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black gold and silver wedding with lots of picture frame details Today I’ve got a treat for you. Stephanie from Wedding Party sent us this lovely guest post on how to choose meaningful photos for your wedding decor!


 From DIY photo chandeliers to photo placeholders to elaborate wall collages, using meaningful photos for your wedding decor has become a popular and fun way to share your story with your wedding guests. Even better – it’s meaningful, affordable, and helps to remind you of your most special memories.

 However, choosing photos to display at your wedding can be a headache – especially when you’ve got a ton of photos to choose from! While it may be tempting to choose every single glamour shot from your engagement shoot to play in a slide show, there are other memories you should consider sharing with your guests for a meaningful wedding experience. Here are our tips on how to choose the perfect photos for your wedding decor and displays!

1. Family Wedding Photos

Show your fam some love and add a vintage touch to your decor with a photo wall of your family’s old wedding photos. Guests will get a kick out of the pictures, and it’s a wonderful way to remember the loving couples that made your family what it is today.

 Arrange the photos on a wall in gorgeous, rustic frames for reception decor, or display them for a sweet touch at the entrance of your wedding ceremony!

picture timeline for weddingphotographed by Alyse French

2. Relationship timeline photos

This one’s a no-brainer. The bride and groom’s lives have been leading up to this point, and you should definitely showcase their life’s milestones and special memories from the relationship.

While slide shows are great for showcasing these photos, I love the recent creative approaches couples have taken to sharing the photos of their journey. One unique way to showcase these photos would be to arrange them as aisle decor, so as guests (and you!) walk down the aisle, you’re literally “walking your journey”. Similar “walk your journey” type displays work well as decor between your ceremony and reception!

rustic wedding ideas with photographs  picture by Stone Crandall

3. Childhood photos

Of course, you’ll have family and friends at your wedding who will remember the bride and groom as they used to be – little babies or sweet children who have grown up in the blink of an eye. Although your wedding is a celebration of the new life ahead of you, why not look back and cherish the old with these guests? It’s a wonderful way to remind guests (and yourself!) of your roots, and how you came to be person you are today.

We love using childhood photos in the small and unexpected aspects of the wedding – sweet save the date cards or wedding favors with photos of the young bride and groom are two great ideas for those looking to incorporate some adorable nostalgia into their wedding details.

photo save the datephotographed by Kelly Marks

4. Photos with friends and other guests

Showcasing photos of your memories with your friends and family is a great way to make them feel special on your wedding day, and is a great reminder to them about their relationship to you. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter, and makes everyone feel included! What could be better?

These types of photos work best showcased at the guest book signing area, or even as accents to each guests’ reception place card!

polaroid guest book via Bryan N Miller Photography

5. Photos of special places

These photos are oft-overlooked, but can be so very special! Chances are, there are special places in your life that have played a major role in you and your spouse’s relationship, and photos of these locations are a sweet way to remind yourself of the different places within your story.

Sprinkle these photos into your other photo displays, to break up the pictures of people and faces that will (probably) make up most of your photo decor.

unique engagement picture by Eugene Pavlov 

photo credits: framed seating chart < from Ruffled, chalkboard menu & bride in black wedding dress < from Fab You Bliss, gold glitter bow < via Brancoprata, Ruche necklace, BHLDN boutonniere, s’mores wedding favors < from Weddings by Billy, picture frame table number < via Martha Stewart Weddings, baby’s breath centerpiece < from Bucks County Weddings.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. That inspirational board says it all… i just love the colors!! Bravo!!

  2. Where were the save the dates from? Where can I buy these?

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