50 Gorgeous AF Wedding Backdrops

Big impact, high style (some elbow grease required)

Wedding backdrops: when it comes to DIY wedding projects, this is the one project that I always recommend as worth it.

Because when it comes to big, impactful, multi-use decor items, it’s hard to beat a wedding backdrop. They’ll make a huge splash in your pictures, and you can get double use from many of them by using them for both your ceremony and a photo booth (or a display behind your head table). While we have a bunch of awesome wedding backdrop tutorials that you can find right here, we also wanted to round up some of the best tutorials from around the web.

But before we get to that, here are our best tips on constructing wedding backdrops and sourcing materials, without reinventing the wheel.

Wedding Backdrop Frame Options

  • Seamless Background Frame ($49) If you don’t feel like building a frame, and you don’t need something that will hold a heavy load, a seamless backdrop frame is a simple solution. It’s light, super portable, and easy to set up. These are used for backdrops in photography, and APW owns one (that we use all the time). They’re great functional frames, and you can sell it on Craigslist when you’re through.
  • Pipe and Drape Backdrop ($139) If you don’t feel like building a frame but want something heavy duty that you can hang anything off of, this is the way to go. Pipe and drape is often available to rent, but if you want to buy one, you can sell it on Craigslist after your event or hang onto it for future parties. The plus, no hammer or nails required for assembly!
  • Make a (beautiful) Wooden Frame (Use our wedding arch tutorial.) This won’t be considerably less than buying a seamless frame (and it will be way more expensive if you buy expensive birch poles), so only build it if you’re dead set on making something super pretty for the frame itself. Also, make sure you stability test before the day of.
  • Make a PVC Frame (Around $25) You’ll want to make a taller frame than this tutorial, and keep in mind this kind of frame will only hold something as lightweight as fabric. But if you want to save money and are up for a little extra legwork, this is a cheap way to go!

Wedding Backdrop Supplies

  • Pretty paper can be expensive, and the price can add up quickly. If you want to make a backdrop that requires a lot of paper (and some serious effort—see the paper crane backdrop below), check out your local Daiso, where you can purchase a box of origami paper: 480 sheets of gold highlighter paper for $22.56. If you don’t have a Daiso near you, Amazon also has a huge selection of paper on their site.
  • And let’s be real. Flowers are not cheap. But there are ways to get around paying an arm and a leg so that you can create some flower magic. Support your local farmer or go to the nearest farmer’s market. You can guarantee that the flowers will be super fresh, local (meaning less stress on the flowers), and cost efficient, since they won’t be getting shipped from half way across the world.
  • If you are looking for unique or traditional fabrics for that PVC pipe and drape system you just built, Etsy has a ton of options (like this pink sequin backdrop for under $35). And don’t forget about my personal fave, eBay for used or new craft supplies, among them I found these sheer backdrop panels that come in a variety of colors, starting at $29.
  • Party supplies, like balloons, streamers, washi tape, or paper lanterns, can be found at many places, including your local dollar store. If you’re looking for more options color and material wise, Oriental Trading and Party City should be able to suit your needs.

Wedding Backdrop Tips To Keep In Mind

It is easy to get wrapped up in the world of DIY projects and Pinterest, so our best practical advice is to know your limitations. If there is a huge floral installation that requires days of set up with expensive product, or if there is a hot air balloon involved (see below), it might be best to leave it to the professionals. The last thing you need is lost time and money, not to mention loads of unnecessary stress (unless you like that type of thing), added to the other moving parts of planning a wedding.

