Creative Backdrop Styling Tips, Ideas and Inspiration!
Statement backdrops are one of our favourite accent pieces when it comes to creative wedding and event styling. A beautiful backdrop can not only be used to frame a ceremony setting or sit behind your bridal table, but can also serve a functional purpose for things like photo booths, signage and displays, too.
We love seeing our clients get creative with their backdrop styling, and thought we’d share some of our top tips to help you choose the perfect backdrop for your very own celebration.
But first; let’s talk about some of the different ways backdrops can help bring your event to life!
Why Use a Backdrop?
We’d say our backdrops are actually one of our most versatile hire items. You might think of backdrops as simply an aesthetic piece, but they can also be a practical addition for your wedding, too.
We’ve seen our clients use backdrops for a wide range of different purposes, such as:
Bridal table backdrops
Photo booth backdrops
Guest favour displays
Signage and branding
Seating chart displays
Hiding/covering venue fittings eg. powerpoints, artworks, light fixtures, kitchens, toilets
Just to name a few! So with this being said, how can you choose the perfect backdrop for your event needs? Keep reading for some beautiful backdrop inspiration and practical styling advice to get you started.
Work With Your Overall Aesthetic
Whether you’re using a backdrop for your ceremony setting or throughout your reception festivities, you should always consider the overall styling of your event to help you find a backdrop that complements this. This is especially important if your backdrop is being directly paired with other furniture or decor items such as ceremony chairs, reception tables or a bar.
When choosing your backdrop, think about the kind of colours, materials and overall “vibe” that you’re working with for the rest of your celebration. You’ll want to select a backdrop that ties in with this aesthetic to ensure it flows beautifully alongside your other design elements.
For example, if you’re planning a modern luxe wedding in a clear marquee, a rustic timber backdrop might look a little out of place next to your elegant white and gold bar! A good tip is to create a quick mood board or Pinterest board with your existing styling elements, and play around with different backdrops to see which one makes the most sense visually.
Consider the Practical Details
Now that you’ve nailed the aesthetics, you’ll want to think about any practical considerations for your backdrop. Here are a few tips to keep in mind on a more functional note:
Think about what’s going on behind your backdrop. If your backdrop is going to sit in front of a beautiful view (like a beach or garden ceremony), you might want to choose a backdrop design that will allow these views to filter through instead of blocking it off. For example, our Soho wire backdrop, Geo backdrop or round backdrop. Alternatively, if the backdrop is simply going to be sitting against your venue walls, acting as a photo booth, or needing to block/hide something, a more solid wall-style backdrop like our VJ wall or green walls would be a better fit.
Make sure you check the dimensions of your backdrop and ensure it will fit within your chosen location. For an indoor venue, this includes any doors that your backdrop might need to go through on the way.
If you’re adding flowers to your backdrop, it also helps to send your florist the dimensions of the backdrop so they can work with this when planning your design!
Make it Personal
Now for the fun part; adding your own personal touch to your backdrop to complete your styling! We love seeing our couples inject their personality with details like florals, greenery, signage and lighting to create a real feature with their backdrop.
When it comes to colours, we find that using contrast works best when it comes to your backdrop styling details. For example, white flowers might blend in with a white backdrop unless you add contrasting details like foliage to make them pop. Bold colours, luxe metallics or soft pastels can work beautifully with pretty much any backdrop!
Think back again to your overall aesthetic when it comes to adorning your backdrop and use this as inspiration. A quirky neon sign would be the perfect complement to a modern industrial wedding, while lush foliage and wild flowers would suit a boho-inspired setting.
Keep scrolling for some creative backdrop inspiration we’re loving from recent weddings and events, along with our top backdrop picks from our Hampton Event Hire range.