After all the bustle and stress of preparing for your wedding, the actual event itself can seem to pass in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, this is probably one of the most well documented days in your life. Even if your recall of the ceremony or reception is fuzzy, the memories will live forever in your wedding photo album. What are the top 5 most popular options to consider for showcasing wedding photographs?
Classic and Clever
Traditional white or ivory fabric accented with monogrammed initials and lace makes the exterior of your album an instant reminder of your wedding day. Choose one with archival quality, matted pages on which to mount your photos. Select ribbon binding in a contrasting color or decorate the cover with a wedding flower mandala to make it even more special.
If you plan to pass down your wedding photo album to your children, you need one that is heirloom quality. Leather ages well and can conceal fingerprints and smudges. Emboss the front in gold leaf with a verse of scripture or a romantic passage from poet Kahlil Gibran such as "Love one another but make a bond of love; let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls."
With a little creativity, you can create a custom album incorporating any concept. For example, if you have a Medieval or Renaissance themed wedding, put your family crest (a real one or your own invention) on the front cover. Accent the pages with illuminated text and a storybook narrative telling the tale of the great celebration day when you and your beloved made your vows to each other.
This is a great supplement photo album style. Include candid shots taken by friends, press pets from your bouquet, invitations, place cards, etc. Affix the wedding announcement from your local newspaper with a drop of wax from your unity candle. Decorate the book liberally with ribbon, tulle, or scraps of lace from your veil.
Hardcover digital wedding photo albums can feature flush mounted photos. Alternately, the images can be printed on more flexible paper to create a coffee table style book. Digital albums often feature full spread photos laid out to resemblance a fashion magazine. Ask a professional to design this type of book for you. Or, build your own album online and have it custom printed.
Whatever option you choose, take your time in selecting the best photos to include. This will help ensure the end result is as picture perfect as your wedding memories.