Are Budget Wedding Backdrops Cost Effective? - Flowers on wire forming a curtain.

Are Budget Wedding Backdrops Cost Effective?


Are Budget Wedding Backdrops Cost Effective?

Are budget wedding backdrops cost effective? Or do they lead you down a rabbit hole of disappointment and frustrations? In this blog we first ask the questions and then find the answers for you.

We do the research so you don’t have to


Being the fabulous wedding venue dressing service that we are, we spend quite some time doing our research for our clients and sometimes browse the Internet to see what’s new in the wedding and party dressing world.

It’s important to us – and in the end to you – that we’re up to date with the new trends in venue décor.

On a recent web crawl we came across an article about cheap, DIY wedding backdrops. We looked at this article and asked ourselves some questions:

1. Are budget wedding backdrops cost effective?
2. Are these suggestions at all realistic?
3. And what are the costs to you?

Long Years of practice

Bearing in mind that we’ve had years of practice at this, our quick answer to the question ‘Are Budget Wedding Backdrops Cost Effective? is: No. They aren’t. Not really!

Though there is of course ONE exception. IF you’re an arty/crafty type that makes handmade gifts on a regular basis this doesn’t apply to you.

Except for one cost area: time. Time, as they say, is money. So, even if you are capable of threading paper birds or butterflies on to lengths of wire and making it look amazing, will you, in the middle of all the other things to think about, have the time and energy for it?

One of the things we’ve seen touted as a budget alternative to a flower wall is a floral curtain similar to the one in the image below.

Are Budget Wedding Backdrops Cost Effective? - Flowers on wire forming a curtain.
Are Cheap Wedding Backdrops Cheap at all? -Floral curtain created with small florals in a rainbow of colours. A beautiful backdrop but time consuming to make and transport to the venue for installations.
We made this curtain from flowers threaded on wire. In this photo it’s on the door at home when we were making it. 

From personal experience we can tell you that an alternative flower wall or curtain such as this, might be relatively cheap. But  don't be taken in by the idea that its an easy alternative DIY project for your wedding  to make. 

It took ages – and it was tricky to transport to the venue without it getting as tangled as the Christmas fairy lights always seem to.

A Rapid Rethink

A friend of mine tells how, when planning her daughter’s wedding, the pair of them harboured vague money-saving notions and making their own invitations etc. But after spending an hour between them constructing a flat-pack cardboard favour box they had a rapid rethink. And off to the printer’s they went.
What dawned on them was that, even if they had particular skills in this area – which, by their own admission, they didn’t – they had neither the time nor the energy for it.

And that’s a big thing to consider.

Budget wedding backdrops don’t come cheap in practice

Well – most of the time anyway. Okay yes, you can get friends to save coffee jars etc for you. You can tie sting around the top and put a giant tea-light inside and hang them around your venue. A pretty feature for a rustic style décor. Something like this – if you keep them plain – will be cheap in terms of everything except time. Time in getting them made and then time in getting them hung at the venue.

But if you want to decorate or frost them, well the cost soon rises. Have a quick root round somewhere like Hobbycraft. Look at masking tape and spray paint etc – that will give you an idea of how cheap soon turns into not-so-cheap.

Too much to think about

Our feeling is this. Unless you’re Kirsty Allsop (and she has a big support team!) making your own venue décor backdrops, or other décor for that matter, is giving yourself too much to think about. And you’ve got enough – with dresses and suit hire and table plans and planning the honeymoon. To name but a few things you’ll need to tackle. Trust us. You don’t need this.

How to do wedding backdrops without bursting the budget

But there is a way to do it without busting the budget. And that’s to hire not to buy. Have a look at the accessory hire and treasure trove sections of our website. There you’ll find flower walls and other wedding backdrops along with globes, table plan ideas and much, much more. All available to hire.

You don’t see what you have in mind? That’s no problem. Send us a message via our webform or call us on: 00447511842451 and let’s get problem solving.

