The wedding industry in the U.S. generates about $55 billion every year, according to a study by The Wedding Report. This includes the amount of money spent on save-the-date greeting cards, catering, venues, and a host of other wedding-related expenses. Couples go to great lengths to ensure that their big day is perfect and an event that their guests will never forget.
Quality professional wedding photo albums can also be a great way to commemorate the ceremony, and evoke the happiness and excitement of your wedding every time you turn the pages, so it is important for brides and grooms to take time collecting their favorite professional prints, and compiling a comprehensive album.
Here are some tips on creating a memorable wedding album.
- Stand Outs. It is common for people to go for the big moments in a wedding, and these often become the bulk of an album. There is nothing wrong with this, but these pictures do not capture the ambiance of the whole wedding. Selecting pictures that may be offbeat, such as a laughing child, a bridesmaid taking her position, or the loving glance of a parent that is both sad about letting go of his or her child and also thrilled about the wedding, could speak volumes about the event’s atmosphere. These pictures can say more about a wedding than routine pictures of the bride and groom. And even with photos of the couple, pictures that relay the love and affection between the bride and groom during candid moments can be the most captivating.
- Personal Style. The composite album could have an incredible look if it mirrors the style of both the couple, and their wedding. If the ceremony is a destination wedding in the tropics, it may not be appropriate to use the typical matte layout. This is the age-old method of sliding pictures in and out of thin plastic sheets that are stuck to album pages. Instead, a flush-mounted style could reflect a beachy wedding much better, as it allows pictures to be hard mounted, and can have one or two images span two pages. This could be a great way to work an ocean landscape into the background of wedding pictures. Depending on a couple’s preference, either style can work wonders.
- No Procrastination. While procrastination is not a particular style or method of putting together professional wedding photo albums, it could be the downfall of your entire album. Many couples wait on putting their pictures together after getting the CD or link to print the pictures out from the photographer, but this often means that they will never quite make it to any of the photo labs near their home. Life, the honeymoon, and kids all get in the way of compiling a wedding album, and consequently, wedding albums often get pushed to the bottom of the priority list. As a result, couples may eventually forget the order of events, and where they wanted their favorite pictures to go in the album. Avoiding procrastination could be the key to compiling a quality album.
There is no doubt that collating professional wedding photo albums is time consuming, tiring, and also extremely detail-oriented, but the process is rewarding when the album is finally finished. Brides, grooms, and their respective families can then cherish this day, and can return to the memories of this day for the rest of their lives.