How to Build Your Own Lighted Wedding Backdrops

    by Kelli Shaw

    About the Author

    Kelli Shaw has been writing since 2008. She lives in Michigan and is an experienced business owner with expertise in e-commerce and customer service. Shaw has been featured in "Entrepreneur Magazine," "Woman's World" and "The Detroit Free Press."


    Most brides strive for every aspect of their wedding day to be perfect. Months of planning go into every detail of the ceremony and the reception. If you'd like to enhance your wedding's decor by using a lighted backdrop, you can create one all on your own without breaking the bank. Use your imagination and creativity, and then incorporate your wedding colors to make the embellishment blend in with your special day's decor.

    Things You'll Need

    • Fabric (20-feet-long by 4 to 6-feet-wide)
    • Fishing line (or invisible thread)
    • Screw-in style cup hooks
    • Lattice screen
    • Faux garland
    • Strands of lights
    • Silk or faux flowers
    • Electric can lights

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    Fabric Draping

    Cut a 20-foot-long piece of fabric. Cut a piece of 24-inch-long fishing line. Gather a section of fabric in your hand and have someone else tie the line around the bunched-up section. Repeat this process, every two to three feet. These gathered areas will be hung from the ceiling to form a swag effect. The farther apart the gathered sections, the wider the swags.

    Install small, screw-in-style cup hooks in the ceiling. These screw in by hand. You will need one hook per gathered area of fabric. Space them out in the ceiling, keeping in mind the hooks are the start and finish points for the swoops of the swags.

    Slip the fishing-line ties onto the cup hook. If you are unhappy with the size of the swag, cut the fishing line with scissors and tie a new piece in a different spot.

    Arrange a lattice screen beneath the fabric swag. Weave a length of garland and a strand of lights together and drape the garland along the top of the screen with the ends cascading down the sides of the screen.

    Insert individual flowers into the latticework or arrange them in bunches randomly all over the screen.

    Place electric can lights on the ground so the light will point upward. Plug in the lights and you will see light glistening off the fabric. Do not let the fabric rest on the hot bulbs; the lights should be at least 12 inches away from the fabric. For additional illumination, weave a strand of white lights along the length of the fabric.

    • Scour the bins of clearance fabrics for inexpensive fabric. You can even mix different fabric in one color for a unique look.
    • Use strand lights with a white cord, not green, so the cord is not easily visible.
    • If installing the backdrop at the reception hall, bring extra supplies including hooks, scissors and staples in case something needs to be adjusted.
    • Use white lattice instead of wood-tone lattice. White fabric on the white lattice will blend in and look more monochromatic.


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