The Fabulous Functions Backdrop Range - dressed mantlepiece

The Fabulous Functions Backdrop Range

We often get enquires dropping into our inbox asking us what backdrops we can offer as part of our hire service. The short answer to that is: a wide range. But that’s not too helpful is it? So, in this blog we’ll give you an overview of the Fabulous Functions backdrop range.

1. Flower walls

We have two flower walls that you can hire.

The ROSELLA flower wall is blush pink and cream and. It comes in two 3 metre sections to hire singly or together.

The FLORALIE wall is a hydrangea-based, cream-toned confection. Floralie measures 3 metres in width and 2.80 metres in height.

Rosella is a blush pink and cream flower wall and Rosella is a peaches and cream themed flower wall. Both are available from Venue Stylist and Accessory Hire  Fabulous Functions UK.

2. Bespoke Hoops

Hung at different heights behind your top table, or sweetheart or ceremony area, these decorated hoops are a novel backdrop and make a wonderful photo or video. 

See the effect they create in this short YouTube clip: 

3. Starlight Backdrop

For good old-fashioned Hollywood opulence and glamour our starlight backdrop is unbeatable.

The standard setting is a warm, white twinkle. But with the accompanying colour wheels you can choose from a range of colours and twinkle styles. or no lights at all!

We often get enquires dropping into our inbox asking us what backdrops we can offer as part of our hire service. The short answer to that is: a wide range. But that’s not too helpful is it? So, in this blog we’ll give you an overview of the Fabulous Functions backdrop range - starlight backdrop
Adding a starlight backdrop to your wedding setup creates an elegant and sophisticated setting for your top table or sweetheart table.

4. Drapes

Pleated and Draped Backdrops

We’ve actually got a full variety pack of drape backdrops that we can create for you.

A gorgeous setting for two. Draped backdrop with a sweetheart table and  pedestal arrangement

Pole draped with fabric with a chandelier in the centre to form a classical, symmetrical arrangement.

Pole draped with fabric with a chandelier in the centre to form a classical, symmetrical arrangement. - fabulous functions backdrop range

A symmetric pole arrangement of fabric and floral embellishments. All ready to exchange those glorious “I Do’s”

Asymmetric pole arrangement of fabric and floral embellisments

Floral curtains: gorgeous pleated white curtains topped with a pelmet of greenery or blossoms.

Floral curtains: gorgeous pleated white curtains topped with a pelmet of greenery or blossoms.

Frame a table with a pair of floral columns such as this.

Frame a table with a pair of floral columns such as this. Fabulous functions backdrop range

5. Make the most of a mantlepiece

If there’s an attractive mantelpiece in your venue don’t ignore it. Instead use it! 

Look what a stunning backdrop this mantlepiece makes dressed with beautiful foliage. Balanced with matching or complementary arrangements on the table and on the floor in front of the table the effect is classic, elegant and stunning.

The Fabulous Functions Backdrop Range - dressed mantlepiece

To talk to us about any of these backdrops in the Fabulous Functions Backdrop range and to find out hire costs call us on 07511 842 451. We’ll advise and help you decide which one is best for you.

Fabulous Functions UK has a range of accessories to create fabulous  backdrops for your celebrations
Rosella-Silk Flower Wall - Available from Fabulous Functions UK

Four Ways to Use Flower Walls to Add Pizzazz to Your Venue

Four Ways to Use Flower Walls

Flower walls: It started back in 2014 with Kim and Kanye. As Brides.Com points out, from the day they tied the knot in front of a wall of white peonies, roses and gardenias, special occasions have seen flower wall frenzy. And with good reason. Not only are they beautiful, they’re versatile too. And, with silk flower walls, you can avoid the pitfalls of wilting flowers if it’s too warm and triggering hayfever in your guests.

Perfect for all year round, they’re a great way to bring nature to your venue décor without the difficulties of actually being in nature!

Readily available to hire silk flower walls such as those in the Fabulous Functions UK hire shop, are cost effective too.

