Make Your Own Wedding Album
Every couple’s wedding day is unique and it’s lovely to be able to look back on your special day in years to come and relive those magical moments. The best way to keep those memories alive and make the most of your wedding photographs is to create a wedding album and turn your photos into a precious keepsake.
If you’re considering creating your own wedding album, take a look at a few of the online photo book publishers. They can help you to organise your digital photos to create a printed album or photo book and it’s an option that many newly weds are taking up. Wedding costs can be prohibitively expensive and creating your own wedding album is one way of cutting back and keeping within budget.
Shop around and decide which one offers a style and format that you like. Most will have sample books you can flick through first before downloading their software. When looking at the different styles of books available to create a wedding album you’ll find that most of them offer wedding books within the range available. Wedding books are usually limited to picture layouts with only the odd text box for a caption or two. If you want to stick purely to a photo book then this option should suit you fine, but if you think you might want to include some longer text, say the best man’s speech, or a special poem or reading that you shared on your wedding day, choose a text and photo book.
Now you’ve got to decide which pictures to include. Digital photography has transformed the way wedding photographers operate and most will now photograph far more footage than you are going to need to create your wedding album. That’s great news. You’ll have plenty of images to choose from. However, it also means that you’ll need to dedicate a good hour or so, to go through each picture on your computer, to make your selection and decide which ones you want to include in your wedding album. Try and stay focussed on the job and be as ruthless as you can. Editing out any pictures you are unsure of now will save you invaluable time later on.
Here are some key points to remember when you go through your photographs to create a wedding album:
- Select a good mix of formal or traditional photographs – family shots, the two of you together signing the register, all your attendants – together with some more candid shots. These reportage-style pictures are much more popular now with contemporary photo albums.
- Include plenty of close-up detail shots – like the bouquet, a place setting, menu etc – which will help create balance in your book.
- You’ll probably require about 70 – 80 photographs to create a wedding album, but need twice as many to choose from when you start to create a wedding album.
- You could also include some photographs of the two of you when you first started dating and finish the book with a couple of pictures from your honeymoon. If they’re not too embarrassing some funny snaps from your hen night or stag do will also help to tell your story!
When you start to layout your book include the pictures in chronological sequence. So, after a couple of stunning pictures on the first couple of pages from the wedding itself – something more formal works well here – continue the story with pictures from those early dates and holidays you shared. Then move on to the bride getting ready, having her hair and make-up done to putting on her dress. And so on through the day until you get to the speeches and the first dance.
And finally, if you want to create a truly personal wedding album, write a narrative to go with your pictures about how you met, your proposal, planning the wedding – the whole unique story. Include some personal quotes and any funny or moving anecdotes and you’ll be able to relive your special day in years to come.