While starting to plan our wedding, I fell head over heels with a photo backdrop I saw online. It looked to be made out of reclaimed wood and featured bold white lettering with quotations about love and happiness. I imagined family and friends taking pictures in front of it, and later having those photos as a memento of our special day. It was perfect.
Excitedly, I scoured the internet on how I could make or buy the backdrop, but I couldn’t find anything. In order to make this wedding detail a reality, I formulated a plan to build…
I thought I could use palette wood to get the rustic look I wanted. However, when I started to think about dimensions I discovered that palette wood was too short. After a shopping trip to the Home Depot, my mom and I decided to use wood that’s made for fence posts, and cut it down to size.
My mom was awesome. We didn’t have room to build something this big and transport it all the way to Florida, so she hired someone to build the backdrop there. A simple rectangular frame was made for each section of the backdrop using 2×4’s. The cut down fence slats were nailed in place horizontally on each of the frames. The sections were then fastened together with some heavy-duty hinges from the hardware store.
After it was built, to make the very new-looking wood have more of a weathered appearance, we experimented with some very watered down paint colors. Using the back of the backdrop as a test, we settled on a grey-purple hue. It took a couple coats of light paint wash to get the wood looking the way we envisioned.
|Approximate size of backdrop in inches|
I laid out the lettering in Adobe Illustrator to the exact size and fonts I wanted. I went to Kinko’s and made full size black and white prints on oversized paper for relatively cheap (I think it cost $12 for each of the side panels).I drew on the back of the prints with white chalk. flipped the pages over, and secured the pages to the front of the backdrop with tape. Then, I traced over the letters with a sharp pencil to transfer the chalk to the wood surface. Finally, Mom and I painted in letters with a exterior latex paint and some craft brushes.
From there I could see the project really come together. This was a lot of work, but it was so worth it. We have a lot of great pictures of our guests and of us at our wedding reception. We thought that this was a fun alternative to the tradition wedding photo booth.