I need inspiration for fun, non-blah wedding party poses!

By on Jun. 6th
Wardrobe Malfunction

Photo by Sue Bartholomew Balcom from Matt and Jescia's wedding.

You've featured non-sucky, offbeat, original suggestions for shoes, wedding rings, etc., but I couldn't find a thorough compendium of fun, non-sucky wedding pictures/poses. More specifically, I was looking for inspiration for nice, fun wedding party pictures.

I like the "everyone jumping!" and "everyone running!" poses I've seen all over the web, but I wonder if there is anything even better. You know, like this one with the brides going down the slide. -Aline

I thank you for this question SO HARD. Wedding party photos can be all over the place: some couples reserve a ton of time for this part of the day, and others either can't or don't think about it until it's too late. If they're shot before the ceremony everyone's a little nervous, and if they're shot after everyone's ready to party, so there's a delicate song and dance that must be done before the people getting married, their parties, and the photographer(s) are happy.

HAVING SAID THAT… awesome and fun wedding party photos are totally possible! Here are a few things to keep in mind and the photos to go with:

Be spontaneous

The best part about this was that it wasn't planned — the words "someone pick up Anna!" just kind of flew out of my mouth, and this is what happened:

This one is another that looks totally spontaneous to me — I feel like the photographer was all "We're finished!" so everyone relaxed, and then this moment was captured by W Scott Chester Photography:

Know your friends

Are your friends going to be comfortable doing off the wall stuff like piling up in a heap… or would they really rather just stand in a line, grin, and get it over with? Or are they runners?

RUNNING! The Wedding Cabal

Couldn't you use a BIG HUG on your wedding day? You might remember this photo from this Monday Montage.

The bridal party

Photo by Annabelle Reboli

Play on the traditional

So maybe you guys DO end up all in a line… it doesn't mean your photos have to feel boring for you. What about standing in a line with a little twist:

Walk and Talk

Never underestimate the potential coolness of the "walk and talk" shot. You can do this with your wedding party, family, or just the two of you:



Add props

You can also bring PROPS, like Karen and Ian did.


Photo by AMB Photo.

Include inside jokes

I LOVE IT when families and friends want to take a photo or two based on an inside joke they have:

Andrea & Juan's Sonoma wedding

Photo by Megan Finley.


I was told a lot of their childhood photos include the brother on the far right making the expression he is in this… looking off blankly. So they recreated it! Ha! Photo by Stephanie Kaloi.

PS: If you want even more inspiration browse Offbeat Bride's bridesmaids board on Pinterest.

What tips do you have for taking awesome wedding party photos — and where are the links to photos to back them up?

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About Stephanie Kaloi

I am the former editor of Offbeat Families, and owner/photographer at Stephanie Kaloi Photography in Portland, OR.