Wedding Party Shots - Live it Up!

by Jenny Bryde 26. August 2013 00:18

Yes, you'll want that picture where everyone is looking at the camera, shoulder to shoulder, and smiling like it's school picture day, but don't stop there!  There are tons of opportunities to get your wedding party to shake things up!  Today we are featuring some non-traditional wedding party shots that we love!  Easily recreated and totally fun, can you make these happen?


First up, forget posing.  Just get a great relaxed picture where your friends are being friendly!


Red rover, red rover, anyone?  Maybe they aren't playing the classic children's game, but this picture with linked arms defintely shows the friendship in this group!


A la Kardashians, I love this picture where some are sitting, some are standing, and all have a bit of sass up their sleeves. 


My new favorite shot!  It's hard for your photographer to get a shot of the couple kissing with friends and family in the background, so this couple recreated that moment later.  Super fun!


Take a look from a different angle.  How about a family or group shot where the couple is in the foreground, and the rest of the crew are milling around in the back.  Drinks in hand a plus!


Standing still is for the birds.  This wedding party took a stroll down a side street, and the picture looks amazing!


Nothing more beautiful than the bride and her gals just being effortlessly beautiful.  All smiles, nothing forced.  I love it!


Another great pic of linked arms and lots of smiles!  No need to be straight faced here!


Again, chat with your photographer for ideas you might have for your group shots.  There are lots of great ideas floating out there that let your wedding party showcase their personalities and frienships!

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CYA - Pocket Schedules for the Wedding Party

by Jenny Bryde 12. December 2009 10:48

Details, details, details.  Amongst the love, happiness, and wonderful memories, your wedding day is chock full of details.  In an ideal world, there is someone there to take care of the details, but as well all know, life is rarely at the absolute ideal level.  

I believe the name of the game is CYA, which stands for Cover Your Fill-In-The-And-It-Starts-With-An-A-And-Ends-With-an-SS.  

In order to properly attain CYA-status, you are going to need some help.  Now let's's your wedding day, and you need some trusted people who can keep all the plates spinning.  They need to be in on the plan ahead of time, and they need to be people who you can depend upon to be there for the duration of the day...hmm...where would a bride and groom find such a group?

The Wedding Party of course!  With the wedding party you will find an assortment of talents including but not limited to:

  • Someone who can help you fix any hair/make-up/wardrobe malfunctions.
  • Someone who likes to eat and thus reminds you to eat.
  • Someone who has the secret stash of vodka.
  • Someone who can be the bully if someone else is annoying you.
  • And someone who is always good at calming your nerves.
These people need to be prepped and primed before the wedding day events start to unfurl.  One really ingenious way to do so is to give each member of your wedding party a little pocket schedule complete with the day's events and their individual duties.  This needs to be small enough that they can tuck it into their clothing.  Take a look at this little accordion pocket schedule that this bride shared on

This bride's pocket schedule was designed to match her wedding stationery and tied up with some lovely baker's twine and given to each member of her wedding party. She designed the lay out simply enough on her computer and printed them out at home. Easy peasy... What will you do to make your wedding party ready to go on the big day??

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Not Your Average Ceremony

by Jenny Bryde 24. July 2009 02:50

If you haven't seen this amazing wedding video yet, you are missing out!  Watch this, and just try not to get up and dance.  Just try...

Are any of you Quad City couples planning on a special dance at the ceremony or reception?  We'd love to hear about it!  

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Hi!  Welcome to the blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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