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DIY Wedding Backdrop Ideas

June 27, 2016 by The Marquardt Ranch

For the crafty couple, creating a DIY wedding backdrop can dress up one of the most photographed moments of your day—the exchange of vows. Whether simple, festive, or full of whimsy, a backdrop enhances your wedding’s theme with picturesque style.

Flirty and Floral

 For a classic look, drape an arbor with ribbons and flowers. Or go rustic with distressed wood—even a pallet backdrop—burlap and lace. No matter what, your wedding can’t go wrong with flirty florals. Here are some more ideas to prick your green thumb:

  • Make garlands of greenery and eucalyptus
  • Hang crystal beads and bunches of white roses
  • Use a branch to suspend hanging vines of greenery or flower chains

Paper Pretty

Rosettes come in all colors, shapes, and sizes—for a fraction of the cost of flowers. Make a statement with a monochromatic scheme of these paper pretties, or skip the flower look entirely. Think origami—paper cranes or hearts strung together, or affixed to a solid surface, are a delightful addition to your décor.

Crepe paper streamers aren’t just for birthday parties. Hung with twinkle lights and paper lanterns, they make a beautiful, inexpensive backdrop.

Take a page from your favorite book—literally. Recreate a beloved passage on a roll of craft paper. Not a reader? This is a lovely way to display your vows for all to see—and a great reminder if you get a little choked up at the altar.

Fabric, Feathers, and Chalk, oh my!

Fabric is an easy and reusable item for your wedding backdrop. Go burlap and lace for vintage styles, maybe even draped from an old, distressed door. Solid colors or prints add a pop to your look, while white satin and tulle say timeless tradition.

Feathers are a popular choice for boho chic and whimsical styled weddings. They are inexpensive and simple, can be grouped together for a big impact, or tied singularly from twine to form a simple backdrop. Consider gluing or hanging them from suspended vintage frames for a unique look.

A DIY chalkboard background is easy to build from a 4’x8′ piece of plywood or Masonite, painted with chalkboard paint. Add red or teal for brightness, pastel hints for subtle hints of color, or keep it clean with white on black. Personalize with your names, monogram, wedding party, vows, significant dates, or a thank you to your guests.

Bask in the Glow

Classic, simple, and trendy all at once, twinkle lights make a statement without all the fuss. Pair with tulle for a subtle look, or use globe lights for an outdoors in the evening. Always clean and crisp, string lights will add ambiance to your ceremony. Add some pillar candles and let the night flicker away.

Are you planning a backdrop for your wedding? What are your favorite ideas?

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