Guest blog by Elisabeth Shapiro
Tips on Displaying Wedding Photos in Your Home
Arranging a group of photographs can be frustrating – particularly a set of wedding photos. Wedding pictures are keepsakes of one of the most memorable days of your life. They should form a striking display that draws attention, but that also brings out the beauty of the photographs, not just the arrangement. We have all seen photo displays that are overdone, framing jobs that overshadow the portraits they are meant to enhance, and arrangements that disappear into a room’s décor instead of drawing people in. There are a few things that can be done to keep these mistakes from happening and allow you to create a wedding photo display that you can be proud of.
From utilizing picture hanging rails to arrange a modern look, to a more classic look achieved with antique frames, there are plenty of interesting ways to arrange your treasured photographs. Here are some tips for displaying wedding photos in your home.
Photographs that have a lot going on – pictures of an entire wedding party, of a couple cutting the cake with guests around them, or of a bride getting ready with her attendees helping – should be framed simply. A simple frame will attract the eye to the high activity of the photograph, while a more ornate frame will only take away from its interest. On the other hand, a large, beautiful photo of the bride and groom posed alone might be better served by a decorative frame. An ornamental frame that is two to four inches wider than the photo, with either a simple rectangular or soft oval portal, will attract the eye into a photograph that is so simply composed as a couple. Also keep in mind that almost any photo will look cleaner and more professional with a mat of appropriate size.
If you plan to create a display with a number of framed photographs, you can choose to frame them all in a similar manner or create a more eclectic arrangement with different styles of frame. A well-organized display should have something that ties it together, though. If all of your photos in the display are framed in simple, black frames or clear Lucite photo blocks, they will coordinate automatically. However, if you are looking for something more visually interesting, you may go on a search for antique porcelain frames or gold leaf frames, for example. While they by no means have to match, they should have some resemblance to each other.
Arrangement and Hanging
Whether you decide to create a perfect grid with your photographs or a freestyle arrangement with photographs of vastly varying sizes, the center of a photo display should be around eye height. This gives balance and the greatest opportunity for viewing. A wedding photo display should also be created on a solid color wall without other wall hangings around it to distract. There are a few choices for hanging photos. For a classic wall display, you can go with the traditional nails or hooks – just be aware that they damage walls, in case you decide to rearrange your decor. There are many sturdy, stick-on hooks available now that allow photographs to be moved at will without damaging the wall behind it. Hanging a group of photos from the rail using wires of different lengths to vary the heights of the photographs creates a highly contemporary, unique display that is appealing virtually anywhere.
About the author: Elisabeth Shapiro has been writing for 20-some-odd years, mostly for her own pleasure. She is also an artist, avid reader, Renaissance geek, and great collector of shiny objects.