10 Must-Have Items for Stunning Wedding Day Detail Photographs

When planning your wedding, you spend so much time thinking of the details! From choosing the perfect invitations, accessories, florals, and more you want your wedding to be a reflection of who you are! All these details help tell the story of your day, in your wedding detail images. So here are 10 wedding items to have on your special day for amazing detail photographs!

  1. Your Invitation suites or other printed items

Your invitation suites will usually be the focal point of the majority of your detail shots. These help to establish a time and place for your wedding day and set the tone for the feel of your wedding gallery. Be sure to have these ready to go! If you are worried that you might forget to bring an extra set of invitations, you can always mail an invitation to your photographer so they have a copy to bring to your wedding just in case you forget them! 🎉

Elopement tip: If you are eloping and don’t have invitations, you could also include postcards or other items that define the time and place that you are getting married!

  1. Vow Books and letters to each other

Vow books are some of the most meaningful and sentimental items you will have on your wedding day! With tons of vow book options from Etsy shops (here are a few of my favorites), you can tailor these items to fit the overall styling of your wedding.

Be sure to have these together in one place, along with the rest of your details, at the start of the wedding day to ensure everything is photographed!

  1. Rings

This one seems a little obvious but you never know! Your rings are also one of the main focal points of so many images! If your ring needs a little bit of TLC before the big day you can easily purchase a ring cleaning kit (here is my favorite and the one I purchased for my own wedding day!) to make sure that your pieces all shine on your wedding day! If your rings came in any sort of ring box or bag also be sure to include them with the rest of your details!

  1. Jewelry

After we have focused on the rings, we can talk more about other jewelry! Great items to include are earrings, necklaces, watches, cufflinks, belts, or even bridal hats. This in addition to your actual wedding rings helps tell the story of the day and show how much thought you put into the styling of your outfits! So show them off!

  1. Perfume or Cologne

If you or your partner have a signature perfume or cologne these are perfect items to include in your detail shots! Not only do they create more dimension and interest in your images but these items likely have sentimental value and the smell probably reminds you of your spouse! Having them photographed will add to the uniqueness of your detail shots!

  1. Shoes

These are classic detail shot items and for a great reason! Wedding shoes are typically some of your best. Whether they are worn-in boots or your nicest heels they can say so much about you and your personal wedding style and you know I’m all about that!

  1. Floral Scraps

This one is so important and often forgotten about! Florals are a very important element to so many weddings! Have your florist include some of the scrap florals and greenery from your bouquet or other florals for your detail shots! These small pieces of florals add more texture and tie in the rest of your floral details in the images! Ask your florist to include these scraps for your detail photos!

  1. Veil or other accessories

Just like jewelry, accessories can be the perfect elements to include in your wedding day detail photos! These accessories can include veils, capes, special socks, handkerchiefs, and personalized jackets are perfect for this! These things might not be your super-typical wedding attire but if you are bold and unique enough to be wearing one of these let your photographer know so they can make your final gallery as unique as your wedding really was!

  1. Personalized hanger

I have seen one too many epic dress shots get ruined by plastic hangers! So to help avoid this on your wedding day be sure to have a personalized or just a nice hanger for your dress to hang on during those amazing dress shots. Here are two of my favorite personalized hangers and an amazon option! Give your dress, suit or set the hangers they deserve and make sure these shots have a little extra polish with great hangers!

  1. Heirlooms or sentimental items

These are some of my favorite items ever to photograph on a wedding day! Will you be wearing your grandmother’s ring along with the rest of your jewelry? Or do you have a photo of a loved one that will not be there to celebrate with you? Include those sentimental items in your detail shots so that you will have that memory for decades to come!

Those are my top 10 wedding details that you must-have for your wedding day! Detail shots are some of my absolute favorites to photograph and if you also love editorial-style detail shots this list is for you!

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