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Creative Design Ideas to Incorporate into Your Head Table Backdrop

One of the single most impressive and dramatic decorative pieces you could add to a wedding is undoubtedly a head table backdrop.  Stretching the length of your head table, this backdrop truly sets the stage.  After all, it’s going to be as large as a piece of theatrical set dressing.

However, that puts extra pressure on the piece to be extra special and distinctive, as well as having decorations on it which properly make use of all the room.  After all, a typical backdrop could be anywhere from 16 to 32 feet across.  You need some big, bold designs to make sure it stands out and does its job framing the bride, groom, and their most treasured guests. Take a look at our Best Wedding Backdrop head table ideas.

Ways to Make for A Distinct Head Table Backdrop

  1. Copy your invitation design.

For those who are looking to have a very clear design scheme running throughout their wedding, one of the easiest options is to make the head table backdrop copy the invitation design.  The design work on an invitation is creating a frame around the text of the invite and, in the same way, the backdrop will be creating a frame around your head table.

  1. Match the other signage.

In some cases, the design of the invitation will carry over into the signage as well.  However, if it doesn’t, then it’d be a good idea to match the other signs instead.  The same principle applies – the backdrop simply becomes an extension of your overall design style carried through the entire space.  It’s simple and seamless and ensures your head table backdrop is guaranteed to fit in.

  1. Black with white highlights, like snowflakes or stars.

Black at my wedding?  It’s more common than you think!  The issue with having a white backdrop is that it’s very easy for the bride to become visually lost within the backdrop, particularly in pictures.  A black backdrop with tasteful white highlights actually works better than you might expect, and ensures the bride is always easy to see, even in shots taken from far away.

(Yes, the groom is probably wearing a black tux, but he won’t be in all black so he’s easier to see.)

  1. Use your wedding cake design.

Are you wanting a more colorful backdrop?  Match your cake!  This can be particularly fun, since you’ve got a choice of whether to copy the look of the cake in profile, or from the top down.  Either way, you’ll get a wider variety of colors and the backdrop will still look like it matches with other elements of the wedding.

  1. Go wild!

Honestly, if there’s a “rule” to weddings right now, it’s that nearly all the rules are getting thrown out the window.  If the backdrop doesn’t totally clash with your other designs, you could have it look like almost anything you want.  Rather than being a traditionalist, make it wild and crazy to emphasize how unique your wedding is!

Then to make your custom head table backdrop a reality, just contact Best Wedding Backdrops!


Incorporating Colour Into Your Wedding Dance Floor Decals

Some truly impressive pieces of wedding decoration -which can cost less than you might expect- are wedding dance floor decals.  These can take a relatively plain floor and make it something special, that compliments your overall design scheme and really brings the room together.  Even better, modern vinyl decals can be created with glues that never leave residue and can be used on virtually any flooring aside from carpet.  So, no matter the space, there’s probably an option in wedding dance floor decals that will work.

That just leaves the question of design, and the sky is the limit.  Floor decals can be custom-printed in high-quality digital facilities, so they can look like whatever you want them to.  The thing is, most people tend to make their floor decals fairly plain – sticking with a “safe” black-and-white colour scheme.

If you really want your wedding dance floor decals to be something special, add a little colour.  Or even a lot of colour!

Making A Splash with Colourful Dance Floor Decals at Your Wedding

  1. Gold

If there’s one colour besides white which will never be out of place at a wedding, it’s gold – the colour of your wedding rings.  (Probably.)  As such, gold can be used as a classy, classic accent colour on pretty much any floor decal design.  Whether you’re using literal gold rings in the design, or just adding golden flourishes, it’s virtually guaranteed to match and make your dance area look particularly timeless.

  1. Pink

Pink is another great accent colour for floor decals, which should go well with most traditionalist design schemes.  After all, red at a wedding is a bad idea, so pink can stand in as a romantic colour as well as giving the room a more feminine feel.

Plus, in general, pastels will go well with most classic wedding design styles.  Try mixing in some peach, lime green, or powder blue for more accent colours that will work in most situations.

  1. Decade-Specific Theming

More people are turning away from the “traditional” wedding designs and coming up with more personalized looks instead.  Decade-based decals are a great way to emphasize this, as well as making your dance floor look fun!  Try borrowing from the psychedelic 60s, or the iconic 80s “Memphis” look to make a more energetic, playful wedding reception with a dance floor no one could resist.

