How to Design Your Wedding Album – Tips for Newlyweds
Your story is unique and personal. Your wedding album should be too. No-one can truly deny the value of a well-designed beautiful wedding album.. A book that tells the story of the most magical and important day in your lives, a book that will last hundreds of years.
Even if you don't look through your wedding album every day, (although you'd secretly love to!) the feeling of sitting down with your gorgeous wedding album, that you can touch, hold, feel and cuddle with long after your wedding day is over, is something that can never be replaced. You simply don't get that same feeling when looking at digital images on a screen.
Organise Your Photos
This is where your wedding gallery comes in super helpful! Pick a night when you both have a few hours to yourselves, grab a glass of bubbly and start choosing your favourite wedding photographs!
You’ve got hundreds of beautiful images from your wedding day to go through, but we’ve made it easy to start I promise!
First, login to your online wedding gallery and click in to your ‘Preparations’ section. Every time you see a photo that makes you feel something (blessed, excited, in love, happy) or brings back a particular memory from that day, click the little heart icon on the image.
The first time you do this, you will need to enter your email address (for security) and it will create a new list for you called ‘My Favourites’. Every image you love, click on the heart to make it a favourite and add it to this list.
Do the same thing for each portion of your wedding day (Bridal Prep, Groom Prep, Ceremony, Portraits & Reception), adding all your favourite photographs to your ‘Favourites’ List.
At this point, it doesn’t matter how many images you add to your ‘Favourites’ list, you can always narrow them down later.
Tell Your Story
Your wedding album is your first family heirloom. It will be handed down to your children, grandchildren and through the generations for hundreds of years. How amazing is that?!
Think of it like a story; your album should tell the story of your wedding day, from start to finish.
Start with photographs from the beginning part of your wedding day (Bridal & Groom Prep) and end with a beautiful photograph of you and your beloved dancing your first dance. You don’t need to worry about the order of your photographs, as I will look after that for you when I design your wedding album.
Which Images Should I Choose When I Design my Wedding Album?
AH.. The age-old question! So many to choose from… Here is a list of suggested photographs to help you out!
- Bride getting ready
- Groom getting ready
- Hair & makeup
- Shoes (Bride & Grooms)
- Special gifts / cards, love notes
- Tie / Bowtie
- Church / Ceremony Venue
- Reception Venue
- Room set up / décor
- First Look / Secret Read
- First Kiss
- Ring Exchange
- Table settings
- Speeches (one from each speaker)
- Creative portraits of Bride & Groom
- Confetti shot
- Group portraits
- First dance
- Cake cutting
- Everyone on the dance floor
Remember though, this is your wedding album, your family heirloom. Although it is lovely to see photos of everyone at your wedding, tell the story of your love and your wedding day by focusing on beautiful photographs of you!
How Many Images Should You Choose?
Here comes the hard part…
Go through your Favourites List and start deciding between photographs.
Let’s say you have 4 images of the ring exchange that you really like. You don’t need all 4 of these images to tell the story, you only need 1. Click the heart icon to remove a photo from your Favourites but don’t panic, you can select ‘add to’ and create a 2nd list named ‘2nd Favourites’ or something similar.
After a while, you should end up with around 25 images in your Favourites List for a 20 page wedding album. Be sure to include at least 5 images from each portion of the wedding day – Bridal Prep, Groom Prep, Ceremony, Portraits & Reception. You’ll notice that your online gallery is perfectly created to enable you to do this.
Next have a look through your Favourites List (you can rename this ‘Album Images’ if you like) and through your ‘2nd Favourites’ list. Make your final selection by moving images between lists until you have a Favourites / Album list that you are happy with!
If you find that you can’t narrow down your choices to just 25 (it’s SO hard!) then don’t worry, on your questionnaire you can tell me about your ‘2nd Favourites’ list and you have the option to let me know if you would like to add additional pages to your wedding album. Phew!