A ceremony backdrop will serve as a focal point during your wedding vows. It’s kind of like putting a beautiful frame around a picture of the two of you. It’ll be one of the most photographed locations at your wedding and it’s also the perfect opportunity to do something really creative and unique.

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You Might Want a Ceremony Backdrop If…

  • Your wedding venue is a blank canvas with no distinctive features or an obvious focal point
  • You want to incorporate colours or textures that don’t exist in the venue itself
  • There’s something in the ceremony area you want to hide or cover up
  • You’re getting married outside
  • You want your wedding to feel totally personal and unique

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Types of Ceremony Backdrop

When it comes to ceremony backdrops, the only limit is your imagination! (Although you’ll obviously need to check your wedding venue is OK with your ideas too.)

You can keep it modern and minimal or go all out with fresh flowers, foliage, and plenty of candles. You can opt for a single, large prop, combine multiple pieces, or create an eye-catching structure from scratch.

Here are a few more ideas to inspire you. Many of these elements can be combined to form your dream ceremony backdrop.

  • Wire frames and arches
  • Hanging hoops
  • Fabric backdrops and banners
  • Floral installations and fern walls
  • Driftwood and pampas grass
  • Large props such as old weathered doors, vintage ladders or wooden pallets
  • Candles, fairy lights and lanterns
  • Neon signage or laser cut lettering
  • Macrame

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What Would a Wedding Stylist Do?

All the ceremony backdrops pictured in this post were designed and styled by me. I love combining shapes, colours and materials to create eye-catching installations. You can learn more about working with a wedding stylist here and read up on my services here.

Photo Credits:

Outdoor Floral Moongate – Photographer // Emma Barrow Photography, Florist // Holly Bee Flowers

Fabric Backdrop – Photographer // Emma Barrow Photography, Florist // Holly Bee Flowers

Sheepskin Backdrop – Photographer // Clare Kinchin Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds

Brickhouse Vineyard with Doors – Photographer // Emma Barrow Photography, Florist // Holly Bee Flowers

Triangle Frame – Photographer // Maxi Photography, Florist // Brompton Buds