We give our top tips on what to do with your wedding photos, from prints and canvases to albums and custom cards. Make those memories last by doing it right!
Depending on what was included in your wedding photography package, you may only have digital files of your big day. What will you do with them? You can always go down the traditional route and slot your wedding photos into a nice photo frame or album. But there are also some really interesting options out there today. Here are a few ideas to help you enjoy your wedding day again and again – long after your wedding day is over.
It’s becoming more popular for clients to purchase only digital files, instead of photo products, as people think about saving money by making their own albums and prints. However, most of the people who walk away with digital files will never do anything with them – they discover that they just don’t have the time or expertise.
Our advice to all couples heading down the aisle soon: please don’t let your wedding day rot on a hard drive somewhere! These moments and memories should take pride of place in your home. Plus, you’ll really wish you had them when it comes to showing friends, children and grandchildren in the future.
Do something with at least some key shots – get them printed at Boots on their instant photo machines (if you really want to save money) or order some from your photographer and let them do all the hard work for you. The quality of photos through your photographer’s professional print lab is totally worth the extra pennies you might save by choosing a chemist or supermarket option.
Hang your favourite images on the wall; they’ll fill your heart every time you look at them. I have a wall of memories myself, and every time I open my front door they make me smile and think about how great a time I had during those amazing moments.
A Wedding Album:
We would strongly advise you have your photographer design a bespoke wedding album that will become a family heirloom. Doing it yourself – from designing layouts to navigating photo-book software – can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating. This is why we include an album in every one of our wedding packages. We feel that every couple should have a wedding album, after all it is your first family heirloom!
A word of caution to the would-be DIYers: I’ve done it; I made my own wedding album and used a consumer photo-book provider. And you know what? It sucks. And I have the tools and experience to custom design albums! The quality of the photo printing and the book itself were both poor. Thin pages that buckle and dog-ear are not what you want in your wedding album. Every time you look at it, you want to be transported back to the joy of that special day. You don’t want to be left thinking: “Why does my face look a bit green and why are these pages all crumpled?”
Plus, my bad experience wasn’t even with the cheapest of the cheap! I actually chose the highest priced of the consumer grade options – a company that was recommended within the industry as the ‘best of the best’. But once you see the quality wedding albums a professional lab can offer, you’ll be converted. They are stunningly beautiful. A wedding album that you’ll be proud to show off and be able to hand down for generations.
Prints and Wall Art:
I’m afraid the same can be said for prints too. I’ve had prints done at the supermarket, online and at chemists, and compared to professional print labs they were shockingly poor. The reason your photographer offers products such as prints and albums is because they can apply their design know-how, they can get you the quality you deserve, and they will settle for nothing less than perfection. Take the stress out of comparison shopping and let them do their job. You won’t regret it.
Your photographer will be overjoyed to help you decorate your home with images from your day, even offering design advice when creating wall galleries and canvases. Your photographer can visit your home and give advice on sizes, finishes, effects and combinations. They will then take care of everything for you and deliver the goods to your home; some will even measure and fit them if you’re not too handy with a hammer.
Bespoke Wedding Thank You Cards:
Here’s a quirky idea for you: why not turn your favourite wedding shot into bespoke thank you cards to send to all your guests after the wedding? A tasteful black-and-white image or a photo of the couple dancing make a really thoughtful and unique image for your ‘thank you’ notes. Print shops that create custom gift cards and business cards can easily turn your digital files into glossy cards with your own personal message for your friends and family. Or impress your guests and have your photographer do the hard work and get some top quality custom designed thank you cards through their professional print lab. Here’s an example of ones we did for one of our lovely wedding couples:
Hopefully this post has inspired you to do a little bit more with your wedding day photos than just posting a few on Facebook and leaving the rest on your hard drive to be forgotten about. Your wedding memories were made to be shared, cherished and enjoyed! And, displaying your gorgeous wedding photos is a great way to make your house a home (and great for making visitors jealous; after all, you did look magnificent).