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10 Ways 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!

To honor family throughout the reception, pairs may choose to display photos of their family members' wedding days at the ceremony, 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.

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Photo: Elizabeth Messina

Though weddings are focused on the couple's love, they are also rooted in the love and support of their immediate and extended families. Many couples choose to incorporate family traditions 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 through toasts, well-wishes in guest books, and often even in the décor. 

Regardless of whether or not you choose to incorporate familial customs throughout your wedding day, there are a number of other ways to honor family during your celebration. 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 – we've even seen couples create a "family tree" at outdoor celebrations. 

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

Wedding Lounge Photo Display

Outdoor Family Photo Sitting Area
Photo by Jennings King Photography; From Real Wedding: Alfresco Spring Destination Wedding in Charleston, South Carolina

Family Photo Charms on Wedding Bouquet

Old Family Photo Charms on Wedding Bouquet
Photo by KingenSmith; From Real Wedding: Catholic Wedding + Modern Supper Club-Inspired Reception in Chicago

Locket-Style Photo Cuff Links

Photo Cuff Links Locket Inspired
Photo by Kristin Spencer Photography; From Real Wedding: Elegant Rhode Island Wedding with Nature Theme

Framed Photos on Bird Cage Décor

Family Photo Display on Bird Cage
Photo by Elizabeth Messina; From Real Wedding: Sophisticated + Personalized Beverly Hills Wedding

Family Photo Table at Ceremony

Ceremony Welcome Table with Family Photos
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden; Planning & Design by Linda Howard Events; From Real Wedding: Elegant California Wedding with Sophisticated Décor

Polaroid Photo Display

Display of Instant Photos at Wedding
Photo by Heather Kincaid; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Romantic Outdoor Wedding with Soft, Rustic Elements & Lush Florals

A Family Tree of Photos

"Family Tree" Filled with Old Pictures at Wedding
Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer; From Real Wedding: Bohemian, Outdoor Garden Wedding Ceremony + Rustic Reception

Honorary Table at Wedding Ceremony

Family Photos at Wedding Ceremony
Photo by John Solano Photography; Planning & Design by Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events, Inc; From Real Wedding: Romantic + Intimate Summer Wedding in Beverly Hills, California

Gallery Wall of Framed Photos

Wall of Frames at Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Photo by Jose Villa Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Event: Incredible Rooftop Rehearsal Dinner with Striking Striped Tent 

Vintage Wedding Dress Display with Family Photos

Vintage Wedding Dress Display and Family Photos
Photo by Images by Berit; From Real Wedding: East Coast Countryside Wedding with Vintage Details

For more wedding ideas, discover etiquette advice for modern families, get engagement gift ideas for friends and family members, and discover a wedding planning to-do list for your loved ones!