In the age of Instagram and Facebook, creating picture-perfect moments has become more important than ever before. This is especially true when it comes to weddings and other big celebrations and ceremonies. You’re likely to be photographed a lot at these special events, so it’s crucial to make sure that there is a suitable background for making these memories. After all, no one frames photos of people standing in front of a bowl of chips. Accordingly, ceremony backdrops have become an important element in the decorating process. Whether you’re looking to jazz up a boring space or add your own touch to a ceremony, these backdrops can be as extravagant or as simple as you want. There are tons of DIY tutorials online, as well as many companies that can make them for you. If you’re looking for a little inspiration for ceremony backdrops for your wedding or big event, check out these suggestions.

Vines are The New Flowers

After Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got married in Italy in front of a giant wall of white flowers, it seemed like everyone was jumping on the flower wall trend. Although flowers are beautiful and a classic touch for any ceremony, they might be a little overused for party planners trying to create a unique backdrop. One of the best alternatives that doesn’t stray too far from the beaten path is a waterfall of vines. Vines are super trendy right now, but still beautiful and soft enough to create a stunning backdrop. Vines can be attached to any existing archway or structure and even run along the aisle to create an overgrown magic garden effect. The green also serves as a neutral tone, so you can use any other colour throughout the event space.

Get Low

If you’re committed to using flowers in your backdrop but still want to do something different, a floral wreath could be the perfect solution. Instead of hanging wreaths on the wall, why not create a giant, open wreath on the floor? Wildflowers are perfect for this, with different textures, colours, and heights. Make sure to have some long branches throughout the wreath so that the circle is visible in tight photos. The bottom should be thick and full of flowers of various colours and textures. This creates a beautiful bohemian vibe to the ceremony space, and will definitely be unexpected.

Utilize Mantles

If the ceremony space has a mantle or fireplace, your decorating mission just got a lot easier! Mantles can be used in so many different ways to create stunning backdrops for photos and ceremonies. You can add a huge bouquet of flowers or greenery dripping down the sides, or overfill the fireplace and mantle with tons of different sized candles. You can even fill up the space with small upright logs, creating a rustic chic look, or stack books in similar colours to give a Victorian library vibe to the event. The possibilities are endless and can really be tailored to what you want the ceremony to look like.

Geometric Chic

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that geometric designs are one of the biggest trends right now. From prints on blankets to planters for succulents, these shapes are everywhere. If you’re a fan, you can also incorporate them into your ceremony space! Copper or metal frames are relatively easy to find and can serve as a great backdrop. You can place flowers or succulents in pots around the frame or even dangle flowers from it. You can also get a slightly more robust frame with four legs, which allows you to hang a chandelier or larger piece from the top. Another option is a circle or halo. Unless you’re a carpenter or know one personally, you’ll probably need to get this specially made. Nonetheless, standing in this circle will look stunning for photos, especially if you lace flowers through the arch.

Light it Up

If you really want to wow your guests with a bold statement, consider skipping traditional backdrops and flowers altogether and go with a bold neon sign. You can get these signs custom made to say anything you’d like and in any colour you need. Whether you put the names of the bride and groom or a saying that has special meaning to them, people will definitely remember and love taking pictures in front it. You can still incorporate flowers into this design by adding a string of them to the floor beneath the sign or running down the center aisle.

Pick Paper

Flowers can get very expensive very fast, making them unrealistic for people party planning on a budget. They also aren’t an option for people with certain allergies. Paper flowers can be a fantastic alternative that won’t break the bank or send people off into sneezing fits. Paper flowers are much different than the often mocked fake flowers of the past, as these are clearly made from cardstock and have a fun, pop-art feel. They’re a huge hit, as proven by the thousands of pictures online of people using them as backdrops for birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and more. You can make tons of these flowers and put them together into a wall or create a dripping vine feature. There are lots of tutorials on how to make these simple flowers online, including different cuts for different types of flowers. Making them all may require a little bit of patience, but it will definitely be worth it.

Jump on the Palette Trend

Repurposing wooden palettes has become a huge trend over the last few years, with Pinterest full of tutorials on how to reuse these wooden slats for a rustic chic aesthetic. Why not do the same for your ceremony backdrop? It’s a pretty easy DIY. One popular design involves nailing flowers to the top of each piece of wood and then nailing more flowers over dripping paint down the boards. This creates a beautiful rustic look that is perfect for photos. It’s also great for the eco-conscious party planner, as most of the materials used to create it can be recycled. There are tons of other ways to utilize palettes for backdrops, all of which are equally beautiful.

Chateau Le Jardin offers over 38,000 square feet of beautiful function space, perfect for whatever backdrop you’ve decided to use. Call us at (905) 851-2200 to book a tour today.