So, here’s our top four suggestions for ways to use a floral focal point at your wedding or other special occasion.

Explore these ideas 

  1. A backdrop to your vows – this is how it all started with Kim and Kanye. You too can declare your love for each other with a romantic, floral backdrop.
  2. Draw attention to something: Use a flower wall to make something a focal point:
  • Behind the cake cutting corner
  • Behind a spread of desserts
  • The top table  backdrop at the wedding breakfast
  • Use it to display escort cards
  1. Make it a master of disguise

On the other hand, use a flower wall to disguise something in your venue that’s a little less than attractive. An ugly fireplace for instance.

  1. Make it do double duty

 Your flower wall’s first duty is to provide a glamorous backdrop to your ceremony. That done, it can become a wonderful photo booth backdrop or selfie station – or both. Selfie sticks at the ready – say cheese! Great photos guaranteed.

Of course, it’s worth pointing out that the flower wall isn’t only for weddings. We’ve taken the Fabulous Functions UK flower wall to functions of all kinds.

And remember the versatility and practicality of faux flowers that we alluded to earlier. No watering, no wilting, no sneezing!

Fabulous Functions UK has two glorious flower walls available for hire: Rosella and Floralie 

Floralie - Silk flower wall available from Fabulous Functions UK
Floralie – a cream toned silk flower wall
Rosella - blush pink and cream silk flower wall
Rosella – blush pink and cream silk flower wall

Visit the hire section on our website to see images of the flower walls doing their fantastic flowery thing. Or to enquire contact us on 00 44 7511 842 451 or hello@fabulousfunctionsuk.com

There’s lots of fab flower wall photos on our social media streams too. Instagram here and find us on Facebook here.

For more ideas check our our Pinterest board.

Silk Flower Wall Hire - Goede Cake with Silk Flower Wall Backdrop

Silk Flower Wall Hire

Flower Wall backdrop Silk Flower Wall Hire

Planning a wedding involves making many choices. But if you’re looking for a spectacular focal point for your venue then look no further than our flower wall hire option. A flower wall backdrop à la Kim Kardishian could be just what you need!

But before you throw up your hands in horror and exclaim something about how much a flower wall backdrop would cost – stop. It won’t. Well it needn’t. Well, if you were to go for the real deal then yes – an exclamation of sacré bleu wouldn’t be misplaced! But not with our silk flower wall hire service.

Silk Flower Wall Hire -Goede Cake with a hint of Classic Blue and a Silk Flower Wall backdrop from Fabulous Functions UK

Beautiful Silk Flower Wall Backdrop

The Fabulous Functions UK has a way for you to enjoy the splendour of a flower wall to dress your venue: hire one!

Silver toned candle sticks with entwined flowers -  Silk Flower Wall Hire

We have a wide range of wedding venue dressing packages to meet your needs. Many beautiful accessories are available, but the pièce de résistance of our hire offerings are our flower walls.



You can hire the silk flower wall on its own or as part of a venue-dressing package.

In essence with our flower walls, you have two options:

It comes in two sections – each being 2.4 metres high and 3 metres wide. Put them together for a large venue or space.

Or, if your venue is small, then consider hiring one section only.

Comprising silk rosebuds, open roses, open peonies in shades of white, off-white and pink it is stunning and needs to be seen to be appreciated. The top section can be customised to match your wedding colour scheme.

Included in the hire cost is delivery, set-up and take down at your venue.

Now, imagine this glamorous flower wall backdrop behind your top table or your cake cutting table, or as a setting for your photographs. A fabulous way to  remember fun times, while creating long lasting  memories,

So, if we’ve piqued your interest and you’d like to know more about our flower wall backdrop then why not give us a call on 07511 842 451? Or drop us a line at hello@fabulousfunctionsuk.com

We are based in Wiltshire, and can deliver and set up to many parts of the UK.

NB: There’s some lovely pictures of the flower wall on our Facebook page. Check out our Instagram page as well to see what we’re upto and what we can offer.