1. You’ll need plenty of light
Whether it’s outdoors or indoors, good lighting is key to taking excellent pictures.
2. Lunch over dinner
Because your guests will be able to see and appreciate the details you’ve worked so hard on better in the day than at night. And also, flash photography or overexposing your photos don’t look as good as when they’re taken in the day. See other reasons why having a lunch reception might be better.
3. Pretty hues
These contribute greatly to having a wedding (and to that extent, your photos) look good. See the colours we love here.
These really make a difference to any celebration. Even if you’re not having many around the venue, a few choice locations (such as the stage and reception table, where every guest will have their attention on) and carefully-picked blooms (wildflowers, as well as loose arrangements can make an impact without costing too much) will still make a difference.
“We filled the top of the marquee with nude, white and dark purple pompoms and lanterns all grouped together to bring the ceiling lower and create a cosier atmosphere. My friends and family were all roped in the night before to frantically make all 80 of these.” Fabulous! From the wedding on Love My Dress this evening. Photography by @sarahbethphoto
5. Have a focal point
Even if you don’t have the budget to dress up the entire venue, create focal points for photo-ops for guests. Examples include the wedding arch, larger than life decorations, and more. Here, some easy but impactful ideas to jazz up your celebrations.
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6. Unique and/or pretty table settings
These include calligraphed place cards to prettily-wrapped favours or patterned napkins or chargers.
7. Glitter glam
Even in small doses, gold, silver, metallic, or bejewelled accents will add a touch of glamour to your celebrations.
When you’re done, don’t forget to come up with a unique hashtag so you can see guests’ photos on Instagram!