How to Include Family Photos in Your Wedding Décor

From photo charms on your bouquet to a gallery wall at the reception, be inspired by these ideas!

Though weddings are focused on the couple's love for one another, they are also rooted in the love and support of their families. Family traditions take center stage primarily during the wedding ceremony; however, the entire day is often filled with words of support, love, and joy from parents of the bride and groom, as well as siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and more.

Regardless of whether or not you choose to incorporate familial customs on your big day, there are a number of other ways to honor family throughout your celebration – particularly when it comes to the décor. Some brides choose to add charms to their bouquets that showcase photos of loved ones who are no longer with them, while grooms do the same with locket-style cuff links. Family photos can also be incorporated into paper goods, such as ceremony programs, fans, etc. Other couples choose to display framed family photographs on accent tables in between ceremony seating or on the same displays where yarmulkes (for Jewish weddings) and programs are set. To honor family throughout the reception, pairs may choose to display photos of themselves and their family members' wedding days on escort card tables, arrange them on a gallery wall at the cocktail hour, or showcase the images entirely on their own display – or even a "family tree" for an outdoor celebration. 

Gather more ideas from the images below – all from real weddings featured in the pages of Inside Weddings or on InsideWeddings.com. Click each photo to see more from these celebrations!

Bouquet of white roses with charms holding family photos of parents grandparents bridal bouquet
Photo by KingenSmith; Floral Design by HMR Designs

Groom with cuff links holding family photos mother father grandparents parents
Photo by Kristin Spencer Photography

Large bird cage with framed family photos at wedding ceremony reception outdoors alfresco
Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Photo collage wedding ceremony fan programs on white chairs
Photo by Chris + Lynn Photographers

Wedding ceremony Jewish yarmulke table with family photos in frames
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden; Wedding Planning & Design by Linda Howard Events

Family photos polaroids on twine with clothespins wedding reception ceremony outdoor
Photo by Heather Kincaid; Floral Design by Empty Vase; Wedding Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

Family tree at wedding ceremony chalkboard sign rustic wedding family photos frames on tree
Photo by Paul Barnett Photography; Wedding Planning & Design by EverAfter Events

Family photos in crystal frames on mirror tables at wedding ceremony in between seats
Photo by John Solano Photography; Wedding Planning & Design by Levine Fox Events

Framed photos of couple and family on gallery wall at rehearsal dinner
Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Wedding Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants & Revelry Event Designers

Mirror escort card table with place cards and photos of family members in frames
Photo by KingenSmith; Floral Design by HMR Designs

Escort cards on flower petals with photos of family members on table
Photo by Mi Belle Photographers; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers; Wedding Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

Monogram mirror table escort cards with flower arrangements and framed family photos
Photo by Christian Oth Studio; Invitations & Calligraphy by Ceci New York

Wood table with framed family photos wedding reception ceremony
Photo by Cooper Carras Photography; Wedding Planning & Design by Levine Fox Events

Escort card table with tree centerpiece and family photos in center of table
Photo by Images by Berit, Inc.

Outdoor wedding table with family photos under tree lanterns bright flowers
Photo by Ryan Ray Photography; Wedding Planning & Design by EverAfter Events

Pink texture linen on table outside wedding with framed family photos
Photo by Kortnee Kate; Wedding Planning & Design by Viva Bella Events

Family photos hanging from clothespins on tree outdoor ceremony
Photo by Kristin Spencer Photography

Guest book table with vintage wedding dress and framed family photos cocktail hour
Photo by Images by Berit, Inc.

Outdoor oceanfront lounge area with sofas and framed family photos on coffee table
Photo by Love and Water Photography

Find out how to honor late loved ones at your wedding, learn how to include your family in wedding planning, and browse hundreds of beautiful celebrations on our real weddings page for more inspiration.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy