22 Creative Ways to Display Photos at Your Wedding
Displaying photos at your wedding is not only a fun way to honor the past while celebrating your future, but it's also an easy and affordable form of wedding décor. More often than not, you can display your favorite family photos all on your own thanks to a handy big-day DIY project.
There are so many ways to personalize a photo display for your wedding. Take the rustic route and pin pictures onto a string of twine. Throwing a vintage-inspired affair? Try framing multiple generations of black-and-white family wedding photos. Or opt for something totally off the beaten path: Wear these photos around your neck (inside of a precious locket) or top your cake with photo cut-outs. Wedding photos can work as favors, too. For a meaningful keepsake, Karina Puente created these one-of-a-kind charcoal drawings of each guest at this couple's wedding.
If you want to show off a photo series that tells the story of your relationship—and paints your guests a clearer picture of how you met, fell in love, and got engaged—consider adding a legacy element by also displaying photos from your parents' or grandparents' weddings. The further back you go, the more you and your guests will feel embedded into your family history. To inspire your own display, we've rounded up several options that are easy enough to copy or make your own. Whether you want to bring family photographs to the forefront of your celebration or showcase a selection of snapshots of you and your soon-to-be spouse, friends, or even pets, these ideas will make your wedding one to remember.
We love how this couple commemorated the family marriages that came before theirs: They asked their stationer to print photos of each generation's newlyweds onto the back of their ceremony programs with a brief description of how they fell in love.
Wooden Photo Wall
This display proves your favorite song isn't just for the first dance: The couple incorporated the lyrisc from the Beatle's "All You Need Is Love" on their photo backdrop.
Get creative with your table numbers and replace standard numeric options with childhood photos of each of you at the associated age.
Pin photos of your relatives into the lining of your tuxedo (or dress!) for a hidden homage to your loved ones.
A seating chart is a unique way to present your meaningful pictures. Elise Events helped guests to their seats by making this display, which paired each attendee's photo with his or her table number.
Baby photos are a great way to mark your spot at the head table.
Hanging Bouquet Charms
Tie pictures of your relatives to your bouquet wrap as a way to celebrate your bond. This bride brought two photos of her grandparents down the aisle on her big day.
If you had engagement portraits taken, you'll want to show off the results on the big day. Engagement photos of the bride and groom were secured with white ribbon and displayed in a metal hoop for this modern piece.
Sentimental Set Up
Think beyond a photo wall when brainstorming ways to display family photos. For meaningful décor, this bride had her grandmother's piano brought to her venue where it was draped with eucalyptus, greenery, and photos of the couple's grandparents and parents.
Boutonnières get a sweet upgrade when you add a photo of your loved ones to them, as evidenced by this groom's lapel accent.
Take notes from this crafty bride and embellish your signature drinks with sentimental swizzle sticks.
Guest Book Display
Want to give guests a glimpse at the weddings of your family's past? Make like this couple, who set up old family photos near their guest book station.
Heart Shaped Photo
Nothing says love like a heart-shaped frame—this groom found a small iteration that went perfectly with his boutonnière—to place photos of your family members inside.
Wrap Polaroids around a nearby tree with twine for an unexpected twist on the phrase "family tree."
A family heirloom, like this bride's locket, which she wrapped around her bouquet, is the perfect way to wear or display a special image on the big day.
Black-and-White Photo Wall
A wall in your reception space is the perfect blank canvas for your family photos.
Heirloom Guest Book
If possible, use a family heirloom for your big day guestbook—this one belonged to the bride's grandparents.
Honor a late family member with a single photo pinned to your bouquet wrap.
Family Wedding Photos
Create a one-of-a-kind display by using unexpected materials and, of course, your family photos. The mother of the bride spruced up the wall of this venue with off-white paper flowers and wedding pictures from both the bride and groom's family.
Show off your family history by pinning portraits of each family member to a tree.
Bookshelf Photo Display
Prior to the big day, this couple asked their parents for old photos of the couples in each family. At the wedding, the pictures were framed and placed onto a bookshelf. "It was important for us to share where we came from and the love that's existed in our families for generations," said the bride. "It was also really touching to watch our guests, including our family members, look through them and enjoy the history and memories they brought."
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