11 Handcrafted Wedding Backdrops Sure to Make You Want to Make Yours!

These couples and planners took ceremony arches and reception backdrops to a new level with these beautiful handcrafted focal points!

We have seen so many gorgeous handcrafted or DIY wedding day backdrops that have stopped us in our tracks lately, and we couldn't help but compile these beauties! Have you seen or made a backdrop you want to share?! Send us an email!

1. This extraordinary ceremony arch made of NAPKINS!

We featured this beautiful shoot not too long ago, but had to bring it back for this compilation! Jess at The Sentimental Fools challenged her team to come up with a ceremony focal piece made with a super limited budget! What an awesome success!!

Event Planner: Sentimental Fools | Photographer: Ashton Kelley Photography | Venue: Main Street Ballroom Makeup: Makeup by Victoria O'Neill Florals: Stems Fine Florals Dress: Savannah Miller Bridal from Lovely Bride DC Calligrapher: Copper Stone Co. Shoes: Chinese Laundry

2. This vintage paradise

From the Photographer: "The decorator went to different antique stores and found vintage handkerchiefs for the guests' "Happy Tears".  She found doilies and stretched them with embroidery hoops and hung them from a tree.  She wrapped old books in lace and burlap string as table decorations and added flowers, old tea cups and birdcages.   The doors were found at a yard sale and mounted to the fence with a tree branch from the yard screwed into the top and wrapped in greenery to create an arch.  She wrapped hula hoops in greenery and hung from the tent ceiling.   She made a rag garland out of shabby chic colors and lace and hung it with shepherd hooks  as the aisle runner.  There were also little nuggets of cuteness with vintage suitcases, picnic baskets, teal bicycle and the mother of the bride's gloves from the 1940's!"

Event Planner: Endless Possibilities | Photographer: A Focused Life Photography | Floral Design: Bouquets Unlimited |  Venue: Summit Chase Country Club

3. This beautiful wreath adorned with the couple's monogram for their ceremony arch

From the bride: "We did all of the decor ourselves and it was a family affair!  My husband built the arch used for the ceremony, my dad made the gorgeous glass centerpieces for the reception, my sister used her vinyl cutting expertise to decorate the chalkboard that guests saw when they entered the chapel, I made the monogram wreath that hung on the arch at the chapel, and my oldest daughter hand-lettered the "reserved" signs as well as the signs for our pie bar, and my youngest daughter made the boutonnieres and corsages.  We did all of the flowers and decorating ourselves.  We love to decorate and knew exactly what we wanted.  By doing it ourselves, we were able to make the picture in our minds come to life!   It turned out exactly like we wanted it to."

Photographer: Kelsey Cole Photography | Venue: Highgrove Farm

4. We are all about the fiber arts making an entrance at your wedding day!

This arch was made by Cherish from She Weaves is stunning with those pops of copper to match the metal frame! We can't get enough of this look and always love the looks that come from the planning of Christine McFarlane Events!

Planning: Christine McFarlane Events | Photography: Barbarah Perttula | Venue: Caboose Farm | Hair: Vintage Veils | Makeup: @makeupbycrista @gypsysysters | Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Country Creek Farmhouse Tables | Decor: @sheweaves_ | Carthage.Co  | Florist: Rosemary & Rust | Jewelry:  NikHufDesigns | Ring: Gem Breakfast | Calligrapher: Copper Stone Co. | Models: @mahunny @rm_laro_ @furbananas @annett_ka26 @onebroadsjourney

5. This stunning curtain made of WAX CONES!

Our friend Jess of Jess Albins Events created this amazing curtain for her wedding day entirely out of wax paper cones she assembled and sewed together! We cannot get over how dreamy this turned out! And how expertly Bradley Images captured them!

Photos: Bradley Images Rentals: Emerald Event Design

6. This carnation curtain from this gorgeous styled shoot!

We happen to be a huge fan of everything that Kate at Love and Luster Florals produces, and when we saw this gorgeous carnation curtain from a recent styled shoot with  Elizabeth M Photography, we were in love! How breathtaking would this be at the altar?!

