As you’ve been planning your wedding, you’ve probably seen a bunch of these photos of wedding invites and gorgeous details floating around Pinterest. Beautiful setups like this (where you have wedding invitations or other details placed strategically on the ground) are called flatlays.
Flatlays are a stunning way to get some breath taking photos of your wedding invites. But they don’t just happen by magic! There are some things you already have that you’ll need to set aside for your photographer the day before your wedding. And there are some key items you can buy before hand to make sure your photos of wedding invites have everything they need to really wow!
This is what you need to plan for as a bride to make sure that your photos of your wedding invitations are beautiful, meaningful to you, and complement the aesthetic of your wedding.
Of course, if you want photos of your wedding invites, you’re gonna need to set aside a fresh copy of your wedding invitations! You can included every piece of stationary you’ve sent out – RSVP cards and Save the Dates included! Make sure when you’re ordering your invites, you order an extra set. When you set aside your extra set, don’t bend the envelope down! Keep it in a safe place where it can lay nice and flat until the wedding day.
Tip: If you’re one of my brides, you can order custom invites right from your gallery! If you’re not a Savvy Bride, you can still get gorgeous invites at a discount.
Not just your wedding rings, but any jewelry is going to go fabulously with photos of your wedding invites. Set aside any necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or any other jewelry pieces you’ll be wearing! If you’re wearing a hair piece or a veil, don’t forget to include things like that as well.
You know what’s meaningful to you. If there are any tiny details that could be overlooked, add them! At our wedding, my father in law gave my husband an embroidered handkerchief to wrap around our rings. How I wish I would have gotten a flat lay photo with that handkerchief!
I cannot stress this enough! Having a few extra florals can really take your photos of wedding invites to the next level. Email your florist before your big day. Ask if there are any leftover petals, greenery, or flowers, to include them in a bag when you pick up your bouquet. Then you’ll have meaningful florals that match your colors and your aesthetic in your wedding invite photos!
Sometimes your jeweler will give you a ring box that comes with the ring. That’s great, but you can really up the photos of your wedding invites by buying a lift top ring box in the same color as your wedding colors. If you have two rings (like an engagement ring and a wedding band) make sure you get one with two ring slots!
Here’s a great place to buy open top ring boxes that are fabulous to photograph with wedding invites.
Have you noticed all the ribbon in the photos of wedding invites? It’s because ribbon can tie the whole scene together. It draws the eye where it needs to go, ties the wedding colors together, and matches the theme of the whole wedding. You don’t need a ton of ribbon, but a foot or two of chiffon ribbon like the ones linked here will do wonders for your wedding invite photos.
While pretty hangers can look great in photos of wedding invites, they also make a huge difference in photographing the dress! I know this one specific hanger has become increasingly sought-after. I’ve tried to find a dupe for it online, these hangers should be pretty similar to the one in this photo!
Here are some other items I’ve seen that ended up being so cute in flat lay photos. There is a balance though- you want items that are going to be actually meaningful to you and your fiancee! You don’t need to run out and buy a teacup because it’s on the list. But if you and your fiancee drink your morning coffee out of a cute teacup, it might be nice to include since it already has connection to you! See if there’s anything on the list that might work for your photos of wedding invitations.
• Pretty stamps (hint…they don’t need to be actual stamps! You could even print your own stamps with pictures of your honeymoon location, or your venue on it!)
• Ring Dish
• Even cute food from your wedding (like a truffle or macaroons) could work!
Vintage trinkets like…
• Wax Seals
• Small serving tray
• Picturesque book
Here’s what’s next! Write down a list of the items you’d like to include in your photos of your wedding invites. Then, a few days before, put them in their own bag so they’ll be ready for your photographer to grab and go the morning of your wedding!
I’d love to hear what items you’d like to see in your flat lay photos! What are you including? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos: Savvy Leigh Photography | Stationary: Birdsong Bespoke, Korynne & Company, RSVP Love, Rose and Cotton, Emery Ann Design, Brin Design, Everson Events, Lupine Letters, Green Mango Kraft, Eros Studios | Painted Champagne Bottles: Courtney Kibby Designs | Styling Surfaces: Replica Surfaces, The Flat Lays Styler | Ring Boxes: Lovely Ring Boxes