There are so many things to think about when you’re planning a wedding day. You need to make sure you’ve booked the venue, ordered a cake, made sure you’ve booked the photographer for those perfect wedding day photos, plus dresses, suits, food, drinks, decorations …. There are so many things to think about, you’d be forgiven for wanting to give up hope entirely. (Ha! Never! Right, brides?)
If you’re in the midst of planning your big day, we thought you might like to see some of these brilliant wedding day photos ideas. From the utterly romantic to the beautifully modern, there are some really amazing shots here, most of which we’d totally love in the photo album of our big day … if / when it ever happens obviously.
21 Wedding Day Photos You Need
1 – Heart-Hands Photo
There are a lot of things you’ll need to take into account when looking at wedding day photography. The right photographer is important, and as much as we know that sounds like total common sense, you’d be amazed at the amount of brides that don’t do their research before going ahead and click on the “book now” button. If you want very specific photos shots, just like these wedding day photos, make sure your photographer understands this. Ask to see their portfolio of work, and check to see if they have experience taking the kind of snaps you’d like to remember your big day by. If they don’t, it might be worth having that chat. There’s nothing wrong with knowing exactly what you want, and then going out there to get it.
2 – Back-of-the-Dress Shot
The little details are important on your big day, and if you’ve made the back of your dress one of those beautiful little details, you should definitely feature them in your wedding day photos. This dress captures so many things, and so many emotions too – the beautiful bride with that beautiful dress, and that beautiful bouquet in her hands too. A moment of reflection perhaps for a bride that will never be alone again, for now she has her husband. What a beautiful shot, and a beautiful thought too.
3 – Groom Shot
It is very easy to overlook the groom on the biggest day of a bride’s life, but make sure that he’s as much of a focal point in the wedding day photos as you are. Let him have his section of fun – there are so many things that happen behind the scenes when a man gets married, and most of those moments are un-seen by the bride. Capture a special glimpse into HIS journey by having a photographer snap those little male-moments. You’ll thank yourself for it later.
4 – Bridesmaid Shot
Did you know that Saturday was the most popular day of the week to get married? Not that we’re trying to put a dampener on things or anything, but Saturday weddings were actually once believed to be bad luck. This was down to English folklore, although this superstition is clearly not believed these days. Whatever day of the week you choose to get married, make sure you have photos that capture those memories perfectly. You may also want to consider having a wedding videographer to capture those really beautiful moments.
5 – Mother-of-the-Bride + Bride Photo
Your parents are just as important on your big day as you and the groom are, and the same can be said for the majority of people involved in the wedding party – groomsmen and bridesmaids, ushers, etc. We love this idea for including the parents in your wedding day photos, more specifically the mother of the bride. Remember it’s a really big day for your mother too – the day her little girl gets married and goes off into the big wide world. Show her some love, make sure she’s remembered when the photos come around.
6 – Best of Friends Snap
According to past brides, one of the main things they wished they had spent more money on was the wedding photography, and in the UK you can expect to pay around £1,000 to over £2,500 for a really good wedding photographer. You can find cheaper gems, but you must remember that this is usually very much a case of getting what you pay for. If you find someone who does seem to be cheaper than the average, do your research and make sure there isn’t a reason for it first – a bad service, for example, not turning up, not editing photos, or even poorly taken and edited photos. After a beautiful wedding day, you don’t want it all ruined by wedding day photos that don’t fit your happy memories. This best of friends snap, for example, is not a snap that some photographers would have taken. Won’t you be glad they did … ?
7 – Shoe Shot
There’s an old tradition that runs through the history of British marriage that states the bride’s shoes are much more important than just being the bride’s shoes. As much as they are meant to be beautiful, look fantastic, and be something to marvel at, the idea of bridal shoes actually comes from the second part of the rhyme that no one ever seems to know about – “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” We’d never heard of that before, had you?
Back in those days, the tradition was for the father of the bride to put a sixpence inside the bride’s shoes, wishing the couple all the happiness, prosperity and love any father could want for his beautiful blushing bride daughter.
8 – Father-of-the-Bride
This is one of the smartest wedding day photos we’ve seen in a while, mixing in the father-of-the-bride with the back of the dress detail, and also the venue – the aisle your father lovingly walks you down. You’ll also see your guests as they marvel at you and your entrance, and those faces will be worth a thousand words. We’d say this shot was definitely one for the album.
9 – Tears of Joy
Your wedding guests are crying tears of joy, and that moment should definitely be captured on film as far as we are concerned. That’s especially the case when the pictures show some genuine and beautiful true emotion, just like this one does.
For the record, once upon a time those wedding day tears wouldn’t have been tears of joy at all, but tears of sadness. Early marriages involved the husband “capturing” his bride, stealing her away from her tribe. Her parents would never have known where she had gone, and any other potential suitors would have been fought off, not only by the groom, but by his loyal warrior friends. Did you know that? We totally didn’t.
10 – The Wedding Venue
When you spend as much time as you did picking the perfect venue for your wedding day jollies, it makes sense to capture the beautiful surroundings in photos. If certain elements of your day are a big deal for you – a certain flower on the table to signify a grandmother who’s no longer around, for example – you should make sure the wedding photographer knows about this. When he / she does, they can pay particular attention to the areas that are especially important to you.