Wedding Backdrops With Lush Greenery

wedding backdrops floral greenery ceremonyPhoto by Helena and Laurent via A Practical Wedding

wedding backdrops floral greenery ceremony plantersPhoto via Ampersand

Photo by Debbie Lourens via Confetti Daydreams

lush flowers and greenery overflowing from a mantle on a modern green ombre tile fireplace, down to the ground, surrounded by candlesPhoto by Heather Waraksa

couple in black and grey wedding finery embrace in a dark room made to look like a forest with a dark starlit skyPhoto via A Practical Wedding

Colorful Wedding Backdrops

couple in wedding clothes stand in embrace insight a rainbow hot air balloonPhoto by Just For Love Photography via The Wedding Playbook

neon verticle stripe background and aisle runner with modern sculpural flowers and clear chairsPhoto via Style Me Pretty

couple stands beneath draped ribbon and pendant flag bannersPhoto by James Melia Photography

wouple stands beneath an arch made of colorful paper pinwheels and honeycomb decorationsPhoto by Martin Vielma

bride in short dress and groom with pants rolled up stand in front of a wall draped with lots of ribbonPhoto by Ben Q Photography

Tropical Wedding Backdrops

bride and groom stand in front of tropical flower ladder Photo by Kama Catch Me

bride and groom at altar overlooking a cityscape bordered by large tropical leavesPhoto via All Lovely Party

bride stands in front of lush backdrop of tropical greenery and flowersPhoto by Jennifer Sosa via Ruffled

tropical leaves hung vertically on a wall and evenly spaced to create three-dimensional wallpaper-like patternPhoto by Bryan Gardner via Martha Stewart Weddings

bride and groom at altar on beach framed by tall leafy frondsPhoto by Sean Cook Weddings via Style Me Pretty

tropical leaf collage on white pegboard wallPhoto via Brides of North Texas

All Of The Lights

bride and groom in front of pink neon-style sign that reads, "And so it begins..."Photo by Through the Woods We Ran via Rock My Wedding

tring lights hang vertically in front of a textured brick wall with fabric draping and buntingPhoto by Feather & Twine via Style Me Pretty

woman in ethereal periwinkle dress stands in front of a wall with green plants and vertical string lights with red flowers interspersedPhoto via The Wedding Scoop

bride and groom kiss in front of a white brick wall with 7 strands of white string lights hung in a cascading scallop, aisle lined with white candlesPhoto by Sarah Morrill Photography via 100 Layer Cake

bride and groom stand in front of neon-style sign that reads, "'Til Death"Photo by Rose Jane via Aisle Society

Keeping It Modern

two brides with an officiant in front of guests at wedding ceremony in woods stand before a larg equilateral white triangle framePhoto via Handsome Hollow

woman in sparkly gold cocktail-style dress stands in front of metallic triangle frame collage before a rock wallPhoto by Michelle Roller via 100 Layer Cake

large white square frame on a short raised cement altar, adorned with flowers in two opposite corners, in a fieldPhoto by Heather Curiel via Style Me Pretty

bride and groom hold hands in front of a geometric folded-paper style backdropPhoto by Hayley Rae Photography via Ruffled

couple kiss in the desert in front of officiant and a concentric square diamond framePhoto by Laura Goldenberger Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

bride and groom under minimal house-shaped arch with vine greenery coming up one side and halfway down the other, in front of a white brick wallPhoto by Geoff Duncan via Junebug Weddings

Sweet and Simple Wedding Backdrops

bride and groom sit kissing on hand-made paper moon in front of bunting with a deco-lights inspired 2-D cutout in front of themPhoto by Nordica Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

a long piece of fabric draped through three circles suspended from a loft ceiling in front of an aged brick wall with windowsPhoto via Deer Pearl Flowers

a bride stands in front of paper cranes and planet cutouts hanging vertically in front of a cement wall, bordered on top with a greenery garlandPhoto by Dawn E Roscoe Photography via Wedding Wire

couple stands in front of officiant, underneath a chandelier in front of a large cross-section of draped fabric in a brightly lit loft Photo by Victoria Bonvicini

long handwritten-style scroll as backdrop to altar as well as aisle, bordered by white pillar candles on the ground and clear glass pendant lights handing abovePhoto by Ryan & Alyssa Photography via Ruffled

couple embraces among a waterfall-stylel of strings lined with tiny white paper conesPhoto by Ed Peers via Rock My Wedding

bride and groom in front of multi-piece fabric panel installation with greener and candles in gallery-style settingPhoto by Alixann Loosle Photography via Junebug Weddings

multi-colored strings of triangles hang from ceiling in front of white doorPhoto by Sweet Root Village via Style Me Pretty

