How to Create the Perfect DIY Wedding Photo Booth Backdrop for Unforgettable Pictures

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If you’re planning a wedding, one of your top priorities is having unforgettable photos to help you remember your big day for years to come! And, while at least 90% of us hire a wedding photographer, the wedding photo booth trend is growing FAST. According to Wedding Wire, more than 25% of all weddings feature a photo booth, meaning that tons of couples want both types of pictures of their nuptials. And, it’s easy to see why!

A professional photographer can get all of the highly sought after photos, but a photo booth gives you great candid photos and giving your guests a fun way to interact. The best part? A wedding photo booth doesn’t have to command top dollar! In fact, with an awesome iPad-based app like Onebooth and a DIY photo booth backdrop, you can have photos to cherish that are affordable and fun.

The Best DIY Wedding Photo Booth Backdrops

When you’re planning your wedding photo booth backdrop, you’ll want to factor in how it fits with your theme and decorations. While it doesn’t have to be a direct fit with everything else, you can really stretch your budget if you choose elements that work well together.

So if you’re already getting some extra flower decorations, use some in your backdrop. Using fairy lights at the reception? Grab a few extra strands to frame your photo booth or selfie station.

Use your surroundings! If there is an area of your venue with great photo-friendly features, then all you need to do is dress it up a bit and direct your guests that way!

We’re sharing some of our favorite ideas below based on indoor vs outdoor weddings. But if you need additional inspiration, take a field trip to your favorite craft store. With a little creativity and elbow grease, you’ll have a gorgeous DIY backdrop that results in amazing photos!

Indoor Weddings

If your wedding is indoors, you can have a lot of fun with a variety of materials that will hold up to the elements!

Fun Polaroid Style Frames – Although you can accomplish a great frame virtually with your iPad app’s overlays or stickers, having a physical cut out can set the stage for some really fun photos!

Decorated Sitting Area – This is a simple example of dressing up something that’s already part of your venue. Make it fun. Make it memorable, and let your guests have at it!

Bride standing in front of a window with lots of curtains.
Use lots of curtains to create a fun DIY photo booth backdrop!

Fun fabrics & curtains – This is another great example of working with the existing space. But, you can create a similar look with some curtains from Target and some great lights!

Green walls – Green walls are all the rage in lots of places, and they can give a really fun tropical (or forest-like) feel to your photos. You can certainly create your own with live plants, but if you get faux plants, you can easily use their leaves or flowers! As a bonus, this backdrop could also be used outdoors, in virtually any type of setting!

Strings of lights – Wouldn’t this fireplace make a gorgeous backdrop? Simply add a few more strings of lights and you’ve got an amazing DIY wedding backdrop.

Craft store finds – Everything in this set up can be found at your favorite craft store. It’s simple, elegant, and will give you some great photo ideas.

Outdoor Weddings

If you’re planning your big day outside, you can still create an amazing photo booth space. Here are some fun ideas!

Balloon Arches – How much fun are these for your outdoor wedding? These great backdrops are affordable and work well inside too.

Floral Walls – Just like green walls, floral walls are really fun. Whether you use fresh or faux flowers, they give you a springy-summery feel and are the perfect DIY backdrop.

Simple Floral Arches – Want something a little less intense than a full floral backdrop? Create a simple arch with flowers and maybe a curtain or two and you’ll have the perfect atmosphere for your guests to be candidly glam.

Fun with Shiplap – We love pallets because they are so versatile. If you can dream it you can build it. And this shiplap-style wedding photo booth backdrop is no exception. With a few boards, some nails, paint, and craft store letters, you’ll be ready to go!

Newlyweds taking pictures with an industrial background
Even industrial doors can be used to take good photo booth pictures!

Use Your Surroundings – We’ve mentioned using your surroundings a few times. If your venue has some amazing textures – maybe a brick wall or an industrial door, that can be a great setting for photos!

Beach Weddings

We love ideas for beach wedding photo booths, and we know you will too!

Seashells decorations for a wedding
Sea Shells are a perfect decoration for any beach wedding!

Sea Shells – You can do just about anything with seashells for your beach wedding. Some successful seashell-inspired wedding photo booths include a frame or backdrop decorated with shells, sea shell garlands, and even simply using shells as overall decor to set the beach mood.

Canopy Sitting Areas – Canopied areas are perfect for beach weddings, or any space outdoors. They create a fun oasis-like feel and are light, bright, and simply fresh all around.

A Note On Props

With a great photo booth app like Onebooth, you don’t need props, because you’ll have access to some super fun photos to dress up the photos. But, props do create some insanely fun opportunities for guest interaction. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our favorites:

  • Picture frames
  • Oversized sunglasses or fun glasses
  • Crowns/Tiaras
  • Hearts
  • Flowers, fabrics & colors from your theme

We know you want to have a photo booth at your wedding, and now we’ve shown you just how easy and inexpensive it can be to get some absolutely amazing photos of your friends celebrating your big day. After all, you provide the joy and the backdrop and let your friends make the memories fun for years to come.

And, if you want even more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.

Have you made a DIY wedding photo booth backdrop that you love? We’d love to hear about it!

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