Wedding Ring Photography Ideas

Photography is one of the most important parts of your entire wedding – at least it was to us! Without the perfect photos to remember the perfect day, you may forget small details. These wedding ring photos are all easy and simple enough to take yourself if you don’t get a chance to ask your photographer to take them.

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Wedding Ring Photography Ideas

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If you and your partner both have a passion for music, why not show off your rings and your passion in one picture? By placing your rings and bouquet on some vinyl, your personality shows and displays the love that your rings represent. You can take this same concept and use it for any of the hobbies or interests that you and your spouse share.

wedding rings on leaf

Your rings don’t have to be displayed on a table. These wedding rings are displayed on the leaf of a plant. It doesn’t have to be anything you’d normally think of. Get creative and pay attention to your surroundings. If you both like to hike or garden, look at what is around and find a fun and creative way to display your rings.

The key to wedding ring photography is to have fun with it! You can even use your phone – don’t worry about lugging the expensive camera around to find the perfect leaf. Most phones these days are well-equipped with a camera that is more than sufficient for your wedding ring photography.

succulent wedding ring

These rings look like they are hugging each other on top of this little plant. You can find any plant that is sturdy enough to hold the rings and display them proudly. Try putting the rings in different positions to find what works best for that specific background. Sometimes it can be tricky, if one ring is much larger than the other, or if both rings are close to the same size (like ours are!), but if you play around with it a little bit you’ll find the perfect angle to display both rings.

book wedding ring ideas

This one is our favorite! Displaying your rings on the page of a book can hold so many meanings. If you enjoy a certain book or genre, you can strategically place your rings on a page of that book. Maybe your marriage is faith-based and you would like to display the rings on a page of the Bible or near your favorite verse. You can get very creative when using a book as your backdrop.

wedding ring with book

This wedding ring photo is a different variation of a book as your backdrop. Instead of setting the rings on a page, use the spine to hold the rings standing straight up. Again, this can get as creative as you’d like, as you decide what type of book you would like to showcase in the back.

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In order to honor the most beautiful day of your life, place your wedding bands atop of your bouquet. This will give you a reminder of your beautiful day along with showcasing your rings. Having the photo taken close-up will show the beautiful flowers and their perfectly imperfect petals.

unique wedding rings

Showcase your wedding rings on a clean white cloth to have them really stand out and display their beauty. Placing flowers in the background but staying focused on the rings will create depth that will be eye-catching. If your rings have color in them, this is a fantastic way to bring out and feature their uniqueness.

wedding rings with moss

Utilizing something as simple as a piece of wood can make your wedding ring photo stunning. Nature has such a wide variety of items that you may not think of initially, but look around! Even a small piece of wood will be more than enough to hold your rings, and zooming in on them will make the piece look larger than it is.

wedding rings water

Please don’t place your rings in the pool or ocean, but you can still get the water effect. Using a black background, either a piece of plastic or something waterproof, put your rings in place and gently pour water around them. You can manipulate the water with a fan or simply have someone blow the water while you take the picture.

outdoor wedding rings

This wedding ring photo idea uses a pretty rock to display rings. Find a rock large enough to hold the rings and zoom in with your camera or phone. By creating a blur in the background, your rings stand out and the rock creates a rustic look. Most new phones are capable of creating that “blur” effect.

green wedding ring photos

Maybe you’re a chef, or your spouse is… or maybe they proposed at your favorite restaurant. This is a great way to showcase that memory or love of food. Your rings sitting on top of your favorite dish give a unique look into your passion. If you were proposed to via a dessert, this is a great way to remember that moment and the beginning of your lives together.

red rose wedding ring

Roses scream romance. Placing your beautiful ring inside of the petals of a rose gives such a dramatic look. You can focus the camera on the one rose that holds your ring(s) and blur the background. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this red rose picture. Don’t have roses at home? Use the ones at the grocery store. We went to pick up groceries one day and saw a bunch of flowers in pots. Took our rings off, and took photos right then and there. We thought we’d get weird looks but people actually thought it was a good idea! Maybe we can start a trend. 😉

wedding rings with dog

We love our furry friends. Our pets are a huge part of our lives and our relationships. Utilizing them in your ring photo is not only fun but a great way to make sure they know they’re part of the family.

wedding ring with succulent

A unique flower or plant makes the perfect background for your rings. You can strategically place your rings in the plant. If you’re able to find a unique colored plant or one with multiple colors, you can have a really exciting picture. Pay homage to your hometown by using a cactus if you’re from the Southwest, or do a photo in sand if you’re from the Coast.

wedding rings with shoes

Bouquets and shoes are very important at your wedding. Well, at most weddings – Sadie was barefoot when she walked down the aisle! Use these two things to create the backdrop for your ring pictures. The picture shown has the bride and groom in the background with the focus being on the rings, shoes, and bouquet.

