(Updated: April, 2017)
Do You Need a Photo Backdrop at a Wedding?
Let me tell you from personal experience: some of the funniest, sincere, and in the moment photos captured at my wedding were not actually taken by the photographer, but by the wedding guests themselves!
For larger wedding receptions, it is nearly impossible to chat with everyone through the day. Wouldn’t it be great to look back at photos and see your wedding day through the lens of your guests, and see how truly amazing your big day was for everyone that attended?
Whether you setup a proper photo booth with a backdrop, rent a traditional photobooth, or just leave disposable cameras on every table, there is a lot of extra fun to be had once the bar is open and photos are being snapped.
If you do decide to incorporate a dedicated photo booth space into your wedding, then it will likely form a key part of your overall guest experience. Guests will flock to it. They will crowd around, laugh, giggle, and generally act silly. I think that makes for an unforgettable wedding experience.
My Wedding Photo Booth
For my own wedding, I planned a formal photo session area set aside in one room and allotted about one and a half hours total time. A vintage themed wedding at an old Victorian style mansion meant our photo booth was really an entire room – filled with antique furniture, ornate decorations, mirrors, and chandeliers. It was magical, opulent, and one of our guests’ favorite parts of the entire evening. I say formal photo session only in the sense that the room looked stunning with everyone dressed nicely.
With champagne flowing at that point, and 50 dollars up for grabs for the funniest photo, the reality was that it turned into more of a circus atmosphere than an elegant Downton Abbey affair.
I will take full
blame credit. I wanted to add some fun (and competition) to it all. We hosted a contest for ‘best photo’ taken at the photo session, the winner received a great prize. Surrounded by decor from a by-gone era and dressed in their wedding best, our guests were encouraged to let loose and have some fun!
After all, isn’t that what wedding receptions are supposed to be about?
Wedding Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas
I was browsing through some of Love & Lavender’s featured real weddings, along with my usual wedding decor websites, for ideas and decided it would be fun to put together a roundup of my favorite photo booth backdrops – the kind that are already done for you and simply require a small portion of your wedding budget!
For those engaged couples who have the time and imagination to DIY their own backdrop, go for it! Sure, coming up with a thrifty DIY project to make your own is always great, but I will leave that for another day.
On the other hand, for brides and grooms who want to buy a finished photo booth backdrop, take a look at these quirky, fun and customizable ones below.
I love the fact that you can customize the text for your own wedding, or for a holiday season that you could reuse it year after year. In fact, if you customize the backdrop in a generic way using love poems or quotes, I imagine you could recoup some of your decor budget by selling second-hand after your wedding.
Let’s look at where you can buy a custom wedding photo booth backdrop for your big day.
1) Macramé Photo Backdrop
Are you in love with this Macrame backdrop? When it comes to weddings you must always think outside the box. Who would have picked this fab Macrame Wall Hang as a backdrop? Not me. What a fabulous idea for a bohemian style wedding.
2) Fringe Photo Booth Backdrop
This fringe photo booth backdrop will definitely catch the eye of any passer by. Add some funny props and your guests will have a wail of a good time.
3) Chalkboard Wedding Backdrop
Everyone loves a chalkboard, and look how sharp it looks as a background for a photo booth.
4) Painted Wedding Backdrop
Now that I have Frank Sinatra’s song stuck in my head, I absolutely adore this Fly me to the Moon backdrop!
5) Paper Cones Backdrop
I actually saw something like this in a shop window in Zagreb, Croatia and I absolutely flipped over it. I had a moment of “oh, I could so make that myself!”
Who am I kidding, I would not have the patience to sit and make 10 of these little paper cones, let alone 100. Anyways, as a photo backdrop it is absolutely wonderful!
6) Paper Flower Backdrop
What would you say after walking into a room and being struck by the beauty of this paper flower backdrop? I dunno about you, but I am speechless!
7) Lace Felt Garland
Simple and sweet. Could be used again after the wedding around the home!
8) Candy Pink Sequin Photography Backdrop
Gold, black, silver or pink colors, who doesn’t love a bit of sequin backdrop sparkle?
9) Custom Red Carpet Ready Backdrop
I’ve secretly always wanted to walk a red carpet. If you also harbor this hidden wish, here’s your chance with this fun custom wedding backdrop!
10) Lace and Pom Pom Wedding Backdrops
Yes it is cutesy – but some weddings are like that! I think this backdrop works well for a fun outdoor backyard wedding!
11) Lasercut Paper Photobooth Backdrop
A little pricey, but every bit worth it! This stunning minimal, modern geometric panel design is perfect for a loft wedding setting. It makes a huge statement and will create edgier photos!
Which of these 11 photo booth backdrops is a must-have for your wedding? The great thing about this list is that most of these items can be used for another occasion, or as decor in your house or office. Tell us what you think for a photobooth backdrop in the comments below, and let us know which is your fav!