Wedding detail photos: what to include

March 20, 2024

If you’re wedding planning, you’ve probably heard your photographer or maybe a friend mention wedding detail photos. Are they important to include in your day? Do you know what they mean when they say “detail photos?” Why do we even take them? This article will help you with all of that!

What are wedding detail photos?

We take wedding detail photos to highlight the smaller details that are important to your wedding. These things are not usually the center of the action or aren’t easily seen in the majority of your photos, but have significance. For example, you might wear your grandmother’s necklace on your wedding day. However, it’s difficult to see a smaller item such as jewelry when you’re taking portraits. Your shoes might be covered up by your dress all day. The whiskey your dad has been saving for years for your wedding day might not make it out of the hotel room. Therefore, we take detail photos to place all of these things artistically together and get closer up images of them.

Wedding detail photos featuring shoes, veil, and hair piece
Wedding detail photos featuring invitation, rings and jewelry

What should be included?

You can include whatever items you want in your wedding detail photos, however here is a list of things you might consider:

  • Rings (engagement rings and wedding rings)
  • Jewelry (necklace, bracelet, earrings, watch, etc.)
  • Invitation (2 if there is a front and back)
  • Perfume or cologne
  • Veil (steamed)
  • Shoes
  • Tie
  • Tie tack and/or cuff links
  • Family heirlooms
  • Fancy booze bottles
  • Loose or extra florals
Wedding detail photos featuring an invitation, jewelry, perfume, and film camera

Tips for your wedding detail photos

Once you’ve decided what you want to include, gather up all your items into a box or bag. This way, your photographer can easily grab them when he or she arrives. Make sure everything will be easy to handle so your photographer can snap your detail photos and return your things to you quickly. The idea is to have everything centralized so you can get ready when your photographer is finished with your items. If you want to add a little extra something, consider getting a fun ring box, ribbon, or anything else you think would make the photos pop. If your wedding has a theme, consider items that would add to it.

I hope this has helped you understand detail photos, why we take them, and what to include! Lastly, feel free to download my details photos checklist below to help keep yourself organized on wedding day. Thanks for reading!

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