Post # 1
I spoke to my venue and apparently I am allowed to go in a day early to do some set up.
I was considering doing a head table backdrop on my own (considering only at this point!) and was really curious how this is done.
I was looking at a similar idea back drop
I get the basic idea of pipe and draping, so the base layer of fabric shouldnt be too hard.
What I was wondering is it looks like theres two layers of fabric (one base layer, then another layer on top to create the criss cross look).
How would I secure the fabric at the top?
Do I simply “throw” it over? Im worried it may fall or slip over and wanted to make sure its “secure”
Im more concerened about how to secure things at the top as the back drop is going up approximately 20ft
Post # 2
This draping actually looks like 3 layers to me- the base layer, the twisted swags and the 5 vertical drapes.
The base layer is the fabric actually gathered at the top on the horizontal tubing or piping.
Then they added swags that are twisted at the bottom to get the narrowingof the fabric.
After that they hung the vertical drapes between the swags.
The base layer is the easiest. It is simply gathered over the top pipe.
For the swags,there are two ways to do them.
You can start on the left, attach the fabric at the top at the back of the top pipe. You can use pins, staples, stick-on velcro ( whatever you like depending on whether or not you want to use the fabric again). allow tthe fabric to hang to the length you want, twist it at the bottom, bring it back up to the top, then again attach it at the back.
Or, you can simply hang panels of pleated sheer drapes, numbers 1-8 in the pic below.
Excuse my kindergarten level “Paint” skills.
Top with panels 9-13.
Then pull the fabric in the second layer to the side to make the swags and pin it in place under the vertical drapes.
It is easier to work with shorter lengths of fabric so I would treat each swag separately,no matter which way you choose to do it.
If you are planning on having a pipe and drape that is 20 feet high, you are going to need equipment and help.
Post # 3
Are you going to hire a professional? I only ask because that is a very elaborate set up The amount of pipe and drape needed may be so great, that just hiring someone may be easier and cost effective. If you decide to do this yourself, make sure to get measurements including the cieling height. Depending in where you live, some vendors will rent you the fabric and pipe system so that you don’t have to pay for labor. To do the set up shown you most likely need two sets of pipes. The back set will have the vertical drapes, the front set will have the swag. I think trying to just toss the fabric over is not a good idea becuase you will have to order extra length to hang on the back and figure out to secure it properly. The fabric shown looks like a poly fabric with some weight and sheen. That stuff can get heavy! Also it is a pain the A$$ to iron. ive had lots of jobs one of which was corporate and non profit event management, so I’m speaking from experience.
If you hire a vendor or rent the materials, try and find someone who is familiar with the venue. They should be able to help ensure you get enough materials.
For my vow renewal my friend and I made a backdrop using two IKEA clothing racks, cheap IKEA curtains and some tule. Picture is below. I’m on my ipad so it may show upside down.
Post # 4
julies1949: Ahhhh! Your turning on some light bulbs for me right now =)
So for the second scenario (hang panels of pleated sheer drapes), it sounds like
1) Pipe and drape first layer
2) Hang panels of pleated sheer drapes, pulling it OVER the tube, and attaching it to the back via pins etc etc.
3) At the bottom, I would pull it up so it meets the next drape (so I would pull # 1 to # 4), then twist and tie it down?
Does that sound about right?
Sirenbee87: I am definitely considering it, but out of sheery curiosity I was wondering how it was done and if its not too bad then I would maybe take a stab at it. But after hearing julies1949 explain, I think I am going to go the route of hiring someone =)
I do have one concern though, as I was looking around for vendors and their samples Im noticing a small trend. Im not sure if its something that can not be helped due to the design of the backdrop, or if its a sign of an “amateur”
At the top of the below two pictures, I highlighted at the top of the pipe and drape it looks like you can “see” the piping
It just doesnt look very nice to me when its like that!
What could be the cause of this?
Is it due to cheaper material?
The inherent design of the back drop?
The material is not bunched up enough to cover the piping?
A sign that the decor person is amatuerish?
Post # 5
You can pull #1 to the right and #4 to the left and pin them behind #11. You wil have to adjust the draping until you get the look you like.
In your last pic, with the purple, it looks like they have two rods, so the sheer fabric lets you see the fabric gathered on the rod. Hanging panels over top of the base layer and securing them in the back, takes care of that concern.
Post # 6
julies1949 – Do you mean my last pic where I circled things with the purple lighting? Or the pic where I have arrows (first pic)?
Just want to make sure Im on the same page =)
Im not sure what you mean by hanging panels 🙁
Post # 7
you can see the piping because they used sheer fabric. The pipes used are almost always metal that is either a dark brown or black. So if you use white fabric that has any sheerness, it will show up in the light. This is why so,etimes professionals are helpful. Even if you just rent the materials and set it up with some friends, you’ll be able to ask questions and make sure you get the look you want. If you noticed the sheerness at the top of the drape, you are super detail oriented and wont be happy if things look home made and crafty.