So what makes one photo wedding invitation look better than the next? You might be tempted to say it’s the design but we’ll let you in on a little secret…it’s actually your choice of photo. Of course, the design you choose is important as a reflection of your wedding style and theme but the photo you choose (and how it works with the invitation’s design) is what will make your cheap photo invites look like a million bucks!
Here are a few things to consider when choosing your photo:
1. Casual vs. Formal
Your wedding invitation should reflect the formality of your wedding. Therefore, your choice of photo should also reflect the formality of your wedding. The Filigree Leaves wedding invitation is a nice choice for a more formal wedding. You can see how adding a photo of your fiancé giving you a piggyback ride isn’t going to coordinate as nicely with the invitation’s overall look.
2. Close-Up vs. Long Shot
Close up photographs are an excellent way to give your wedding invitations a very personal feel. If you want your photo to be the focal point of the invitation, close ups are the way to go. However, if you love the design of your invitation and don’t want to draw all attention away from it, you might be better off using a medium- or long-distance shot like in the Heart Blossoms photo invitation.
3. Black and White vs. Color
Choosing black and white is often a hint at formality but it can be casual as well. Some couples choose black and white photos simply because they don’t want the photo to clash with the color of their invitations. The Distressed Damask wedding invitation is a great example of this. Maybe you’re choosing wedding invites with a plain background and a color photo would really pop! Either way, try to choose a photo with colors that complement the wedding invitation.
4. Faces vs. Details
Romantic details can be just as charming as a close-up of the couple. A photo of the rings or the couple holding hands will work nicely in many photo wedding invitations. Try some other fun ideas like holding your hands in a heart shape or a photo of the feet as the bride stands on her tippy toes to kiss her fiancé. As you research engagement photos, you’ll notice that detail shots are often used for photo save the dates. Check out one of our favorite photo save the dates, Flourishing Typography, for a fun example!