Photo: Sarah Maren Photography
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and something extra? You bet! Props are the perfect way to let your personalities shine through and jazz up your wedding pictures. If you're not sure where to start, we've got 10 bright ideas we're confident you'll love.
Go big or go home! Huge fringe balloons are all the wedding rage right now, but honestly, any size balloon will add some height and fun to a normal portrait, notes Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride. "You can play around with pattern, pops of color or even metallics for this extra detail."
2. Photo Booth Props
Say cheese! According to Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton, co-founders of Swoon California, stealing photo booth props for pictures is always fun. Particularly since some couples never have time to actually make it into their photo booths, they explain. Plus, who doesn't love a super silly pic?
3. Confetti & Flower Petals
If your guests are tossing confetti or flower petals during the recessional, Arreguin and Burton recommend borrowing a couple bags of it beforehand and playing with it in your photos. "Toss it in the air or at it each other, and let it rain down on you." The more color, the better!
Bring your doggie for your big day. "Not only is it special to have your fur baby around, but it also creates the most authentic pictures when your little love bug is giving you a smooch and you're all smiles," says DiSalvo-Follmer. Arreguin and Burton agree that it's totally worth the extra logistics if you're getting hitched locally.
5. Life Size Cut Outs
There's only so much of you to go around! That's why when Amy Shey Jacobs, President of Chandelier Events, planned singer Lisa Loeb and Roey Hershkovitz's wedding, they created life sized cutouts of the couple in their wedding wear. "This way, guests could pose with the bride and groom, as they knew they couldn't take a live photo with everyone they wanted to."
6. Wedding Signage
You put time and effort into crafting (or, uh, purchasing) those cute signs so use them, we encourage it. Have some from the welcome table or dessert bar? "Photos are a great way to include them and give them a little more exposure," reveal Arreguin and Burton. "Even your bride and groom chair signs would be a sweet addition to your pictures."
7. Animal Masks
No pets? No problem. Amy Nichols, co-founder of The Poppy Group, once had a client who chose to incorporate animal head masks into their formal photos (see the picture above!). "It was definitely a quirky choice, but I think it was very 'them' to not take things too seriously and to have some fun on their wedding day."
8. Styled Furniture & Décor
If you're a fan of interior design and photobooth backdrops, a chic styled seating vignette at your reception is an absolute must. "Guests can sit Vanity Fair shoot style or channel their inner Mad Men glamour," suggests Jacobs. They can also kick back, relax and have a drink on it.
And not just for your wedding exit! "Ask your photographer to do a longer exposure photo while you and your fiancé draw a heart or initials in the air with your sparklers," advise Arreguin and Burton. "You may want to do a test run to be sure it comes out right."
If you can swing it and the location allows for it, a cute wooden swing on a tree would be really sweet, say Arreguin and Burton.