, but cats would destroy it in 5 minutes or less.

  • Rachael

    Not the point of the post, but man, Girls is so nostalgic that I simultaneously loathe it and can’t get enough of it. It conjures up way too many familiar memories and feelings on insecurity, self-absorption, and being completely driven by emotion that I had no idea how to interpret or what to do with. It sort of makes me sick to my stomach in that nervous, anxious way. I relate too well to some of the experiences from an age I am so happy I don’t have to relive (thank goodness for gaining some wisdom with age!). Yet, I binge watched the first two seasons when I had a window of access to HBO, so I guess I like it in some way. I’m just glad I don’t have HBO anymore because I know I would keep watching it.

    • KC

      I think you don’t have to really like/enjoy something to binge-watch it. It might be sort of the equivalent of torturing yourself after a breakup by hovering over their facebook page; it’s not good for you, it’s not making you happier, but you just can’t… look… away…

      (no idea if that’s the perspective you’re coming at Girls from, though!)

      • Rachael

        Yep, I think you hit the nail on the head here. I think part of it was wanting to see if they would grow as people, but from what I had watched they weren’t quite there yet.

      • vegankitchendiaries

        This show is in NO WAY nostalgic for me. I hate all of the characters, they drive me crazy. But I also LOVE them all (esp. Shosh) and always root for them (except Marnie).

    • Not a Fan

      I’ve only watched a few episodes and I couldn’t stand it. I’m a twenty-something female living in a big city, but it did not speak to me. The whining and privilege was just too much, but from the comments, maybe that’s the point? Maybe I should give it another try.

      • Also Not a Fan

        Same here–right target audience, but nothing about that show spoke to me–or at least it didn’t say anything but stop watching. I know I won’t be giving it another try–I don’t enjoy having to try to like something like TV shows–if it was an actual experience, that would be different.

      • Meg Keene

        Tis the point. Tis the hilarity.

        I’m not totally sure if you are the target audience. It’s less fun to watch it when you’re in it. As a not-quite-millennial lived it 10 years ago and can how afford HBO, who loves smart writing and hard to love characters… I’m really maybe the target.

        • feelingfickle

          Well, we know the target isn’t PoC!

          Not to be obnoxious. Sorry. It’s a show I have extremely mixed feelings about.

          All that crap aside, this arch is absolutely darling and I adore it. Thanks for sharing the how to!

          • Meg Keene

            Complicated conversation. But. I don’t know if it’s that simple. I don’t think you have to match the characters of a show to like it. I also think a HUGE number of shows don’t get shit for not having POC, or POC in important roles, so I think it’s interesting that the show written by a young feminist woman does. We destroy young successful (particularly feminist) women.

            But thank you.

      • http://www.smittenchickens.com/ Sarah Hoppes

        I’ve watched all the episodes, because I want to love it. I relate to some of it. (Being in my early 20’s in a big city, broke, with a crazy boss and mice under my bed. Being in college and dating a-holes,having questionable judgement in general that sometimes resulted in great stories, etc.)

        But I have serious issues with the writing because there are never any real consequences for anyone’s actions, and that makes it very hard to be invested in what happens to these characters.

  • Katie

    Ok, maybe I’m just an idiot, but how the heck do you transport this thing? Even if you make the arch removable from the cement poles, you are still talking about a 6′-8′ high x 3-6′ wide arch that needs to be moved. Do the zipties make it foldable?

    • http://www.MichelleEdgemont.com Michelle Edgemont

      This is the type of wedding decor that gets decorated on-site the day of your wedding. The poles, cement buckets, ribbon/fabric/etc all get transported seperatly.

      • KC

        Would it be feasible to tie all the strands to the middle pole beforehand and “clump” them as you want to layer them to save a bit of setup time (meaning that you’d have to 1. stand up the vertical poles and shim them in, 2. affix the top bar, and 3. tie off the strands to the vertical poles), or would that totally ruin the look and/or just not save much time?

        • Meg Keene

          That would be totally do-able and a good idea.

        • http://www.MichelleEdgemont.com Michelle Edgemont

          Ditto to Meg. Awesome idea! Insider tip: roll all of the strands around the top pole, then wrap everything to death in plastic wrap. Secure the plastic wrap with rubber bands on the ends. Tada! A tangle free yarn/ribbon/fabric pole that can be transported.

  • Pamela

    It might give a slightly different look, but for cost cutting, you could also look in the yarn section of the craft store. There are some “novelty” yarns out there that could look really nice mixed in with laces and fabrics and such (some yarns even have sequins spun into them!). And even though yarn can get expensive, you’re not buying it by the yard, so it would be less than fabric/lace/trim

    • KC

      That’s true! “Eyelash” yarn, for instance, might work to give a fringe-y effect. (and that stuff goes on sale all the time, too)

      (unrelatedly: last time I looked at the Michael’s yarn section, I wondered what people knit with most of the stuff there, since it seemed to be 50% super-itchy [of the acrylic sort that my grandma used to make afghans out of] and 30% “novelty”. I can’t be the only person looking for a soft-ish normal-ish yarn, right?)

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    Well, great. Now I’m going to have to revise all of my bedroom decor-related Pinterest pins around this as a head board.

  • Eve

    I was wondering if there was any advice on how best to transport the arch? I am having my wedding at a winery in the hills a good 40 minute drive from my place along a freeway… I fear this would collapse on the way!

  • Rachel Bell

    This is such great idea and fun inspiration. I have sheer curtains that I could use for this. Add some color.