Picture Perfect: An Easy Way to Display Photos at Pre-Wedding Festivities (or, any event really)!

I can't believe it's already time for another installment of Wedding Wednesday! The five days off for Thanksgiving were truly lovely, but it really flew by. For this week's post, I decided to keep it simple. I've been busy creating crafty goodness to get ready for an occasional sale this weekend and am also hoping to get Christmas decorations up this week! Can't complain though -- all fun things to be doing.

As a follow-up to last week's post about our fall-inspired rehearsal dinner, I wanted to share how we chose to incorporate photos of us as a couple and with our friends and family into the celebration. 


What You Need

  • Pallets (any size will do)

  • Wire or Twine

  • Scissors or Wire Cutter

  • Mini Clothespins

  • A Selection of Photos

During one of my many wedding Pinterest browsing binges, I came across a few different ways that brides had used pallets to display photos. Although I was steering away from some of the other rustic wedding trends, I still love me a good pallet. (Stayed tuned for an upcoming post featuring our DIY photobooth featuring a pallet backdrop!)

Lucky for me, some friends of ours had some old pallets lying around from a recent backyard project that were free to us. We loaded up three, but ultimately decided on using two in the event space. If you don't get that lucky, I recommend checking Craigslist. Before learning our friends had some pallets to offload, I searched on Craigslist and found many local businesses listed free or low cost pallets. In addition, other people had listed that they had pallets leftover from projects that were free to pickup on the curb. 

Because our pallets had been sitting outside (awesome for looking for vintage and worn), we did hose them down and let them dry for a few days.

After transporting them to the rehearsal dinner venue (they did fit in an SUV), my helpful bridesmaid Emily and I strung copper wire across the pallet to hang the photos from. Be careful when working with wire, not to let it get all tangled up. We made that mistake setting up and it was a pain! You could also easily use twine, roping, or a thin ribbon. We wrapped the wire around the ends of the pallet, but you could also hammer in some nails to provide a place to secure the wire or twine.

After the wire was attached, we used mini clothespins from Walmart to hang a variety of photos Chris and I had picked out of us and family and friends (many of which were at the dinner). While waiting for dinner, our guests were able to wander around and checkout the photos.  

The great thing about this project? You avoid the cost of frames and still have a cool way to display the photos! No need to keep this idea around just for wedding related events, try it out for graduation parties, milestone birthday parties, or anything else you can dream up.