There’s only one way to improve the perfect wedding, and that’s a set of perfect wedding photos! We’ll cover all the bases for styling perfect wedding photos, from themes to colour palettes, so you’ll be able to remember your perfect day in the best way possible!
For a memorable set of wedding photos, why not pick out a theme which really makes a statement about what you and your marriage represent. A 1920s theme can bring a dash of glamour and sophistication to proceedings, while a dreamy Disney theme can help bring out the big kid in you, and for any soon-to-be brides, it’s the perfect excuse for that dream dress. Your guests will absolutely love the drama and mystique of it all, and you’ll end up with a set of photos that will remind you in years to come of that magical moment you got to live out all your wedding fantasies.
The question of who’s actually in your wedding photos isn’t something to be overlooked. Depending on how many people are in your wedding party, you’ll probably want to get shots of:
- The bride and groom
- Immediate family
- Other family members
- The best man and maid of honour
- The bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Close friends
- Work colleagues
Of course, a big group shot with everyone in it is an absolute must-have. It’s kind of an unwritten rule that everyone who attends the wedding has to be in the wedding photos, so get snapping, no exceptions!
From crisp white to butter-milk yellow, it’s important to choose the right colour palette for your wedding photos. Lighter shades ideal for those who are really going for the Instagrammable aesthetic, but you might want to take a more stripped back approach if you’re after a more low-key look. Ultimately, it all comes down to you and your preferences, your aesthetic and how you want to remember the wedding of your dreams.
There’s lots of different directions you go when it comes to your wedding photos. From fashion shots to fine-art photography, the style of your wedding photos can say a lot about what sort of partnership you and your spouse want to be, so it’s best to make them count! One really interesting avenue that you could pursue is wedding photojournalism. This is a style of wedding photography where you let the photographer follow their instincts and photograph things as they occur, rather than meticulously plan out a series of heavily staged photographs. Capturing the little details of the day is a great way of encapsulating the real spirit of your wedding and collecting a set of photographs that truly remind you of the day.
When it comes to your wedding photos, there are some shots that you just have to get. We’ve made a little checklist to help you out:
- Shots of the bride getting ready
- Mother of the bride helping the bride into her wedding dress
- Bride getting walked down the aisle by her father
- Groom getting ready
- Groom seeing the bride for the first time
- Exterior shots of the church
- Both sets of parents
- The “I do” moment
- “You may now kiss the bride”
- The cake
- The first dance
- The bouquet toss
These are the real money shots, so make sure you don’t miss out!
How to use your wedding photos
You could use your wedding photos (pre-shot, naturally) as the perfect cover for your wedding invites. This is a great way of really personalising the invitation and making your guests feel like they’re taking part in a monumental moment in your life. Deck them out with a beautiful couples shot and turn the actual invite into a piece of memorabilia that you’ll cherish forever. Of course, if you’re taking the photos on the day, you could use your wedding photographs on the thank you notes you’re sending out, while they can also make a great cover for a personalised Christmas card!
Picked up any good ideas for your wedding photos? Let us know in the comments section below!