Your wedding day provides the perfect opportunity to capture lasting memories that you can relive time and time again each time you open your wedding album or coffee table book. For those seeking fun, creative inspiration for their wedding photo session, look no further!
Whether you’re hoping to capture the elation, intimacy or spontaneity of the moment or looking for ideas to plan something elaborately creative, we’ve got the wedding day pose inspiration for you. Check out our photo gallery compilation for 25 spunky creative wedding day poses, props and settings to use on your big day:
1. Add a little sparkle
Sparklers are a great way to illuminate your photos with a shimmering flash of light. Not only do they add movement and dynamo to a photo, but they can also be shaped into letters, symbols or a string of light that encompasses the couple to spread a message of love and togetherness. If you want to master the sparkler effect — which may take several attempts to perfect — make sure you have a professional photographer on hand who is a wiz at long exposure shots and has the experience needed to pull the complex glittery sparkler effect off.
2. Hold your heart in your hands
What is a better symbol of love than a heart? And what better way to show off that love than through the couple themselves? This wedding pose requires no props or extra décor, just good placement and a little finessing to get the shape just right. To focus in on the heart-in-hand gesture, get a close-up shot of the happy couple embracing one another with one or both of the couples forming the shape of a heart in one’s hands.
3. Photograph the décor in a fun new way
For bridal parties who want to have a little fun, use what’s available to you at the wedding venue to goof off a little and have fun! Strike a silly pose using the wedding décor, like in this photo by Whitney Lee Photography where the groomsmen used hanging lanterns to create an optical illusion effect for camera, or let the bridal party come up with their own ideas!
4. Use oversized letters
Oversized letters are all the rage this wedding season with the props used for décor, directions, photo booth props and more. These oversized letters, which can be found in craft stores or home goods stores, serve as the perfect prop to send your message loud and clear. From vintage light-up signs to more modern marquees in bold colors, these cutout letters and symbols can serve multiple uses as décor for your venue, as well as useful props for your photos.
5. Reverse roles
Make a hilarious play on bride and groom stereotypes by having your bridesmaids and groomsmen switch roles. For the men, snap a photo of your groomsmen “oohing and ahhing” over the groom’s ring, and for the ladies, capture a moment with the bridesmaids’ heels kicked up on a table enjoying a cold brew while relaxing before the big event. This reverse role play is a fun way to let your entire bridal party illustrate just how they see the distinction between men and women in a wedding atmosphere.
6. Capture moments in photo frames
This crafty DIY photo frame wall is a unique way to add another dimension to your photo in a creative way. You can opt to use a single picture frame to hold or craft an entire wall full of family photos to showcase the history of the families being brought together. If you want to incorporate the entire bridal party into a single shot, try adding two dimensions – one in the foreground and one in the back — with the bride and groom standing front and center framing the entire wedding party in the background.
7. Take a shot through the ring
Capture a tender moment as you’re encircled within the ultimate symbol of your marriage and eternal love for one another – your wedding ring. This pose adds dimension and depth to the frame by incorporating an angled view and secondary focus to the photo. Not only does this make the photo more interesting, but it also shakes up your portfolio of standard, single dimension photos to choose from.
8. Get playful with balloons
A few bright, oversized balloons can really add a playful pop of color to your photos in a way that incorporates your wedding theme colors. Surround yourself with an entire roomful or just hang onto a few to exude an imaginative and spirited feel in your wedding photos. When shot in an outdoor environment, balloons have a way of adding natural movement into a photo in a spirited fashion.
9. Let the veil fly
With a little gust of wind and a bit of help from a photographer’s fan or assistant, you can take your veil airborne for a stunning shot that fills the entire screen. From profile silhouettes to three-dimensional shots angled from below, photos showing off a brides veil can be some of the most dramatic and spectacular photos in the bunch. With only seconds to capture the right look, this technique might take a few tries, but will be well worth it in the end!
10. Capture a sunset moment
Whether set in a beach setting, on a mountainside or amid the backdrop of a seemingly endless sky, a silhouette photo of the bride and groom against a vibrant sunset scene creates a flawless photo opportunity that is inspired by nature. Silhouette-style photographs open up doors to endless possibilities to create showstopping images for your wedding day portfolio.
11. Have fun with the veil
For most brides-to-be, your wedding day is the only occasion where you get to don such a beautiful and delicate head ornament, so why not have a little fun with it? Wrap yourself around your loved one or play peek-a-boo with the flower girl to capitalize on that accessory that you only get to don for one day. Don’t have a veil? No problem. Try a shot where the flower girl is hiding beneath the ruffles of the bride’s gown for another equally playful and precious look.
