5 Ideas For the Perfect Photo Booth Backdrop

Last month, we talked about the difference between our closed and open air photo booths.

And one of the benefits of renting an open air photo booth over a traditional photo booth was the level of customization you have in your backdrop selection.

The right photo booth backdrop can take your photos from “aww…!” to “AWW YEAH!”

Set the tone of the event, tie in the theme, get ‘gram-worthy selfies, or just add a little bling to those photo booth strips…all with one simple step.

Just in case you’re having trouble narrowing down all your options, here’s a list of photo booth backdrop ideas.


1. Utilize Your Venue

If you’re lucky enough to be hosting your event at a really beautiful or interesting venue, use it as the backdrop for your open air photo booth!

The Orlando Science Center’s dinosaur room, a stunning lake shore, or just a really cool room make for perfect, no-prep backdrops for photos.

black open air booth in library in luxemore grand estate

The library at the Luxemore Grand Estate creates a literary, historic vibe.


Nature is a timeless backdrop.


2. Use a Blank Wall

If there aren’t any awesome views at your venue that can serve as backdrops, a simple blank wall is an easy option.

Simple white walls are classic backdrop material, while brick or stone provides some texture that will make your selfies pop.

Brick provides visual interest without competing for attention.


3. Buy Your Own

If you’re having a themed event with a more casual vibe, you can always purchase a backdrop from Amazon or a local party supply company.

Because they’re made of thin vinyl (like a picnic tablecloth), vinyl backdrops won’t last forever and won’t have a crisp, professional look. But if you just need something simple and cheap to give an extra “oomph” to your pictures, they can be a good option.

This colorful classic car backdrop provides a cool retro vibe.


If you still want an over-the-top professional look, search Etsy for photo booth backdrops and find one that fits your event’s color palette or theme.

Backdrops on Etsy range from a few dollars to several thousand, so you’re sure to find exactly what you need within your budget. (This one is only $18!)

floral photo booth backdrop from etsy store

Image courtesy of Inspired by Alma


Or maybe you have a really cool prop that would make the perfect backdrop. Bring that to your event and set it up with the photo booth! Your guests will get a kick out of it.

Take a look at the photo booth setup we did for a Simpsons-themed wedding.

homer simpson statue in open air photo booth


If you’re crafty and time isn’t an option, you can always make your own background! The internet is full of awesome, cheap, and downright gorgeous photo booth background tutorials that—if you have the skills—can transform your pictures and your venue.


4. Rent a Backdrop

If there’s one thing to be said about the event planning industry, it’s that you can rent anything.

Photo booth backdrops are no exception!

If you’re already working with a rental company, ask what their backdrop options are. Most companies have several backdrop selections available to go behind a sweetheart table or to act as the background for a wedding ceremony.

Guess what? They’re often the perfect size for a photo booth backdrop!

If DIY isn’t really your thing, this is an easy way to boost the glam on your selfie station.


5. Use One of Ours!

It should come as no surprise that a photo booth company would have a gorgeous selection of backdrops to choose from.

Our open air photo booths can be modified to hang a white, black, or gray backdrop or one of our glitter backdrops (silver, gold, or the super-trendy rose gold) to add a dose of glam to your photos.


If you want a little more space in front of the camera to fit more people, our vine wall can be set up anywhere (and even embellished to match your event decor or theme).

Don’t you love the initials and the paper wheels?

women posing for photo in front of beautiful vine wall


Of course, we understand that glitter and vines don’t work for everyone, but we’ve got you covered.

Office holiday parties are even more awesome with a super trendy rustic wood background. (It’s the next best thing to building your own.)

large fabric backdrop with rustic wood print and christmas lights


Or you could get a different vine look. (Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!)

large fabric backdrop with vine print

Still don’t see anything you like? Let us know and we can upgrade you to a custom backdrop like this one.

custom chalkboard themed photo booth backdrop

Don’t have a logo, you say? You’re just going to a trade show or throwing a party, not launching a business?

We have a wide selection of logos that we can customize for you. Print them up on a custom banner or simply put them on the bottom of everyone’s picture strip. Either way, you’ll look like a total baller and no one has to know that you didn’t pay a graphic designer top dollar to design a logo for you.


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