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Wedding albums are the perfect nostalgia gift as they form the perfect memory sharing experience with friends and family. They can be displayed proudly within the home for all to see and can be enjoyed and looked at any time. Creating the perfect photo album is an art in itself. There are also many styles to choose from. From the Renaissance, coffee table, lay flat, and artisan with an array of colour and cover options.
Here are some tips on assembling a dream wedding album:
- Pick your favourite photos.
Makes sense, right? But sometimes one might consider choosing too many just to include every photo or every venue feature. No, a wedding album is cherished because of the emotional ties it holds for the special day. It should be a collection of your favourite pictures that you can’t live without. Including the photos that make you laugh like the expressions caught on someone’s face or the wind blowing up a bridesmaid’s dress.
- Avoid visual clutter.
Avoid visual clutter and as the old saying goes “less is more”. Allow a good photograph stand on its own. Lay out an album with no more than one or two pictures per spread. You could try and put a vertical image on one page and stretch a horizontal image across two pages.
- Think chronologically.
As a general rule of thumb, ceremony photos should go before reception shots or the after-party pictures, but it’s entirely up to you. There’s nothing to say you can’t start with an amazing image from later in the day if that image sums up the day for you personally.
- Pages should relate to one another.
Pages should relate to one another by content or style, just like a magazine – a wedding album is made up of spreads. Each spread is two pages and the order of the photos should flow and tell a story as a whole.
- Choosing the right colour images
There’s no rule for choosing colour or black-and-white images as you can if preferred intermix them. It depends on the wedding style if it was a very colourful wedding, the majority of the images may be in colour. Or if it was a classic, minimal wedding then pictures may be black-and-white.
- Include key ceremony moments.
Must-have shots tend to be the bride or groom walking back down the aisle, or the exchange of rings, also “the kiss” and the overall theme of the wedding. These are all key moments in a wedding ceremony that are important to capture and have as a representation as part of the big- day, so always aim to include them in your album.
- Don’t procrastinate.
The earlier you order your wedding album the better. Creating while the memories are still fresh in your mind is not only fun and keeps the excitement going as a new bride, but it is an opportunity to relive your special day and help you to draft the ‘dream layout’ of your wedding album.
- Match the album size to your wedding weekend.
There is no hard and fast rule about how many pages your wedding album should contain, it depends on the wedding itself. If it was an intimate, shorter wedding then obviously that wouldn’t need as many photographs as a larger 3-day wedding event. Proof books are a great way to see how the album will look so always produce a proof book to help you decide on any additional photos or removal ones.
- Framed Prints.
Framed prints that you put on your wall or mantelpiece should also be in your wedding album. Pick from your favourite shots of the day, the ones you connect with most and limit the group photos.
- Display your album where it can be enjoyed.
Coffee table books are perfect for elegant wedding albums. If you do decide on creating a coffee table book for all to enjoy, make sure it’s kept out of direct sunlight and away from toddlers.
Lastly, don’t make your wedding photo album an afterthought. A little preparation goes a long way toward creating the dream wedding photo album.
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