Wedding details are very important in telling your love story on your wedding day but sometimes they are overlooked. This article will help you understand what they are, why they’re important, and how to make the most out of your wedding details.
What is a Wedding Flat Lay?
A wedding flat lay is an arrangement of wedding details on a flat surface such as a table, a board, or a styling mat to be photographed in a way that helps tell the love story of the couple getting married. In other words, a wedding flat lay is a snapshot of your love and wedding day!
Wedding details found in a flat lay normally include the wedding invitation suite, engagement and wedding rings, jewelry, bridal shoes, and family heirlooms. We will talk more about what you can include in your wedding flat lay in a moment!
Why are Wedding Details Photos Important?
Having photos of your wedding details, specially arranged in a way that tells a story, like a flay lay is so important! Here’s why:
Wedding Flat Lay Photos Tell a Story
Your wedding details are crucial in telling your love story and giving you a snapshot of your wedding day.
Here’s an example:
A couple gets engaged in Paris, France by the Eiffel Tower. He proposed with a vintage Eiffel tower ring box that he got in a charming mom and pop shop days before proposing. And now you’re including that beautiful Eiffel tower ring box in your wedding flat lay photos, along with the wonderful proposal story and all the memories.
These are the photos that your children will look at and ask about, that they will pass down to their own children along with the stories behind those details!
Wedding Flat Lays Help Bring Your Color Palette and Theme Together
I’m sure the colors and wedding theme you choose to have on your big day are important to you. Wedding flat lays are a great way to show them off!
This is why getting an invitation suite that matches the vibe/theme and colors of your wedding and including styling items such as ribbons and ring boxes is so important.
Details to Include in a Wedding Flat Lay
The Basics: Invitation suite, rings (engagement ring, bride’s band, and groom’s band), bridal gown, veil, shoes, all jewelry (watches, earrings, necklace, tiara, etc), garter, cufflinks.
Extra items: bouquets, boutonnieres, family heirlooms, wedding gown hanger, styling items like ribbons, ring boxes, vintage trays, styling mats, etc, perfume (ex: the perfume you were wearing when you two met), meaningful gifts between the of you.
Think about it like this: You can include anything that helps tell your wedding and love story, anything that has sentimental value to you and your significant other. Make it unique and have fun with it! 🙂
Tips to Make the Most Out of Your Wedding Details
Tip #1: Ask your florist for Loose Florals
Flowers make everything look pretty and wedding details flat lays aren’t the exception! Ask your florist to include some loose florals and greenery that can be used for photos. I promise they will bring your photos to the next level!
Tip #2: Get an Invitation Suite of 3 or More Pieces
It’s no secret that e-invitations are gaining popularity because of their convenience but I personally think that there’s nothing better than a physical invitation suite, especially when it comes to wedding details photos.
Whether you decide to send electronic wedding invitations or actually use physical invitations, I highly recommend that you order an invitation suite that includes 3 or more pieces (ex: main card, save the date cards, envelopes, menu card, RSVP card, directions card, etc).
Invitation suites photograph beautifully in a wedding flat lay, they also include a lot of the memorable details of your wedding day, like the venue, date, time, etc, that will help tell your wedding day story in photos.
Tip #3: Start your Own Family Heirloom
If you don’t already have a family heirloom or want a new one, you can start your own family heirloom by getting a meaningful item that can be passed down to your future children and their children.
For example, many couples get their very own Mrs. Box engagement and wedding ring box and pass it down to their daughter on her wedding day.
The possibilities for new family heirlooms are endless and if you’re crafty and creative, you could even create something.
Tip #4: Honor your Loved Ones with your Details
You can honor your loved ones who’ve passed away and also feel like they’re part of your big day by including them in your details.
For example, many couples get custom photo necklaces made with a picture of their loved one or include an item that belonged to him or her.
Wedding Flat Lay Checklist
I put together a wedding details checklist that you can download for free!
It includes tips and a list of must-have details for your wedding flat lay photos.