Backdrop Ideas

Backdrops are most commonly used for ceremonies, dessert displays and photo booth backdrops, but there are a few more places you could consider implementing them! I think it's most effective when the backdrop is built to be moved easily, so that it can be used for the ceremony and then moved to a reception area. If you're planning on using a backdrop, consider using it for your head table or sweetheart table, DJ booth, bar or cocktail area, or even as a nice backdrop for a guest lounge. 

I personally love backdrops that have a handmade element, or bring in something personal about the couple. Maybe it's a quote, a home decor style, or even a particular shape or material. Another idea is to have a backdrop that uses elements that can be reused later in your home- then you have a beautifully crafted piece to remember your day.

Here are some of my favorite backdrop ideas for events!

Incorporating Hand Lettering into Your Event

To continue with the idea of display design, I'd like to move on to chatting about some of my favorite display uses in events. One of the latest trends in event display is the use of hand lettering. I love to use hand lettering in displays, and also offer this as a service because it provides a beautifully hand-crafted touch to events that many people appreciate.

Here are my five favorite ways to incorporate hand lettering into events:

ONE | envelope addresses or elements of the invitation suite: 

Whether you're addressing your own envelopes or hiring someone to letter them, I think there is something more heartwarming and touching about receiving a hand-addressed piece of mail. Just knowing that someone out there took the time to write out each name and address, as opposed to feeding it out of a computer, really grounds me in the moment of an event's future happening.

TWO | thank you or message for each place setting:

Imagine going to a wedding and instead of receiving a trinket favor that you will someday toss, finding a beautifully written thank you, poem, or message in its place. I think this is such a lovely way of welcoming your guests and giving them something personal to take home as a momento.

THREE | seating chart

The seating chart is a great place to conserve paper and use a hand-lettered sign instead. I've been seeing this requested more and more, and I just think it's so smart. I like the idea of assigning guests a table, but not a specific seat. That way there is some guidance, but guests ultimately decide where they are most comfortable. Hand-lettered seating charts make beautiful display pieces that can bring together the theme of the event!

FOUR | menus and cocktail signs

More and more these days I've been seeing clients moving from a buffet style menu to a plated meal. The signature cocktail is also becoming quite popular. In these cases, it is so nice to see both of these written in a creative way on a large display for everyone to read from across the room. You can tie in your event's theme, while also informing guests what their food and drink options are. 

FIVE | welcome sign

Welcome signs are a nice way to show guests where to enter, while also making them feel included from the very start of the event. There are so many ways to style them, whether you have a wood sign or chalkboard sign, flower or plant garlands, and I especially love making custom signs for clients. 

TOP 5 FAVORITE ANTHROPOLOGIE DISPLAYS

We all know that Anthropologie has some of the most amazing displays this world has to offer. They are always incredibly creative, resourceful, and believe it or not, done on a pretty reasonable budget. I found an article recently that revealed a bit about their process, and I find it so inspiring! 

What I love most about their displays is how resourceful they can be. I read in the above article that themes are decided upon and then shared with all of the stores, and each store's styling team is then responsible for bringing the theme to life in their own way. The following displays are my favorites based on access to materials and overall attention to being green.

This first one uses pieces of broken or thrifted furniture brought together by color and attentive styling. I love how cohesive and festive it turned out to be, and that despite all of the broken bits it still exemplifies the idea of HOME. It shows that sometimes a simple thing like color can bring an idea together.

While this one probably took a lot more time to acquire the materials (and may have gotten more than a few a bit tipsy), I love how green this idea is. This team could have stopped at collecting thousands of corks, but they turned it up a notch by dyeing all of the corks to give the whole idea more impact.

This idea is about as easy to execute as they come, and yet it has so much intrigue and beauty. Sandwich bags, dirt and sprout seeds! Fantastic. The wonderful thing about this concept, is that it continues to grow and change creating an organic display that will bring customers coming back to check on the progress.

From what I can tell, this display is mostly constructed with cardboard and bottle caps. It is magical and delightful in all the best ways!! I really believe you can do just about anything with cardboard. It's so versatile and relatively easy to acquire.

This last one is pure magic. I am unsure of the materials, but isn't it so whimsical? Can you imagine walking along the street in the dead of winter and happening upon this feast for the eyes? 

I hope that these images give you some inspiration, and the next time you tackle your display ideas you are not bogged down by a lack of materials. There are treasures everywhere! Next time you're in a bind, check your recycling bin and grab a few bottles of paint or dye!   

Displays: TIPS ON BRIDAL SHOW BOOTHS

Today I'd love to chat a bit about show displays, specifically about the wedding industry. I love to design booths for vendors, and I thought with so many shows coming up, it would be great to share some tips about displays. I've found that the best thing to do at any kind of show is to focus on what YOU do. Try not to clutter up your booth with other elements especially if it might confuse a potential client about what services you actually offer. Here are a few tips for specific vendors!

Bridal Show Displays

INVITATION DESIGNER | Displaying paper products can be TOUGH. Designers have such large portfolios that it can also be hard to cut down and choose only a few pieces. I think this display does a great job of making an impact while also showing off the product. Potential clients can easily pull down a card if they want to take a closer look, yet it is easy to see from a distance as well. 

Floral Bridal Show Display

FLORIST | Many florists tend to share booths at shows, but wouldn't this be so cool for a display? I imagine an assistant making little boutonnieres or corsages throughout the day for interested clients. Wouldn't you love to get a tiny bundle of flowers if you were attending a bridal show? This brings up another great tip: always bring a buddy! You won't regret it!

Fashion Designer Display

DRESS MAKER | Whether you make dresses for brides or for flower girls, most ladies LOVE to see the dresses in person and feeeeel them. It's important for clients to see your artistry in person and notice the detail work in your sewing. Dress forms are one great way to display pieces, and I love this rack idea as well. You can customize the wall behind it based on your area of expertise, and clients can pick up the garments and hold them up to themselves as well. I think it would create a great conversation piece for any show!

Jewelry Display

JEWELRY | This is right up there with the invitation designers. It can be very tricky to display jewelry properly, and in a safe way that you can keep an eye on it! This display does a great job of being organized and easy for viewing, while also creating a beautiful backdrop appropriate for the jewelry on display.

EVENT PLANNER | LOVE this idea for an event planner. It offers an overall styling concept, information on what could be offered, and an intimate table for two for holding small discussions when necessary. This particular option could be reworked in so many ways! Also, if a chalkboard wall is used, it can be REUSED for future shows. Genius.
 

Florist Photobooth Collaboration
Photographer Florist Display

COLLABORATIONS | There are so many creative ways to partner on bridal show booths, and it's a great way to maximize your investment. On the left is a beautiful backdrop that could work for a florist and Photo Booth partnership. On the right is an option if a florist wanted to partner with a photographer. Of course, picture those frames filled with gorgeous photos! 

Are there any display ideas that you've had success or failure with? I'd love to hear what you've learned throughout the display process!

Prop Recipe No. 3: THE MAGIC OF CREATING

In order to properly celebrate making, I think it's only appropriate to have an explosion of color. Color makes so many people happy! I've created a palette of warm greens, blues, and ambers but you could just as easily swap one of these out for another. I think this particular palette would work wonderfully for a gallery opening or art showing. It's bold, yet playful! Imagine: a small appetizer or sweets table with a collection of green and blue cake stands, trays or bowls...guests wandering about with their cocktails in sweet amber goblets...and collections of cobalt bottles scattered about with beautiful floral blooms to brighten the space. 

Magic of Creating

What do you think about this festive palette? Are there any bright colors you would use instead?