  1. Woodgrain

Want something more classic or refined than pop kitsch, but still more interesting or modern than the usual frills-and-flowers look?  Woodgrain could be the perfect solution.  While it does often have a 70s vibe, woodgrain is still a look unto itself and can be particularly effective in dressing up a very drab dance floor.  No one likes bare concrete, and a woodgrain-printed decal will turn it around instantly while still working alongside a lot of other design ideas.

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How to Figure Out What Wedding Decorations to Include Your Wedding

There are so many options when you’re looking for wedding decorations in Canada that it can be nearly overwhelming, particularly in the earlier stages of planning your wedding.  In fact, our general advice is to start off with the “big picture” matters of planning the ceremony and reception, and hold off on picking specific decorations or styles until you’ve figured out several other things.

It’s tempting to get ahead of one’s self and start thinking about the final “look” but things really will go more smoothly if you resist that urge.  So, let’s talk briefly about some of the things to figure out before selecting wedding decorations in Canada, and what they mean for your decorative choices.

Three Major Choices to Make Before You Start Picking Out Wedding Decor

  1. The Size of The Wedding

Chances are, you already have a good idea what size the wedding is going to be, but that’s definitely the first thing to nail down.  Your decoration choices -and the expenses involved- will be heavily influenced by the overall size of the wedding including the venue and how many people will be there.

Think about what your budget will be.  A smaller wedding could allow you to have an extremely well-decorated space, whereas hosting a larger wedding would mean fewer and more sparse decorations.  Few weddings have a truly unlimited budget, and this is the time to think about what to really prioritize.

  1. Wedding Location and Venue

Always have a venue picked out for your wedding (and hopefully reserved) before thinking too hard about specific decorations.  While there are some which won’t rely on the space -like your tabletop decor- a lot of your decorations will need to be tailored to the location.

As a simple example, if you’re thinking of adding a wedding backdrop to your ceremony, they can come in a wide range of sizes.  They start at around 8 feet across, but can be as long as you need.  Some head table backdrops could be 36 feet wide or more!  They’ll look best if they are the same length as the walls in the room, so you need to know the space before you can order the backdrops.

  1. Your Desired Layout

This goes along with your venue choice, but there are also a lot of ways to “construct” a space through decorative choices.  Do you want your wedding to be in one large, open space?  Or do you want it partitioned?  If you’re renting a building like a community hall that has a lot of rooms, will you be making use of those rooms (such as a dedicated photo booth room) or keeping them partitioned off?

Your decorative choices can have an enormous impact on the layout of the space.  You could use a variety of backdrops and dividers to create sub-spaces, or deploy signage to guide people around rooms.  Think ahead!

Need more wedding decoration advice?  Contact Best Wedding Backdrops for more help or a wide range of wedding decoration services in Canada!


Five Must-Have Wedding Reception Backdrops for An Autumn Wedding

If you’re planning a fall wedding, why not include a backdrop that makes the most of the season?  Autumn-themed wedding reception backdrops are big (and beautiful) right now.  Or, even if you don’t directly make use of the season, we’re seeing some definite trends in the sorts of backdrops people are ordering.

So, out Best Wedding Backdrops team wanted to highlight some great ideas for fall wedding reception backdrops that might add a bit of class, colour, or style to your wedding!

Five Great Autumn Wedding Reception Backdrops

  1. Fall Leaves

Is it an obvious choice?  Sure.  But that doesn’t mean it’s bad.  A black, white, or sky-blue backdrop contrasted with a variety of colourful fall leaves can be a truly beautiful addition to a wide variety of overall wedding themes.  If you really wanted to get hands-on and put some extra work in (or perhaps have some younger relatives to keep busy with a crafts project) maybe even think about using actual leaves rather than painted ones.  A layer of clear acrylic over top would keep them from crumbling.

  1. Autumn Trees

Another obvious but eternally-popular choice would be a scene of trees and bushes in their fall colours.  Whether painted or taken from a photograph, it would be a striking design and would make for amazing photographs.  This would also give you a very “outdoorsy” feel to the pictures, even if your wedding was held indoors.

