By Lindsay Cohn

Published on September 2, 2017

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Photography by MORNINGWILD PHOTOGRAPHY VIA RUFFLED

Whether you want to save money or just like flaunting your artistic abilities, getting crafty for your wedding is a great idea. While we don’t recommend doing everything yourself, there are plenty of projects you (and perhaps even your groom) can tackle.

When it comes to the big day, it’s all about the photo ops—and what makes for a better shot than a beautiful backdrop? For a low cost, high impact option, consider DIY-ing your ceremony installation.

Thanks to these step-by-step tutorials, creating the custom wedding backdrop of your dreams has never been more do-able.

Clay Pod Backdrop

Planning a woodland wedding? The juxtaposition of smooth clay pods cascading from an organic tree branch creates a gorgeous contrast—both texturally and visually. Get the how-to on Ruffled.

Photography: MorningWild Photography

Backdrop Design: Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate

 
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Photography by LAURA GOLDENBERGER VIA GREEN WEDDING SHOES

Giant Moon Backdrop

Channel your inner moon goddess with a celestial-inspired installation. Adorned with denim dyed cork and glitter dusted marshmallows, this giant moon by Laura Goldenberger is truly out of this world. Get the how-to on Green Wedding Shoes.

Photography: Laura Goldenberger

Florals: Clementine Floral Works

Hair And Makeup: Page Beauty

Dress: Rue De Seine

Backdrop Design: Laura Stewart Design

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Photography by BRIAN SCHINDLER VIA RUFFLED

Branch Slice Backdrop

This decorative display by Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate marries natural wood slices, gold leaf, and twine, and the result manages to be both rustic and regal. Get the how-to on Ruffled.

Photography: Brian Schindler

Backdrop Design: Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate

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Photography by MEL DENISSE VIA FREE PEOPLE

Floral Ceremony Backdrop

Although grand in scale, this botanical backdrop impresses with its understated allure—no doubt due to Mel Denisse’s use of greenery and demure blooms. Get the how-to on Free People.

Photography: Mel Denisse

Backdrop Design: Mel Denisse

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Photography by IZZY HUDGINS PHOTOGRAPHY VIA RUFFLED

Fabric Circle Backdrop

Fabric circles never looked so glam. We love the bold color combo of cobalt blue, eggplant, and teal—particularly for fall or winter nuptials. Get the how-to on Ruffled.

Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography

Dress: James Gunn

Hair And Makeup: Jessica Duthu  

Backdrop Design: French Knot Studios

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Photography by EMILY CHIDESTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Paper Wisteria Backdrop

This whimsical wisteria backdrop is a sublime example of how paper can transform itself into showstopping wedding decor. Get the how-to on Ruffled.

Photography: Emily Chidester Photography

Venue: Separk Mansion

Backdrop Design: Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate

 
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Photography by ALLISON ANDRES VIA A PRACTICAL WEDDING

Geometric Backdrop

Love the look of fabric installations, but haven’t quite mastered sewing? Give this no-sew geometric design a try. Not only can you do it yourself sans needle and thread, but you can also customize it to fit your favorite color scheme. Get the how-to on A Practical Wedding.

Photography: Allison Andres  

Hair And Makeup: Fox & Doll

Dress: Nicole Miller  

Backdrop Design: Michelle Edgemont

 
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Photography by STUDIO EMP VIA 100 LAYER CAKE

Heart Floral Backdrop

Nothing says romance quite like a floral-clad heart. Seriously—what could be more befitting of your entrance into matrimonial bliss than a life-sized symbol of love? Get the how-to on 100 Layer Cake.

Photography: Studio EMP

Backdrop Design: Lavenders Flowers

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