photos as wedding decor!
If I had any wedding advice for anyone it’s this: don’t scrimp on the photography! Find a great photographer that you love their style. Make sure that you spend the time on getting the shots that you really want! I also believe that it’s about the quality of the photos, not the quantity! being able to use your beautiful photos at your wedding is the perfect decorative touch! Photos speak volumes! I want to share a fantastic way to display your gorgeous photos, as well as create stunning, high impact décor.
The bride I was working with used the same fantastic photographer for her engagements, bridals and wedding photos. She worked it out with her photographer for me to be able to use the photos in the décor, and made arrangements for me to have access to the digital files in time for my wedding prep. The bride also opted to take “pre-wedding” photos with the groom before the wedding day. Since the actual wedding day has so much going on, having a full photography session before hand made the photos more natural and stress free! It also allowed me to use them at the reception! i was SO excited when i got my hands on the ENORMOUS prints!!
Here’s where I first saw this fantastic idea of hanging HUGE “architectural” prints… the girls from Salt and Honey had this display in the entrance of their boutique last year. I fell in love with it, and wanted to create something similar…
Many of the office supply print shops have “large format” printers where they can print blueprints, and other oversized prints. They are usually only available in black and white, and are very affordable.
I have a friend that is married to an architect, and they let us use their huge printer to print out 11 gorgeous oversized prints. I purposely varied the sizes just a bit. I chose a mix of landscape and portrait orientations; some were very up close, and some were zoomed way back! I was also able to print a variety of color and black and white prints.
My plan was to hang these prints from the trees in the yard. I wanted to have them in different places that guests would see along their path. They created an amazing environment that was totally focused on the couple! The photo hangers were SO easy to make, and literally took just a few minutes to put all together.
here’s the quick HOW-TO for the DIY photo hangers:
- Have the photos printed on a large format printer that can be found at an office supply (or architect office if you know one!) You can make them any size!
- For each photo you will need 2 big bull dog clips. I painted them all with gold spray paint.
- For each photo you will need 4 pieces of wood cut to the width of the photo. I went to Home Depot and asked an associate to do all the cuts. I had a list with me of the lengths that I needed. The wood can be found the in wood trim department, and you purchase it by the foot. The trim piece that I used was 2” wide and flat.
- I spray painted all of the wood pieces with gold paint before the wedding.
- You want to have 2 pieces sandwiching the photo at the top and bottom. I decided to use hot glue to secure because I knew we would be outside, and I didn’t want to risk the wind blowing them apart at all.
- To hang, simply run string from one clip to the other, and hang!
I wanted to have these prints hanging in groupings, but because of the tree branches not all being exactly where I needed them, I had to improvise! I was able to layer some of my wood cut words over the top… looked so beautiful and sparkly thanks to the coating of the chunky gold glitter!
These prints were absolute SHOW STOPPERS! And this concept is SO easy, and such great impact it’s perfect for pretty much any special occasion! Can be done with any size print and hung so easily! Great idea to keep in mind!
Another really quick and easy way to add photos to the decor was by creating little mini photo stakes for the centerpieces!
I used the Fuji Instax Share Printer to print out the photos that i wanted to display! I then hot glued mini bulldog clips to bamboo skewers and stuck them into the soil in the jars. Once i had also added the little mini copper lights, they were nothing short of magical! and created just the right personal touch!
Big or small, using photos is such a great way to make decor personal for any special event! Special thanks to Taylor and Doug for letting me be a part of their magical first day together as a married couple! I hope they will always remember the beauty of that amazing day!