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Bang For Your Buck: Backdrops Over Details

Bang For Your Buck: Backdrops Over Details

You've seen the magazine pages and Pinterst boards filled with all the gorgeous wedding details. We've been conditioned to drool over them. I loved spending time planning and creating details that would be used around our wedding. I even had pins saved for beautifully curated bathroom baskets to have on the restroom counters for guests.

But let me hop in and let you in on one detail you may be overlooking. If photography is a priority for you, focus more on your backgrounds and atmosphere of your wedding space. The details are wonderful, BUT my advice would be to start by planning the larger elements of the room/venue/outdoor space/etc. and work your way down to the smaller items if time and budget allow.

My reasoning:

A majority of your photos are going to show "big picture" items (pun) while only a handful of your photos will feature the smaller details. Let me put it this way... Whatever is behind you during your ceremony is going to be in basically every single ceremony photo. Those monogrammed napkins you've got your eye on will be in probably 1-2 photos.

By focusing on the look and feel of your event space and decorating accordingly, you'll get way more bang for your buck. And like I said, if time and budget allow, go wild on the smaller details. 

So, how should you go about creating a killer vibe at your wedding?

1. Choose venues that compliment the look and feel you're going for. Decide if you want to go downtown, chic, rustic, outdoorsy, modern, etc. Choose something that is totally you. My husband and I were set on having an outdoor ceremony because the outdoors is very much a part of who we are. Our aisle was a hiking trail and our guests sat on tree stumps. We didn't have to decorate because of all the beautiful trees we were surrounded by. We brought the outdoors in to our reception and decorated with a lot of greenery, tree stumps and floral accents.
Tip: When you're visiting venues, be sure to ask if they are able to accommodate any specific ideas you may have (hanging lights, candles, bringing in your own decor, chair and table rentals, etc.).

2. Ceremony backdrop. If you're getting married in a church or similar indoor facility, you may not have much control over this. But if you are getting married outside or somewhere you have the freedom to decorate or arrange, think about what you'll want to see behind you and your wedding party. Don't overcomplicate it - simple is good. But again, make sure it compliments the feel you want your wedding to have and be sure it's something you'll want to see in your wedding photos. 
Bonus: Make it movable and bring it over to the reception to be used as a backdrop to the dance floor, head table or a photo booth.

3. Reception lighting. No matter if your wedding is inside or out, lighting is the best way to create atmosphere. If you have neon disco lights on during your first dance, your photos will have neon colors in them. If that's what you're going for, great. If not, talk to your DJ! Ask your venue if they have examples of what has been done in the space before so you can get a feel for what different things look like.

Other big ticket ideas to look into: ceiling hangings, installation art, hanging lights, photo booth backdrops, floral installations.

Just remember, don't get too caught up in the details! Everything will come together beautifully whether or not you get that bathroom basket assembled (which I did not, by the way).

Have a backdrop idea you'd love to try?! I'd love to hear about it!

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