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Creative Ceremony Backdrop Ideas

January 22, 2020 | kailey

From hand-written vows to jaw-dropping decor, there are many ways to infuse your wedding ceremony with personality. Incorporating unlike-any-other details that authentically represent your love will help celebrate your story on an even deeper level. 

If you’re tired of seeing the same ceremony backdrop inspiration while scrolling through Pinterest, we don’t blame you. To help kickstart your creative wedding planning process, we’ve collected unique ceremony backdrop ideas that’ll set your wedding apart and totally wow your guests!

Creative Ceremony Backdrop Ideas

1. Fringe Streamers 

Spice up your ceremony with show-stopping fringe streamers. Whether you pick vibrant colors or stick with neutrals, this underrated decor option is sure to add a showstopping effect to your ceremony. The best part is that you can DIY this wedding decor to save money or you can hire an industry pro to make and install them for you.

Image by Nikk Nguyen Photo. See more of this inspiration here.

2. Color-Block Wood Art

Trade the infamous wooden arch for a modern, color-blocking wood backdrop installation. Adding a little bit of color-block magic to your big day will make for dreamy photos and this backdrop can be repurposed to decorate your reception space. Your eye-catching ceremony piece would also make for the perfect sweetheart table backdrop. 

As a bonus, when your wedding day is long gone it can double as a wedding keepsake like a cool headboard or a unique art piece. 

Image by Golden Vibes Photo. See more of this inspiration here.

3. Banner of Words

If you’re like most couples, you probably have your song or maybe a special quote that represents your love story. Something so meaningful should be beautifully displayed behind you as you vow your endless love to one another. It’s another way to personalize your celebration and articulate your feelings on your big day.

Image by Silvia Poropat. See more of this real wedding here.

4. A Wall Of Candles 

Filling the space with candles will bring a glow to your ceremony that artificial light just couldn’t. Adding an intimate, romantic, and glamorous feel to any celebration no matter the wedding size, venue location, or theme. Candles may seem simple but—when done the right way—they make an unforgettable statement. 

Image by Scarlet O’Neill. See more of this real wedding here.

5. Vintage Room Divider

Calling all thrifters! A vintage room divider is the perfect, ready-made ceremony backdrop of your dreams. Add a touch of dried floral to spice up the look, maybe a little paint, and voila! This is especially easy if you already have a room divider at home, which is a budget-friendly move.

Image by MLE Pictures.

6. Large Velvet Heart 

Out of all the ceremony backdrops, we guarantee a large velvet heart is one of the most out-of-the-box options you’ve seen. It’s perfect for fun-filled, retro weddings and is sure to wow you and your guests. 

Plus, we can’t think of a better way to represent two hearts becoming one during your vow readings

Image by Reagan Aleea. See more of this real wedding here.

7. Hand-Painted Canvas

If you’re a painter or know an artist, we love the idea of having something custom painted for your ceremony backdrop. This is the perfect way to incorporate loved ones during the wedding planning process. It’s also an incredible DIY project and budget-friendly option. 

Not only will it feel incredibly personal, but it’s also another item you can keep forever and re-use even after your special day is over.

Image by Zach&Rosalie.

8. Neon Sign 

Brighten up your ceremony with a custom neon sign backdrop—a popular wedding trend that’s taken center state for fun-loving couples. You can use a catchy saying like “better together” or even display your last name. The best part about neon signs is that you can reuse them as fun decor in your home—what a fun wedding keepsake. 

Image by Gaby Deimeke Photography. See more of this inspiration here.

Recommended reading: Unique And Personalized Neon Signs From Sculpt

9. Vintage Doors 

Love is an open door—literally. Exchanging “I do’s” in front of vintage doors is a stylish and symbolic way to kick off your marriage. You’re opening the door to your new life together and this rustic decor option is the perfect representation of that. 

Image by Heather Jackson. See more of this real wedding here.

Image by Candida & Max Jan Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

10. A Floating Ceremony  

If you’re looking for ceremony inspiration unlike any other, try taking your backdrop from land to water. Exchanging vows while floating on a custom-made ceremony structure is a dreamy way to tie the knot—especially for couples who’ve chosen to elope or opt for an intimate ceremony. 

Image by Adriana Morais. See more of this real wedding here.

You don’t have to have a large wedding to incorporate these picture-perfect ceremony backdrop ideas. Glamorous smaller weddings—like micro weddings and elopements—are proof that sometimes less is more. If you’re dreaming of an intimate celebration without having to sacrifice show-stopping decor, check out our guide for decorating your elopement

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2 Comments

  1. These are so inspiring, for sure I’ll get in touch with my local vendors tos et-up a really nice stiled shoot. Now I am suuuper inspired and thank you so much for sharing. I’m really happy to read all these articles.

  2. Love the canoe and the hand-painted canvas backdrop! I’ve seen a small boat like this one used during the reception to display the food for the buffet. These are all great ideas for the ceremony.

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