The photo booth backdrop has become quite the fast-growing trend at weddings. These innovative displays are a fun and engaging activity for your guests at the event, but also a great way to incorporate a bit of creativity into your special day, beyond the limitations of store-bought options.
All you need is an imagination and a bit of crafting to create a unique backdrop to fit the mood of your special day. Clever DIYers have taken everything from paper to live flowers and turned them into one-of-a-kind photo booths. Not only do these fun displays look great in pictures but also double as wall décor throughout the event. Check out these 23 DIY photo booth backdrops that are sure to inspire.
A parasol backdrop can provide a fun pop of color to backyard weddings. To assemble, you will first need a sturdy base for the installation. Use PVC pipes and connectors to make two rectangle shapes and attach with about 7 inches of space in between. Wrap the entire structure in tarps or fabric in order to cut slits. Place the parasol handles through the fabric to create the illusion of your choice! Alternate colors and sizes to create an interesting effect and place a piece of duct tape below each slit as you go to hold the parasols in place. The bold display will serve as vibrant place for your guests to snap photos as well as a cool focal point in your party décor.
2. Pom Poms
Stack sheets of tissue paper and make 1-1.5” wide accordion folds (creasing along the way.) Fold a piece of wire in half; slip it around the center of the folded tissues and twist! You can use scissors to trim the edges to be a bit more rounded. Separate the layers by pulling them away from the center one by one. Use decorative strings to hand the poms by the twisted wire. Different sizes and colors will make quite the unique background for some fun photos!
Use the months leading up to the big day to find different picture frames and mirrors. Remove the glass so that only the frames remains and hang using a strong fishing wire. Your guests will be inspired to stand and pose behind them for photos. The resulting images could end up in real frames in the years to come!
Who doesn’t love playing with balloons? They can add quite the playfulness to your DIY photo booth. First, choose the color and purchase several packets at your local drug store or party supplier. For a longer event like a wedding, it’s best to rent a helium tank for the day. You can use it to fill up the balloons the first time around and refill any that end up a little droopy throughout the day. Tie the ribbons to a weighted object like a rock and arrange accordingly. The resulting photos of your guests will be sure to get a laugh!
Using natural, floral elements as a backdrop will create a miniature garden escape for your guests! You’ll first need to pick out the colors and sizes of the flowers for the wall.
Have them delivered a few days before your event and cut an inch from all stems to place them in water to preserve. On the day of the wedding, start by stripping the stems of any excess leaves, thorns etc. and then trim them the length of your choice. Cutting each type of blooms at a different length will create a more interesting visual effect when the flowers are hung. Start at the top of the wall and move down as you attach the flowers. Use scotch tape in your desired color to fasten the blooms to the wall and space them out accordingly. The result makes quite the whimsical display!
Chalkboards are the perfect decorative touch to weddings with an intimate, rustic feel and can be incorporated into your DIY photo booth too! Now it can be tricky to find a chalkboard large enough to serve as the background for full sized photos. Instead, find a large canvas or wall map to be hung at the event and cover it in coats of chalkboard paint to create the surface yourself! Once you have (your version) of the chalkboard, have either a talented friend or hired calligrapher design the patterns or words for your guests to photograph in front of.
A photo booth with streamers is fun, creative and so simple to create. Start by deciding on the color scheme for the celebration and choose a blank wall to set behind. At the top, stretch out a piece of masking time with the stick side out. Use two smaller pieces to fasten it to the wall. Cut the ends of your streamers so they match up with the edge of the tape and overlap very slightly. The longer the streamers, the further back your booth can capture photos. Continue this across the entirety of the tape and use a streamer to cover the top of the backdrop, for a clean finish!
8. Paper fans
Paper fans are an elegant and simple backdrop idea for the crafty couple. All you need is decorative cardstock and tape! Choose papers in your color palette and fold accordion style. You can alternate between fold sizes and amount of papers to create fans of different sizes. Once you have the paper folded, pinch the center and fold it in half. Attach the inner ends of these halves with double-sided tape, put the halves together and spread the fan out. When grouped together in varying sizes, paper fans also make a great statement décor piece!
For some over-the-top glamour shots from your wedding, create a backdrop made entirely of glitter! To do so, you’ll need a layer of fabric to act as a curtain of sorts. Apply a generous layer of spray adhesive and scatter confetti flecks across. Metallics like gold or silver work well or it can be fun to introduce a color like pink! Make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout and spray the entire fabric with another coat of the adhesive to ensure it sticks. Hang the curtain and your custom backdrop is ready to be photographed!
What better way to inspire your guests to take a photo, than to set up an actual photograph? Use white card stock or foam board and cut in the shape of a Polaroid picture. Hang from the ceiling so that your guests can stand behind and stand inside the frame. Add your names and the date to make for the perfect keepsake from your special day.
