Unique Wedding Backdrops

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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:

DIY wedding backdrop with books

Book Backdrop |  source

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.

Origami Backdrop:

origami crane wedding backdrop

Origami Crane Backdrop  |  source

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.

Paper Chains:

Wedding Backdrop Edmonton Wedding Planners

Paper Chain Backdrop  |  source

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.

Ribbon Backdrop:

DIY Ribbon Wedding Backdrop

Ribbon Backdrop  |  source

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.

Newsprint Backdrop:

DIY newsprint wedding backdrop

Newsprint Backdrop  |  source

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:

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Flower Bubble Backdrop  |  source

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!

Sweet Candy Buffets

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Ah, the candy buffet. One of my personal favourite things to see at a wedding reception. Not only are Candy Buffets always a crowd pleaser with adults and children alike, but they can also act as a very affordable alternative to a wedding favour.

It was once thought that the Candy Buffet was a pasing trend; however, this does not appear to be the case. Candy Buffets are being seen with more freqnecy at weddings and the trend doesn’t look like it will end any time soon.

A Candy Buffet can really be whatever you want it to be: large, small, multi-colored, or matching to your wedding theme. You can let your imagination (and your taste buds!) run wild!

Here are a few examples:

Bunting Birthday Candy Bar

Baby Shower Sweet Table

Modern Candy Bar Or how about using candy as a centerpiece for an informal wedding?:

Child Birthday Lollopop Centerpieces

Childish Wedding FavorsOr how about having a Sweets Table, with cakes and other treats:

Wedding Sweet Table

{For a sweet table, look for items like: cake pops, mini cupcakes, dessert squares, meringues, French macaroons, etc.}

Here are some of my tips and tricks for making your own Candy Buffet:

1) Get a variety of different glass containers for your candy. The more dissimilar they are, the better they will look all displayed together. Check Ikea, JYSK or even your local thrift shop for old glass vases and bowls. Or, if you have some time until your wedding, make sure to check out Winners and Homesense regularly. You can often find some wonderful glass containers (with or without lids) in their clearance section. They also have a great variety of glass containers and jars regularly.

2) Bulk Barn will be your best friend!! They have a huge selection of different candies, even some from Britain or America that you won’t find anywhere else in Canada. You can also try to colour match the candy to your wedding colours. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a Bulk Barn in your city, then hit up the bulk section of your local super market, or check Costco for larger quantities of your favourite candies.

3) Be careful if ordering candy online. This isn’t because of damage or melting (reputable candy suppliers will ship chocolates with ice packs to prevent the items from melting), but mainly because of shipping and customs fees. For those of us North of the border, ordering candy online from the States just isn’t a cost-effective option as the shipping is often more than your order total.  Some candies also cannot be shipped to Canada for customs reasons.

4) Please do not forget to buy scoops & tongs for the candy. I cannot stress this enough!! (Picture this: Half-drunk Mr. x goes to the washroom, but forgets to wash his hands…THEN proceeds to dig into the M&M’s you have in your candy bowl. Icky!!) Check the dollar stores for scoops and tongs (olive tongs work well), or you can order various sizes online from Hendrix Restaurant Equipment for a very reasonable price.

5) Have a container for guests to scoop their treats into. You can order cute little Chinese take-out boxes online, or you can provide them with little organza or decorative plastic bags. If you need something more economical, head to a wholesale store (like Great Canadian Wholesale or The Grocery People) and pick up some small paper bags. They are available in white. You can then add a decorative label with your names and date of your wedding, or you can have a rubber stamp made (very inexpensive!) and stamp each bag.

6) Buy enough candy so that each container looks full.  Nothing looks worse than setting up an amazing Candy Buffet, only for it to look already picked-over at the beginning of the night! Some places will tell you to buy x many pounds of candy per x amount of guests, but I found that this is not a very reliable form of measurement.  There’s no problem with over-buying. If you leave the Candy Buffet out for the entire duration of the reception, you will find that a lot of guests will graze the table for candy during the dance. Ask someone to refill the candy, if necessary, during the night. You won’t have much (if any) left over!

7) Give the Candy Buffet table a bit of extra decoration. Buy some fabric to match your theme and use it as a backdrop and/or table cloth. Decorate your jars with ribbon and add a sign for each so that guests know what sort of candy it is.

(NOTE: When selecting your candy, be very aware of guests who have peanut allergies. If you have diabetic guests, try to provide some sugar-free options and label the candy as such. Your attention to detail will be VERY much appreciated!)

Great Candies for a Candy Buffet:

  • jelly beans
  • M&Ms / Smarties
  • salt water taffy
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs (if you’re getting married in the Spring, you can find large bags at Costco)
  • old fashioned lollipops and candy sticks
  • rock candy
  • gummies (remember to provide tongs!)
  • chocolate covered almonds
  • candy corn (would be fun for an autumn wedding!)
  • lemon drops
  • candy necklaces

(Try to avoid gum. Most venues will not appreciate it when little children leave gum all over the place!)

Overall, a Candy Buffet will only cost you around $200 – $400 depending on the style and quantity, which makes it a great addition to any wedding. Your guests will love it…and you may just find yourself grazing at the Candy Table too!