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Top Wedding Backdrop Ideas

Wedding photo backdrops help ensure that every moment of your big day is beautiful and Pinterest-perfect.

Sometimes it feels like time moves so slowly that your wedding day will never come. Yet, on the day, everything is a blur because so much happens. The best memories you’ll have of your special day are the photos – and the best photos have amazing wedding backdrops.

So, if you are looking for cheap wedding backdrop ideas that don’t look cheap, indoor wedding backdrop ideas that bring the outdoors to you, professional-looking DIY wedding backdrop suggestions, and more, you are in the right place. Please remember that your time and stress level are important considerations. If you have minimal experience with craft and construction projects, some of the more elaborate wedding backdrop ideas are best left to professionals, like a wedding planner. With that stated, here are a few of the best wedding photo backdrop ideas for your big day.

Copper square arch

The humble copper square arch moved from relative obscurity to become one of the trendiest wedding reception backdrops over the past few decades. (For the record, a square arch isn’t really an “arch” because the top piece is straight instead of curved.)

There are several reasons for this growth in popularity. First, it is easy and inexpensive to accentuate a copper square arch with flowers, balloons, fabric, etc. Second, this arch fits many wedding themes, based on how it’s gussied up. For example, a modern or art deco event needs minimal decorations, while a classic or bohemian wedding requires a more elaborate styling.

A final reason for the copper arch’s growth in popularity is that it looks great while being inexpensive. In fact, with about 30 feet of copper pipe, some fittings, and a pipe cutter, you could make a copper square arch at home. The only required skill is accurate measurement (and a little elbow grease for the pipe cutter). No one will know it’s DIY—unless you brag about the awesome job you did, which we highly recommend. If you’re feeling really industrious, and your event space has the room, consider making a few arches of different sizes. Using complementary colors and arches of various sizes adds some exciting depth to your DIY wedding backdrop.

After the wedding, you can keep your creation for future parties or sell it online.

Dangling fairy lights

Fairy lights are a string of bulbs set close together. They are used as decorations for holidays like Diwali and Christmas. Frequently, the terms “fairy lights” and “string lights” are used interchangeably, but there is a difference in definitions. String lights have larger bulbs that are used to brighten an area and are decorative and add ambiance. Fairy lights are purely decorative and do not provide enough light to illuminate a room.

Fairy lights provide an ethereal and romantic feel to an event. They fit with a wide variety of wedding themes, including formal, rustic, bohemian, and vintage. Strings of fairy lights make a wonderful backdrop that draws attention to an area without overpowering it. In addition to creating a romantic wedding reception backdrop, fairy lights also jazz up a buffet area, drink station, or bar. Plus, purchasing a curtain of fairy lights is very budget-friendly (a 10×10 curtain is typically around $20 online).

Wooden arches that arent arches

Another trend that’s gained ground over the past few years is the evolution of a conventional wooden arch into something more exotic. While the traditional square arch has stood the test of time for a reason, lately, carpenters have stretched their creative (and arm) muscles to add some additional “wow” factor to these wedding photo backdrops.

One of the easiest ways to transform the arch is to add a peak to the top, creating a “house” shape. Another option is to forgo the arch altogether and opt for a triangle, hexagon, or other geometric shapes. You could also skip using cut wood and create a design using natural pieces of wood or found driftwood. 

One benefit of wooden arches, regardless of shape, is that they really don’t need additional decoration. Often, the beautiful wood design makes a big enough statement. Also, they can pull double duty because they work as both a reception and wedding ceremony backdrop.

Metal grids (with floral accents)

For a DIY wedding backdrop, metal grids are your best friend for various reasons. First, depending on size and shape, they are relatively inexpensive. However, you may need to do some online digging to find a price that makes you happy—or, at least, less sad. (Tip: If you don’t want to see a bunch of cooking racks and storage options, add the word “wedding” to your search terms.)

Second, and this is probably the most alluring reason, metal grids provide unlimited creative opportunities (well, only limited by the space provided by the gird). In fact, many decorations use the metal grid as part of the design. For example, you can have roses and greenery flow from the top left corner to the bottom right, exposing the top right and bottom left of the grid. Just make sure the metal complements the design’s colors.

Flower Wall

Flower walls are eye-catching, vibrant displays of flowers attached to a panel of wire mesh. They can be made with fresh or silk flowers.

While wedding flowers can be expensive, there are better ways to minimize costs than raiding Geraldine’s flower garden down the street. For example, try to find a local farmer’s market because they often have fresh flowers for lower prices than florists and grocery stores. Another option is to use artificial flowers in areas where guests are unlikely to notice them (like the top corners).

The blooms on a flower wall must look as magnificent when the event ends as they do when it begins. For that reason, it’s best to select sturdy flowers with thick stems, like roses (which are always available in various colors), orchids, hydrangeas, and peonies. Ferns and succulents are also a great choice, but they provide little color other than green—which can look fantastic, especially with a pop of color here and there.

If a DIY flower wall seems too imposing of a task, there are other options. If you want fresh flowers, you’ll need to search for a company specializing in these creations (an event planner should be able to help in this search). On average, professionally made flower walls cost $75 to $150 per square foot. Alternatively, you can rent a faux-flower wall for half or possibly a third of the cost. 

Balloon arch

Balloons are synonymous with parties and celebrations, like birthdays and baby showers, because they are fun. In fact, they’re almost too fun, which is why they have been mostly absent from “serious” celebrations, like weddings.

The balloon arch, in particular, has been especially maligned. However, increasingly, balloons are popping (sorry) up as wedding accessories. The reason is that balloon decorating, including the arch, has undergone a bit of a renaissance. First, balloon colors are no longer relegated to the bright tints of children’s parties. You can find balloons in practically any hue, so matching your theme’s rose gold or metallic blue is not a problem. Second, long gone are the arches that extend in rainbow-like uniform evenness. Today’s balloon arches are all about asymmetry, with balloons inflated to various sizes and designs that snake up and around walls. The result is a refined elegance that loses none of the original fun. While the frivolity of balloon arch wedding backdrops may not be for every wedding, it could be perfect for your wedding.

Another plus in the balloon arch’s column is that you can find DIY kits online for between $15 to $40, depending on size and contents. For example, some include helpful add-ons like fillable sandbags (to help secure the arch) and balloon knotters (so your fingers don’t turn purple). Also, unless you have the lung capacity of a blue whale, you may want to search for a DIY kit that includes an air pump.

Tapestry

This idea is a fun twist on the most tried and true of all wedding backdrop ideas: the seamless paper backdrop. Used by photographers and videographers for decades, seamless paper is a large roll of non-reflective paper that unspools from a stand. The paper is available in a wide variety of colors, including multi-color blends.

A seamless paper backdrop is the workhorse of any professional photographer because it is easy to move from the studio to the field and always looks great. However, it also looks a bit sterile, corporate, and out of place at a fancy wedding.

Instead of seamless paper, some couples opt to hang a patterned tapestry, like a colorful rug. It’s a fun and effective way to create a great DIY wedding backdrop that injects more of your personality into the ceremony, reception, or both.

Of course, these wedding backdrop ideas are just a starting point for your creativity. If you have additional questions, our experienced event planners are standing by with the answers you need. For instance, we know the perfect location to set up your wedding backdrops: our Dallas wedding venues. Please, reach out to DFW Celebrations to learn more about our gorgeous ballrooms and schedule a tour. Contact us here.