Modern photo booth with an umbrella light, captured by Photo Booth Hire Cape Town.

If you’re the person in charge of planning and you’re looking for some great ideas for an event or wedding photo booth backdrop, look no further.

We’ve searched around online to find the best photos of backdrops, so you don’t have to.

There’s a lot to choose from, so we tried to narrow it down by finding themes that are popular, and that go with the vibe of your wedding or event.

The best part?

Everything on this list is DIYable.

Buckle up for some backdrop brainstorming! You’ll love that this list includes great tips and a tutorial infographic for creating your own backdrop.

Let’s dive right in…

1. Upcycled Triangles

couple posing in front of wood triangles background
Credit: Wedding Colors
Upcycle wood triangles
Credit: Wedding Colors

You can use this backdrop in any venue and it will work well with any theme.

I mean, who doesn’t love wood and geometric décor? Upcycle pallet wood to create your own unique DIY photo booth backdrop ideas.

You can make this intricate and easy backdrop with a few wood slabs and some paint.

Use various-sized triangles combined together to create the backdrop of your dreams. The wood slabs should be of various lengths, otherwise, they’ll look flat and boring.

To create a beachy feel, paint the largest wood slab a deep blue colour. Nevertheless, if you don’t want to paint your wood slabs they could be stained a light colour or even left natural.

2. Greenery Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

Faux Green Wall

fake greenery with neon light backdrop
Credit: Gold Otter Media

Incorporate greenery into your wedding backdrop. This is a great idea if your venue has little greenery, or if you want to give your guests some lush vibes.

Faux green hedges are panels that you stack and connect to create a custom size and shape. They’re great for creating a unique design and adding a pop of colour to your wedding environment.

As a matter of fact, you can buy a custom neon sign with you and your partner’s name or a cheeky sentence that will make people smile.

real leafs on green wall
Credit: Pinterest

Plant Wall (with real ferns)

If you love the idea of a botanical theme for your wedding, don’t do faux, hire a grid wall and loop the ferns and leaves.

All other photo booth backdrops pale in comparison. Creating an Instagrammable moment at your wedding venue. Looks great when styled with other natural elements such as greenery garlands and ferns, adding a pop of colour to any space.

But if neon signs don’t interest you have a wooden cut-out made instead.

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3. Balloon Wall

different balloon photo booth backdrop ideas
Photo Credit: Artesense

Balloons are pretty, fun to work with and can be used in so many ways.

Balloon walls are an easy way to add a pop of colour and pattern to your space. They’re also great party photo booth backdrops, as they create lots of visual interest while still being neutral enough to work with just about any party theme.

The most popular way to display balloons without helium is by creating a wall of them behind the photo booth. This is perfect because it’s not only decorative but also serves as a centrepiece so guests can take tons of playful photos.

4. Boho Styling Macramé

macramé string pattern hanging on frame
Credit: Artesense

One of the hottest trends we’ve seen in weddings this past year is the use of macramé. If it works perfectly as a backdrop for your pics then it will work especially well with a floral arrangement on the bottom of it.

It also works great as a wall hanging to bring a little boho chic to your wedding!

You can hire them pre-made, or you can do it yourself. Here’s an easy video tutorial on how to make your own DIY macramé wedding backdrop.

5. Boho Styled Wood Slats

wood slats with neon light backdrop
Wooden slat backdrop (credit: Amy Cottle’s Events)

Add a photo booth to the backdrop and it looks like this…

photo booth with wood crates wall
Wooden slat photo booth backdrop

This is a great indoor or outdoor backdrop idea by Amy Cottle’s Events. It’s fun, it’s easy, and you can use old wood to save money.

What I love about this idea is that there are so many different ways to decorate your crates or slats.

For this setup, I recommend having it near a focal point in your venue so that everyone’s eyes are drawn toward the backdrop and photo booth area for a great statement backdrop!

It could even be used for so many things like decoration behind the cake table or as a feature wall behind the head table at your reception or even as your ceremony backdrop.

6. The Sunset

guests in a photo booth with sunsetting in the back
Credit: Gold Otter Media

The sunset is a spectacular photo booth backdrop to your wedding photographs and a golden glimmer to your evening wedding photo booth prints.

There are many venue spots with mountain views, where you can snap some sunset photos.

Some of the best vantage points in the mountains include the Belair Pavilion at Paarl and the Franschhoek Grande Provence.

7. Book Backdrop

book themed backdrop idea
Credit: One Fab Day

You don’t have to be a bookworm to love this idea. A pile of vintage books never gets read, making them the perfect addition to your decor.

Layer open books on a board to make this great backdrop idea. You can stack them up or lean them against a wall — just don’t throw them out!