  1. Asian Autumn

Eastern design styles are also big right now, and that could easily be reflected in your backdrop.  Autumn foliage in China and Japan tends to be more bold and colourful than those in the west, with a wider range of reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows on display.  This would be one of the few excuses to put some red in your wedding without it seeming unlucky, too, since red is often a wedding colour overseas.  Add some bamboo and you’d have a very distinctive backdrop design!

  1. Barnboard

Going in another direction, autumn can also make people think “rustic” – and there’s a big push for the use of reclaimed wood, in the face of deforestation.  Whether you use actual reclaimed wood, or merely have painted/printed barnboard-style backdrops, it would make a real statement and ensure your wedding looked unlike most of the others around.

  1. Picture Frames

Nothing says you have to directly reference the season at all.  We’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for picture frame based designs.  This could mean a monotone backdrop with an ornate frame design around it, or more literal picture frames with digital pictures included.  The latter can be especially fun, since it means you could create a collage of pictures of the bride and groom – but with frames, to give them a more refined look.

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Why Your Wedding Needs a Good Seating Chart

“Does my wedding really need a seating chart?”  We hear this sometimes, particularly from brides who are trying to avoid being perceived as too controlling.  While it might seem strange at first, dictating where each and every person sits, creating a seating chart for your wedding reception really is a good idea in most situations.

Really, the only time you might think about skipping the chart is if you’re having a very small/informal reception.  Otherwise, there are just too many good reasons for drawing one up.

Plenty of Reasons a Wedding Reception Seating Chart Is a Good Idea

  1. Reducing chaos.

At larger receptions, simply wrangling your guests can be a major challenge – particularly if there are a lot of other things going on like waiters carrying food and drinks around.  A seating chart does a lot to ensure your guests are where they need to be, when they need to be.

  1. Ensuring everyone has good conversational partners.

Few things are more uncomfortable for a wedding guest than to be stuck in-between people they have little or nothing in common with. This is doubly true if they’re flying solo, without a plus one.  A well-planned chart allows you to mitigate this, and help ensure everyone at your reception has a good time by seating them next to people they’ll (hopefully) like.  And isn’t that what a good event hostess is trying to achieve?

Plus, there’s the reverse issue…

  1. Preventing drama.

At any sufficiently large wedding, there are going to be people you want to keep separate. Maybe they have a history of drama, or maybe you just know that you want to keep your liberal and conservative guests as far away from each other as possible.  While you can’t stop all mixing and mingling, you can at least prevent any fistfights from breaking out during the soup course.  Hopefully.

  1. Your guests may be tipsy. Do you trust them to manage seating themselves?

Speaking of preventing drama, it’s time to be honest.  There are going to be guests who are hitting up the cocktail table more than others.  This can be another major source of drama, if there’s no assigned seating and they get upset over not being able to find a spot they like.  A seating chart can at least help mitigate this issue.

  1. Better-planning your seating, plating, etc.

If you don’t have a seating chart, then you’ll have to over-plan for seating because -for example- there’s no way to ensure that couples can always find paired seats if there are exactly as many chairs as guests. This means extra work, extra clutter, even extra expenses.  A chart can significantly reduce your own stresses in this area, and even make life easier for the help.

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Great Ideas for Unique Custom Wedding Signs

One way to really spice up your wedding and make it unique is signage.  Sure, it might not be the first thing people think of when it comes to wedding decoration, but that’s part of how it works.  Wedding signs are part of any wedding, but by making them particularly creative you’re taking an ordinary piece of decor and making them extraordinary instead!

The right wedding signs can go along with your overall theme, while also encouraging whatever behaviors you want to see out of your guests.  Done right, they can even be downright fun! 

Here’s a few ideas.

Creative Ways to Use Wedding Signs in Your Reception and Ceremony

  1. His & Hers Drinks Signs

Why should your bar just serve up the same old cocktails as anywhere else?  Be more creative than that!  A his and her signature drink sign can show off your own favorite mixers or spirits, or maybe even have something that’s entirely your own creation!

  1. Themed Ceremony Signs

That whole formal/cursive thing that used to be the only way to handle wedding signs is well on its way out, unless you’ve got some serious traditionalists in your family.  Make your main ceremony sign big and loud and part of your overall design scheme.  Try a more artsy look, or a wood theme, or just make it fun!

