I have a confession to make.
My mom was super passionate about me having Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue. I figured there was very little that she didn’t let me decide throughout the wedding planning process, and I do really love wedding details, so I thought carefully about them and picked my four items – it just so happens that two of the four didn’t make it down the aisle. Neither did my veil, for that matter.
I intended to have them with me, I truly did, but circumstances happened and they didn’t make it. My garter, which had my something blue attached, would. not. stay. up. so I gave up and took it off all together. The gorgeous antique butterfly broach on my bouquet was sharp. It poked me one too many times during pre-ceremony portraits, and back into the box it went. And my veil, well, that one we just straight up forgot. It would have been too windy for it anyways.
But, they are all in my details pictures, which is what I’m actually talking about today. I just had to get that confession/apology out of the way first.
When I say that I love the details that go into a wedding day, I really love them. I think they show so much love, give little insights into what a couple is passionate about, and give a small glimpse into the overall feel of the day. Wedding invitations are also one of the first things that give your guests insight into what your day will be like, so getting to see the invites come full circle from being mailed out to being photographed on the wedding day really makes it come to life for me.
I don’t normally show a ton of the detail photos on our social media pages just because they are so individual to each couple, but as I was going through the Schorn wedding album the other day, I kept finding myself downloading them. All of their photos were stunningly gorgeous, but their details photos had my Type A heart fluttering because they were so coordinated throughout the entire day, they ticked alllll of my advice boxes, and they gave a glimpse into who they are as a couple. So, I figured it was only fitting to talk to y’all about how to get the best detail photos of your wedding day and what to put in your details box.
First and foremost, what’s a details box?
I call it a details box because that’s how I kept my detail items together for my photographer on our wedding day. As I was packing up all of the personal items and decor pieces to bring to the venue, I used a smaller plastic crate to place anything I thought would be helpful in the details photos. I learned some lessons in the process, which I’ll get into with my advice about how to get the best details photos, but some things that you might include in your “box” are:
- 2 copies of your wedding invitation suite, including your save the date
- wedding shoes
- wedding jewelry
- your something old, new, borrowed, and blue
- perfume bottle
- your vows/vow books
- letters or gifts for one another
- ring boxes & wedding rings
- ribbon in a coordinating color
- marriage certificate
- grooms tie & cufflinks
- items you’re using during your ceremony
- custom wedding hanger
- heirloom items
- jewelry dish
You don’t necessarily have to have them all in a box together, but it will be much easier (and quicker!) for your photographer on the day of the wedding if you have them all set aside in one place. I put them in a box because it was easy to move and kept them safe, then after our photographer was done with them my coordinator and I got them where they needed to go for the actual wedding, or back in the box for safe keeping. I also had the box labeled on the outside with everything that was in it, just so we didn’t lose anything since so many of the items were tiny. A lot of photographers have a list of items they recommend bringing for flat lay photos, so be sure to ask them for it if you’re wondering what you could be missing on your own list. It might also be worth asking them if they bring a styling kit to the wedding – if they do, you might not need to worry about some details (like ribbon, ring boxes, etc) so you can splurge on something else you’d love to keep.