12. Try a double exposure technique
For an artistic, time-lapse look and feel to your photos, take advantage of the ethereal beauty of the double exposure wedding photo, which looks like two images combined into one. Double exposure create an otherworldly feel to your images, which are perfect to reflect the occasion. This type of photography technique captures not just one breathtaking moment, but two!
13. Use umbrellas as props
Whether in inclement weather or not, umbrellas serve as fun props to use either as an accessory or as the main feature for your wedding pose. Brides and grooms can position themselves behind a large umbrella or two, creating an air of mystery about what’s going on behind the veil, or they can incorporate a dainty, lace-covered shade umbrella for that more whimsical, “swept away” look.
14. Stage a comedic pose
Mix up the romance routine by trying out a few silly staged poses. Especially appropriate for couples or bridal parties that don’t take themselves too seriously, staged poses like these can balance just the right amount of tasteful comedy with romance, while bringing out the personalities of the couple. Not only are these poses a lot of fun to dream up and create, but they are also great at loosening up a couple after a series of more serious shots.
15. Illustrate friendships
A couple’s Maid of Honor and Best Man are not only two important roles in a couple’s wedding; they are also vitally important people in their daily lives. Memorialize your friendships through your wedding day photos with small, but significant, gestures that illustrate the true meaning of these friendships and what those friends mean to you.
16. Incorporate the four-legged family members
Because four-legged friends are just as important as any other member of the family, let the beloved pets in your life celebrate the big day with you by incorporating them into your wedding photos wherever possible. For an extra special touch, dress up your pup in matching groomsmen or bridesmaid garb or take a close-up of your wedding bands secured onto your dog’s collar.
17. Embrace the weather
Rain or shine, capitalize on whatever weather patterns are served up on your wedding day. Turn a rainy day into an opportunity by capturing stunning photos of you and your loved one kissing in the rain or playing in the snow. Puddles of water, a flurry of snowfall or a drizzle of rain are a few of the best natural elements that can turn a gloomy day into a spectacular photograph. Despite your urges to stay inside, raindrops and snowflakes make for a magical ambiance that is reminiscent of a movie scene frozen in time, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to capture the moment in all of its glory.
18. Get candid
Pictures paint a thousand words, and candid shots are some of the best at truly capturing the emotion and essence of the wedding day’s events from beginning to end. From first look reactions and family members’ emotions to friends’ elated expressions and facial expressions on the dance floor, candid photos are a must have in your wedding day portfolio so you can truly remember the sentiment of the day and relive those magic moments over and over again.
19. Add drama with special effects
Special effects can add some serious drama to an already momentous occasion. Give the illusion that you’re dancing on clouds by using a fog machine or draw out pops of color in black and white film during post-production editing for an uber-dramatic look both live and in pictures.
20. Put the little ones front and center
Forget the groomsmen and bridesmaids, put the adorable little ones front and center for your next bridal party shot! Not only does a give the older guys and gals a break from cheesing it up for a bit; it also lets the little ones ham it up for the camera and have some fun during the wedding photo shoot.
21. Show off the shoes
If you’re a bride with an affinity for shoes, discover new ways to show off your kicks in your wedding photos to add a fun twist on the typical couple’s pose. Put your shoes in the spotlight by kicking up your heels and showing off your best accessory. This pose works especially well for brides with brightly colored heels that add a pop of color to an otherwise monochrome or muted photo.
22. Reenact a moment in time
While you’re creating your own slice of history on your wedding day, why not recreate an old one? Whether it is a famous moment in time or an old photo of your parents, photo reenactments area fun and creative way to fuse new memories with old ones.
23. Show off your bridesmaids’ wild sides
Show your bridal party’s true colors through silly photos that allow the women in your group to let loose and let their personalities shine through. This photo session is an entertaining way to showcase each of your bridesmaids’ wild sides and have a little fun during the photo session.
24. Make a funny face
When brides and grooms need to give their smiles a rest, use props, like an old-timey book or a hand-held mask, to make a faux funny face for the camera. Simply strike a pose, adjust the prop to the right angle, and voila! A whole new look in a matter of seconds.
25. Pay tribute to the parents
To honor thy father and mother, pay tribute to mom and dad by sharing their wedding photos in one of your own. This sweet moment fuses two generations and two families into a single photo in a way that is both a nostalgic and historic moment in time.