Unique Ceremony Backdrops

Brides and grooms are converting ceremony backdrops into personalized dynamic settings, defining who they are as a couple.

From lighting to chalkboard to props, these unique elements often add to the meaning of the ceremony and vows. Whether it was a DIY project or a well-executed design, the customization and thought behind each one is truly inspiring.

The twelve backdrops you are about to see exemplify the twelve couples that wed in front of them.

Chandelier Ceremony Backdrop Photo: Lavendar and Ash

This rustic and vintage backdrop is one of the most popular pins on Pinterest, and we can certainly see why. The wooden canopy complements their natural surroundings, and the addition of a sparking chandelier polishes the entire scene.

Chalkboard Ceremony Backdrop; Photo: Jenny Jimenez

Caroline and Andrio wed in front of a gigantic custom chalkboard, and it certainly fit their urban New York wedding. This particular backdrop would make a fun DIY project, and even those who are artistically challenged can attempt it using stencils (We’ll keep it our little secret.).

Barn Light Ceremony Backdrop; Photo:  Mastin Studio

Chic barn weddings are on trend, and with it, more creativity with lighting. This couple took an extremely simple concept, stringing a beautiful curtain of lights for their wedding. The final vision is anything but simple.

Poetry Ceremony Backdrop Photo: Tammy Horton Photography

For this wedding, the bride and groom hand painted poetry onto their backdrop. The bride met her groom halfway down the aisle, and the poems were read out loud by their mothers during the ceremony. This idea would work for couples who have a favorite quote, poem or love song.

Tiki Hut Ceremony Backdrop Photo: HBB Photography

An island-style hut was the perfect backdrop for this couple, who hosted a tropical destination wedding.

Vintage Door Backdrop Photo: Tec Petaja

This rustic window backdrop is almost reminiscent of antique church windows and would be a great idea for a couple looking to move their ceremony outdoors. The windows could be dressed up with more flowers or stained glass windows.

Bookshelf Ceremony Backdrop Photo: Carrie Wildes

Danielle and Michael reconstructed a sentimental fireplace for their ceremony, complete with books, props and family photos. If fireplaces aren’t your thing, try setting up bookcases with family heirlooms and momentos.

Floating chuppah and lights ceremony backdrop wedding decor by David Beahm Design

Constructed by David Beahm Design, this optical illusion of an installation is nicknamed “the floating chuppah.” The romantic hanging lights and flowers certainly help set this backdrop apart from the rest.

Colorful paper ball ceremony backdrop Photo: Our Labor of Love

This bright Florida beach wedding featured a colorful paper pinwheel backdrop that rivaled the couple’s vibrant personalities. The pinwheels are another DIY option, or you can find some online here. Other popular paper backdrops include cranes, flowers and large posters.

Stage ceremony backdrop Photo: Gia Canali with Sara Remington/Martha Stewart Weddings

“All the world’s a stage” with this display. This ornamental backdrop, built by Because We Can, was designed by the bride herself and inspired by images from photographer Tim Walker.

Curtain and glass door ceremony backdrop Photo: Ellie Grover

This particular construction was used to separate areas of the wedding, but it would make an adorable backdrop as well. The set-up consisted of shredded fabric curtains, vintage doors, and a sweet “Happily Ever After” sign.

Fabric draping ceremony tent backdrop Photo: On the Go Bride

For an intimate ceremony, this fabric tent was constructed to match the couple’s elegant wedding style.

Although there are many more inspirations out there, keep in mind that not all ceremonies require a backdrop. If the setting is stunning enough to stand by itself, which is usually the case in Florida, let nature work its magic.


 Sources: Chandelier: Lavendar and Ash; Chalkboard: Jenny Jimenez; Barn lights: Masin Studio via Apple Bride; Poetry: Tammy Horton Photography via SMP; Island hut: HBB Photography; Rustic windows: Tec Petaja Photo via SMP; Fireplace: Carrie Wildes Photography; Floating Chuppah: David Beahm Design; Pinwheels: Our Labor of Love via Green Wedding Shoes; Stage: Martha Stewart Weddings; Curtain and doors: Ellie Grover via 100 Layer Cake; Tent: Aaron Delesie via SMP;


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