unique wedding ring photos

Staging your rings around wedding decor and your invitations is a wonderful way to remember a little about the small things that made your wedding so special. You spend a lot of time planning out your wedding and putting together the details, this is the perfect way to remember them and create a beautiful picture.

wedding rings blurred background

Who knew that simply holding your ring could make such a pretty picture?  Photographers are talented folks and being able to only focus on your hand and ring, while the rest is a blur, creates an incredibly dramatic picture.  You won’t only show off your gorgeous ring, but also the special nails you had done for your wedding.

wedding rings with bible

The key components of your wedding ceremony can be creatively displayed to frame your wedding ring picture. Carefully place the flower girl’s basket (along with the petals), bridesmaid bouquets, wedding shoes, bouquet, and a book to create this picture. Incorporating as many of the little details creates not only a great picture but a fantastic way to remember all of these pieces of the wedding.

wedding ring photo sand

Many weddings are held on the beach. Use that destination to create a fun way to display your rings. Instead of creating a sandcastle, pick up the sand to hold your rings. 

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You don’t have to put a lot of work into your wedding ring picture. You don’t even have to take it out of the box!  Using your veil or wedding dress, place a piece of your wedding flowers and your ring still in the box to create this look. It is simple but oh so pretty.

simple wedding photos

You don’t need much to create an elegant picture of your rings. Simply place your rings on your wedding dress and zoom in. You will be able to see the detail of the lace in your dress while being focused on the rings.

flower wedding ring photos

One flower can create a very dramatic effect on your wedding ring picture. Place your ring in the center of a red rose to showcase the beautiful diamonds. A little baby breath helps to pull the picture together.

elegant wedding ring photo ideas

Create this picture by utilizing a mirrored tray as a stand for all of your items. Keep it simple while creating a statement.

simple wedding ring photo ideas

Earthy and natural is easy to create with a picture like this. Find a tree, bush or plant that has leaves you like. Lay them flat and allow your rings to sit on top. It’s easy but a gorgeous picture to frame in your home.

beach wedding ring photos

If you enjoy the beach or had a beach wedding, this is a great way to celebrate. A wooden box adds flair to the picture and the little bit of rope makes it look as if your ring was washed ashore.

You don’t have to use a lot of props or do anything over-the-top to create a stunning wedding ring photo. Place a piece of pretty fabric over a box so your rings may sit on top. Having the rings elevated will make them stand out on the fabric. This is probably the easiest to recreate and is extremely dramatic.

wedding ring photo inspiration

Your bouquet is unique and full of gorgeous flowers, so why not use them to hold your rings for a classic wedding ring picture?  This was created by placing the rings on a carnation. The photographer focused on one flower and allowed the rest to blur. This makes the carnation and rings stand out against the others.

wedding ring photos

To create this picture you can use either a portion of your dress or any white fabric and ribbons. No one will know which white fabric you use, so get creative if you don’t want to use your dress. The ribbons can be extras that weren’t used for the bouquets or other decorations from your wedding.

wedding ring photo ideas

A blingy watch will add a unique element to the picture of your wedding rings. Kevin LOVES watches, so we wanted to do this one for sure. Place the rings on a table and zoom in to create a picture to remember the exact time you said “I do”.

At the end of the day, your wedding ring photography is about showcasing what you love about each other, your passions and hobbies, and of course the beautiful rings!

Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

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Sadie walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “A Whole New World” (Aladdin song). Aladdin is our favorite Disney movie, Kevin’s daughter’s name is Jasmine, and Jenelle’s name was almost Jasmine, too!

wedding playlist ideas

If you’re looking for a wedding playlist that doesn’t require much (if any) work, look on Pandora or Spotify. We got a lot of our song ideas from those lists (as well as Google). The type of music you play depends on how you see your reception. Ours was a super chill brunch, so many of our songs are country and oldies. However, Sadie is obsessed with Five Finger Death Punch and Hanson, and we both love Hamilton, so several songs got mixed in that don’t really fit any “genre”. It’s your wedding, so pick songs you love! If you want folks to get up and dance, choose more upbeat songs. If you want them to sit and relax, choose relaxing music.

Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

We hit “shuffle” so these were all in random order. Our Queen of Honor isn’t much of a 5FDP fan, so he skipped those songs (and almost got beat up by Sadie) LOL

Marry Me – Train
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Your Man – Josh Turner
Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
Heaven – Kane Brown
The Champion – Carrie Underwood, Ludacris
Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line, Nelly
Pony – Ginuwine
Hurricane – Luke Combs
U Got It Bad – Usher
Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch
Zombie – Bad Wolves
My Shot – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Helpless – Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)
Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Always – Atlantic Starr
MMMBop – Hanson
I Was Born – Hanson
This Time Around – Hanson
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Until the End of Time – Justin Timberlake, Beyonce
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Drift Away – Dobie Gray
Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic
Diamonds and Pearls – Prince
Always and Forever – Heatwave (our first dance song!)
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney

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Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

Top 10 Floor Length Bridesmaids Dresses

Weddings are fun to talk about, fun to plan, and overall just spark joy for me. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget and looking for bridesmaid’s dresses, this list will help jumpstart your creative juices. I love these floor-length bridesmaids dresses that are all under $100!

Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, keep in mind that your bridesmaids don’t have to all wear the same exact dress. It’s fine if they choose different styles of the same dress (off the shoulder, halter, etc), but it’s best to make sure it’s the same fabric if nothing else. Also, it’s extremely important to make sure you keep budget in mind when choosing bridesmaids dresses.

Should You Buy Bridesmaid Dresses Online?

This is a popular question: should I buy my bridemaid’s dresses online? If your bridesmaids are comfortable doing so, it’s a great way to save some extra money. However, if you’re pressed for time and there’s no room for error, you may want to schedule an in-person appointment at a store like David’s Bridal. If you’re really tight on cash (or your bridesmaids are), Ross has dresses that are fit for bridesmaids, though you may not find the same dress (or even the same type of dress) in several sizes.

bridesmaids dresses under 100 dollars

Modest Satin Off-the-shoulder Mermaid Bridesmaid Dress

I love the mermaid style dress combined with an off-the-shoulder look. These dresses are elegant yet affordable. They don’t necessarily go with every body type, but it’s the perfect style for many. Ask your bridesmaids which styles they feel most comfortable in and go from there, being sure to accommodate each of them as much as possible (without getting too stressed out!).

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: When you first land on this site, you should see a pop-up. If you sign up for “offers”, you’ll get a $65 off coupon.

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Tulle & Chiffon Floor-length A-line Bridesmaid Dress

This bridesmaid dress comes with beaded lace appliques and a belt. It’s floor-length and beautiful! It features a jewel neckline, natural waistline, and full-length hem in an a-line silhouette, which is a flattering silhouette for many women. The dress is made of tulle and chiffon outside and stretch satin inside.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: Buy more than one dress, and the individual dress price goes down!

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Tulle Sweetheart Neckline A-line Bridesmaid Dress

I’m a huge fan of sweetheart necklines. This bridesmaid dress is made of an outer layer of tulle, with satin inside. The sweetheart bodice is sleeveless and fitted. The waist with a belt decoration adds a touch of glam to it without going overboard.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: Order via the custom sizing option for a perfect fit.

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Lace & Chiffon Sweetheart Neckline Bridesmaid Dress

This floor-length dress is modest but elegant. It is made of chiffon and all-over lace outside and stretch satin inside. My favorite, a sweetheart neckline, with all-over lace on the bodice. The waist is adorned with a belt. I feel like this dress would flatter several body types.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Chiffon One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress With Belt & Pockets

It has pockets! Need I say more? POCKETS! Sold!

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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V-Neck A-line Bridesmaid Dress

Yes, another A-Line dress, but honestly it’s such a flattering silhouette for almost everyone… I can’t help myself! The dress features a v-neck neckline and an a-line silhouette.

Colors: Color as pictured.

Sizes available: 4 – 16W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Lace & Tulle V-neck Floor-length Bridesmaid Dress

This is probably my favorite bridesmaid dress! I love the lace and tulle, and I love the “spin” factor. If you want your bridesmaids to feel like royalty on your wedding day, this is the dress.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

sheath floor length bridesmaid dress

Chiffon Off-the-Shoulder Sheath Bridesmaid Dress

If you’re looking for a sheath or column silhouette, look no further! This dress is made of chiffon outside and stretch satin inside. The off-the-shoulder neckline bodice and the split create a unique bridesmaid dress that is sure to stand out.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Silk Chiffon V-neck Bridesmaid Dress

This dress only comes as pictured, but there are other dresses on the site that are similar. I love this color, though it wasn’t one of my wedding colors… it is my favorite color. 🙂 I like the chiffon fabric and feel like it’s forgiving no matter your body type.

Colors: Color as pictured

Sizes available: 4 – 16W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Silk Chiffon V-neck Bridesmaid Dress

My bridesmaids requested dresses that were floor length, with high necklines. That’s the opposite of what I would want to wear, but it worked well with both of their body types. If you have a more modest bridesmaid or someone who doesn’t want to show as much skin, this is the neckline they may want.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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How to Plan a Destination Wedding on a Budget

Figuring out how to plan a destination wedding on a budget can be stressful and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be! We have lots of great little tips we learned from experience as well as tons of stalking of wedding groups on Facebook (we can’t be the only ones addicted to these groups, right?) and we are happy to share them with you to help your destination wedding be as stress-free as possible.

