A variety of unforgettable and beautiful moments are captured at a wedding celebration. It would be a shame if the pictures were then simply forgotten on the memory card of the smartphone or the computer and remained unused. We have 20 great inspirations for using wedding photos that will make you think back to your wedding day with more joy.
Of course it is important that you digitally save and sort your wedding photos properly. Most of you will not have a photo program to organize the photos. But that’s not even necessary. You can simply save the pictures in your folder system on the computer, sorted according to the program of the wedding day. This makes it easier for you to find individual photos again.
Tip: You should definitely have a backup of your wedding photos on an external storage medium – for example on an external hard drive, a USB stick or a network storage device (NAS)! If you don’t do this and your computer breaks, then all your wedding photos will be lost. But only if you store them in the cloud can you be absolutely sure that the images will never be lost. But now to the creative ideas for using your wedding photos.
Digital use of the wedding photos
slideshows or videos
Create a slideshow or presentation with the best photos from your wedding. You will surely like to see these again and again. And that makes it much more attractive to show the pictures to friends or colleagues than to click through the photos one after the other.
There is also the possibility to create an online gallery (e.g. with Google Photos). What is this good for? You can easily send the link to the gallery to your wedding guests and anyone you would like to show your photos to. You can simply include this link in your thank you notes that you send to your wedding guests. But it is a very nice gesture from you if you print out a few special pictures and enclose them with the thank you card for your closest relatives or hard-working helpers.
Creating your own website may sound complicated at first, but nowadays it is easier than you think. Many providers offer ready-made designs based on the modular principle, which you can fill with your own content. Often there is even the option to create and publish the website completely free of charge. If you want to buy your own domain, this is possible for a few euros per month. The wedding website has the advantage that you can already upload photos of the preparation there. Everything that goes with the celebration can be recorded and documented step by step. A wedding website is also a helpful tool when using the wedding photos, because you can make them easily accessible to all your guests. Perhaps some guests would also like to share their impressions there afterwards. After all, you have a platform that all friends and family members can access. And if you later feel like sharing family planning, building a house or other important life events, you can continue to let your loved ones participate. You can read about the great possibilities a wedding website offers you in our blog article “Your wedding website – stylish and practical”.
Many couples like to share their private experiences on social media, including the wedding photos. But beware! It is best to clarify in writing with the photographer when the contract is signed whether this is okay with him. Especially if you absolutely do not want to see your wedding photos on social media, then you should agree this contractually with the photographer, otherwise he may post them. Likewise, you should coordinate with him if you plan to publish the photos on a wedding blog – which is a nice idea for using the wedding photos. By the way, we are also happy when bridal couples share their experiences with us or even want to publish their wedding photos with us. Just write to us at [email protected].
Printed use of the wedding photos
The classic and the must-have: the photo book
All digital variants for presenting your wedding photos are of course very convenient and practical. But one thing is guaranteed not to go out of fashion: the photo book. Snuggling together on the couch and leafing through a high-quality photo book and being able to reminisce is no comparison to a screen presentation. You can quickly, easily and individually fill your photo book with the most beautiful moments of your wedding. A photo book is also a great gift and a sign of appreciation for the parents of the bride and groom, for siblings and hard-working witnesses. It can be reproduced and passed on with just a few mouse clicks.
Use of the wedding photos: chic and high-quality on canvas
Maybe there is one of the pictures that you particularly like because it captured the moment so well or is just perfect? Then you should print your favorite motif on a canvas and hang it somewhere where you can see it every day. It’s a very special idea if you don’t just print out the picture, but have it painted on canvas.
Special tip: Make sure that the colors and motifs match the rest of the decoration. Such a personal image can change the atmosphere and harmony of the entire room, fill it with life.
Colorful and varied: the photo collage
A photo collage is particularly good for using the wedding photos if you just can’t decide which one to hang up with so many photos. With a collage you can keep them all – or well, almost all of them. There are various ways of arranging the images. For example, it is possible to place them as squares within a larger square. But other geometric shapes can also be implemented. It can also be particularly interesting to plan the collage “around the corner”. It then starts in a corner of the room and spreads to the other wall. Digitized photo collages that you put together online with free programs can also be used as cell phone or screen backgrounds, for example. By the way, you can also print your wedding date, the place of the wedding ceremony, quotes from your wedding vows or a beautiful wedding saying as an image and thus loosen up your photo collage a bit and make it even more personal. This works, for example, with a free photo program.
In a photo collage with your wedding photos, it is important that the photos harmonize well with each other. Otherwise, a collage can appear very restless. For example, mixes close-ups, couple photos and group photos in a colorful way and thus places dissimilar motifs directly next to each other. Make sure that the images used contain similar colors and avoid single, gaudy photos. It will also look much more harmonious if you only use images that were taken under the same lighting conditions. In the event that your photos are quite different, there are two tricks to ensure that your collage still looks uniform: First, you can look for a basic color that can be found in every motif. Despite the different motifs, there is something that connects the individual pictures. An alternative is to choose a specific filter to apply to each image. Even if this is very subtle, the effect will lead to the images appearing more “as if they were made of one piece”.
You can find lots of great ideas for your picture wall in our blog article “Designing a wedding picture wall for your home – tips and ideas”.
Use of the wedding photos: Personally on a photo wreath
Anyone who likes to be creative and is adept at handicrafts can use the wedding photos to create a pretty wreath. It could hardly be more individual, personal and delightful.
Cool and edgy: the hand-painted vinyl record
This idea will be a dream especially for music lovers, but not only for them. Because there is something very special and extraordinary about a vinyl record hand-painted with your wedding photo.
Use of the wedding photos: Dreamy and nostalgic on fabric
It is very creative and wonderfully vintage if you use a wedding photo by having it printed on fabric and decorated with a wooden frame and flowers.
Sweet and tempting: chocolates with wedding photos
For the 1st wedding anniversary, for Valentine’s Day or maybe at some point for Mother’s Day, it is a doubly sweet idea to create a chocolate box with wedding photos.
A nice idea for such occasions are chocolates with an edible photo print.
Use of the wedding photos: Radiantly beautiful with a lamp
You can use your wedding photos in a particularly romantic way by staging them with lamps and lighting.
Timelessly beautiful: watches with wedding photos
A great gift for the 1st wedding anniversary is a pocket watch engraved with your wedding photo or a wall clock with a photo collage of the most beautiful shots.
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