Fabulous Florals

bride and groom stand in front of large circle frame filled with greenery on top and white flowers on bottomPhoto by Elena Pavlova Photo

bride in bright pink and green sari sits in front of sculpturally woven wall of marigoldsPhoto by Ross Harvey via Eventures

bride and groom in front of white wall, grey pillars, and large wreath of greenery, adorned on one side with red, pink, and white flowers, sitting on the ground Photo by Jessica Manns Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

chuppah trimmed with lush greenery and pink and white flowers in a garden in front of a fountainPhoto by John Benevente via Nouba

smiling bride holding large bouquet of cascading bougainvillea stands in front of a white triangle collage adorned with pink flowers, in front of a lake or pool in a tropical settingPhoto by The Melideos via Ruffled

bride stands in front of a square frame lined on one corner with purple flowers, with two vases of purple flowers in the opposite corner, in front of a cement wallPhoto by Nuria Cienfuegos via Green Wedding Shoes

Hearts On Hearts On Hearts

Ombre heart baloon sculpture hanging on white wall with cutout red and pink hearts scattered on the ground belowPhoto via Oh Happy Day

bride and groom stand in front of heart made of a flower collage, with an arrow through itPhoto via Wedding Forward

bride and groom stand in front of game-show style heart frame bordered in lights with sparkly red waterfall curtain filling Photo by Joanna Brown via Green Wedding Shoes

neon-style pink heart inside tropical leaf framePhoto via Tin Can Studios

APW Wedding Backdrop Tutorials

two women in wedding finery embrace amid confetti in front of geometric painted backdropPhoto by Allison Andres via A Practical Wedding

guests seated at high-ceilinged wooden wedding venue, with colorful flagging tape scalloped along ceilingPhoto by We Are For Each Other via A Practical Wedding

two women in wedding finery kiss amid confetti in front of dimensional honeycombed style geometric backdropPhoto by Allison Andres via A Practical Wedding

two women in wedding finery embrace amid fluffy white clouds in front of industrial style cement wallPhoto by Allison Andres via A Practical Wedding

Did you make a wedding backdrop? If so share pictures! Any backdrops you’re drooling over right now?

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  • Capondoodle

    Help me APW! You’re my only hope! This is our ceremony site. It’s a campground amphitheater. We only have it for an hour the day of our wedding so won’t have much time to decorate, but I feel like it needs SOMETHING. Any ideas????


    • NA

      Is that a screen on that building, for projecting? It’s a little distracting since it’s so bright and contrasts with the building. Seems like if you just hung some kind of a curtain over it in a dark and understated color it would let the rest of the site stand out on its own.

      • Capondoodle

        Yes, they painted the wall white to serve as a projector screen. And that was definitely the one thing I wanted to cover up. So I’m glad the three of you agree. I can’t physically attach anything to the building so I’m trying to think of what I can do that can be easily put up and taken down. I was also thinking about blowing up some Geronimo balloons and placing them at the end of the benches for a kinda whimsical feel. Low budget but big impact?

        • Lisa

          A balloon wall wouldn’t actually be too difficult since you could blow them up and tie them together/to weights beforehand. Then you could just have someone unload the car and put the weights along the back wall!

          • Jane

            Oh happy day just had a thing about balloon displays recently that was pretty thorough.

          • Capondoodle

            I’ll have to look that up!

          • Jane

            Oh Happy Day is all about the balloons. The one I’m thinking of is balloon pillars in what they describe as the style of an 80s prom -but they’re really pretty and look easy.

        • Jess

          Go with the balloons. I love it.

        • Rose_C

          You could also use the white background to an advantage. If you had colored helium balloons of different sizes on weights positioned in front of it, the background would make the colors pop. I don’t think this would be great if there’s a possibility of wind though. It’s hard to say how protected that screen area is.

        • Eve

          Are you allowed to use Command hooks or anything like that? That would expand your options.

        • Jane

          Could you project something into it? Or would that get completely messed up by you guys standing in front of it (sometimes there are sneaky ways to do projectors from up on the ceiling so that isn’t a problem- but probably not outdoors).

