Outside the box photo ideas for your big day

Traditional group photos and classic ceremony shots are always ones to add to your photographer’s list. However, if you’d like to get creative with your wedding snaps, carry on reading for some ideas for alternative photographs to take on your big day.

father of the bride dress reveal

The first look

When your hair and makeup is done, your dress is on, accessories added and you’re feeling at your very best, a lot of brides like to take this opportunity to do a reveal to friends and family or a ‘first look’. Generally the first look will be done with the father of the bride/whoever is walking the bride down the aisle. However, this can of course be done with any family member or friend that you’re particularly close to. Grandparents, parents and bridesmaids are also sometimes included. It’s a lovely moment to share, and makes for a beautiful photo. Your wedding pictures become your memories of the day, and this is one you certainly want to remember.

Disposable cameras

Who would’ve thought that the disposable cameras we used back in the early 2000s would make a comeback? Nowadays they make a very popular addition to some couples’ wedding breakfast tables. Your photographer will capture as many romantic, emotional, fun and quirky shots as they can throughout the day – but they are only one person, so can’t be in two places at once. Laying out one or two disposable cameras on each reception table for your guests to take pictures on is a sure way to get the ‘behind the scenes’ shots that are bound to be some of your favourite pictures from the day. It also means that you get pictures of every person that shared your big day with you, and it doesn’t break the bank.

newlyweds veil and bouquet

Use your veil

Traditionally the veil is used to cover the bride’s face as she makes her way down the aisle and is then lifted over her head by her partner for the first kiss as a married couple. Other than this, the veil isn’t usually a feature of the day. It’s a beautiful accessory which you could utilise in your wedding pictures. Picture clear skies, a cool breeze and your veil floating around you. Make sure to chat with your photographer about this shot in advance so on the day they can judge when is the best time to take the picture.

Top tip

Make a list of all of the pictures you want captured on your big day and share this with your photographer in advance. They will then be able to make a plan of the day and make sure they get all of these shots for you. You don’t want to run the risk of asking your photographer last minute on the day of the wedding for several complicated photos that they haven’t scheduled in time for.