what to include in your flat lay

If you are looking for flat lay inspo for your wedding or elopement, then look no further! As a wedding photographer I have seen many different types of flat lays from classy & chic, to contemporary & vibrant. Your flat lay is such a fun detail shot because it really sets the tone for your wedding gallery. Capturing every detail that you have carefully selected to be part of your day is super important to me as a photographer, because it really does help to tell your unique special!


Include whatever stationary you can here! Some ideas include wedding invitations, save the dates, wedding itineraries, RSVP cards, etc. Some really cool invitations I have seen are multifaceted and include a map of your first date, proposal & wedding venue. If you have vow books or a special bible you could also include those here!


  • Invitations 
  • Save the Dates 
  • Wedding Program/Itinerary 
  • Envelopes/Stamps
  • Wedding Map 
  • Vow Book 
  • Heirloom Bible


Obviously your wedding rings, but don’t forget to give your photographer your engagement ring! Do you have a family heirloom ring you will be wearing on your big day as well? A custom necklace or bracelet? A special hairpiece that really gives some more details? Grooms details don’t have to be boring either. Maybe he is wearing a special watch or cufflinks you could include?


  • Wedding/Engagement Rings
  • Heirloom Rings 
  • Ring Box
  • Necklace/Earrings/Bracelet 
  • Watch 
  • Cufflink
  • Hairpiece


Outside of your jewelry there are a multitude of things you can include from shoes to ties and garters. Really want to show off those heels you bought for your big day? Maybe you are hiking up a mountain and eloping for your ceremony, include those hiking boots here! Other ideas include: veils, bowties, pocket squares, garters, belts, socks, hats, etc. 


  • Shoes 
  • Special Socks 
  • Veil 
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Pocket Square/Handkerchief
  • Garter 
  • Belt 
  • Hats 

Personal Items

Reallly dig deep and think about what showcases you and your spouse as a couple and as individuals. Maybe one of you has a signature perfume/cologne you will be wearing for your big day. Maybe you have a furbaby you want to incorporate - do they have a special bandana or collar you could include here? Custom flasks you had made for your wedding day? Whatever shows off your personality! 


  • Anything Custom Made 
  • Decor from Reception Tables 
  • Perfume/Cologne 
  • Accessory From Your Furbaby


Whether you are using real, dried, or fake flowers, have your florist set aside a few accent pieces for your photographer to include in your flat lay! Your bouquet/boutonniere can also be used here, but it is always nice to have a few organic pieces that are easier to style than a big bulky bouquet. You will thank me later for this one!!


  • Bouquet 
  • Boutonniere 
  • Scrap Pieces From Your Florist

Pro Tips

  • Have all of your items organized and put together before the day of. Other than your rings and florals, everything should be able to be put in a bag or shoebox prior to the wedding day. Your photographer will thank you for not having to search last minute for all of these details, and it will give you one less thing to stress about on the day of as well! 
  • Ask your photographer what all you should include! I bring several small items with me to every wedding such as a ring box, some dried florals, some thread, and gauze. If you don’t have a fancy ring box you may not have to buy one if your photographer already has one! 
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with it! Bring that random family heirloom or keepsake from your first date if you want - I promise your photographer will find a way to make it work! 
  • Look on Pinterest for inspiration! (Duh, I know.) I recommend searching your theme (boho, classic, eclectic, etc.) wedding/elopement flat lay. Chances are you will find some more items that make for really cool flat lay that isn’t even included in this list! 
  • Lastly, do not feel like you have to include everything! This list is simply to help you find inspiration, and if you are a simple bride or groom and want a very minimalist flat lay then do just that!