I've received a few emails asking about the wedding doors. Rather than answer each email individually I figured I'd answer as many questions as I can here. I received question like: how did we put the frame together, how did we stabilize them, and did the doors actually open and close?
Before I answer what I can I should preface this post. My dad owns a construction business; he builds things. I don't and I most definitely didn't build these. However, I spoke to mom and dad about how he build this and what materials he used. He used a bunch of words I didn't know, but I tried my best to keep up.
So, here is the wedding doors how-to as I understand it!
Here is the diagram I drew based on what he told me:
- To build everything "we" used 2x6 boards i.e. these
- The doors definitely opened and closed (that was the whole point for us). We used black hinges that attached to the doors and the frame
- We attached handles to one side of the door and not the other. They swung out, so we attached them to the outside side.
- For extra stability we drove cut rebar (15 inches) into the ground. Your local hardware store will probably have other stakes in various materials that would work.
- We placed large ferns in front of the A-frame so you couldn't see it. You can see that better in the picture below.
- The platform 2x6 boards on both sides of the frame (that laid flat on the ground) are important to keep the doors and frame upright preventing them from falling over on your guests!
- To attach the sigh above the doors we used metal brackets (can see better below)
- The frame was built and assembled beforehand. The doors and sign were attached at the venue.
The three pictures below may give you a better idea of the frame, hinges, and how we tried to camouflage the
ugly important stuff.
I hope this helps at least a little bit! Good luck!