Go to any wedding and chances are there is probably some sort of backdrop in amongst the decor – whether it be to serve as an “altar” space at the ceremony, to create interest behind the head table at the reception, or for a fun photo booth.
A backdrop can help set the mood for the wedding as well as carry your style or theme through the space.
Aside from making a space look pretty, the bottom line is that a backdrop makes for better photos. Think about it: would you rather have photos of the emcee standing in front of a drab, ballroom wall, or in front of a wicked backdrop with uplighting and other decor accents?
Instead of your typical “pipe and drape” backdrop, here are a few other options that you can do yourself in order to add that “wow!” factor to your next event:
The Book Backdrop:
This backdrop easily creates texture by using actual books. However, you can also try ripping the pages out of various books (preferably picked up from the used bookstore for cheap!) and arranging and layering them to create a similar effect. To create the words, just tightly roll some of the pages and glue them in place to form the lettering.
Aren’t 1000 paper cranes supposed to be good luck? Then isn’t this just perfect for your wedding! The only setback – you need to know how to make Origami cranes and you need to make a lot of them! This could also be done with Origami roses, butterflies, etc.
I remember making these chains in elementary school! They didn’t look like much then, but in the right colors, they make for a fun and lively backdrop. Try going from a darker shade to a lighter shade to create an ombre effect.
This is one of my favorites! This can be done with any sort of ribbon to create different effects. For this rustic backdrop, tear fabric into long strips and tie individually to a pipe or curtain rod. Then add ribbons of different colors and textures (or lace!) randomly throughout. For a more elegant look, use satin and beaded crystals.
How cool is this? And SO easy to do! Simply find samples of black and white newspaper (no advertisements or negative photos) and glue together like a collage.* Viola! Fun and modern backdrop!
* If you’re finding it difficult to gather up plain black and white newspaper, you may have to photocopy sections in black and white and then collage together.
Flower Bubbles & Baubles Backdrop:
Christmas and holiday decor are sometimes great for use as wedding accents. These glass “bubble” ornaments have a hole on the side so that items can be placed inside. In this photo, flowers and small succulents are placed inside each “bubble” and then are strung together. With a bit of uplighting, these tiny bubbles would look even more fabulous!
Whether you are renting a backdrop, or DIY-ing one, the possibilities are endless. Experiment and get creative!