Decorations are set and the day is here, everything is perfect. At this very moment, you don't think that anything could be more perfect... till you get you photo's back from your special night. Yes, you looked stunning in your dress, and your now husband was very dashing in that tux, but every picture of you and your husband standing at the head table had that "Drab" and dull wall behind you. If only you knew to have that back drop would make all the difference when it came to your pictures. It a little but amazing how a simple a bit of lighting and cloth can make so much of a difference.
Many clients don't even think of the back drop behind the head table till it is a lot closer to the wedding date. Which is fine, however, with the popularity of having this elegant addition to the head table, or the entire room, availability can be scarce as your date quickly approaches. It is recommended to reserve your back drop 4 to 6 months in advance prior to your event.
DIY vs Professional Back Drops.
As the DIY phase is high in the bridal industry, many people don't realize that it cost just as much as building your own back drop as it is to rent one from a professional decorating company or wedding vendor. For example, a popular concept is to use PVC piping and cloth. Now, PVC piping is a type of pipe used typically for plumbing. It is a very cheap typically about $3.00 for a 10 foot pipe. The cloth can be anywhere between $2.00/sq ft to $10.00/ sq ft depending on the quality of fabric you use. Now, PVC pipe is very cheap, however, if not constructed correctly, it can be flimsy and fall over. I have seen some brides use this and have used it very efficiently. I've also seen some instances where it is nothing but an epic failure and it looks just so cheap. It just depends on how much money your willing to spend on making your back drop. The back drop cloth can be purchased at any local fabric store and with a little seamstress work you can have a nice back drop. If you do go the DIY route, make sure that you use fire retardant cloth. It may cost a bit more, but if some one knocks over a candle, that back drop can burn up very fast and your dream wedding will turn into your worst nightmare. On a final note, make sure you use some sort of weight to hold down the ends of the back drop. This is so then it won't tip over on you or your guest. PVC piping is VERY light and flimsy, so make sure your using hard points and weights to secure it. This may take a little bit of structuring engineering on your part, but with the right construction method, your back drop can be secure and will last through the night. The only down side with DIY is that after the night is over, you now have to decide what your going to do with your back drop. Also, you will want to ensure that when you set up your back drop or pipe n drapes, that your not violating any fire codes by blocking emergency exits or other codes that may be enforced in your governing jurisdiction.
Professional back drops use a high quality system of aluminum piping , weight bases for the pipes with a fire retardant cloth. Some vendors will even set it up for you as well, but may charge a delivery or set up fee. Many vendors include up lighting with their pipe and draping as well. Yes, it may be a bit more expensive vs the DIY, but you won't have to worry about set up, tear down, and have the ease of mind that it would be set up properly. You also will have a better quality of cloth to ensure a very elegant and professional look for each picture. So let's talk money, Just to rent a pipe and drape system, your looking at a minimum of $4-$6 a linear foot depending on color and fabric type. Generally 10 foot back drop would cost approximately about $60-$80.00. Delivery and set up fee's can charge between $50-$150.00. So unless you have a way to deliver it and set it up to and from your event, you may consider the additional fee. It will also give you the peace of mind that it will be set up properly and not violate any fire codes or other governing jurisdiction codes.