Wedding backdrops have become so much more than the pieces of cloth they used to be. Meant to frame the newlyweds as they exchange vows, they can be whatever you want them to be—just channel your personality as a couple or your wedding style to guide you.
If you want to flaunt your creativity, consider a unique installation made of wallpaper or an abstract painting for some artsy vibes. If you’re having a laid-back outdoor ceremony, a rustic wooden arch or romantic altar of florals can enhance the setting. We’re particularly fans of walls of wedding backdrops because you can tailor them to any theme! We’ve seen it all—wheat walls, flower walls, greenery walls, and more—and you can even repurpose it at the reception as a backdrop behind the head table or as a photo backdrop! But you don’t always need to liven up your altar. Sometimes, stunning natural scenery like a roaring ocean or vast mountains is all it takes.
From the simple to the lavish, here are 30 wedding backdrops that are sure to inspire you—no matter your style!
Escape to the Tropics
Half minimalist, half maximalist, this circular backdrop is a tropical dream. Monstera leaves, lush greenery, white roses, and tulips adorn the backdrop in a crescent shape to make a modern statement. Extend the look into a semicircle shape to create a feeling of intimacy at the altar.
Hang Your Florals
Get inventive with your arch with suspended strands of florals. This one keeps things simple with white flowers hung at different lengths for an uncurated look of classic beauty.
Let Nature Work
There’s no need to get creative with your wedding backdrop when nature does all the work for you. This stunning palm tree is all this ceremony needs, but we’re digging how this couple accented it with a half-circle of palmetto leaves to enhance the look. Even if your wedding isn’t in a tropical setting, any grand tree, whether it’s oak or willow, will make a statement.
Bring the Garden Indoors
Take inspiration from the garden outside. Oversized arrangements of white duchess peonies, viburnum, Playa Blanca roses, white Majolica spray roses, tulips, and foxgloves perch atop acrylic stands for a stunning altar that’s both traditional and modern for an overall timeless look.
Look to the Sun
We’re seeing a sunset in this chuppah! Chrysanthemum flowers in yellow, orange, pale pink, and white create a sunny palette in a floral curtain with an ombre effect—the perfect complement for a ceremony at dusk.
Look for a Dramatic Doorway
Why spend money on a ceremony backdrop when your venue already has one for you? If your venue features rich architecture or a unique design, look for a dramatic entryway to say your vows in front of. You can always add a few touches, as this bride did with pink peony accents.
Channel Your Inner Surfer
We think this stunning Hawaii wedding backdrop complete with banyan trees and endless ocean views will do, but this couple took it a step further with gorgeous vintage wooden surfboards that served as twin ceremony pieces.
Build a Flower Wall
A custom-built wall of vivid white and green flowers complements this tropical oasis of a ceremony area. Pro tip: Repurpose your ceremony wall during the reception for a photo backdrop! We love a good statement piece that not only enhances a wedding’s design but saves money, too.
Artsy couples, this idea is for you! This couple got married in an art gallery, making bold artwork as a backdrop a given. If you’re feeling this contemporary style, see which art galleries in your city are available as a venue or get creative and DIY your own masterpiece with a canvas and some paint.
Bring Out the Copper
This couple kept their backdrop simple so their altar could shine. Their florist constructed it out of copper piping, adorning it with greenery and white flowers for a final look that’s utterly sophisticated and romantic.
A rich wall overflowing with greenery can do wonders as a wedding backdrop. Pair it with potted cacti, bohemian rugs, and lanterns at the altar for an indie vibe.
Lean Toward Minimalism
Less is more with this wedding backdrop, which consists of two potted arching vines. The simplistic look has a botanic minimalist vibe that fit perfectly with this couple’s Scandinavian-meets-rainforest style. Let it inspire you to juxtapose two seemingly opposite tastes of your own!
Enhance a Gazebo
A wrought-iron gazebo on the grounds of a French chateau evokes old world romance. Baby’s breath, white local garden roses, greenery, and gauzy white curtains breathe new life into this vintage treasure. If you’re seeking a destination wedding, we recommend scanning the grounds of a chateau or estate before booking your venue—you might just find your dream wedding backdrop there!
Catch Your Dreams
A laidback beach wedding calls for some equally free-spirited décor. This wedding backdrop nailed that with dream catchers and macrame fluttering their tassels in the wind. Complete the look with your aisle décor in the form of pampas grass aisle markers.
This oversized wreath of pampas grass is pure forest magic, especially when set against a backdrop of towering redwoods. The couple chose this six-foot-tall ring to symbolize their “eternal and everlasting love.” Come reception time, they moved it behind their sweetheart table for full effect.
Opt for Flower Power
Gorgeous and decadent, this eight-by-eight flower wall is absolutely everything. The bride wanted to evoke a floral tapestry and that’s exactly what she did with a mix of ferns, baby’s breath, andromeda, carnations, and delphinium. The lush pastel-hued botanicals bring to mind the gardens of versailles.
Build Your Own
An altar built of fallen oak branches and decorated with garden roses and eucalyptus perfectly suited a ranch wedding. We also think this bohemian-meets-rustic look befits a ceremony on a farm or in your backyard.
Choose Vibrant Colors
This bride drew inspiration from her orange-and-yellow sari for her wedding palette, and the result is sunny and bright. An eye-catching mandap bursts with mango leaves and bright spring colors that pop with coral, pinks, and orange flowers. The structure takes it to full effect, shrouded in foliage and featuring a curtain of hanging florals. Underneath it all, an assortment of rugs completes the look.
This couple gets an A+ for creativity when it comes to their wedding backdrop. They commissioned a local artist to create it using tropical chinoiserie wallpaper inspired by 19th-century botanical illustrations. But the vintage style also has a modern feel, with its shades of green and millennial pink adding a pop of color.
Fashion a Wall of Wheat
Bunches of wheat were compiled to create a wedding backdrop perfect for this barn setting. The wheat wall brings in some golden shine to the ceremony.
Tie in Classic and Rustic
This wedding so effortlessly weaves in different wedding themes, from black-tie elements to carefree beach vibes and a rustic wooden arch. The latter is proof that your wedding backdrop doesn’t need to exactly click with your wedding style to work. This couple tied it into theirs by adorning it with classic white flowers.
A floral chuppah made up of roses, hydrangeas, garden roses, and white cherry blossoms exude romance. Combined with a ceiling of fairy lights and an aisle sparkling in candlelight, the overall look softens the industrial space. We love this wedding backdrop for a spring wedding!
Float a Chuppah
This wedding backdrop has several things going for it. There’s the silver curtained background, which looks utterly rich behind a row of potted tropical plants. And then there’s the stunning floating chuppah created out of delphinium and smilax. Who wouldn’t want to say “I do” under that?
Consider an Installation
Frame dramatic views with a circle installation covered in lush greenery, white flowers, and blackberries, and blueberries. It not only represents the unity of your love but a window into the Aspen mountains beyond—or whatever your choice of nature’s backdrop may be!
Still looking for more #inspo? Check out more altar and wedding backdrop ideas in the gallery below.