Wedding Layout Ideas: How to get unique images from common venues

wedding layout ideas

Sunday, September 27th, 2020



If you’re looking to create unique images at a common venue, but you aren’t sure what to do to make your wedding stand out from the rest, the answer is simple. The number one way to change how your images look is to create a unique-to-you layout of the room. Read on to hear wedding layout ideas.

Rearrange the room.

That’s right, I said it was simple. Just rearrange the room. You don’t have to have your ceremony in front of the bright window. You don’t have to put your head table up against the wall. There are no rules you have to follow (besides respecting your venue’s rules!). Looking for some fun ideas on arranging the room for your wedding?

Alternative ideas to common layouts


Common: The ceremony is usually up against a bright window because it’s super pretty.

Legendary: Step away from the too-bright window. Have your ceremony more towards the center of the room. Have a lot of guests? Literally surround yourself with them in a circle. Plus your photographs will be more gorgeously lit away from the too-bright window. Your photographer will be able to use the light coming from the window to get incredible photos of the two you committing to forever.

Common: Having rows will make it easier for people to find spots to sit, and they can all see.

Legendary: Create a circle around you. Or a half moon even. Surround yourself (like mentioned above) with the love of the family and friends who are coming to celebrate you. Everyone will be able to see you, you’ll feel tangible love coming from every corner of the room. And your photographer will have better access to taking images of your guests reacting to your love.


Common: The head/sweetheart table sits up against a wall so you can see everyone.

Legendary: Put your sweetheart table in the center of the room so everyone can see you. Much of the same reasoning applies here as during the ceremony – surround yourself with love.

Common: I need to have a tent in case it rains for my outdoor wedding.

Legendary: Have a clear tent instead of a white one. Hang greenery and lights from the inside of it. You don’t need to put a white ceiling on your party just because it might rain. Watch the rain in awe. See the stars as you dance the night away.

Common: White chair covers will cover the ugly chairs.

Legendary: Skip the chair cover rental fee, and spend a little extra to rent pretty chairs. No struggling with chair covers all night, and the chairs will create a cozy environment. Some of my favorite places to rent chairs from? Emily of Lace and Brass Events has super cute vintage chairs for small gatherings!

Did you find a wedding layout idea you love?

I could go on and on for more ideas, but I think you get the point. Pushing the boundaries of wedding layout ideas can make for some unique and emotional photographs. And while this is not what dictates how well your photos turn out, it can definitely give more creative fuel and drive into making something that is so individualized just to you.

Looking to talk more about layout and photography? Reach out and let’s start a conversation. While the people and the relationships dictate your event, we can talk strategy on how to maximize your space to create those images.


Hey! I'm Makayla, a wedding photojournalist based in Duluth, MN and Saint Paul, MN. 

I believe that stories are best told untouched, undirected, and with intentionality and meaning.

This blog is a space to share advice for couples about weddings, advice for photographers about witnessing events with intention, and steps to create decisions based on your values and what matters most to you.

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