  1. Clever Directional Signs

A larger wedding or reception needs directional signs to ensure everyone is in the right places at the right times (and/or can find the bathroom) but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring.  Signs set up to look like old-time signposts are quite popular right now, or maybe even themed to look like street signs.  Or do some custom cutting work and make them look woodcut.  You’ve got a lot of options here.

  1. Kissing Menus

Everyone loves seeing the bride and groom kiss…  so why not make ’em work for it and contribute to the entertainment?  If they want to see a smooch from the couple, they have to do something such as answering trivia questions or putting on a song performance.  Plus, kissing menus can be themed any way you like – matching the decor, or perhaps standing out with rare bits of black and red to emphasize their slightly naughty nature.

  1. Guest Book Signs

Guest books are another old-fashioned idea that are getting creative updates.  Why have a literal book when there are so many other ways to get guests to sign in?  Having a big sign they all mark up in some way turns it into an interactive piece of art, and a great keepsake you could potentially even hang on your wall.  One recent favorite we’ve seen was a big black sign with stars, encouraging each guest to create a constellation by connecting some dots.

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The Best Ways to Organize a Wedding Seating Chart

So, it’s time to perform one of those annoying duties that usually falls to whoever else best-knows the guests:  setting up the wedding seating chart.  If your reception is going to include a dinner, a seating chart is a very good idea for a lot of reasons we’ll talk about in a blog later this month.

In the meantime, there’s still the problem of actually creating a wedding seating chart which will benefit your guests and make your wedding run more smoothly.  The chart itself needs to be easy-to-read, and clear enough that even the tipsiest of revelers can still figure out where to sit.

We wanted to talk about some of the common organizational options, and when they might or might not be used.

Pros and Cons of Different Ways to Organize Your Wedding Seating Chart

  1. Alphabetical

This is one of the oldest organizational schemes imaginable, yet it still works – particularly for larger weddings that include a lot of tables.  You create a big sign that lists every guest in alphabetical order, then specifies which table and seat is theirs.

The main advantage here is that it’s an extremely familiar setup that requires no explanation.   Also, depending on how many guests are involved, you may want to have several such charts set up to prevent crowding around a single list.

  1. By Table

Another common choice for wedding seating charts is to simply have a list of all the guests at that table and either a picture or a list of seat numbers.  It’s clean, it’s easy, and it reduces the problem of having a lot of people clustered around a single alphabetical list.

The major issue here is that if there are a lot of tables, guests may spend quite a bit of time wandering around looking for their table.  This is usually only a good strategy for smaller weddings with only a couple dinner tables.

  1. Diagrams

If you don’t mind devoting quite a bit of wall space to your wedding seating chart, doing it as a big diagram solves a lot of problems.  You create a top-down diagram of the reception layout, including every table, with names next to chairs.  You could probably even reuse the same diagram you used for planning.

The usefulness of diagrams does decrease as the number of tables increases, though.  This is probably a good option for medium-sized receptions.

  1. Combination

For organizing big weddings with a lot of tables, you might want to break up seating assignments into two steps.  First there’s a big alphabetical list that only includes table assignment, then the tables include smaller signs with either lists or diagrams for specific seating.  This can work extremely well in terms of helping move guests along to their proper table without cluttering up the aisles and other floorspace.

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Why Rent Your Wedding Photo Booth from Best Wedding Backdrops?

One of the most popular additions to weddings today is a rented photo booth.  It’s really a perfect fit.  People today are obsessed with taking pictures of anything and everything, but -quite often- mostly themselves.  Having a photo booth allows guests to take all the pictures they like, in a controlled environment, and without running around bonking people with selfie sticks.

Plus, a professionally-staffed and maintained photo booth offers a lot more options in the kinds of pictures that are taken.  Various add-ons and options can make them even more fun.

So why rent a photo booth from us?  We’ve got options and features you’d be hard-pressed to find from anyone else!

Four Reasons to Rent a Wedding Photo Booth from Best Wedding Backdrops

  1. Custom Backdrops

Typically, when you rent a photo booth, you only get one backdrop for the pictures – and often it’s a plain white sheet or something along those lines.  However, you can do so much more when you rent a booth from us!  Since we specialize in custom design work and printing, we can work with you to create one or more custom backdrops that make any pictures taken at your wedding photo booth totally unique!

