As popular as digital communication has become, nothing can take the place of holding an actual wedding photo album in your hands. That’s especially true when it comes to chronicling your wedding day. Sure, there will be plenty of photos posted online, but their presence is fleeting. With a gorgeous wedding album, you’ll always have a tangible reminder of one of the biggest days of your life.
A wedding album should convey the story of your big day. Ideally, the photos should be presented in chronological order. When someone who was there flips through it, the album should bring back a flood of wonderful memories. When someone who wasn’t there flips through it, he or she should come away feeling like they’d actually been there.
Style and Wedding Album Layout
Like every aspect of planning your wedding, you should put a lot of thought into the design of the album that you choose to chronicle it. These days, there are more options than ever. The best advice when selecting a wedding album is to get the best one you can afford. After all, you’re going to want it to last long enough for your grandchildren – or even great-grandchildren – to enjoy it!
As for style and layout, you can take your pick from clean, contemporary, modern styles, chic, classic styles and gorgeous artistic styles. Today’s wedding albums are offered in a variety of sizes, but bigger is generally better. A huge assortment of materials, including leather, linen, timber, metal, suede and a variety of fabrics, is also available. To really bring the story of your important day to life, choose a flush-mounted, lay-flat album. The best photos can stretch across two open pages for truly eye-popping results. Insist on features like acid-free archival paper and high-quality board stock.
Arranging Your Wedding Photos in a Storybook Sequence
Understanding how to place your wedding day photos in the right sequence is easy enough, but it’s important to pick and choose moments of your day carefully. After all, you only have so many pages at your disposal. Use the following outline to get the inspiration you need:
- The Invitation – What better way to introduce people to your wedding day than with a gorgeous photo of the invitation? It sets the stage perfectly by highlighting the date, time and location of the wedding. Make sure to show information about the reception too. Like most brides- and grooms-to-be, you probably spent a long time choosing your invitations, so it’s nice to memorialize one in this way.
- Getting Ready – Devote the next section of the album to everyone’s preparations early in the day. This is a great place to show photos of the bride and her bridesmaids getting ready and to show the groom and his groomsmen preparing too. Try to include other members of the wedding party, including the parents of the bride and groom, too.
- The Venue – Use a page or two to show where the ceremony took place. This will allow readers to really put themselves there in spirit.
- The Ceremony – You’ll probably want to devote many pages to the ceremony. Highlights may include the entrances of the bride and groom, the exchanging of the vows, the exchanging of the rings and the big kiss. Make sure to include photos of the readers and the wedding party as well.
- Group Photos – Following the ceremony, your photographer probably took group shots in many combinations. Highlight them in this section.
- The Reception Venue – A great way to segue into the reception or celebration portion of your big day is through photos of the venue itself. Feature close-ups of the finely decorated tables, the dance floor, the entrance, the buffet and any other areas that deserve special attention.
- The Reception – Most receptions follow somewhat standard patterns, and your album will flow the most naturally when you show your photos in the same order. Highlights will include things like the arrival of the bride and groom, speeches and toasts made by members of the wedding party and the couple’s first dance and dances between the bride and her father, the groom and his mother and so on. There should be a lighthearted section that includes the cutting of the cake, the tossing of the bouquet and the throwing of the garter. Make sure to include plenty of photos of people at their tables and out on the dance floor too.
- The Departure – Conclude your wedding album with a gorgeous photo of you and your new spouse as you leave. Perhaps it will be a shot of the two of you getting into your car, or maybe it will be one of the groom scooping up the bride and whisking her away. It might just be a photo of the two of you walking away hand in hand. You’ll know the right photo when you see it.
By the time you’ve reached the end of your wedding album, you should feel like you’ve just relived one of the most cherished days of your life. Through the years, the loved ones who flip through its pages will go on the same journey, and your wedding album will become an important party of your family history