11 – Silly Shots
Weddings are meant to be fun, so inject some fun into them! You have so many ideas to play around with these days, and this one is just one of them. A photo booth or similar is the perfect way to ensure you get some really great, fun, and playful images from your big day, and you’ll be amazed by the relatives who are obsessed with playing around with it! Even your Nan will have a whale of a time with silly glasses and a hat on her head, fooling around in a giant photo booth!
12 – Three Generations …
We genuinely fell in love with this image – one of the best wedding day photos we’ve seen in a while. The idea of having three (or more) generations of the same family in one image is not a new one, but using the bouquet and wedding rings as the focal point is a unique twist. We can’t help but think that this shot would look beautiful blown up onto canvas and hung on a living room wall …
13 – Father & Son
In this day and age, it’s not unusual to have step-relatives dotted around the place, or at least that’s the case with a lot of our families. If that’s the case with you and your family also, make sure everyone knows they are important to your big day. This could be a dad-and-father moment, or a step-dad / step-son moment. Either way, it’s a bonding one, and we totally love it!
14 – Ups and Downs
One place that we’ve found is a great place to start when trying to find wedding day photos – wedding blogs. These are filled with ideas, some of which have been been presented by other brides, and some of which are budding wedding photographers trying to display their work. You should never underestimate these blogs. We’ve found some utterly beautiful ideas on them, and we definitely think you might find a few of your own finishing touches there too.
15 – Ring Thing
Now for the ring shot – it’s an important one! This is definitely the case if you have rings that you want to show off. It’s actually believed that buying your engagement ring and wedding rings at the same time brings about bad luck, but we’re not so sure we believe that. How superstitious are you? And how much attention would you pay to superstitions when booking and organising your dream wedding?
16 – Loving Marriages, Built to Last …
Pricing definitely fluctuates up and down when it comes to wedding day photos and the people you hire to take and then edit them. You are more than likely going to spend quite a bit of money on this part of your wedding, so you’ll want to make sure the end result is exactly as you wanted it to be. Shop around – look at different photographers in your area and the types of photos they are good at taking, and also look at some from other areas also. You might think the travel costs might put them out the picture, the pricing spectrum does vary a lot, and you can often find a few hidden gems by looking slightly further afield.
17 – The Venue (Let’s Go Outside)
At the same time, does a family member like to take photos? How good are theirs? If they seem to be taking photos that follow the trend you like, hire them to take photos too. There’s nothing wrong with having more than one photographer if your budget can stretch that far. There are so many people out there who aren’t “professional photographers” but do still take outstanding photos. It is definitely worth looking closer at what they may be offering you, especially if you’re on a budget.
18 – Get the Kids Involved
Kids love to be a part of the action on wedding days, so much so that they can often be considered a minor pain in the backside … (Said from experience.) But when you involve them – give them their very own part to play in the big day – you’ll often find that they are much better behaved. Plus, isn’t this the cutest wedding day snap you’ve ever seen in your life? The bride, but in miniature? Repeat after us – aww!
19 – In the Car
When you’re having a classic car in your big day, it just makes perfect sense to include the car in the pictures. If you have a beautiful backdrop, even better, and that’s why we feel in love with the wedding day photos like this one. The colours – blue skies and beautiful blue waters too – it just screams romance. Plus isn’t it great news when your wedding day is also a sunny one?
20 – Throwin’ the Bouquet
Believe it or not, throwing the bouquet wasn’t actually the first version of the very famous wedding tradition. In fact, it was the garter that was thrown originally, and back in the 14th century, it was thrown to the groomsmen. It was because they had a habit of getting too blind-drunk too soon that the tradition was changed to throwing the bouquet. Those drunken wedding-goers would often try to remove the bride’s garter ahead of schedule. You can imagine how well that would go down …
Other traditions that go hand-in-hand with the bouquet throwing one include times when female guests would try to remove a piece of the bride’s dress in a bid to get a piece of her good luck action. In order to distract her vicious guests, and protect her beautiful dress, the bride would throw the bouquet to try and distract them. These days, the more conventional tradition is the female guest who catches the bouquet will then go on to get married next. Have you ever heard of this happening? We’d love to know all about those stories!
21 – Mom + Pops
It’s wonderful to get the facial expressions of the bride’s parents when they see their daughter for the first time, but there’s something very wonderful about this kind of wedding day snapshot also. Family comes into play in hundreds of wedding day traditions, especially the art of “giving away” a daughter, usually by a father. Once upon a time, the bride was considered the property of her father until he literally “gave her away” to her husband. We’re glad things are a little more modern these days …
We hope you loved these 21 wedding day photos, but we’d love to see beautiful snaps of your big day. If you think you can beat these romantic shots, send them into us. We’d love to feature your beautiful dress, your amazing photos, or even your makeup / hair / nails.
We cannot wait to see what you lovely lot come up with when looking at these for wedding day photos inspiration inspiration. Tag us – #CherryCherryBeauty – in your Instagram and Twitter photos. We’d love to feature you and your work. You can also send your photos into us on any of our social media channels, and leave your comments below. We’d love to know your thoughts on these beautiful (we think) wedding ideas.
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