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How to display wedding photos – tips and ideas

They’ve arrived! The moment that email from your wedding photographer pings its way into your inbox, or a package containing the most marvellous USB stick shuffles through your letterbox, is a great one. Once you’ve scoffed several kilograms of popcorn at the various wedding photo screening sessions you’ll 100 percent be holding, you’re faced with the question of – now what?

After you’ve made one your phone wallpaper and another the screensaver (and repeat on your tablet and laptop), resisted the urge to turn any into mugs or mousemats (shudder), picked one as the cover for your thank you cards, and a collection for your wedding photo book, you’ll be glad to know that the road doesn’t stop there. Take a good look at the walls in your home, see side tables and shelves in a whole new light, think frames and get pondering about how to display wedding photos in all their glory.

Tip 1 – Create a photo wall with several frames

Struggling to choose just a few for frames? Then give three cheers for the wedding photo wall display, where you get to gather a whole cluster of pictures with one agreed nuptial theme. Now, we know that you looked like a Disney prince/princess, but, having an entire wedding photo wall dedicated to the two of you might look just a tad self-indulgent. So, be sure to mix in some photos of your guests and any special snaps of things like wedding stationery.

Tip 2 – Use a picture rail

If you quite fancy the idea of multiple photos on show all in the same place, but are over the picture wall thing or find it a bit too scattered for your liking, what about using a picture rail or taking over a shelf? This wedding photo display idea gives you room to mix things up a bit. Unlike a picture wall where it’s a case of drill and screw, a rail is free and easy, allowing you to swap pictures in and out to ring the changes.

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Tip 3 – Lean photos against the wall

Leaning your frames back isn’t reserved for shelves and rails alone. Medium-sized and larger frames can be propped up on top of chest of drawers and console tables too. This look’s much more relaxed than hanging them from the wall. Maybe you’ve earmarked one of your photos for an extra large size frame – less cardboard cut-out of the two of you (though we applaud anyone who does this) and more a romantic shot of wedding day scenery. If you have, why not lean that one against the wall from the floor? It’s easy as pie to do and gives you casual and artsy points.

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Different framing & layout options

Square, portrait, landscape, grid layouts, calligraphy – why on earth stick your photos on a wall with scotch tape or blue tack when you can do them justice with a fabulous frame? A frame makes even more of a feature out of the wonderful scene sitting pretty inside it, it helps to style your scheme, and on a practical note, it protects them from harm (no folding corners when there’s a perspex cover in town). That’s why wedding photo display musings shouldn’t just involve which pics make the cut and where they should go, but which frames and layouts float your boat. Feast your eyes on these for some food for thought...

Option 1 – Minimalist

Low-key and fuss-free, a minimal layout results in the photo being the sole point of focus – a single photo at that. One photo in a monochromatic frame with a mount presents the picture cleanly – just as they would in a gallery. And you don’t run the risk of any colour clashes with frame and frock or flowers.

Option 2 – Multi Photos

Just like you two, sometimes things look better in pairs. Match up two photos from your big day and see how beautifully they sit side by side. They don't have to be wildly different shots either. In fact, that's likely to be a bad idea. Two shots of you two together, even in the same location but perhaps one more close-up than the other, or in different poses, is often the perfect framed duo. (And sometimes, things look even better in threes, which is why we've also got a layout option made for the magic number.)

Option 3 – Typography

What goes into your frame doesn’t have to be photo-based alone. Throw some font in there too and choose a print option where you can have your wedding date included or your newlyweds names. The key here is to make sure the photo and the words below marry (pun intended) together. Not just in terms of content but the look and feel too. For example, it might be more fitting to put Mr & Mrs Smith below a photo of your first dance or ceremony rather than under a photo of the venue – obviously. Similarly, if the type is in white, putting it with a photo of your (presumably white) wedding dress will look too same-y.

Option 4 – Calligraphy

On the same train of thought as typography, but a bit further up on the fancy scale, calligraphy and wedding days skip along hand in hand. Swirly, curly cursive calligraphy has all of the romance of your special day in its every swish and flick so using it to caption your beloved wedding photos makes perfect sense. Remember that you don’t just have to go for special dates and places; you could have a verse from a reading, a few lines from your first dance song or a personalised vow or two jotted down within your favourite framed moments.

Option 5 – Grid

Cast your mind back a few paragraphs when we talked wedding photo walls. This frame and layout suggestion is the smaller, more straight-laced sibling to that idea. Opting for one frame that has lots of slots for photos gives you the picture wall effect, but in a more structured way. It’s like Instagram but IRL and it’s a very good idea if you’re not so confident on nailing the just-amount-of-jumbled look that a picture wall asks for.

Option 6 – Timeline

Ah, the trip down memory lane option. This layout asks just for one frame again, but with plenty of photos packed within it, spread out in a linear way to tell the story of the two of you. Throw things right back to have a photo of your earliest days, followed by an engagement snap and then your wedding day. Or, if you want to keep the theme strictly bridal, choose a few photos from across the day, laying them out in chronological order to show how the day unfolded. This one’s the proper storytelling option because after all, a picture (and frame) tells a thousand words.

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