Creative Ceremony Backdrops: Alternatives to the Traditional Flower Arch

Happy Autumn Lovelies,


Fall is in full swing and Los Angles’ busy wedding season is starting to settle down. But for many of you future brides and grooms out there, the process of designing  your wedding is just starting to begin. Once you’ve set a date and picked your dream venue, the fun part of personalizing your event starts! Every couple wants their wedding to be a reflection of their personal style, and a creative ceremony backdrop is the perfect place to show a little individual flair. Don’t get us wrong, we love a simple ceremony arch decked out in lush flowers, but we’ve gathered some of our favorite non-traditional backdrop ideas to inspire those of you who are looking to add a little pop to your ceremony space.

Simple Shapes


Geometric shapes like these create a cool backdrop for brides and grooms looking to design a modern setting at their ceremony. The number and size of the shapes you choose can completely alter the feel of this sleek framework. One large shape like the one featured at a recent real wedding of ours makes a simple framing effect for the couple. Alternatively, combining many various sized shapes creates a more multidimensional and artistic look. You can add some softness to this contemporary background by adding flowers and lights.

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Sweet Signage


Another simplistic alternative to your traditional ceremony backdrop is the use of a sweet sign. This option is particularly fun to personalize. You and your significant other can pick a quote or saying that is especially resonant to your love for each other. In addition, various fonts create different ambiences. While swirly hand written scripts look romantic and dainty, a bold text looks hip and modern.Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 1.02.30 PM


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Chalk Talk


Similarly to sweet signage, a chalkboard backdrop offers creative couples a huge range of style options…you can literally write and/or draw whatever you like! For example, one of our cute couples made a chalkboard backdrop for their wedding day and opted for a large floral design that complimented their wedding day color scheme. Chalkboards also are a great place to make an illusion arch. This framing effect can be accomplished with text or design elements as seen below…

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Glam Graffiti

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This funky backdrop is for couples who aren’t afraid to make a statement! Adding graffiti to your ceremony backdrop might be an idea that terrifies your traditional granny, but we think this wild effect can actually be quite glamorous. Depending on the color choice and pattern, graffiti can range from wild and bold to structured and tasteful. If you’re not a natural artist but love this look, a geometric pattern with pops of bright color is a fairly easy DIY version that has a similar effect.

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Romantic Ribbons


If you want to add some color to your space but not so much that you’re up for standing in front of a complete mural, ribbons are the way to go! A ribbon wall allows you to add some color and texture to your ceremony while still keeping the overall feel light and airy. Light colored ribbons make a soft romantic ambiance while colorful ribbons look playful and free-spirited.

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Pretty Papers


Paper backdrops will evoke the inner DIY gods and goddesses within you. Paper texture and color are important things to consider when initially crafting your design. You want your pretty paper creation to fit seamlessly into the overall day-of-design plan. There are so many different ways to re-work paper into a fun and personalized backdrop. Be it creative cut-outs or home-made paper fringe, once couples get crafting, the sky really is the limit.

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Yards of Yarn 

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 8.18.57 PMUnless you’re an expert knitter, we can bet you’ve never considered making a yarn ceremony backdrop. However, after seeing these whimsical yarn creations, we can guarantee that you won’t be questioning this creative treatment any longer. Yarn backdrops truly add a touch of romance to your space. We’re especially swooning over these soft strings when they’re paired with lush greenery and vibrant florals. If you want a sophisticated-bohemian look, yards of yarn are meant for you! mint-wedding-44-1Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 8.03.47 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 7.58.22 PM

Sparkle & Shine


As you may already know, we seriously love to use metallic elements in our weddings. Therefore, it might not come as a surprise that we are all for ceremony backdrops that sparkle and shine. Incorporating touches of metallic into your ceremony backdrop gives some pizzazz to your party space. While completely shimmery walls create a bright and bold statement, smaller shining elements make a less vibrant but equally interesting impact.  From metallic fringe to tinsel wall art, these shining backdrops are sure make your ceremony sparkle!

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We hope these fun and funky backdrops have provided some inspiration for your own wedding day ceremony space. We encourage you to think outside-the-box and have fun expressing you and your significant other’s personal style throughout your wedding day design. Even if you’re still leaning towards saying your “I-dos” under a classic flower arch, you can always apply these creative treatments to other aspects of your wedding-day design. Many of these backdrops double as a cool photo-booth backdrop or simply work as a point of interest in your reception space. The possibilities are endless…all there’s left to do is get your design on!


Photo Cred:

Image 1 by Lang Thomas Photography, Image 2 The Style Co., Image 3 left: The Style Co right: Andrew Abajian, Image 4 by Andrew Abajian, Image 5 left by Courtney Paige, Image 5 right by Amber Vickery, Image 6 by kyle hale, Image 7 by right kyle hale, Image 7 left by Jonas Peterson, Image 8 by Jonas peterson, Image 9 left by Hikari Photography, Image 9 right by Bek Grace, Image 10 Chloe Moore, image 11 right by Melanie Duerkopp,  Image 11 left by Jenny Jimenez, image 12 by  Jenny Jimenez, Image 13 right by Perez Photography, Image 13 left by Dana Tamamachi, Image 14 by Tyler Siems, Image 15 right by Tyler Siems, Image 15 left by Chloe Moore, Image 16 by John Newsome, Image 17 Chloe Moore, Image 18 right by Jordan Brittley, Image 18 left by Chloe Moore, Image 19 by Shannon Lee Miller, Image 20 Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography, Image 21 left & right by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography, Image 22 by Stephanie Rose, Image 23 left & right by Ruffled blog, Image 24 left by Dan Fredo, Image 24 right by Lauren Fair,  Image 25 by Lauren Fair, Image 26 left & right by Erin Trimble, Image 27 left and right by Jasmine Star, Image 28 by Jean Spencer, Image 29 left & right by Jenny Smith and Co., Image 30 by Capture Pod, Image 31 left by Ritzybee, Image 31 right by Genevieve Renee, Image 32 by Bespoke Bride.


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