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As more and more couples adopt DIY lifestyles, wedding trends have followed suit. Putting your handmade touch on the big day means money saved and materials re-used or rethought. Perhaps the most memorable feature of a wedding is the actual spot the ceremony takes place — often under an arbor or canopy. (At least this is where the most photos are taken!) And here, the DIY movement has flourished with the help of bamboo.

With an almost unlimited scope of designs, a bamboo arbor can act as a canvas upon which couples can build their own signature styles. A simple, easy-to-build arbor can be customized and adorned with just about anything — fabric, flowers, shells, lanterns, branches, and the list goes on.  Best of all, once all the rice has been thrown and the wedding guests have journeyed home, bamboo arbors can be relocated to the backyard where they make excellent trellises for grape vines and ivy!

Check out what some recently-married couples did with their bamboo arbors! (If Cali Bamboo products have made an appearance in your wedding, share your creation by sending images to [email protected].)

A close-up on the arbor’s construction shows how simply fabric can be draped, to create an organic look and hide screws at the same time.

A close-up on the arbor’s construction shows how simply fabric can be draped, to create an organic look and hide screws at the same time.

A stark, clean aesthetic with next-to-no extra decoration keeps the focus on the couple and highlights the beautiful beach setting.

A stark, clean aesthetic with next-to-no extra decoration keeps the focus on the couple and highlights the beautiful beach setting.

Orchids, palm fronds and natural rope accent the the bamboo’s tropical feel.

Orchids, palm fronds and natural rope accent the the bamboo’s tropical feel.

Think outside the box! Bamboo can also be arranged as separate poles, achieving the same effect while making the ceremony feel more inclusive.

Think outside the box! Bamboo can also be arranged as separate poles, achieving the same effect while making the ceremony feel more inclusive.

Even understated arbors can be simply and classically customized with your wedding colors.

Even understated arbors can be simply and classically customized with your wedding colors.

This flowing, coral-themed bamboo arbor is accented with hanging pearls and naturally includes the rest of the wedding party.

This flowing, coral-themed bamboo arbor is accented with hanging pearls and naturally includes the rest of the wedding party.

Bamboo poles are a great option for destination weddings because they are easy to assemble and complement (rather than overshadow) the natural beauty of the ceremony site.

Bamboo poles are a great option for destination weddings because they are easy to assemble and complement (rather than overshadow) the natural beauty of the ceremony site.

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