The Beauty of Wedding Photo Albums
There’s a reason why people refer to weddings as the couple’s “Big Day;” it’s one of the most important events you’ll ever experience. Getting married will irrevocably change your world, as you commit to love, cherish, and support each another in a lifelong relationship. It’s the joining of two becoming one, the start of a shared journey towards a deeper phase of your life.
In the years and decades that follow, so much is going to change. You’re going to get old and wrinkly, go through many adventures, highs and lows, and challenges and celebrations together. The people, places, fashions and culture around you will undergo incredible, unpredictable transformations. When you look back to the day you got married, you’ll be peering into a very different window of time. This is the beauty of wedding photo albums; they offer a timeless snapshot into a unique moment in your personal history.
Wedding albums anchor all of those crazy feelings of happiness, joy, nervousness and excitement that you felt on the day. And they’re not just an artefact for your own enjoyment; wedding albums are also a gorgeous heirloom to share with your friends and family. For any children who didn’t exist at the time the photos were taken, it gives them a deeper sense of their family’s history (and it lets them know that you and your significant other really did look young once, too.)
Wedding albums chronicle one of the most meaningful events in your whole life. At the end of the day, when the experience is over, the years fly by, children are born, grow up, and eventually move out and get married themselves, all that really remains of that special time is the stories we have to share and the photos taken on that momentous day. Quality wedding photo books allow you to share the story of your big day with heart-warming clarity for countless years to come.
A Physical Artefact You Can Hold in Your Hands
With the accessibility and ease of sharing digital photos, you might be thinking there’s no point in getting a wedding album made. However, (contrary to popular assumption) digital files are subject to the effects of time (and unfortunate circumstances.) The mediums that the photos are stored on, for example CDs and DVDs, will become obsolete over time. Physical hardware storing your files can also get physically broken or lost; this means that if your hard drive crashes for whatever reason, your photos may be lost forever.
Furthermore, each time a photo is edited or changed using software it creates a greater potential for a file error. So, only having digital photos of your wedding day stored in the cloud may not be as permanent as you think.
It’s important to know that wedding photographers don’t necessarily create wedding albums. They have enough things to deal with in their profession, and putting together a beautiful wedding album is another set of skills entirely. While photographers will provide you with digital photos that you can plaster over social media, it’s not the same as having a beautiful, tangible artefact that you can get out at family events.
Investing in a quality wedding photo book from a reputable, experienced company that specialises in making them will offer you a wide variety of choices. How about luxury hardcover photo books with covers made from exquisite Italian fabric? And of course there are different paper types to suit your distinguished tastes.
Tips on Creating a Beautiful Wedding Book
Organise Your Photos
A decent wedding photographer will take thousands, if not tens of thousands of snaps on the day. Now obviously, you can’t put all of them into your wedding album, so you will need to organize them. Photo albums will have somewhere between 46 and 118 pages, so you’ll need to whittle down your selection to the absolute best of the best. Obviously this will take time and patience, but this can be a fun task for you and your significant other to enjoy when spending quality time together.
Start by getting rid of photos you immediately don’t like, like any ones that were badly taken, blurry shots, (or the photos where you really don’t like how you look.) Then you’ll need to further refine your selection. You can arrange them into folders, for example dividing them into different parts of the day that are arranged chronologically, or different categories as you see fit, such as “yeses” and “maybes.” You’ll likely have several shots of almost identical moments, and it’s helpful to eliminate your least favourite versions of them.
You’ll also want to be mindful of including the photos of specific wedding guests to go into your physical photo album. Make sure all your nearest and dearest friends, family and colleagues show up so their presence is recorded for posterity. When you look back, you’ll be grateful for all the people who were with you on the big day that helped to make it so special.
Capture the Magic Moments
There are so many possibilities of different shots that can be captured, and so many special moments. Of course there are the obvious moments that you’ll want to have immortalised in your photo album, like the wedding vows, your first kiss, the throwing of the bouquet, the throwing of confetti as you leave the ceremony, and your first dance at the wedding reception. Then you’ll also want the beautiful group photos of the newlyweds with family and friends.
While all these things are nice, they’re also very clichéd, and you might want to consider breaking up your photo album with less conventional images, such as shots of the decorated tables and plates at the wedding reception before people sit down, or close ups of bouquets and flowers.
It can also make for some truly special photography when more natural shots are captured of people who weren’t looking at the camera and posing, or the tears of happiness on the faces of the bride’s father. Those rare and unscripted moments sometimes unintentionally become some of the most touching photographs of the whole day.
Wedding Photo Albums Are a Priceless Treasure
You’ve likely spent a considerable amount of money so you can have the most gorgeous wedding photos you can afford. It makes a lot of sense to spend just a little bit more to have these photos stunningly printed, presented and bound in a beautiful book that will take up a very special place on your bookshelf and in your heart.
The photos in this article are sourced from Pexels
Guest Author Bio
Sergio Arboledas is Digital Marketing manager for digital agency MintTwist. Sergio has 6 years digital marketing experience working across advertising production, wedding, photo books, finance and education.