Every event needs a focal point, whether it be the cake table or a backdrop. Everyone wants something gorgeous in the background to take pictures with. The location of your event is what really determines if it needs to be something you can take with you all setup or if you have time to create it there.
This particular event took place at a restaurant, therefore it needed to be something that we could bring in and easily remove at the conclusion of the private event. Building a hedge backdrop is a little on the pricey side, depending on the size, and will definitely require some strong set of arms to help transport it. The one pictured is an 8x8 green hedge wall. It is super tall and wide, which covers a nice amount of space. This is perfect for larger events or when you are trying to cover the background for pictures. I do suggest that you measure the ceiling and doorway of the event location to ensure that it can fit. If your event or event location is smaller, perhaps cut the boards down to a 6.5 x 4 board.
The plywood boards can be purchased at your local hardware store. The one pictured at the SWFL Fall Event is two plywood 4x8 boards connected by 3 doorway hinges. This makes it easy to fold and transport. You can order different textures of faux hedges and use a heavy duty stapler to attach them on the plywood. Make sure you put enough staples so that it doesn’t fall out. Next, decorate it! You can either leave it bare or staple just about any flower or item to tie the theme together using this focal piece.
The centerpieces were made from foam pumpkins purchased at the Dollar Store. Yup, it’s true. I took the orange pumpkins and gave them two coats of white pain. Next I purchased gold marbleizing spray and painted over the white to create a rustic feel to the pumpkin.
Flowers, wether fresh or faux, can get pricey. There were over 15 tables at this event and each centerpiece takes approximately 3 bouquets of flowers as they come from the store. Styling a centerpiece takes a little bit of practice. The best recommendation is to take your prime flower pieces and place them in the vase or foam holder. Then begin your second color or flower type and slowly build from that. I finish it off by adding the mixers. Of your working with real flowers, I suggest doing this in reverse.
When on a budget, always go with white linens because they are versatile and can be reused for future events. The napkin and centerpiece is how you tie the color scheme of the design to the theme.
Small touches such as placing flower pots, pumpkins, and flowers throughout the event by doorways will bring together the design with a dash of elegance. There is no need to overfill a space with items to achieve the look or theme. Simplicity and a focal point is the key to the wow factor!
If you recreate this wall - hedge photography wall, make sure to tag @dashofblushdesigns for a feature!