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How Much Fullness Does Your Wedding Backdrop Need?

Posted by LO on 12/13/2019 to Pipe and Drape
How Much Fullness Does Your Wedding Backdrop Need?
Adjustable pipe and drape kits are popular for church backdrops and reception hall decorating. They have the ability to transform a space and mask bland features that you otherwise wouldn’t want to be displayed. With over 2.4 million weddings performed in America each year, understanding how to use these backdrop drapes can be invaluable to a bride looking for an elegant way to decorate for her big day.

What are Adjustable Pipe and Drape Kits?

Adjustable pipe and drape kits are the most versatile; with the right pieces, you can have both an adjustable width and an adjustable height. They are easily customizable, with thousands of creative inspiration photos abound online. They are also portable and easy to set up and disassemble. Above all, they tend to be more affordable than more intricate and involved backdrop options and are capable of working in almost any location.

The customization options with adjustable pipe and drape kits are one of the things that makes it so appealing to brides and wedding designers. They can be made wider or taller, draped simply or dramatically, and can be used behind the altar or in the reception hall to increase elegance while hiding undesirable features. If this sounds like something you’d like to use, here’s how to determine just how much drape you will need for your event!

How Much Drape Do You Need?

The fullness of your drapes is something to consider when setting up your backdrops. While a lot of fullness can create depth and dimension, how much you use will depend on a few factors.


  • 0% Fullness
    This describes drapes that are pulled taut between the vertical poles. Consider it similar to many backdrops that you’d find at a photo studio, with a flat backdrop. There would be no bunching, pleating, or gathering in the fabric, and the surface would appear smooth and clean. This option works well if you need to cover a large area while giving a smooth, chic appearance. While you won’t have any fullness (gathering / bunching), it can be a nice touch for those who want a minimal effect that requires fewer drapes.

  • 50% Fullness
    This level of fullness takes advantage of some degree of bunching in the drapes, and it is highly cost-effective overall. This level is perfect for those who want a more dramatic look without creating an overly intricate or busy backdrop. It is a solid middle ground that is popular at many weddings and special events.

  • 100% Fullness
    For most fabrics, this is a high level of fullness, providing a rich arrangement that creates an alluring and romantic backdrop. It can also help minimize transparency and sound reverberation (though the latter generally depends on the type and thickness of fabric). If you want an extra flowy and elegant backdrop, this may be the best drapery route.

  • More than 100% Fullness
    A few types of fabric look their best -- in fact, absolutely AMAZING -- when there is super fullness. Particularly for sheer fabrics, such as Voile, you’ll likely want to have a high degree of gathering in your drapes. Take a look at some examples online and you’ll quickly see why.

Adjustable pipe and drape kits can allow you to create some pretty stunning visuals no matter what level of fullness you use. Popular with brides and wedding planners, if you’re looking for a creative and inexpensive way to take your wedding or reception to the next level, backdrop drapes are one of the best ways to do it!

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