Your wedding photographs are one of the only things you get to keep after your wedding day (besides a bit of old dried up flowers, a half open bottle of red wine and a very dirty wedding dress) so once you have your photos you might be asking, “what should we do with them?”
It’s a great question isn’t it? And it’s a question I get asked all the time as a Sydney Wedding Photographer, so I thought I take the time to write something that will help my current and future clients about this very topic.
I might be completely biased, but I can’t imagine anything worse than spending thousands on your wedding photography and not doing anything with them.
At the very least, everyone should print their photos! Or at least do something with them rather than nothing.
But, where do you start with printing your photos? Where should I display them? How should I display them?
I’ll answer all of these questions that I get asked all the time and more just for you 🙂
Why should I Print & Frame my Wedding Photos?
Before we get into the how it should be done, I should start with the why printing your photos is so important.
Digital photos are great, but it really should be seen as an archive rather than the end product. But you didn’t invest a good money for these photos to have them sit on hard-drives, only to be looked at on anniversaries or sometimes even never.
If you never turn them into real life prints, then it will never be properly enjoyed for what the day really was.
By printing your photos and making them real again, it will give you a little bit of joy every time you see them. Have your photos displayed proudly on the walls of your home, or in your office will certainly will bring a smile to your face when you pass by it. I know it does for me when I see my wedding photos in my hallway everyday.
Plus, when you get older and your memory starts to fade very quickly (believe me, memories of my own wedding 7 years ago is pretty much non existent) so I look at my own wedding album often to remind me of how young and good looking myself and my wife was before we had kids!
Imagine how valuable your printed photos would be worth when you’re old and grey….
How Do I Choose Which Wedding Photos to Frame?
Yeh, I know, the struggle is REAL!
It’s hard because I know you will love every photo I give you 😛 But here are some tips that might help.
Start with your absolute favourites first
Like you future children, it’s hard to pick a favourite (but ask your mum after a few wines and she might actually tell you who it is…shock horror!)
You might not want to admit it, but it’s probably the photos you first used on your Instagram posts!
Start with that one first, then choose some others you really like and take it from there.
Where Should I Hang My Wedding Photos?
The options are endless! But there are a couple of common places and benefits to all of them:
- In the living room – The most obvious place to hang your photos so they have maximum viewing potential, it’s where your artwork will be seen by everyone who comes over and will be a real talking point whether you like it or not!
- In the bedroom – Above the bed is a great place to hang a beautiful framed print or canvas, especially if you’re more private and don’t want to hang a picture of yourself in the lounge room. You could get away with a more closer up photo of yourselves as it’s likely you will be seeing it and not everyone you have over for dinner
- In a hallway or foyer – Arguably the best spot in the house, the corridor leading to your living space isess front and centre in your home. Everyone will walk past, but it’s not going to be front and centre like it would be in the living room. Series or collections of smaller pictures can work well in hallways or entrance ways. You could opt for a series of three, or a gallery wall here.
- Your workspace – Experts say you should look away from your computer screen every 10 minutes, so why not have a small frame or display block on your desk at work or in your home office (pretty common these days due to COVID). A great distraction from work if you ask me!
- In an unexpected spot – The best thing about wedding photos is they can kind-of go anywhere you want! Mix them in with art prints and eclectic home decor and experiment with different ways to hang them on the wall, pop them inside a snow globe, calendar, turn them into magnets and see them when you head to the fridge for snacks! There are no rules, except maybe keep them out of the bathroom.
Tip: Make sure you have the right tools and picture hooks to ensure your photos stay put. Read up on how to hang art and photos before busting out your hammer and nails.
Where to Buy Frames for Your Photos?
Once you have some images in mind and you’ve picked the spot to hang them; you might now be wondering about how to get them framed.
If you’ve just spent a lot of money on your wedding, you may not have a lot of spare cash, so it’s great to know there are plenty of affordable options available in standard sizes. Check out Kmart, Ikea, Country Road, and much more
If we were creating a gallery wall, we would get a few large-mid-size frames from Ikea and then fill in with small basic black or white frames from Kmart. The key is to look for frames that have good depth, glass (not plastic) and always print your photos at the highest quality you can afford. Professional printing is archival quality meaning that the inks are made to last giving you true to life colours that don’t fade over time.
Can’t find a decent printer to print your photos. Look no further than your online Pic-Time wedding gallery where you can purchase high quality prints right from the gallery in different sizes and have it delivered straight to your door.
If you’re thinking about investing in printing and displaying your wedding photo as a piece of art; talk to a professional framer who will be able to help you through different kinds of spacers and framing options, and technical things like UV protected glass to keep your prints in top condition. Check out frameshop for a great place to get your prints framed up, or just ask me and I can also create ready to frame prints in any size!
What Size Should I Print My Wedding Photos?
So many options! This will totally depend on your room, your preference, and the print you want to display.
- Go big – Large shots can make a statement and be bold and eye-catching. Be sure to download and print the high-resolution pictures and not the web-sized versions so you don’t lose any detail. People also tend to panic about printing big that every detail will be on display but remember the bigger the image the further back people will stand to admire it.
- Little and lots – A great option and may help keep things on the affordable side. Think polaroids or smaller print sets. These can also make natural conversation starters by being able to tell show more snippets of the wedding day.
- Mix it up – Small and large images together can create an eclectic effect and look great when mixed in with other pieces on an art wall ledge or gallery wall.
If your trying to choose a print size for a specific space, mock it up with digital tools like photoshop or even your smartphone with a pen tool. Using masking tape, brown paper, or a pencil on a wall can help you visualise sizes and orientations of your prints.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help too! We can help you envisage your wedding photos in your spaces and make recommendations to help your pics look their best at home.
wedding photos in your spaces and make recommendations to help your pics look their best at home.
Ready to Display Your Pics?
I’m a huge advocate for printing your wedding photos and I hope this article really helped you with some useful and practical hints and tips to make it part of your life. Its one thing that I love seeing
If you ever need any help with this topic do get in touch and I’ll be happy to advice on how to display your pictures – we’re always here for you!
Check out my really useful blog post on what happens after the wedding day?
If you’re keen on making a wedding album, check out my albums page on my website