    • CeCe_R

      THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I originally looked at a campground ampitheatre but none were this nice! I agree with what’s been said already – hang something over that bright white screen to mute its starkness. It should only take five minutes to do that if you pre-make the hanging. Lots of flowy (LIGHT) tullle came to my mind.

      • Capondoodle

        Tulle + greenery would also be amazing. Thanks!

    • Lisa

      Depending on whether there’s a spot where you can attach anything on the shelter, I’d either make a freestanding pole structure that can hold a curtain/something to block out the white. If there are hooks already there, that would probably be much easier to hang up and integrate into whatever backdrop you do. My first thought was that the APW geometric color backdrop (in colors that complement the beautiful scenery) or some kind of greenery wall would be beautiful.

      • Capondoodle

        A greenery wall would be so lovely! I wish I could just tape fern leaves to the projector screen, but I’m afraid that might be against the rules.

        • Jess

          Hang some sort of large fern or palm-frond fabric over it?

          • Lisa

            I thought of APW’s old flower backdrop tutorial where they did the large scale printing.

        • Ashweck

          Use 3m mounting squares! They hold tight, come right down

      • Jane

        Yeah – the geometric backdrop would look great!

      • Ashweck

        You can also use 3m materials to hang things easily and cheaply without doing damage to the structure!

    • sarah23

      We’re also getting married in a campground ampitheater! We have the same issue as you- we can’t attach anything to the ampitheater building. So I’m going to make giant free-standing paper flowers. I think this will likely be the most complicated/time-consuming wedding craft I’m doing, but hopefully it’ll be worth it. Here’s the link to flower instructions: http://www.designsponge.com/2012/02/diy-project-giant-paper-flowers-from-ruche.html

      • Lisa

        Those are beautiful!

      • Jane

        Lol! Hey – I did these. See picture above. I have a lot of thoughts about how those instructions worked / didn’t work. Let me know if you want to chat!

        • sarah23

          Yes that would be awesome! I just bought all the supplies last weekend, but probably won’t actually start making them for a month or two. I feel like the instructions are a bit vague overall, so any further tips or instructions you have would be great.

          • Jane

            I made about 15 flowers of various heights for about $120 dollars, which wasn’t so bad. And I had a lot of left over concrete mix, masking tape and tissue paper. But I already had wire cutters and hot glue supplies. And I didn’t make the leaves because I ran out of f*cks.

            First, full disclosure, I had chicken coop wire because my local hardware store didn’t have the wire they suggested – so that could be the root of a lot of my troubles. I had trouble attaching the wire to the cups at the beginning of each stem because they weren’t as wide as the base of the cups, but I didn’t want to make them wider because I didn’t want the stems to be so wide. Anyway, I taped them to the stems and it was fine but difficult as one person- would have been easier with help.
            My very tall stems did not stand up well on their own. Again. Could be a kind of wire issue but I dunno. Especially if you’re going to have these outside – you may need something to brace them. I ended up getting some extra containers and poles (from Daiso!) to build the stem around for the 6’ and taller ones.
            To go around the stems, before you put tissue paper on, I used masking tape that was 9” wide. Kind of expensive but soooo much easier than normal thin tape. Again, would have been easier with a second person.
            Finally, the pattern for the flowers themselves was super confusing and (like a few people who commented on the design sponge site) my biggest flowers just flopped around. So I made slightly smaller flowers, using only the medium and small petals. The dried moss really made the flowers come to life.

      • Jane
      • Capondoodle

        Wow that’s going to be amazing! Please post pictures after!

    • Sarah E

      Not sure how much it would cost, but maybe some free-standing big plants? They would take up a lot of space to store/transport, which isn’t ideal. I’m thinking Lowe’s clearance palms or baby evergreens or whatever. They only have to look good for one day. They’re a “just plop down” option, then maybe tuck some fabric/cut greens in front of the pots themselves.

      Balloons are still prob #1 choice.

