The Sims 2Edit
In The Sims 2, the wedding arch is used by selecting a member of the engaged couple, clicking on the the arch, and selecting "Get Married" or "Join Union". While Sims can get married or enter a Joined Union with or without using the arch, using the arch allows a player to add a bit of formality, as Sims who get married or joined under the arch will change into their formal clothes.
If the relationship between the two Sims is too low, one may call off the wedding. While this can happen regardless of whether the arch is used, it's more dramatic if the arch is involved.
If the special event camera is enabled, using the wedding arch to marry two Sims will begin a cinematic. If successful, the Sims will exchange vows and rings, flower petals will fall, and the Sims will kiss. If unsuccessful, the Sim who did not initiate the interaction will watch the other Sim begin to put on the ring, then after a few tense moments jerk back his or her hand and run away from the wedding arch. The camera focuses on the rejected Sim as the sounds of footsteps running, a car door slamming, and tires screeching are audible. (An unsuccessful marriage will automatically ruin a wedding party.) After being left at the altar, the proposer and proposed will lose their crush, fall out of love, lose each other as friends and become enemies.
The Sims 2: Celebration Stuff added a second arch to the game, which functions similarly to the base game arch.
Trellisor Wedding ArchEdit
"I Showed Up" ArchEdit
- If Bon Voyage or FreeTime is installed, but Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden Stuff is not, Sims cannot get married on a community lot under this arch. This mod corrects this behavior.
The Sims 3Edit
In The Sims 3, the wedding arch is introduced in the Generations Expansion Pack, as this expansion carries the theme Live Every Age to The Fullest. The Wedding Cake is also available to complement the Sims marriage.
The wedding arch in The Sims 3: Generations resembles the wedding arch in The Sims 2. The couple will have the option to immediately "Get Married" by clicking on the arch, and people will gather around autonomously to watch them exchange rings.
In The Sims 3: Generations, the bride and groom won't wear any special outfits as they do in The Sims 2, so player must decide the best outfits for them on their special day, or let them get married in their default formal outfits.