Many photographers will ask you to bring your invitation suite to your final meeting so that they can shoot them in advance, while some photographers prefer to photograph the invite suite the day of the wedding so that they can place it in spots around the venue. Either way, it is a great idea to provide your photographer with some accessories for the shoot.
Here are some of our favorite accouterments to add to your invitation suite for photographs.
Keep it simple
Wedding invitation calligrapher Stephanie of Stephanie B. Design says, “have your calligrapher write out an extra envelope that is addressed to both of your names but has the address of the venue. Then, you will have a finished envelope to photograph that doesn’t have your real information!”
If you used a wax seal on your envelope, you might want to include the stamp in the photos. Postal stamps, maps, detail cards, and any other components will help personalize your photographs and truly let your invites shine.
Whether it’s some of your wedding flowers or a sprig of greenery, florals are bound to make a visual impact! Leaves can stand alone without flowers and still serve as the main accessory. Are you getting married in a tropical location? Get some palm or banana leaves! Are you getting married during the holidays? Grab some fir from a pine tree. Is your wedding during the fall? Collect some red, orange and yellow leaves that fell from trees. The options are endless!
Bride and Groom Accessories
The bride’s wedding shoes and veil can serve as feminine details in the photographs. You can also incorporate the bride’s engagement ring and both of the wedding bands by laying them on the invitations or putting them in your favorite ring box. If either of you are using a special handkerchief or wearing any jewelry that goes well with the suite, add that in your photos. The boutonnières can also be the perfect add-ons.
From The Earth
Geode/agate platters and coasters are great for laying invitations on. Seashells are the perfect accessory for a beach wedding. You can lay the wedding bands inside of a seashell and/or scatter them throughout the flat lay. Sea glass and driftwood are also perfect accessories for beach weddings.
Vignettes From The Wedding Day
Did you write your vows in pretty booklets? If so, add in a couple of photos! Your table runners and napkins can also be the perfect props! When you are buying ribbon for the bouquets and boutonnière, make sure to get a little extra to give your photographer because ribbon is probably the best accessory of all! If you are using trays for anything during the big day, let the photographer get a turn with them.
If you are having a destination wedding, you might want to include some items that are native to that area. For example, if you are getting married in Mexico, maybe you would want to include a hand painted maraca. Have fun and get creative with it!
Style Me Pretty Contributor – Carly Ellentuck is a freelance writer and blogger bride. She is the gal behind The Cozy Curator, a blog that features all things life+ style. She lives in Hoboken, NJ with her fiancè. Carly is currently enjoying planning her modern boho-beach wedding that will take place on Long Beach Island this summer!
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