Family Wedding Photos Display

After going to my cousins’ wedding a year and a half ago, I knew it was important for me to have a family wedding photos display. This may sound silly, but it was really nice to have a sense of history informing the wedding. Additionally, it also was a nice thing for guests to view and talk about (especially if they didn’t know anyone!).So, months ago, I cross-stitched a simple sign:

After visiting the venue, we picked the best place to display our family photos. The coordinator, Harmony, suggested placing pictures on the shelves below (where guests will mingle before the ceremony and throughout the night):

I originally had wanted to do it all in one single frame and cross-stitch each couples name below their picture. Ultimately, though, I didn’t want the names to be too small (and hard to read), so I opted to do individual frames for each couple. I do like that it gives it a more personal feel. Rather than feeling like a “display,” it feels more like they are just casual pictures set up in a house (which will go with the venue–a historic house!)

Here is my side of the family:

Here is Mr. Peppermint’s side of the family:

And finally, the completed display:


Mrs. Peppermint

LA/Palm Springs
Wedding Date:
December 2007
I Was A Fool...
The Bride's Cafe
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    ChicagoSarah, Guest @ 4:33 pm

    I love it! I like that you used different frames and didn’t try to make them all match, and what a neat place to display them. I totally agree that it’s nice to share a bit of family history with your guests. In fact, I was all ready to go email my mom about photos when I realized that my mom’s parents’ divorce (and the fact that my grandmother never remarried but hopefully will be at my wedding along with my grandfather and his second wife) would probably make that a sticky situation…

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:43 pm

    I think this is super cute, Pep!
    Nice job!

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    EnchantmentPassingThrough 10 posts, Newbee @ 4:47 pm

    I would love to do that, but my situation is much like ChicagoSarah’s….it really cute though

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    Angel 1263 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:49 pm

    This is great! I love the different frames and the fact that you have so many family members who still have their wedding photos. Of all the family my guy and I have, all of our parents divorced and only a few have actual wedding photos. But I would have done this in an instant if I could have.

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    Luzl, Guest @ 4:50 pm

    Oooh, oooh, we’re doing the same thing, but only for both sets of parents. Great job, Ms Peppermint!

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    BaghdadBride, Guest @ 5:31 pm

    i’m in the too many divorces in the family boat…but I would like it if i saw it at someone else’s wedding and would have fun looking.

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    StaceyS, Guest @ 5:39 pm

    i was thinking of doing the same- it is nice to see an example of it.

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    onion 711 posts, Busy bee @ 6:00 pm

    love it! we displayed photos of our grandparents wedding in frames but i wish i’d gotten something like what you did together in time with signs so people knew who everyone was. your guests will love it!

    we did a slideshow instead and included a number of historic family photos including pictures from both our parents weddings and pictures of grandparents and great grandparents.

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    Kate, Guest @ 11:19 pm

    I’m jealous, Peppermint!

    I desperately wanted to put up past wedding pics at the reception but the only surviving marriage (due to deaths and divorces…) is my fiance’s parents, and they didn’t take any pictures at their wedding! Drats.

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    mandymarie, Guest @ 12:05 am

    such a sweet idea!

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    donut 43 posts, Newbee @ 7:14 am

    I love it! What a fantastic way to honor your family tree as you and Mr. Peppermint start a new branch!

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    mickey, Guest @ 10:23 am

    Love it! We’re hoping to do this too. I have photos of my parents and one set of grandparents — I doubt there are any photos from the other grandparents, and they got divorced anyway. Twice, in fact.

    My fiance has photos of his parents and one set of grandparents too, so at least it will be even. Maybe we’ll throw in some happily-married aunts and uncles too, for good measure.

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    loveletter, Guest @ 11:22 am

    My cousin got married in the summer and did this.. but she included extended family too… cousins and aunts and uncles. I was thrilled when she asked for one of our wedding photos and then we saw it displayed at the reception.

    I wish I would have thought to do it at our wedding.. we are really blessed that we only have a couple of divorces in our family (aunts and uncles.)

    Another cute idea that my sister-in-law did was put their parent’s wedding photos and dates on the backside of their program.

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    Kaci, Guest @ 5:33 pm

    so cute!! I was thinking of doing the same thing…but both of FI’s grandparents have divorced….and not remarried…any ideas???

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    virginiawoolf 8 posts, Newbee @ 10:23 am

    I know I’m coming a little late to the party, but I was wondering if you used a kit for the cross-stitch or if you just graphed it out yourself. Could you share how you did this? I totally love it and want to do it at my wedding.

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    peppermint 84 posts, Worker bee @ 1:57 pm

    virginiawoolf – thanks for your lovely feedback! I actually graphed it out myself. I bought a book of cross-stitch alphabets and then bought the materials. good luck! let me know if you have any more questions (the name of the book, etc)

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