Photographer: Elizabeth M Photography | Florals: Kate at Love and Luster Florals  | Venue: Sylvanside Farm | Dress: BHLDN  | Rentals: Bella Villa Rentals | Model: Megan Rei

7. This dreamy set of dreamcatchers

From the bride: "the main back drop were handmade dreamcatchers that in the center were doilies made by my great grandma. It was a perfect way to include her in our special day since she is no longer with us." What a beautiful memento to honor this couple's family!

Photographer: Eileen K Photography | Venue: Legacy Hill Farm | Floral Designer: Kukka Flowers | Design & Decor: Hello Wildflower

8. This amazing combo of carnations and geometric hangers

Because a carnation curtain can be an edgy addition too!

From the photographer: "This styled shoot was the creative baby of each and every vendor involved. The idea began when Theresa Wooner Photography drew inspiration from the pieces handcrafted by Sarah Cosper of Lux Exteriors and the idea was then brought to Irma Green at Simply Chic Events to be developed and materialized. We wanted to create something unique, jaw-dropping, and original with some influences from trends we adore."

Photographer: Theresa Wooner Photography | Event Planner: Simply Chic Rentals & Events  | Venue: The Randall House | Fashion: Lux Exteriors | Floral Design: Make it Happen Events | Hair: Lily Bridal Hair | Makeup: SYLVIA GUTIERREZ ESTHETICS | Apparel: Modern Charm Boutique

9. This elegant and moody hand-painted backdrop and homage to Edgar Allen Poe

Does this speak to our Baltimore-loving hearts? Yup. And wouldn't this be perfect for an elegant and moody Halloween or fall wedding?! Yup! We love the idea of using an abstract painted backdrop for your ceremony background and it fit the theme so well!

Photographer: Film+Quill Collective // Venue: Art Square Studios // Dress: Isla Atropa DC // Beauty: Brandy Palacios Artistry  and Blush Hair and Makeup Artistry  // Floral Designer: Flowers for You // Backdrop: DIY by the Collective!

10. This stunning handmade curtain of origami cranes!

The bride's maternal grandmother came to the states from Japan when she was 18, and it was important to her to honor this part of her heritage. According to Japanese lore, folding 1,000 origami cranes is truly a labor of love. The time and energy put into creating these symbolizes the patience, trust, and dedication necessary to sustain a happy marriage. Paying homage to the majestic crane, which mates for life and is said to live one thousand years, the couple ensures their own fortune of good luck and a long and happy marriage. 


Photographer: Three16 Photography // Venue: Mount Palomar Winery // Event Planner: Mount Palomar Winery Coordinating // Handmade by: The bride!

11. This stunning arch that weaves locally sourced goodness into your ceremony!

We couldn't help but sneak in one from our own styled shoot! This one comes to you from our Locally Grown, Sustainable Love style shoot from a few years ago (before BaM was officially BaM Co-Create!!) and we were blown away by how Local Color Flowers created a ceremony arch woven into the perforated metal outside a local restaurant. It was featured on Baltimore Weddings so check out the whole shoot here!

Photographers: Britney Clause Photography and Marlayna Photography | Planners: BaM Co-Create (before we were officially BaM!) | Florist: Local Color Flowers  | Venue and Food: La Cuchara Baltimore Hair and Makeup: Caitlyn Meyer Dress: Bella Bridesmaids

Coming Soon!

Psssst... and here's a sneak peek of another list coming soon... if you have some beautiful themed, handcrafted or DIY party backdrops, we're here for them! LOVING this one from our friend Ashton's AKP Retreat and wondering how we can teleport to this summery engagement party asap!! 


Photography: Ashton Kelley Photography during AKP Retreat | Event Designer: Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill | Beauty:  Natty Contrera Artistry | Apparel: Free People 

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When Marlayna isn't diving into BaM projects, she's also a wedding photographer, and the photographer at UMBC! When she's not photographing, she loves to kick back and relax with her husband Adam and their two cats Zoe and Annie! And when they're not at home, they love to travel and try new beers, cocktails, and of course, delicious food!
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