Wedding Decor and Photographs | Columbus Wedding Photographers

So here's a question we never get asked, but if we did, we'd have a whole lot to say about it. 

What decor makes the most impact in photographs?

First of all, thank you for asking. We're here to help! This is so you don't waste money on items that barely show up, but you can spend on things that truly make a difference.

YEAH:

1. Place Settings- this can really fancy up a table if you have a smaller, simpler centerpiece. Add a charger under your plates, a menu card and name cards. You can also look for unique napkin folding, or napkin rings to make it more dynamic. Branch out with your table numbers, too. Gone are the days of a printed "3" in a frame. There are so many more unique ideas now!

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2. Seating- Most venues provide you with chairs, but often they are very basic. Jazz it up with a chair cover, sash, florals, mr & mrs signs, or go a more unique route and have a decor company bring in ghost chairs, chivari chairs, or unique wooden farm house seating.

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3. Florals- Somehow this seems obvious, but many couples never go beyond the bouquets and bouts. You can have floral centerpieces, floral arches, floral cake accents, floral walls for your ceremony and in our opinion, you can never have enough!

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4. Signage- Whether it is a cutesy saying about which side to sit on, your no-phone policy, or your signature drink, these all punch up the over all decor and tie in your style.

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5. Uplighting- So many reception spaces are vanilla, and for good reason- so that you can come in with your style and make it your own. The problem is that most couples don't. Uplighting is a great way to give the space a pop of your wedding color, make it a more fun environment and give depth to your dancefloor. Ask your DJ if they have add on packages.

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NAH:

We're not adding photos here so we don't offend anyone, also it further proves our point of how these items are overlooked.

1. An Aisle Runner- your aisle will be special enough, leading right up to your altar. It might even be sprinkled with rose petals. Skip the runner that often gets twisted, ripped or catches heels making your bridesmaids trip.

2. Cake Cutting Set- most guests don't approach your cake, so it sits in a corner by its lonesome and the knife and serving utensil may as well be provided by your venue. Even when you cut your cake, we're focused on you and your faces, not the utensil you're covering with your hands.

3. Favors- skip the mints, or buckeyes, or koozies- most people move them out of the way to eat or drink, those tables get crowded quick. Some couples have opted out of favors and had a photobooth, a late night snack, or open bar with signature cocktail instead- and we agree it's the way to go!

4. Paper Place Cards- If you're going to have assigned seating (which...you don't have to...) do away with the tented name cards, and go with the signage we mentioned above. You can have a hand lettered list for guests to find their seats, and you've saved some trees and some man power setting those all out.