On the Big Day, backdrops can set the tone and elevate the mood of a wedding celebration.
By Eileen Smith Dallabrida
Backdrops also can be much more than eye candy, functioning as temporary walls. Cher L. Przelomski, founder of Planning Factory International in Wilmington, Delaware, used a floor-to-ceiling cascade of white string to divide a ballroom into two spaces: a formal dining room with tables for 140 guests and a hip cocktail lounge with casual seating.
“The curved wall of string draperies looked decorative and defined areas with different functions,” she says.
Backdrops also can help newlyweds present their newly united brand to the world with the unveiling of their monograms. Przelomski is partial to large wooden panels that can instantly create a Zen environment during a cocktail hour.
“That very same backdrop can be transformed with a wall of florals with large statues on either side for guests to take pictures. Or it could be a backdrop for the head table,” she says. “It’s an opportunity to reflect your style, what you love, and also to impress your guests with a magical environment.”
In creative hands, utilitarian items can take on new meaning. Przelomski screwed together wooden pallets for stability to form a backdrop for the band at a rustic reception in a party barn. Teamed with wine barrels and big brass lanterns, the backdrop takes on a Tuscan vibe.
“In the end, it’s all about the design,” she says.