AUTHOR: BEC OF 'FOR EVERY HEN'
Photographs are a lovely (and easy) way to add a personalised touch to your event. They will instantly bring back wonderful memories and, in turn, encourage story telling (those hilarious images can’t go unexplained). If sharing printed memories at your event is on your ‘to do’ list, see below for our favourite creative photo display ideas (they will guarantee that your images don't go unnoticed!).
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Do your sweet treats need a bit more personality? They could become the highlight of the dessert table with a little cheeky DIY!
Using scissors or craft cutters, chop some images of the bride into cute shapes (love hearts, circles, squares) and attach to toothpicks with a hot glue gun.
When dry, pop them in your cupcakes for instant, personalised party snacks!
'Whether they are attached to a wall or fencing, placed neatly on a table, or even shown on an easel - frames are a stylish and easy way to display photographs.
And better yet?
With a little preparation, they can ft in with your theme seamlessly,
For example, if you're using certain colour/s at your event, track down frames in the hues featured throughout the rest of your décor. Does your theme represent a particular era? Hit up some op shops to find some cool, older-style options. After a simple and sleek look? Stick to using only black or white frames.
HOW WILL YOU DECORATE?
Once you've decided on the colours, it's time to think about how you will decorate. Frames are wonderful because:
See below for some of our favourite frame layouts and décor ideas for inspiration:
After a subtle way to bring your group together? Why not create some hilarious badges that each and every guest (including the bride-to-be) can wear?!
If purchasing in bulk, choose one epic photo (beautiful or cringe-worthy, the choice is yours) and have it made into cute button badges that can be handed out and worn on the day.
DIYing it? Why not print off a range of different photos of the bride - creating a fun accessory and great ice-breaker all in one. After all, how can you walk past a guest wearing that incredible photo without stopping to view/chat?!
Photo banners are an easy yet beautiful way to display gorgeous moments in time. To create your own, all you have to do is:
This can double as a game (What Age was the Bride?). Ask guests to take a guess as to what age the bride was in each image - the person with the most correct answers wins a prize!
Rather than pegging photos to twine, you could attach to fairy lights - ambiance and memories all in one!
Photo Collage (With a Twist)
Collages are a fab way to showcase lots of different photos in the one place. From hilarious moments in your bride-to-be’s life (tiny bub, awkward teen, fun nights out) to her relationship – anything goes!
And better yet? Due to the variety of ways they can be put together, collages will suit any venue (and just about any theme).
The size of your collage will depend on where your celebration is, and the space you're happy to dedicate to it. They can be small (framed and placed on a table, images pinned to a pin-board, etc.) or larger than life (bluetak images to the wall, filling a huge area)
Hosting an outdoor celebration? Your collage could be displayed in a frame on an easel or table. Indoors? Alongside easel or table displays, you can also show off your handy work by mounting framed collages on the wall or, as mentioned earlier, by bluetaking photos directly onto plaster (no frame required).
STYLE LIKE A PRO
Before styling the collage, decide on the 'look' you're after. Will it be sleek and sophisticated? Colourful and creative? A bit of both?
ADD PERSONALITY TO YOUR COLLAGE BY DOING 1 OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
BUILD IT UP
Rather than having a collage ready to go for your celebration, why not make it appear throughout the day? Set up a polaroid camera - with one exception. Every photo taken must be stuck to the dedicated 'collage wall'.
As the day goes on, the collage will take shape.
What will result in a gorgeous decoration will also become a great keepsake for your guest of honour (there will be so many photos to look back on)!
No matter the style, location or size - make sure you have lots of fun with it and let your best friend's personality shine through!
See images below for layout inspiration:
Add some fun to your tables with sweet little pictures of your best friend!
Print your images off small and cut into circles (or squares, or rectangles, whatever shape your heart desires), and scatter across areas that need a little livening up.
You could use hilarious images of the bride throughout the years, pictures from her relationship with soon-to-be hubby, images of the bride with each of her guests, or a mix of all three.
If you have a paper craft punch cutting tool this can be used to get a seamless shape. You may also like to create shapes in different sizes (e.g. circles that are small, medium and large) for a unique look.
Photo Drink Charms
Hilarious or sweet - these photo drink charms are guaranteed to be a hit at your party!
Follow these simple steps to get everyone laughing and talking from the moment they grab their bevvies:
At the party, guests can select a glass and easily keep track of it (just look for the image they chose!). A great ice-breaker and super handy, this is a unique photo display that we highly recommend.
Come Christmas time, stunning photo ornaments are draped over trees – enjoyed for the month of December as a pretty and much loved decoration. But who’s to say they can’t be used at other occasions, too?
Bring back beautiful memories by having your bride’s favourite images turned into gorgeous decor. Special moments from your bride’s relationship with her soon-to-be hubby are ideal for this. They will not only be a feature of her hen/bridal shower celebration, but will also be lovingly used on their Christmas tree for many years to come.
For outdoor celebrations, these photo ornaments can hang from nearby tree branches. Partying indoors, or after a special centrepiece? Fill a vase with sticks and hang from those instead.
If you have a television available at your venue, make use of it with a cute photo and video slideshow. Fun moments, funny images, hilarious films, etc. can be used and played throughout the celebration (sound down, of course!).
If you’re tech savvy, finding a way for images taken at the celebration to be incorporated into the slideshow is one AWESOME way to get everyone snapping and sharing photos from the day.
Set up a popcorn bar near the slideshow. Guests can then help themselves to a cheeky snack whilst they watch the big screen.
The Bride's Guests
If you have contacts for everyone on the guest list, ask if they can send through an image of themselves with the bride-to-be. Playdates as kids right through to partying as adults, you are bound to receive a range of wonderful photos (that will make your sentimental bride feel oh so loved!).
DISPLAYING THESE PHOTOS ON THE BIG DAY:
Their Story So Far
A really sweet use of images. Remind everyone exactly why they're here celebrating with a little timeline story of the couple's relationship.
Start with where it all began, highlighting important milestones (such as the first date, first holiday, first house, the proposal) and then finish with where it's going (e.g. the date of their wedding and possibly a short note about how excited everyone is to see what their future holds).
Unique Guest Book
Double trouble! This idea not only provides decorations for your event, but also a beautiful keepsake for your guest of honour.
What are we talking about? A 'guest book' wall.
This wondrous decoration will encourage photos to be snapped and messages to be written. And the best part? They're on display for the party to see AND they can be added to throughout the night (hello cheeky notes as the drinks start to flow!).
To set up:
On the day, explain that each person has their own 'page' which can be decorated with polaroid photos, messages to the bride-to-be, funny moments from the party, etc. As messages are written and photos are taken, the guest book will take form - making for a unique and fun decoration!
Following the party, bind these pages together and gift to your best friend.
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Cheers to Beautiful Memories (Old & New)!
Before signing off, I just wanted to note one last thing: sometimes less really is more.
Including photos in your best friend's special day is such a thoughtful way to personalise the celebration. But you don't need to do every option on the above list. Pick and choose the option (or two) that work best for your particular event. And let them shine!
As always, we LOVE hearing your ideas and real life experiences. Please feel free to share pictures or your very own tips for decorating with photos in the comments section below (or via our socials)!
Cheers to a wonderful event filled with beautiful memories (both old and new)!
Much love, keep smiling - Bec x
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