    • DS

      you could attach some ferns/monstera leaves on the wall Ilike the picture above+ do a little garland of flowers tied head down with hemp rope prior and put them along the roof (might need a ladder though)

    • Nell

      This is dependent on your wedding vibe – but are there any family heirloom quilts that someone would donate as a backdrop?

      Alternatively: https://apracticalwedding.com/bohemian-wedding-arch/ This is the same tutorial we used to make a freestanding chuppah at our wedding. The bases end up being *heavy* – but you get to use a concrete mixer!!!!

      • Capondoodle

        That would totally match my theme of “Appalachian chic” although I don’t think we have any heirloom quilts….But something to look into! Thanks for the idea

    • CampBride

      WOW where is this?! This is gorgeous!!! My partner and I are looking to have a amphitheater ceremony/campground reception party… but I haven’t found any this beautiful.

      And I love your idea of balloons at the ends of the benches! I really love all the whimsical nature vibe potential here.

      • Capondoodle

        Elkmont Campground at Great Smoky Mountains National Park! It’s not on the park’s pre-approved wedding location list, but were able to get a special permit for $150. Obviously it’s near the campground, but its also near Spence Cabin and the Appalachian Clubhouse, which you can also rent out for wedding ceremonies and reception. You can have alcohol in those two locations.

        • CampBride

          Thank you so much!!! Those are such invaluable tips!

          • Capondoodle

            If you have any more questions, let me know!

    • I feel like the white helps draw your eye to the area, which is where you will be. Though I guess if you are planning to wear white/ivory, that could be too much white. If you were wearing a color, though, I’d look at a frame like thing covered in greenery or flowers that’s the size of the white space that could be set up just in front of the wall… If you’re wearing white and want to break up the white background, I’d hang strips of color crepe paper from the same frame (or tulle, etc.)…

  • Katie

    My hands-down favorite is the moon backdrop! I wish we could make a moon we can actually sit on and take pretty pictures, but that’s just not possible in our timeframe. So, we’re going for a 4ft styrofoam moon (with no face on it either) and some spray painted stars :)

    • Jane

      That’s still sounds pretty great.

    • Lisa

      I’m not sure from your post if you’re trying to spray paint the styrofoam moon or not, but learn from my experience– many of those paints will melt the plastic!

      I love night sky themes though so I think that sounds lovely!

      • Ashweck

        They now sell a product that you can use to paint styrofoam. It’s really cool!

        • Katie

          awesome! thanks! do you know of a specific store, or I guess I can just google styrofoam friendly spray paint?

      • Katie

        oh, thanks for the tip! I’ll test my paint first!

    • Ashweck

      The moon just has a bench behind it it. I looked into doing something like that (we ultimately went in a different direction) and you can totally have your styrofoam moon attached to the front of an ottoman and sit “on” the moon!

      • Katie

        Well, I know that you don’t literally sit on the moon, but I just meant that we won’t be able to make a moon of a big enough size to be able to do that :(

        • Ashweck

          Oh no, I misunderstood; I’m sorry. What part of the country are you in? And what’s your time frame?

          • Katie

            it’s all good! The wedding is in Austin, TX, in two months

  • Lisa

    We made the white cone one for a friend’s wedding, and it was so fun! She opted for bright colors instead and added lights to set it off. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a6f2095ebe191a7ebf0d912a64a9f53cfbf9ffb622673608b1cb1af430f64ac2.jpg

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    • sage

      In all seriousness, these backdrops are gorgeous! Someone please do the tropical greenery for me… in another life I would have had those at my wedding

  • Sarah E

    Can someone come set one of these up in my house, then maintain it forever? Plz and ty

    • penguin

      Right? I want that neon “Til Death” sign in my house.

  • K.K.

    The two that are backdrops that seemlessly become like aisle runner things – how?! Want.

  • Jane

    We made these giant flowers from design sponge for our photo booth backdrop. They were a ton of work to make but were freestanding so we just had to stand them in front of the wall day of. http://www.designsponge.com/2012/02/diy-project-giant-paper-flowers-from-ruche.html https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/59f21f5a86326980633365db41f421d617b19a9d4746b650df32332a926346d9.jpg

    • Ashweck

      I love those

      • Jane

        Thanks. They were a lot of work but pretty fun.

