One of my goals for The Barn Blog over the next few months is to include many more posts for those of you who are already married but who still love all things weddings! These posts will still be tied in with weddings or The Barn and our couples in some way, but they'll also be topics that all you married ladies (and gentlemen) can relate to.
Today's post is just as much for me as it is for the rest of you! I'm totally in love with my engagement, bridal and wedding photos, but it's kind of difficult to decide what to do with all of them, don't you agree? It's tempting to frame and hang 100 of them on your walls, but wouldn't it be kind of vain to have your house covered in photos of yourself?! It also seems too sad to leave them on CDs or print them and stuff them in an album that no one will ever see. So, what are the best ways to display all your pretty photos without being obnoxious?! Here are some tasteful ideas I love:
Make A Gallery Wall
If you're going to go all out and display a whole bunch of your gorgeous photos, print your favorites and create a stunning gallery wall. This would be perfect for your bedroom, living room, entryway or down the hall. You could also frame or hang some of your favorite wedding details, like an invitation, save the date or wedding program, a sign from your wedding that you really loved, or a dried flower crown that one of your bridesmaids or flower girls wore.
Make a beautiful photo book (or several!) of your favorite engagement, bridal and wedding photos. Display them where they're totally visible, like on a coffee table. They are the perfect coffee table books! My favorite websites for creating photo books: Shutterfly and Artifact Uprising. Both websites are easy to use, and you can create so many beautiful designs, ranging from minimalistic to elaborate and fancy. Shutterfly has great deals going on every week, and if you sign up for their emails, you'll be notified of when they're offering photo books for free!
Make A Fun Hanging Collage
I also love the idea of hanging your photos with clothespins on a wire somewhere in your house, or printing several of them in the same size and making a cute heart shape in your bedroom. Another fun, quirky idea: buying several vintage clipboards, hanging them down your hallway, and printing a photo for each one.
Project Life Book or Scrapbook
For those of you who are much craftier/more patient than I am, making a Project Life book or a scrapbook of your wedding photos and mementos is a great option. Project Life is easier than making a totally from-scratch scrapbook, and you can customize it with pre-cut papers that match your wedding colors. The only downside to Project Life: it's not quite as customizable as a regular scrapbook, because the page protectors have slots for you to put your photos and papers in... This means you're somewhat limited on your photo/paper sizes, and it's not quite the same as placing a photo or other details wherever you want to on a sheet of scrapbook paper.
Make Some Photo Ledges or Cute Shelves
I loooove photo ledges right now. They're perfect for displaying several of your favorite photos and framed invitations, and they're also super easy to DIY! (Here's a tutorial.) I also adore these shelves that are made from old frames and a few pieces of wood. Super easy, and how cute would your photos be in those?! (You can find the tutorial here.)
Give Them As Gifts
If you're really proud of your wedding photos, there's no shame in framing some to give as gifts. For our first married Christmas, I'm pretty sure Richard and I gave wedding photos to everyone. ;) People that will be super into it: your mom, your grandma, and pretty much anyone else who adores you. It's a win-win situation, because you'll also get to stare at your gorgeous photos when you visit them, too!
Get Them Published!
This is one of my favorite ideas. If you really love them, show them off to the whole world! Submit them to wedding blogs and/or magazines until you find one that accepts them. No matter what the style or theme of your wedding, you're sure to find a wedding blog or magazine that will love them and be thrilled to publish them. Some of my favorites: Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, Southern Weddings, Rustic Wedding Chic, Rock N Roll Bride, 100 Layer Cake.
I hope this inspires you to get your wedding photos off those CDs and into your homes! Maybe I'll finally do the same, considering I've been married for nearly two years. ;)