We unveiled some of the top trends in weddings earlier this year and one element that will be popping up in lots of 2016 and 2017 weddings are photos. Photos are a brilliant way to give guests an insight into your relationship and they can be used in all sorts of ways to showcase your personality, likes and happy memories. A table dedicated to your parents/grandparents love story, a hashtag so you can gather all the snaps from the day, a photo booth for some evening fun, a slideshow during the speeches – there are lots of ways where you can introduce photos on your Big Day. Check out some creative ways to include photos in your wedding below…
The Wedding Trends You Need to Know for 2016
1. Include a Photo in Your Bouquet
This sentimental idea is perfect for brides looking to honour a lost loved one or hold someone close to them as they walk up the aisle. Hang a mini framed photo of someone you hold dear in your bouquet or for grooms, mini pictures can be incorporated into cufflinks. Check out 10 gorgeous ways to honour lost loved ones at your wedding here
2. Guest Place Cards
If you’re looking for a place card idea that is really fun and that your guests will enjoy (and can even take with them as a memento), the Polaroid or Photo place card (or escort card table) is a winner. It takes a bit of work – you’ve to find a pic of all your guests AND print them – but their reaction when they get to their table and see a photo of themselves waiting at their seat is sure to be amazing.
Photo via J’ai Dit Qui
If you’re feeling brave and want to make your table names a little bit more fun, work in some childhood and teenage snaps. Pop pictures of you and your partner side by side at different ages or pick a year and print up table names with a photo of you both from that particular year!
Photo via Colin Cowie Weddings & Photo by Michael Beckwith Photography
4. A Family Tree
If you’re looking to include your parents or grandparents in your day, opt for a special table dedicated to your ‘family tree’ with pictures of family members on their wedding day. It’s a gorgeous way to honour their love stories and you could even add in small write up about how they met or some love quotes or song lyrics.
Image by Tomasz Kornas via Maeve & Dylan’s real wedding
5. Chair Decor
If you’re looking to make your chairs stand out from the crowd at the reception, the chair sign is a great way to go about it. We’re all for making them even more personal, and one adorable or hilarious idea (depending on the snap you choose) is using a photo from when you were kids and hanging them on the back of your chairs.
Photo by Justin Demutis Photography via greylikesweddings.com
6. Guest Book Photo
Couples are getting more and more creative with their guestbooks with some really cute ways to record their guests’ messages. If you’re looking to turn your guests well wishes in to a piece of art you can hang at home, have them sign the border of a framed photo of you. Or if you’ve had an engagement shoot photo album made up (or you’ve made your own album with relationship milestones), get guests to pen a note on this. Plus they get a peek at some of the lovely moments from your relationship as well.
Photo by Jacobus Photography via Style Me Pretty
7. Around the Venue
A slideshow is another cute way to display some relationship milestones, snaps from hols and any other funny photos that will give guests an insight in to your relationship (or a laugh). If you’re not keen on a slideshow, display photos around the venue or have a spot dedicated to your happy memories where you can hang photos as a little nod to your love story.
Photo from Julie & Sean’s real wedding by Michelle Prunty Photography
8. Photo Booth Fun
The photobooth is such a fun addition to a wedding – it’s a great way for guests to entertain themselves and they get a keepsake photo from the day too. Whether you’re using a professional photobooth company or a Polaroid camera, you can arrange to have a copy printed for yourself so that you can pop it in a photo album as a keepsake. If you’re after something a little bit different, Fotoflip’s Flip Me Mirror – a new type of photo booth which looks just like a mirror, snaps away plus you get to write a message on the photo before it prints. Find out more about The Flip Me Mirror here.
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Photo from Chris & Anne’s real wedding by Emma Russell Photography
9. Include a Hashtag
Guests are going to be snapping away at your wedding and while the allure of the ‘unplugged wedding’ is appealing for some, if you’re looking to make the most of their snap happy attitude, why not get them to share their photos with you. Create and share your very own personalised hashtag with guests so that they can post their photos to your preferred site, whether it’s the likes of Instagram or WedPics. It’s a win win for all involved, you get lots of unseen photos for your photo album and guests get involved as well.
Photo by Moha Photography via Wedding Chicks
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.