Photo Inspiration

June 4

Creative Ideas for Wedding Day Photos

The big day has come and gone, the gifts are unwrapped, the dress is put away and now you have all the photos. If you’re finding the task of showcasing your memories a bit daunting, you’re not alone. But we’re here to help—see below for some new ways to use those fabulous shots.

Idea #1: Tell Your Story

A wedding album is the classic place for all your photos—and it’s a classic for a reason. It gives you a chance to tell your story, your way. Mix and match professional photos with personal Instagram pics. Include your vows or photos of your program and invitation. The options are endless and you’ll always be able to take a romantic trip through time when you open your photo book.

wedding-day-photos-photo-bookGifting tip: thank your parents for all they’ve done with an album tailored just for them. It’s the sweetest way to gather photos that will be their favorites. (Because maybe you don’t need three pictures of Great Aunt Megan, but it might mean a lot to your mom.)

Idea #2: Make It Unexpected

One trend we’re loving? When a bride puts a great photo somewhere surprising. A mug, for instance, isn’t the traditional place for wedding pics—but it makes a fun memento to see every morning. (It also happens to be a fantastic gift for your bridal party, especially if you have some funny shots.)

wedding-day-photos-mugSimilarly, choose a place in your home to display a piece of canvas art (or a couple pieces) that’ll make people smile. Entranceways, kitchens and patios all make delightful spaces for wedding memories.

Idea #3: Share the Day

Of course, one of the main reasons we love wedding photos is that they’re best when shared. Give your guests a sneak peek by using a gorgeous photo for your thank you cards. (Just don’t be surprised when you see family members have framed it!)

wedding-day-photos-thank-you-cardsAnd, finally, have a place where loved ones can go to peruse the pictures on their own. Trust us, people will ask to see them—so make it easy for yourself and have a Shutterfly Share Site already set-up.

Most importantly: enjoy the process! It’s a beautiful chance to relive the day with your honey.


June 18

DIY Place Card Photos

Add a special touch to your wedding reception tables with personalized DIY place settings. Your wedding guests will love the little detail – and feel even more a part of your special day. Since this project does require personalizing for each guest (and access to photos), it can also work well for intimate receptions, or for bridal showers and rehearsal dinners.


Here’s what you’ll need:
Photos of your guests
Plain paper
Twine or other decorative tie
Small flowers or herbs (lavender would be a nice touch for spring weddings!)
Hole punch

Step 1: Photos

Start by collecting a photo of each of your guests. We love the idea of using childhood photographs of each guest, but that may not be entirely practical. Here’s a hint: check out Facebook photos your friends have posted. Chances are that there may be an old school portrait or baby photo that they have uploaded!

Print out each photo in a small size, such as 2 in. x 2 in. You want your image to small so that it accents the place setting. Anything larger may overpower the effect.

Step 2: Create your place setting tag

Cut out a piece of paper that is slightly larger than your photo. You can be creative with the shape, but we liked the look of this square shape – it almost looks like a miniature Polaroid! Whichever style you choose, simply adhere the photo onto the paper. Be sure to leave room for a name – this will be a place setting, after all!

Now that your tag is set, punch a hole near the top. This will be where you attach the tag to the twine, so you’ll want to make sure the hole is the right size for your twine.

Step 3: Assemble your creations

You likely won’t fully assemble the place cards until the day of your reception, but you can prep a bit in advance. Cut your twine and string it through the hole in each tag – this will make set up a snap.

Day of, tie each place card around the utensils. Finish it off with a pretty bow, and tuck a sprig of lavender or another small flower between the napkin and the twine. Another option, if you aren’t able to tie around utensils, is to tie the photo place card onto a wine glass set at each seat.

What do you think of this photo DIY? Check out more creative ideas for your wedding on our Pinterest boards!


March 19

Eye Candy: Wedding Reception Photo Ideas

Starting with a Save the Date that incorporates photography in a fun and unique style, we’re loving these wedding day details. From table settings incorporating photos of each guest to a ceremony aisle runner that acts as a physical walk down memory lane, these five photo ideas will spark decor inspiration for your own wedding day.


escort cards


picture place setting

photo ceremony runner




March 18

Photocentric Wedding Inspiration

For the couple that is all about photography and wants to incorporate meaningful photos into their wedding, this week’s theme is for you. With so many new photo wedding invitations to choose from, you can find the perfect one to capture your personality. Then carry these little photo touches throughout your ceremony and reception, from your bouquet to your centerpieces.

photo wedding inspiration

L to R: Wedding Paper Divas We the Wed invitation, BouquetReception DécorPolaroidPhoto Jar Centerpieces




May 29

The Polaroid Picture Trend

The polaroid picture shot is hugely popular in wedding photography and engagement sessions these days. These creative shots always look so sweet and romantic, and have that playful, vintage flair. There are so many spins on the traditional shot and the best part is that the couple can add their own personality to the photo to make it truly unique. Photos in this style taken during an engagement session are perfect to incorporate into a photo save the date card!

Here’s an adorable and slightly humorous take on that idea: an iPhone shot. I think it’s perfect for the unique and techy couple!


August 20

Wedding Stationery We Love: Photo Thank You Cards

After you return from your honeymoon, one of every newlywed’s favorite parts of the post-wedding wrap up is sharing photos with family and friends.

What better way to showcase your pictures than with photo thank you cards? Whether you choose to highlight your wedding photos or snapshots from your honeymoon, photo thank you cards give you the chance to share your gratitude with family and friends while giving your favorite photo center stage!

Here are a few of our favorite designs to help you get inspired:

Floral Sprig Photo Thank You CardsCherished Memory Photo Thank You Card

Modern Merci Photo Thank You Cards

Simple Stitching Photo Thank You Cards

Blooming Vine Photo Thank You Cards