DIY photo family tree: the perfect wedding centrepiece
For many couples, a wedding is about more than their own union — it’s about bringing their families together, too. And what better way to showcase the relationships between your nearest and dearest than to display family photos? If you’re searching for an interesting way to integrate your loved ones into your wedding decor, a family photo tree could be the perfect centrepiece.
Whether you go for a literal interpretation of a family tree display or something more abstract, we have some inspiration, tips and tricks to create something truly beautiful and memorable.
How do you display family pictures at a wedding?
Photos make wonderful wedding decorations. From cute pictures of the newlyweds as babies (or their awkward teen years!) to photos in memory of guests who can’t be there, they can add a personal touch to the event and evoke those warm fuzzy feelings.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to display family pictures at weddings. You could keep it simple and elegant with a framed photo on each table, create a statement collage by the entryway, or set out albums and photo books for guests to peruse at their leisure.
However you display them, family photos are a fantastic way to celebrate the people who've watched you grow from a tiny tot into a happily-ever-after bride or groom.
What is a photo tree?
A photo tree does pretty much what it says on the tin — although, as you’ll see, you can interpret it in a variety of ways. Essentially, it entails adorning a tree — be it a sculpture, drawing, or a real-life conifer — with photos.
A symbolic way to pay tribute to your roots, a photo tree offers the chance to present your favourite images, creating a talking point that’s sure to send aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins down memory lane. It can be a beautiful symbol of a growing family, too.
So, if you're planning a wedding that's not just about the “I do”, but also the “we've done”, a family photo tree is a must-have centrepiece. It's a sentimental spectacle that's sure to make your wedding day unforgettable.
How to make a family photo tree
You can add your own flair to your photo tree — after all, it’s your big day. We’re going to discuss a few methods you can try but you can always mix and match to get the aesthetic that works best with your wedding decor.
Choosing your photos
For each of these photo trees you will, of course, need photos. We suggest opting for high-quality photo prints but you can choose whether you go for a matte or gloss finish. You can also choose the size of your photos, depending on the size of your tree itself. At myFUJIFILM, we offer prints in a variety of sizes, from pocket-sized 4”x4” to our exquisite enlargements.
As for the content of your photos, that’s down to your interpretation, too. You could focus on a portrait of each special person in your life or go for a more eclectic mix of pictures to showcase memories from over the years. It can be nice to select those that really showcase your family dynamics. Perhaps it’s a picture of you and your sibling playing as children. Or maybe there’s a lovely image from when your partner’s grandmother first held them as a baby. From the first Christmas you all spent together as one clan to a snap from another family wedding, select pictures that spark joy.
Once you have your photos, it’s time to start compiling your family tree display.
Create or decorate a tree sculpture
A classic option is to use a tree sculpture or 3D cut-out. You can find these in craft shops in a range of styles, shapes and sizes — just make sure it’s free-standing and will hold the weight of your photos.
To display your pictures, you can simply punch a hole and hang them with a loop of ribbon or pop each image in a small frame and hang it that way. Our Retro Prints add a lovely vintage look, ideal for a traditional wedding theme.
Are you having a December wedding? For a seasonal twist, you could use a small artificial Christmas tree and decorate it with twinkling lights. Making your own photo baubles can add an extra touch of festive flair.
Likewise, if you’re having a Halloween wedding and want to go all out with a spooky yet sophisticated theme, try making a tree sculpture using bare branches painted black or purple.
Go organic with a real tree
Is your wedding taking place outside? If you’re a couple who loves to embrace nature, let a real tree be your canvas. Create a whimsical display by adding fairy lights and ribbons alongside mix-and-match photo frames. Alternatively, incorporate your wedding colour scheme — whether that’s classic and neutral or bold and lively.
The beauty here is that you can use photos of all sizes, so why not take a look at our enlargements? A family photo tree of this kind can make a wonderful statement feature for your guests to admire, and a lovely backdrop for new photos, too.
Make it literal
Why not take the literal meaning of ‘family tree’ and use photos to map out yours and your partner’s ancestry? You can do this in a number of ways but perhaps the most straightforward (and effective) is to make a large photo board. You can draw or paint a tree or simply use lines to indicate family relationships.
You can list details such as the family member’s name and date of birth and add a picture. Our Shacolla prints are ideal for this project. Not only are they adhesive, making them easy to stick to a board or poster, but they also create an eye-catching 3D effect.
Create a poignant memory tree
A photo tree is a lovely way to bring your family together. But what about those who can’t be there in person? You could create a thoughtful memorial, dedicating your family tree photos.
Whichever tree style you go for, it can be a touching way to pay tribute and include these special people in your big day.
Keep growing your tree
Photo trees that include photos from the past make great table decorations. But you can also keep adding to the branches.
Using an instant print camera, like our INSTAX models gives you and your guests the chance to take photos throughout your wedding day and add them to your tree. At the end of the day, your guests can either take a photo home as a keepsake or you can collect them all and put them in an album.
Print photos with myFUJIFILM
A wedding is a wonderful time to reflect on past memories from your life together and celebrate those who helped you get there. And a family photo tree doubles as a way to reminisce and makes a beautiful table centrepiece. Plus, you can make and showcase new memories throughout the day, too.
However you decide to display your family photos, ensure you have high-quality prints. At myFUJIFILM, you can find photo prints in an array of styles and sizes, with matte or gloss finishes. We use Fujifilm 100% Original Photographic Paper and top-quality inks for vibrant, long-lasting images.
Explore our collection today and create wedding centerpieces that are sure to spark conversation and make an impression on your special day.