I love this project for an industrial-meets-rustic wedding. The venue where I work part-time as a day-of event coordinator pulls that vibe off perfectly. It's an old paper mill (originally built in 1898) with plenty of exposed brick, huge ceilings, and original woodwork. I could totally see this DIY photo backdrop (that doubles as a guestbook) hanging there!
Using a chalkboard marker, guests can write their names and a piece of advice for the happy couple, snap a pic in front of the backdrop (you could even leave a Polaroid out), and then let other guests have a shot. The newlyweds can save the prints as their guestbook.
To make this backdrop, you will need:
- A clean dropcloth
- Large vinyl alphabet stickers (I found mine in the mailbox section of Home Depot)
- Chalkboard paint
- Paint rollers
- Spread your dropcloth outside on a hard surface, like a driveway. Add heavy things at all the corners to hold it down if necessary. I chose a pretty windy day for this project!
- Place your vinyl stickers firmly on the dropcloth, leaving a space for a name, and some words of wisdom.
- Using the brush, paint chalkboard paint over the stickers carefully. Once they're covered, use the roller for the rest of the dropcloth.
- Let dry completely.
I think it's a cool personal touch! Oh, and I would consider leaving a spray bottle and rag out to erase in between pictures. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you test it at home before the big day.
Depending on your space, you can attach the backdrop to a wall (make sure it's a hard surface!) with nails or very strong tape. I had to use duct tape here since this is (sadly) not my barn ;)