        • Ashweck

          I totally get that. I spent weeks on our backdrop. Ultimately very worth it.

          We also had a rule of thumb that things could be time consuming or they could be expensive, which helped my husband to vaue the time I spent on wedding stuff, and got him involved in the process, too. For instance, instead of making the cornhole from scratch, he bought them unfinished and then painted the robots on himself in our colors. It was great for compromising

          • Jane

            Yeah – unfortunately the flowers ended up being more expensive than I’d hoped because tissue paper can add up and there were a lot of little things I needed along the way. Still worth it. Plus it was work that I enjoyed. And that makes a big difference.

          • Jane

            Actually – I just looked back at my budget and the cost was pretty reasonable, under $150 for a pretty big effect. I must have been thinking of one of my other projects.

  • Ashweck
    • Jane

      That looks amazing!! Also a bit like a very beautiful settlers of catan board.

      • Ashweck

        Thank you!

    • PAJane

      Is that 3D??

      • Ashweck

        It is!

    • CeCe_R

      This is insane!

      • Ashweck

        It took weeeeeks, but was incredibly cathartic

    • penguin

      Did you use a tutorial or did you design it yourself? Either way it looks awesome! (I’m just dying to know how you did it)

      • Ashweck

        A little of both. I had seen a tutorial for making a multi-colored single hexagon on Pinterest and took it to the extreme, obviously. I saved time by designing a template on my silhouette that would cut the fold lines for me. It was a fairly involved process that had a lot of trial and error, but our entire weekend was nothing if not a labor of love. I could do a whole write-up on how I did it, because there were so many tricks to it

      • Ashweck

        It was also not the only backdrop we did. We used giant canvases covered in glitter to make a paneled selfie wall, and that was also incredibly fun

  • Jane

    Also – we did this as an entrance to our ceremony area because that’s where there wasn’t already an arbor, but if you have a way to hang things over your ceremony – this was not that difficult and not crazy expensive if you just use carnations (like we did). http://www.designsponge.com/2014/06/diy-project-hanging-floral-chandelier.html https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/28f07d0b85a34331199a76b3e9605e8765a2c5eec5afc0626d2e1696efc614c5.jpg

  • LazyMountain

    Important consideration for flagging tape backgrounds! If you are outside and the wind changes direction, they may attack you mid-ceremony resulting in some very amusing photos… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7baa1faba933962da5e1f9ff41d96ef711db9a528946d85016899f642fd38d98.jpg

  • Karen

    I spent over a year working on mine but in the end it was so worth it, even though my cat decided to poop over a few of the flowers a few weeks before the wedding and i had to remake them! It is currently on Kijiji now, hopefully it will can get used again by somebody else :) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1b1cc35ae9967ca42b7be4ae3d2cd5d70973c3531447a1d8d8d77de4917c8e7.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/da9e2a70d558ddcd0363f5a53c17a72bd9b61935f1b7f6c8dded11169e208c90.jpg

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    • Cdn icecube

      This is AMAZING! I’d love to hear how you did it or what tutorials you used if you feel like sharing. :)

      • Karen

        unfortunately i don’t have any tutorials that i used :(

        i basically just cut a bunch of circles (4 different sizes), cut a slit 1/3 down the diameter and bent it into a pedal shape. the rest is all hot glue

        I also did all the centerpieces with paper flowers, for that i used designs from lia griffith https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/780e13883d1d50c977b4f29da72e3c3bf67b225cb7c97cf1d5818eb90befbfa2.jpg

        I also recommend a cricut or a similar paper cutting machine

        • Ashweck

          My silhouette is a lifesaver! We used paper shapes in our succulent centerpieces and my mother was SO skeptical because *flowers* but they were so oerfect for us

    • penguin

      Wow that’s a real labor of love! It’s beautiful.

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  • Elizabeth Murphy

    We us

  • disqus_wb3rixuAYK

    We followed the APW tutorial for this backdrop and used it for a DIY photobooth. It was so fun making it, and the pictures our guests took were great. Thanks APW!!!