However, after our wedding, it seemed a shame not to have photos up, especially as we got so many great shots of the day and all the details, as well as those we love. We knew we were going to print all the photos to put in an album, but it just made sense to frame and hang some pictures too.
I had always loved the idea of a gallery wall that mixes different frames and photo styles to create a dynamic look. Not only would this allow us to put up lots of photos, it would make a statement and make better use of the high walls we have in our house. But creating a gallery wall isn't as easy as it might look.
The first place to start is to find all the frames you want to use for your wall. This will give you an idea of the type of layout you're going to end up with, as well ensure you know what sized photos you need to print off.
I wanted to create a varied look so opted for a mix of different frames in both size and style, which meant I could pick up any frame that caught my eye. It also meant I could get away with cheaper frames, so I picked up a broad selection from a few different pound shops, as well as Wilkos.
This kept the cost down and meant I could have more frames for the wall without spending a fortune. It also meant I could include the frames we used on the tables at our wedding in the gallery wall.
When it comes to printing your photos off, you want to make them as high quality as possible so they look their best. This means you want the original images and not those taken from any form of social media, as Facebook etc lowers the quality of any photos you upload automatically.
We printed our photos using Boots Photos, which allows you to upload albums and choose different sizes for the same image. You can also order loads of different photo products, which can make great gifts, and there are usually offers on to save you money.
Both of the services are really affordable, with standard size photos costing just pennies, so it is easy to order bulk prints. In the end, we ordered around 500 standard prints - rectangular and square - as well as 10 large prints.
We still have more to print, but gallery walls are easy to add to.
The easiest way to plan your photo wall is to measure the space you want to fill with photos and mark it out on the floor - I used ribbon to create the initial square of wall I wanted to fill. You can then place your frames in the space so you can create a good mix and fill the space as best you can.
This means you can move things around as much as you like without putting loads of unneeded holes in your wall. It also allows you to plan where frames are going to go that are currently empty, which was handy for me as some photos arrived before others.
You can then use masking tape to mark on your wall where your frames are going to go, so you only end up with picture hooks where you need them.
There are loads of different ways to create your wall. We chose to lay the frames out so you could still see the wall between the frames, as I think it looks less cluttered. However, you can also just lay the frames out in straight lines or so everyone is touching, which creates a solid wall of photos.
I'm constantly adding more photos to the wall and rearranging as I go. While the main area of our wall is already full of photos, there is more space that I want to fill and I have plans for other gallery walls - using art prints and photos - throughout our house to make the most of the high ceilings and all three storeys that we live on.
I think adding new photos and moving the frames around every once in a while helps to keep your gallery fresh and up-to-date. It also means that you can include more recent pictures to the wall so it is constantly evolving.