This is the third in a series of posts on DIY wedding photo ideas and now we’ve arrived at the Big Day!
If you missed the first two posts:
Pre-Wedding Photo Ideas
For a roadmap of the series, head to the main guide on DIY wedding photo ideas.
Wedding Photo Guest Book
As mentioned in my last post on pre-wedding photo ideas, I made three versions of photo books with my engagement photos. The third version was my wedding guest photo book. These photos were taken by our photographer Albert Yau of SecondPrint Productions. I arranged our photos in layouts that left a lot of blank areas so our friends and family could write messages. Note that if you’re using a photo book publisher that doesn’t offer custom layouts, you can easily pick a multi-photo layout and then just place a single photo. Any areas you don’t drag a photo into will print out as blank.
As a tip, if I could change one thing, I’d find a finer point metallic pen, or use a lighter background so I could use a fine black Sharpie. I printed this book with MyPublisher, a photo book publisher. I recall that I had a choice of black, white or grey – I think I would have gone with grey so I could use a fine black Sharpie. As far as I know, they didn’t make a silver Sharpie with as fine a point as they do in black. (To clarify, I’m talking about an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie. I couldn’t find an ultra fine point Sharpie in Silver, only a “Fine” point one.)
This was so much better than a regular guestbook and it encouraged our guests to write cute and fun messages to add to our memories of our big day. It was a great way to showcase our engagement photos as well. A regular guestbook may just get put at the bottom of a closet, while a custom wedding photo guest book will at least make it to a place of honor on your bookshelf don’t you think?
Other ways to incorporate your engagement photos into your wedding day:
•Blow up your favorite engagement photo and place it on an easel near your gift table or entrance to your reception;
•Opt to have that same photo matted and have your guests sign it;
•Use your e-session shots for personalized table numbers (see more on that in my next post);
•Have one of your images imprinted on M&Ms! Our good friends had an elaborate candy buffet table at their wedding and the M&Ms with their photos on them were the highlight!
•Sweets lovers, if your budget allows for a little splurging, you’ll love these personalized sweets. I came across them at RitzPix.com under the personalized photo gifts section. Did you know that you can get photo lollipops, photo brownies, chocolate covered Oreos, photo shortbread and sugar cookies and Rice Krispie Treats on a Stick all with your mug on them! You can pick some of your cutest engagement photos and go customizing crazy! These personalized treats can be a bit pricey, but a few well-chosen items can go a long way and can be combined with other yummy (non-personalized) candy.
These great personalized sweets can serve as your wedding favors. Yum!
More wedding day photo ideas to come! I’d love to hear what you think of these ideas. If you’ve used any of these ideas and like to share your feedback to help others, please add your comments!
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