We are huge fans of getting things made —even the name of our business, Patina, comes from the idea that your photos should be used, and loved. —We feel strongly that images are at their best when they are printed so that you can hold them and hang them in your living spaces so they can add a little bit of happiness to your every-day. We also know how daunting the task can be to know where and how to get these images printed. It’s the reason we have partnered with some of the best labs in this corner of the world, so that you can print directly from your digital online gallery.

But once they are printed, how do you display them? Check out our roundup of the coolest ways we’ve seen couples print & display wedding photos in their home.

Photo: Yellow Brick Home
Photo: Yellow Brick Home

1. Arrange Instax Polaroids in a Frame

One of our couples framed some little Instax Polaroid prints taken on their wedding day and we loved this idea! Polaroids are so fun and simple, so framing them in a little 9-up collage like this looks awesome and is a unique way to preserve and display them.

2. Print Them as Thank You Cards

Thank-you cards are the gateway drug to printing, you can print these through your gallery and then you’ll see how nice it is to hold little prints in your hands and you’ll be itching to print more. Adding a photo to your card is also a fantastic way to share your images with your friends and family and thank them for being involved.

Photo: Crystalinmarie
Photo: Crystalinmarie

3. Create a Gallery Wall

Framing images is the best way to keep your images looking pristine —it gives them an extra level of protection from dust and damage and a professional framing workshop can even help protect against fading and mold so that images will last for generations.

You can frame a single image and hang it on the wall, but there are also other options if you want to mix it up. Some of our favourites are:

  • A grid of identical frames; sets of 6 or 9 framed prints work well together.
  • A gallery wall of mismatched frames; Simply making sure the bottom or top edge (or both) is lined up is enough to make the gallery feel cohesive.

Check out our article on How to Frame Wedding Photos for tips about where and how to get your photos framed.

Photo: Parabo Press
Photo: Parabo Press

4. Top & Bottom Hangers Are Classy & Economical

We love this option if you're wanting to hang a super large or irregular sized print for more of a poster look. This can often be a more cost-effective option for hanging large prints. In theory they hold the print with magnets, but we ended up using screws to make doubly sure the print wasn't going to fall out (You can buy these at Country Road).

5. Hang Magnetic Mounts for an Ultra Clean Look

These are a great alternative hanging method if you are renting or not wanting to put holes in your walls. A backplate sticks to the wall using 3M tape and then these little dots magnetically hold each corner of the print to the backplate. They are sold in many art shops can give a cool minimalist look!

Photo: Artifact Uprising
Photo: Artifact Uprising

6. Make a Calendar and Enjoy Them for 12 Months at a Time

Calendars are practical and fun way to help you enjoy your photos, or great to give to family as a gift. Showcase your favourite photos year-round with a new photo each month to enjoy.

Photo: Patina Photo
Photo: Patina Photo

7. Layout an Album/Photobook

Wedding photography is all about telling a story and the ultimate way to relive your wedding day is in an album, carefully designed and laid out to show the best photos, with great flow start to finish. We have a service to help our couples design an album and have partnered with one of the best labs in this corner of the world to ensure you can have a finely crafted album that will last generations; and for smaller and simpler photo-books there are also loads of options available online for making your own.

It’s something tangible you can hold, pass around, and pass down through generations and gains value over time.

Your photos are art and deserve to be displayed! Don't let them be forgotten or hidden away on a hard drive. Print them, put them in an album! Let them enrich your life! If you are looking for more printing inspo; check out our Pinterest board of printing ideas.

Do you have any printing tips to share? What are your favourite and unique ways to display your photos? Let us know in the comments.