You can ensure those pictures match the overall tone and style of the wedding.  Or, include a few options so that your guests can pick the backdrops they like best.

  1. Instant Sharing Stations

Whenever you rent a booth, you (and your guests) get access to an online photo album which is available after the reception/wedding.  However, we’re in the age of instant gratification!  Who wants to wait?  Our booths can be set up with instant sharing stations that allow guests to immediately grab a copy of their photo(s) and upload them to their favorite social media sites.

(This can also mean a steady stream of pics from your wedding appearing online in real-time, for anyone watching at home…)

  1. GIF Booth Upgrade

Static pictures are so 20th Century!  When you rent a photo booth from us, you can upgrade it to support animated GIFs – perfect for uploading to micro-video sites, Reddit, and other online sources.  Plus, being able to have animated pictures gives your guests so many more ways to be creative in their picture-taking!

  1. Prop Packages

Again, since we do so much custom work for weddings, as well as doing full wedding planning, we have plenty of props on-hand – and we can always procure more.  With a bit of setup time, we can create custom prop packages which are perfectly matched to your wedding and/or backdrops.  The right props can make your photo booth even more fun, while encouraging your guests to be as crazy as they want be.

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Why Choose Us Over DIY For Your Wedding Reception Backdrops

One question we occasionally hear from would-be customers is, “Why do I need you?  Can’t I just make some wedding reception backdrops for myself?”

Well, sure, you could.  Nothing’s stopping you, if you have the time and energy and talent.  However, Best Wedding Backdrops is far more than “just” a backdrops company.  We have decades of experience in handling graphic design, decoration creation, layout, logistics, and more.

In fact, you might even find that hiring us for our all-in-one services will save you money over trying to source everything yourself!

5 Reasons to Choose BWB For Your Wedding Reception Backdrops

  1. Unparalleled Design Experience

Best Wedding Backdrops may be a new company, but we’re a spinoff from our parent company, Best Displays & Graphics.  BD&G has over thirty years’ experience creating trade show displays for major brands around the world, with plenty of award-winning designs in our portfolio.  Doing wedding backdrops and decorations is quite similar, and we can bring all our expertise to work making your wedding amazing. 

  1. Huge In-House Resources

One of the reasons we excel at both weddings and trade shows is that we have a range of tools, techniques, and talent in-house.  We do all our own printing, design, and build work.  Being able to do so much under one roof allows us to offer extremely competitive prices on our products.

  1. We Can Handle the Design for You

Do you have an idea for what your wedding reception backdrops should look like, but aren’t quite sure about the specifics?  That’s the sort of job we handle all the time!  Just give us your ideas and any source graphics or images you want to incorporate, and our master designers will get to work creating some miniature mockups for you.  Then you just pick the one you want and we make it happen.

  1. Full Logistics Services Are Available

If you wanted, we could handle practically everything about your wedding aside from the catering.  (And we could make some recommendations for that too.)  We could design the layout and look for your wedding, come up with a floor plan, and handle all setup and dismantling.  Because we’d be doing it all ourselves, we can often offer far better rates than you could find hiring separate movers, electricians, etc., to handle individual jobs.

Even better, you’d have a single point of contact for any questions or concerns you might have.

  1. Do You Really Want to Add Stress to Your Wedding Prep?

Creating large wedding reception backdrops is a challenging task, one which would likely take a single person several days to pull off.  Is this really the best way to spend your time leading up to your wedding?  If you call in Best Wedding Backdrops, you can have a wedding experience that’s as stress-free as possible… but with amazing and unique decorations that make it truly memorable.

From single pieces of decor, to one-stop-shop services, contact Best Wedding Backdrops and talk about your wedding vision!

Three Ways to Spice Up Your Wedding with Wedding Décor Rentals

Jun 28, 2017 – Weddings are rarely cheap (and certainly shouldn’t look cheap) but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to have a fabulous and stylish wedding. Wedding décor rentals can be a great way to spice up your wedding and add great features you couldn’t afford to buy outright, all while still keeping the budget reasonable. Read more…