Photographs are a lovely (and easy) way to add a personal touch to special occasions. They not only create a unique focal point at your event, but also bring back beautiful memories (which, in turn, encourages story telling - those hilarious images can't go unexplained!).
For all of the sweet, unique, and fun ways to share your printed memories, see our favourite creative photo display ideas below.
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Creative Photo Display Ideas (Quick Overview)
Photos aren't only a fun way to personalise celebrations, they also make for great decorations. Why? Because with a little creativity, your humble photo display can easily become the focal point of your room! Images can be converted into big heads (large face photos on popsicle sticks), cupcake toppers, badges, confetti, drink charms and ornaments. They can be displayed as collages, in frames, as bunting or slideshows. They can tell stories (such as a photo timeline of the soon-to-be bride and groom's relationship, up until their wedding day). And they can even become the most beautiful guest book - featuring a beautiful snap of each and every one of your family and friends!
Having soon-to-be hubby pop up in the most unusual ways is always a good time. And this is definitely one of the best. Turn your best friend's groom into a 'big head' that can be brought along to all of the festivities. The photo ops will be unreal!
This is also a great way to include friends who can't make the event (for example, those who are currently overseas/travelling).
Sweet treats need a bit more personality? They could become the highlight of your 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!
Attached to a wall, secured to fencing, placed neatly on a table, or even displayed on an easel; picture frames are a super simple and stylish way to display your hen's favorite snapshots.
And better yet?
With a little preparation, they can fit in with your theme seamlessly,
Using certain hues at your event? Track down frames in the different colors featured throughout the rest of your décor.
Does your theme represent a particular era? Hit up some op shops to find some cool, vintage look options.
Keeping your picture displays simple and sleek? 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:
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? You may like to turn a range of photo prints into fun badges!
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 guess 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 string lights - ambiance and memories all in one.
PHOTO COLLAGE (WITH A TWIST)
Collages are a fab way to showcase a lot of photos in the one place. From funny moments in your bride-to-be’s life (tiny bub, awkward teen, crazy nights out) to her relationship – anything goes with this creative and beautiful mess.
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 party is, and the space you're happy to dedicate to it.
It could be small (images pinned to a pin-board or creatively displayed in a frame) or larger than life (cover lots of wall space with a range of smaller and larger pictures).
Hosting outside? Your collage could be displayed on an easel, attached to a freestanding backdrop, or on a table.
Indoors? As well as the above ideas, you can also show off your handy work by mounting framed collages on the wall or by bluetakking photos directly onto plaster (no frame required).
Style Your Collage Like a Pro:
Before anything else, decide on the 'look' you're after. Will it be sleek and sophisticated? Colourful and creative? A bit of both?
ADD PERSONALITY 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 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!
A cute way to decorate your tables - photo confetti.
To make, print your images off small and cut into circles (or squares, or rectangles, whatever shape your heart desires). Then scatter across any areas that need a little extra pizazz (such as the coffee table).
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TYPES OF PHOTOS THAT WORK WELL AS 'CONFETTI'
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.
Rather than using fun photos of the bride-to-be, treat guests to images of the soon-to-be groom!
PHOTO DRINK CHARMS
Hilarious or sweet - these photo drink charms are guaranteed to be a hit at your party!
At the party, guests can select a glass and easily keep track of it (just look for the image they chose!). A fab ice-breaker and super handy, this is a great way to display photos that we highly recommend.
Come Christmas time, stunning photo ornaments are draped over trees – enjoyed for the month of December. But who’s to say they can’t be used at other occasions, too?
Bring back beautiful memories by having your bride’s favorite photos turned into gorgeous décor. 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 pics 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 SNAPS 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 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)!
Pro tip: 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 list above. Pick and choose a couple of options 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 of your own displays 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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