Check out this useful tutorial for ageing paper.

8. Giant Hoop Frame

a hoop arch setup
Credit: Hub Pages

You need to check out this giant hoop. Certainly perfect for your weddings, bridal shower and baby shower photo booth backdrops!

A giant hoop makes a great photo op just add a couple of floral elements to make it warm and inviting. Layer a sheet or fabric behind the hoop and you have a perfectly appealing backdrop.

Maybe you want to replicate this giant arch backdrop out of PVC pipe.

9. Supported Selfie Frame

photo frame hanging from a tree
Credit: Pinterest

If you’re having a small event in a field, you could prop it up against a tree for a beautiful backdrop. Surprisingly easy to move a selfie frame around to suit the size of your wedding.

Layer with pampas or plants for a continued wedding theme.

10. Security Gate Upcycle

Can you believe, that photo booth backdrop ideas come in many shapes and sizes like this old security gate.

This is a great way to recycle and reuse old burglar gates/bars for a wedding.

We all have them in our South African homes or know someone that does, which means it’s easy to get these second-hand gates online.

You going to have to stick or weld feet to the bottom to make it stand up straight.

11. Silk Faux Flower

backdrop wall made of white faux flowers
Credit: Moi

I love this flower wall! Not only was it a great purchase price wise but it was gorgeous in person.

Albeit each faux flower is made of high-quality silk and as a matter of fact, these look natural but are a fraction of the price of a real flower wall.

12. Classic Photo Booth

a old photo booth with a curtain
Credit: Fix the Photo

A photo booth is the best wedding favour to say thank you to your guests. It’s a way to keep them entertained and give them something fun to do throughout your reception.

Choose the classic curtain backdrop photo booth or an open-air wedding booth to add your creative flair to a custom backdrop.

13. Copper Arch

arch made from copper pipes
Credit: Pinterest

Copper is light enough to transport and set up, and it’s simple to cut and shape.

You can decorate the arch with wildflowers, tulle or other lightweight decorations.

When you’re looking to add a little something extra to your matric dance decorations, think about copper. It’s readily available in most stores and light enough to transport and set up.

It’s simple to cut and shape. Since the details are so lovely and the material is malleable, this backdrop matric ball decor idea is great to use for students to pose and take photos or any other special celebration where you want an elegant look.

I think this is one of the most rewarding and very simple backdrops and if you have the right tools, you can get it done in about an hour.

Watch this video on how to make a DIY copper pipe arch (for under R600).

14. Mix and Match Arch

Mix different colours and sizes of arches together to create a unique colour palette, with lots of texture and dimension. You can replicate this backdrop with just cardboard sheets and duct tape.

This style works well for brand activations to tie in the colour in an easy and affordable way. The use of bright colours will encourage passersby to take an interest in your activation – it’s all about the pattern you create for a striking focal point.

In Conclusion: This List Presents a Variety of Photo Booth Backdrop Ideas

People love having their photos taken, especially in front of a unique backdrop. Furthermore, it makes them feel more confident to strike a memorable pose.

Ultimately, the best choice will depend on how much time you want to spend and how much money you want to spend, although this may be true, it all depends on what you want to create.

Not only will cost and ease of use be less of an issue if you’re looking for something creative, but also it’s important to remember that no matter what backdrop you choose, you can always tweak or personalise it until it looks just right for your needs.

Luckily you don’t need to spend hundreds if not thousands of rands in order to create a great photo booth backdrop.

You can work within a tight budget and make a cheap backdrop that still looks great.

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Infographic: 6 Best tips for photo booth backdrops ideas

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Can I use a sheet as a backdrop?

You can use a sheet as a backdrop for a photo booth.
This is an easy way to make your pictures look professional, without having to spend money on an expensive backdrop.

All you need is to find a sheet that fits the size of your room and hang it up on the wall or ceiling. You can use tape or any other adhesive material to keep the sheet in place so that no one will trip over it

What is the best material for a backdrop?

The best material for a photo booth backdrop is something that is not see-through, or transparent.
A material that is sturdy, lightweight fabric that is easy to work with.

How much fabric do I need for a backdrop?

I would suggest nothing less than 2.5m X 2.5m.
The exact amount will vary depending on how much overhang you want—but more fabric gives more flexibility in how much room there is for error when hanging it up!
However, when you’re planning to make a backdrop, the amount of fabric you’ll need depends on the size of your space and what kind of coverage you want.

How do you make a simple cheap backdrop?

Use cardboard boxes and paint them to create different shapes and sizes that you can cut out and hang backdrops from the ceiling with clothespins or other clips. Another option is to use foam board or cardboard cylinders that you’ve painted in different colours!

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