Snapshots of Moments in Time

I believe very strongly that a wedding isn’t just about making a commitment in front of our friends and family, but it is about celebrating where we came from and where we’re going. Thus, I’d like to have old family pictures around the venue to show pictures of our families, baby pictures, etc.

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I’ve seen some really great walls and displays that people have used.

Southern weddings - ideas for displaying family photos
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Seriously, aren’t they so freaking cute?

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Our venue has a bit of a built in method to hold pictures. In the cocktail hour area, there is a mantle that wraps around the room. I’m thinking of just placing the pictures around the mantle so it will be a nice background for our guests to enjoy while sipping their amazing cocktails and awkwardly making small talk. They will have the time to walk around and see everything if they chose to, but no one would force them to if they weren’t interested.


In terms of categories, I was originally thinking of:

  1. Baby pictures of me
  2. Baby pictures of PBear
  3. Family pictures (old wedding pictures, old family pictures of various relatives and older generations, ways of showing that we don’t live in a bubble, etc) of my family
  4. Family pictures of PBear’s family
  5. Pictures of us together

All in all, five categories and I’m thinking five to six pictures from each category, making for 25 to 30 pictures total.


Now, I have absolutely no concept of whether of not that is an appropriate number of pictures. five to six pictures doesn’t sound that crazy, but 25 to 30 pictures seems like a lot. The pictures won’t be that big and they would be scattered around the place. I want the place to feel like we’re getting married in our own home…you know if we were rich people from Downton Abbey. But I don’t want it to be overwhelming, as well.

Are you planning to display family pictures? How did you organize it? Anyone have a good source for cheap frames?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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  1. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:42 pm

    Downtoon Abbey reference made my day 🙂

  2. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:50 pm

    @futuremrshockey: Ooh that sounds like it’ll be absolutely gorgeous
    @BeckyS0: I sure hope you’re right!
    @Miss Ariel: that’s really sweet. I hope we have a moment like that as well. I do worry that I’ll have a million favorites, that it’ll be hard to pick which ones get in.
    @Miss Mongoose: @Mrs. Bracelet: @purpeley: thank you! I have a starting point as to where to look!
    @MrsJJC: that’s really sweet, we don’t really have that many married/engaged couples coming to our wedding, but if we did, that sounds like so much fun
    @MrsKeAloha: that sounds like a good idea, I have to see what types of frames I have sitting aruond
    @Anj: your wedding pictures are beautiful! I really love the display!
    @Miss Bat: Yeah a picture slideshow just didn’t seem to really fit the flow of our wedding either, I think this is a good compromise
    @Mrs. Pony: =) yay

  3. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:16 am

    your venue seems a lot like ours and i was thinking of doing this for cocktail hour too! i think it’d be subtle and maybe some people might not notice it, but would be cool when they did.

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    missmovies 351 posts, Helper bee @ 6:55 am

    Love the idea and your venue! Also check out the goodwill; I always find gorgeous old frames there. They sometimes need a coat of paint, but the end result is always fantastic! We are considering something similar, but haven’t yet figured out the logistics at our venue.

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