Wedding Ceremony and Reception Backdrop and Decor Ideas

Wedding Planners/Stylists are The Best

One of the wonderful parts of my job is that I get to work with great wedding planners and stylists. I just love to see how they use my naturally dyed ribbon, but also how they use the larger fabrics that I dye as well. I am constantly inspired by the creative ways that they use my fabrics to decorate ceremony backdrops and wedding receptions.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last few years.

Wedding Ceremonies

Naturally dyed silk gauze fabric in Pecan Brown, by The Lesser Bear draped over a wedding arbor

Planning/Styling: Auburn and Ivory | Florals: State & Arrow | Photos: Ashley Wallace Photo | Arbor: Something Old Dayton

This arbor is one of my absolute favorites. Auburn + Ivory draped and tied this pecan brown silk gauze  over the wooden arbor by Something Old Dayton, and State & Arrow created the amazing floral installation that looks like it is growing up the post. It was perfect in front of this golden field in the background. 

Wooden Wedding Arbor with Draped Mauve Silk Gauze at Franklin Park Conservatory

Planning/Design: STR Events | Florals: Vessel | Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory | Photos: Simon Yao Photography | Arbor Rental: Design Designs


For drama, there is nothing better than this arbor dreamed up by StR Events and Vessel, with custom dyed mauve silk gauze. I love the big loose looping drapes and that the silk pools on the ground, all topped by this extravagant floral corner by Vessel. Also, it is so dreamy that you can see the NavStar sculpture by Stephen Canneto. Such a lovely way to honor an iconic view of Columbus.

Billowing Silk Gauze Ceremony Backdrop by The Lesser Bear and Eco Flora

Photo/Design and Florals: Eco Flora Design | Venue: The Barn on Enchanted Acres

The dreamy factor was in BIG effect with this ceremony backdrop design by Eco Flora Design, who used four panels of my naturally dyed silk gauze that billowed in the winder at the back of this wooden patio. It was framed with her amazing whimsical florals that look like they are organically growing out of the forest backdrop, and was surrounded by hurricanes and candles.

Triangular Ceremony Arch with Naturally Dyed Silk Gauze Drapery and Florals

Planning/Design: Auburn + Ivory | Florals: Madison House Designs | Photography: Kismet Visuals & Co.

If you are a fan of the triangular ceremony arch, then this one is sure to inspire. Designed by Auburn + Ivory, and draped with custom dyed silk gauze yardage, all set off by two floral accents by Madison House Designs which are full of a mix of neutrals and pops of rich color. It couldn't be more perfect in front of this wall of greenery with with the delicate aged table with candles. There is so much to love.


I don't have a lot of ceremony shots to share, but here is one that I absolutely loved.

Draped Silk Gauze at the wedding reception by The Lesser Bear with greenery

Planning/Design: Auburn + Ivory | Florals: Madison House Designs | Photography: Kismet Visuals & Co.

There was so much to love about Jenny and Jeremy's wedding, including this touching moment! I adored this reception/dance floor backdrop designed by Auburn + Ivory with draped silk gauze, sparkling lights and greenery by Madison House Designs. It is the perfect way to soften a venue's beams, blank walls or anything that you would like to hide, or even highlight.

Here are a few photos of how I have used drapery myself to soften table design, and could be used behind tables for desserts, presents, etc..

Pink and White Silk Gauze Naturally Dyed by The Lesser Bear

Layer Naturally Dyed and Hand Painted Silk Gauze by The Lesser Bear

How else can you use fabric in a wedding?

I would love to dye fabric for a chuppah, or a mandap or any other traditional wedding ceremony structure. It would also be amazing to create drapery for the inside of a tent, or from ceiling beams in a barn. The ways to use fabric in wedding ceremonies and receptions are endless. Just ask your styling/planner for their most exciting ideas, or I would be happy to share my thoughts with you as well.

It isn't on your website, how to I order lengths of fabric?

These fabrics are generally custom order. If you are interested in incorporating naturally dyed silks or other fabrics in your wedding, simply email me to discuss your ideas.

Similarly, if you need table linens, many of these are available only be custom order. I will share examples in a future blog post, but do not hesitate to reach out to discuss table linens as well.

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