Creative ways to incorporate photographs into your wedding ceremony and reception

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and it’s an ethos every one of us embraces with our smartphones never too far away and always ready to snap those meaningful moments. With many of us having an endless supply of photographs as a result, it’s easy to look back on the memories we share with friends, family members and the ones we love.

As the ultimate relationship milestone, you’re certain to have a few more photographs to add to your collection after your wedding day is done and dusted. But those photo albums could provide the perfect solution for couples looking to customise their wedding ceremonies and receptions in the most personal way.

Take your wedding guests on a walk down memory lane by using these creative ideas to incorporate photographs into your ceremony and reception.

When you were young

Whilst you may have once tried to hide those (often embarrassing) childhood snaps from your partner during the early days of your relationship, you should now be comfortable enough with each other to put them proudly on display.

Using childhood pictures of the both of you in your centrepieces is a unique, cute and humorous way to jazz up those wedding tables. You could even find photographs of you both at specific ages to use as table numbers just like this.

Your relationship story so far

If you’d rather not expose your guests to the bad haircuts you sported as a child, why not use your photos to share your relationship story so far?

There are so many fantastic display ideas that will do those great memories justice, including photo bunting, tables and walls. You can be as creative as you like to compliment your wedding theme and show your love story through imagery.

A particularly personalised aisle style

As the location where you’ll say “I do”, your aisle style certainly matters. Give guests something to look at while they wait for you to make your fabulous entrance by adorning aisle ends with old photographs. These could be pictures of you and your partner as children or during your relationship, or your all-time favourite snaps of those closest to you.

The devil is in the detail

You don’t have to create elaborate displays that put your photographs on show. Many couples choose to use photos more discreetly, especially when honouring lost loved ones.

Emmaline Bride details a very thoughtful way to honour those who can’t be with you to celebrate your nuptials with your bridal accessories:

“When Abby’s father passed away, she placed his photo inside a locket. On her wedding day, she wrapped the locket around her bouquet so he could be with her as she walked down the aisle. You could do the same with a locket and two of your favourite photos of your grandfather. All you need is a beautiful locket, like one of these spotted at Love Montreal.”

Grooms can get in on the action too thanks to personalised photo boutonniere and cufflink designs.

It’s a family thing

Whether you’re looking to share photos of your families or the new family you’re creating with your union, nature offers a great option to display those lovely snaps.

Use foliage within the grounds of your venue or bring your own to hang your favourite pictures. It’ll be your very own family tree and a great focal point for ceremony and reception guests to admire.

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