11. Reclaimed furniture
Arranging old furniture can also be a fun and creative setting for photo booth photos. The fun in this kind of project is searching for vintage and reclaimed pieces of furniture to display at your wedding. Anywhere from thrift stores to yard sales to your own family’s storage can hold unique props to be used. Aged doors and vintage- style chairs paired with a cool lighting option will have your guests ready for their old world-inspired photo shoot!
For a wedding in the wintry months, use the holidays as inspiration for your photo booth backdrop! Set a neutral color fabric or paper as the background and begin by crumpling white tissue paper to set the scene on the ground. You can also hang crumpled white tissue paper from the ceiling to give the illusion of snow. After you’ve set the scene, add in pre-lit Christmas trees to finish the look. You can also incorporate bits of white confetti, for your guests to use in the faux-snowy photos!
13. Paper flowers
If you can’t get access to the real thing, consider making paper flowers for your backdrop instead. Start by cutting large pedals out of butcher paper. Create the detailed center of the flower by covering 3 floral wires in crepe paper. Begin placing the large pedals around the wiry center and wrap with another piece of wire to secure the pieces together. Maneuver the flowers to the desired shape and hang from the ceiling with string for a crafty, nature-inspired backdrop.
For a more modern couple, use bright colors and geometric shapes to bring a photo booth to life. First you’ll need square papers in your color palette. Start by stapling the corners of two papers together and continue this pattern to the length of your photo booth. Once all of the rows are stapled together, line them up and staple the unconnected corners. The finished product should make a diamond pattern. Hang and enjoy!
For an intimate and romantic space for photos, consider a bit of warm lighting. Gather strings of Christmas lights and hang them from the ceiling, spaced out evenly. Cover the strands with a thin white sheet to dim the lighting. The result is a warm, romantic atmosphere, perfect for weddings in a raw, industrial space.
A curtain of fringes will make a bold statement at your wedding and can be made in just a few easy steps. Start with a roll of crepe paper and use a box cutter to cut it in half. Stretch out the rolls all the way to remove the stretch as much as possible and then fold in half. Begin cutting slits halfway through the folds, leaving enough space in the middle. Do the same to the opposite site, making sure not to cut all the way through. Attach to the ceiling and let the papers fall to the ground. Twist the bottoms to create the fringe illusion and you have a fun, three-dimensional backdrop!
Hang records for a more musical, retro-inspired setting. If you don’t have a personal collection, they can be found at music stores or even online. If there’s a specific artist or genre that inspires you as a couple, incorporate some of their album covers into the display as well.
For the literary couple, your DIY photo booth can be a fun and easy way to incorporate books into your wedding. Find a collection of old favorites and stack them to a tall, library-like display. Leave some loose as props for your guests to make some fun photo opps.
What better way than confetti to celebrate your brand new union? While it might be hard to capture falling pieces of paper each time a guest enters the photo booth, but the illusion is so easy to create! Just punch of circles from various colored cardstocks. String through the center of each circle to form a chain. Leave a little space between papers to make them appear floating. Repeat and hang for quite the optical illusion!
Looking for a background with a little bit of glam? Gather a few hundred metallic discs, at whatever size “sequin” you desire. First take a sturdy foam board, and cover it in gold wrapping paper (for an extra touch of sparkle!) Set the first row of sequins in front of the paper and affix them to the foam board with short straight pins. Continue this pattern, making sure to offset the following rows to nestle into the blank spaces and cover as much surface area as possible. The result- a blinged out backdrop for your guests to enjoy!
For simple yet beautiful backdrop, consider using wallpaper to make your photo booth. Curate a few patterns and layer them on a wall. You can pull some off and cut some jagged edges to give it an aged, vintage-inspired feel in the photos.
22. Tissue Paper
To make a tissue paper display, create a grid of chicken wire. Cut lots of tissue paper in a certain color palette into large squares. Pinch and twist each of the tissues in the middle and stuff the edges into the chicken wire. Fluff them up a little to create a delicate piece of décor. Start with deeper colors at the top and fade into the lighter colors for a cool, ombre background.
For a backdrop with a more vintage flair, consider using lace. Take a trip to your local fabric store and select a few yards of varying lace patterns. The more designs and colors, the better! Cut the lace into strips of different widths and arrange them in any order. For the big day, hang a string of twine and tie each strip of lace with a small piece of satin ribbon. Push the ribbons as tightly together as possible to create and solid background, with airy movement. The hanging lace will float so beautifully with the breeze at an outdoor reception.
Now that you have a cool and unique backdrop for your DIY photo booth, be sure to check these fun DIY props for your guests to use. These creative and inexpensive twists will keep your guests engaged, while capturing the memories from your special day. For your guests that want to share these moments as they happen, check these tips for instagramming your wedding too!