Are you planning and paying for the wedding and honeymoon yourselves? Nowadays people are on their second or even third marriage (*raising our hands*) and are footing the bill for everything (*hands raised again*). Yes, you can stay within your budget and get the most for your money while getting the best locations and making this day the best day of your lives. But how?

Planning A Destination Wedding on a Budget

Just because you’re planning a destination wedding on a budget doesn’t mean it has to look like you’re on a budget. The little details are important and will make your wedding stand out to all of your guests. When you attend other weddings or are scouring Pinterest for ideas, start your own pin board or notepad full of ideas. There is always a way you can use another wedding for inspiration – maybe one that cost way more – but use some imagination to make it fit your budget.

A destination wedding means you can start your honeymoon right away with no more travel fees. It is also a vacation for your guests, and a chance to see somewhere they may never have traveled to otherwise.

Set A Budget

Set a firm budget for your destination wedding, then work to stay within it. One thing we see a LOT in wedding groups is that brides are going over their budgets every single day. There’s no reason to blow your budget. Be realistic and factor in everything you can before you begin the planning phase. Your budget has to include airfare, hotel stay, transportation, meals, and entertainment. This is the minimum that should be included when planning a destination wedding. With any wedding, you should count on 50% of your entire budget for the cost of the venue.


Don’t go into debt over your wedding. I know it is a significant day, but in the larger scheme of things, there are better ways to use the money. Investing, saving for a new house or car, the beginning of college for one of the kids, or even starting a new business venture, these are all very important also, and more sound investments. I am not saying don’t splurge a little but keep it within the budget you set. Couples who are just starting out or those who are on their second or third marriage need to be more conscious of the money they are spending and where the money is going. Let’s start on the right foot and not by going into debt.

The Planning Stages

Planning a wedding is stressful enough but a destination wedding as the added difficulty of getting everyone there, and planning from afar. Trusting someone else with the details is a scary prospect especially when it comes to one of the most important days of your life. Start as early as possible. We cannot stress this enough, the earlier you start the better the results and the more time you have to fix mistakes that will happen. We have created a spreadsheet to help you get from the planning stages to the wedding day without forgetting something. (Get the spreadsheet here for free.)

The Venue

Find a destination that is serviced from an airport near you. Destinations that require connecting flights tend to cost more. Make sure it is convenient for everyone to get from the airport to the wedding site. Some of your guests may arrive the day of and have to come straight to the location. Some venues have airport shuttles most hotels in popular vacation spots also have this service available. As we stated before 50% of your budget will be spent here so make sure you are getting the most for your dollar. Look for all-inclusive deals at hotels as well. Some places have lodging and will give you a discount or even free rooms if you have your wedding with them. I have seen one in Martinique that gives you 3 day stay to begin your honeymoon as part of the package. If you choose to go with an all-inclusive resort, you could end up paying significantly less overall than with a traditional venue because alcohol and food are included in the price.


This is truly a no-brainer the farther out you book the less expensive the flight. Check out websites like tripadvisor, Kayak, Cheapoair, as well as specific airline sites themselves to find the cheapest flight to your destination.

Legal Fees

Marriage licenses and other such fees are required and every county and state is different. So make sure you get this covered and allot between $50 and $150 for blood tests, the license itself, translation fees, notarized documents and filing fees. These are fees that we usually don’t think about but are incurred in the process. Leaving room for these will help you to stay within your budget. Make sure all of this is taken care of ahead of time so you don’t arrive at your destination without all of the proper paperwork. Going out of the country? Make sure to get your passports in order; it takes time to get these so don’t procrastinate.

Wedding Planner

We have seen in the marriage groups on Facebook and other social media sites that the day of coordinator is a must for the day of your wedding. When planning a destination wedding a wedding planner is priceless. The amount of work a wedding planner puts in to make the day perfect for you, and the coordination the day of, so you don’t have to worry about anything is worth spending the little extra it will cost to hire them. Factor into your budget about $1500 for a destination wedding planner. This will be money well spent.

Smaller Guest List

One of the benefits to a destination wedding is the smaller guest list. So instead of paying $75-100 or more per person for 250 of your closest strangers, you enjoy a few days in paradise with your true closest friends and family. You don’t have to invite your second and third cousins or your co-workers. If you do invite them, they probably won’t make the trip anyway.

Combined Honeymoon

Pick a spot to get married where you want to have your honeymoon and voila you are already there. This saves a ton on the cost of a marriage ceremony and then flying to a honeymoon destination. The best idea we have for you is to pick an all inclusive resort and have your wedding and honeymoon all in the same place.