1. A copy of your parents’ photos
See if you can hunt down a few photos of your parents on their wedding day (for both the bride and groom). Are there any really special ones you’ll be able to recreate on your own wedding day?
This could be the start of a fantastic wedding tradition and would make for a gorgeous side-by-side photo display in your home.
2. A photo of your feet
It sounds silly, but a photo of your feet can be incredibly romantic! As you pull your new wife or husband in close for a kiss, ask the photographer to take a photo of your beautiful wedding shoes. As most males are a bit taller than their brides, you might be on your tip-toes, or even standing on a small box. That’s definitely cute.
3. The dresses
As the bride and bridesmaids get together for hair and makeup, layout the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. One great idea is to hang them up on the railing of a large window so the sun catches them from behind.
This picture is a great one to show the anticipation that comes with a big day, and the fun of getting ready with your girls.
4. The rings
Your wedding rings are an everlasting symbol of the love you celebrate on your wedding day, so a few photos of these sparkling jewels is a must.
One gorgeous idea is to gather together the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, and the bride together for a close up of just the hands and each ring. Take one for the groom’s side as well, then print the two photos to sit together for display.
5. A giant love heart
Gather your entire wedding party into an open area and arrange them in a large love heart shape. Get your photographer to stand from a high place so he or she can capture everyone in the same photo – and be sure to stand in the middle of the heart as the happy couple!
This is a great way to get a group photo with a difference.
6. The bridesmaids’ reactions
There will come a moment when the bride is all dressed up with hair and makeup finished and a big smile on her face. Before she walks out to the wedding itself, she will walk in to meet her bridesmaids.
Have the photographer ready and waiting with the camera focused on these special members of the wedding party and capture that unforgettable moment.
7. How you met
Every single guest at the wedding is there because they want to celebrate your love and commitment to your new spouse – but how do you know each guest?
Pick up a bunch of small, simple chalkboards and some chalk. Take a series of photos with your guests where they hold up the board with a quick explanation of your meeting on it. Did you meet in Mrs Walls’ class in primary school? At the work water cooler? On a sports team? This cute idea adds a little fun to your usual guest pics
8. A silly groomsmen photo
Get any bunch of blokes together and you’re sure to encounter a little calamity – so don’t let this opportunity go by without a photographer around!
One fun idea is to have the groom in the middle showing off his wedding ring, just like a bride would, with each of his best men standing around going crazy for the ring.
9. A photo for your ‘thank yous’
After the wedding, you’ll likely spend some time sending around thank you notes and cards to your guests for their attendance, support and gifts.
Prepare a banner (or simply use a handwritten sign on a chalkboard) that says ‘thank you’. Take a few fun photos and you’ll have a lovely way to say thanks with a picture to send out later.
10. A dip kiss
You will no doubt have plenty of kissing photos on the day. Make sure one of them is a picture of the groom dipping the bride for a romantic kiss – or even one the other way around if you’re feeling adventurous!