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Constantly find yourself drooling over those picture perfect wedding photos on Pinterest? Daydream about recreating basically every styled shoot you see in your favorite bridal magazines? We'll let you in on a little secret...it's all about the accessories, ladies! From furry friends as props to confetti and flower petal showers galore, it doesn't take a big budget to pimp out your wedding photos like a total pro. Here are eight inexpensive details that are sure to make your pictures pop.
BYOP...bring your own pet! "Any photo with a pet or animal totally pops for me," says Chancey Charm Boston wedding planner Jyl Deering. And we couldn't agree more. Not only do they help create genuine moments of love and laughter, but pet pics are also the ones that get framed and hung in homes the most, as they're often anything but posed.
They make for beautiful photos with sentimental value, and they're also the most inexpensive because they're free, notes Chancey Charm Atlanta wedding planner Brie Owens. "For example, a brooch you remember your grandmother always wearing, your mom's favorite perfume bottle or a handkerchief can create a beautiful backdrop for a ring shot."
AKA the great outdoors! There's no denying the fact that a beautiful backdrop always takes group shots and shots of the bride and groom up a notch (or ten), but Deering also recommends using the landscape around you for those detail shots, like of the rings, invitations and welcome bags.
Even the smallest details can make a big difference. So while it might be "tradition" to have your entire bridal party where the exact same thing, why not throw in different colored bow ties (or socks) for the groomsmen and add a little dash of color to your bridesmaids dresses, suggests Ani Keshishian, Creative Director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets. For example, neutral bridesmaid gowns will really pop with a colorful bouquet. In general, a few colorful, carefully chosen and inexpensive props, such as parasols, can help you create some really fun wedding pictures, points out seasoned wedding and event planner Sandy Malone, owner of Weddings in Vieques.
For a festive photo you'll be dying to Instagram, celebrity event designer Brett Galley of Hollywood POP Gallery says to station a remote-compatible camera above everyone to get birds-eye view angles and have people toss up confetti. It's cheap, easy to get in bulk and looks badass raining down in wedding photos.
Throw confetti left over from what you'll be passing out to guests to toss or use flowers that didn't fit into the arrangements (or simply pluck some from your bouquet after you get hitched) to create stylish set-ups with your invitation, shoes, etc., advise wedding planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton, co-founders of Swoon California. Another fun idea is to grab a drink and some of those flower petals that lined your aisle and have your planners or a couple of guests toss them into the air above you and the groom for a portrait of just the two of you.
Shoot with your food: Incorporate a plate of food set up with a cocktail in the shot, a sprig of florals and napkin thoughtfully placed, liked you're taking a curated Instagram picture, advise Arreguin and Burton. "You can do this with dessert too! Order a token cake and have your bridal party nosh on sweets in photos for some really fun shots."
Props from Home
Particularly for those detail shots! For instance, your invitation will look much better on a silver tray than on the desk of your hotel suite or the sidewalk in the sunlight, but if you want this, don't expect your photographer to bring it, warns wedding planner Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. "Bring along any props that will beautify your detail photos and let your photographer know where to find them."