Wedding day comes and goes in a flash, and with many things that happen on the day, sometimes it can be a big blur. It happens so quickly that there might be moments that slip out of your mind, or things that you miss. And this is when your wedding photos come to the rescue. Not only these photos will remind you of the day, but it could also help you re-live the day in the years to come. And what’s a better way to keep the memories of the day alive, than creating a story with a wedding album?
Designing your own wedding album might seem like a lot of hassle, but it’s actually very simple and easy when you’ve got the right tools. There are so many apps and printing services out there that do most of the work, and all you have to do is decide which options to choose.
The best wedding is the unique and personalised one, and so is a wedding album. Just like the wedding, you’d want your wedding album to be special, something that presents not only the wedding day, but also the story of you and your partner. The best thing about designing your wedding album is, you get to tailor it to your visions, and you can deliver the story of your wedding day in whichever way you want. You can choose the style that suits you and your partner best, and you get to choose the template and layout, photos, and how you want to arrange those. Maybe there are moments that mean a lot to you that other people don’t know about, which wouldn’t make it into the wedding album should you not design it yourself. There’s nobody better to design a wedding album than the couple themselves, who know their wedding and what they exactly want in their wedding album. As an added bonus, the whole process of designing your wedding album will be a precious moment where you and your partner will first re-live the wedding.
Designing your wedding album takes more effort, but it’s definitely worth it. After all, this album is the keepsakes of your wedding day, something that you will keep in the years to come to remind you of the day you cherish, with all the feelings, emotions and precious moments.
If you don’t have any idea where to start or how to design your wedding album, here’s a guide to help you.
Choose the size
There are various wedding album sizes, but people mostly use 8×8, 10×10, 12×12, or 11×14 albums (all sizes are in inches). It’s entirely up to you to choose the size that fits you. The standard albums usually have 20 pages, but you can always have more pages with an additional cost.
Choose the paper
There are a few options for the paper to use for your wedding album, some of the most commonly used are glossy, lustre, and matte. Glossy paper, as the name suggests, is shiny and can help bring out vibrant colors. However, it gets dirty easily with fingerprints. Matte paper gives a more muted look, and many photographers like to use this for their prints. It doesn’t give you as much vibrance as glossy paper does, but it’s also more resistant to fingerprint. Lustre paper is somewhere in between matte and glossy papers. Depending on the style and mood you’re after, choose the paper that could enhance the look of your wedding photos.
Select the cover style
There are so many ways to go with the cover design, and many printing services offer various options for the style, material, and writing. Leather (real or faux), silk, linen, canvas, and suede are some of the materials you can use for the cover. Different materials come with different motifs, so take your time and choose the one that you like best and can give you the look you’re going for with the wedding album. This cover will be the first impression of your wedding album.
You can easily customize the cover with a photo and writing. Some people choose to put a photo on the cover (usually the best one from the bunch), while others prefer to go without it. If you opt for a photo on the cover, decide how big you want it to be (full page, half, or maybe just a small photo in the middle?). For the writing, the couple’s names and the wedding date are the standard practice, although you can always modify it if you’d like. You can customise the writing by choosing the font, embossing, or foiling (if available).
Choose the theme
The theme you choose will set the tone for the entire album. There’s an abundance of pre-made themes from applications or printing service that you can use. When choosing a theme, be sure to choose neutral colors so it doesn’t clash with your photos. Elegant cream, ivory, or black are usually the favorite colors for wedding albums. If you can find a pre-made theme that goes together with your stationery design, that’s a bonus. It’s always nice to have your wedding paraphernalia complements each other. Photojaanic has assorted selections of styles and themes for wedding albums that could help you with the design.
If you’re skilled at graphic design and want to go the extra mile, you can design your own theme (this will be a lot of work, though). You can match it with your wedding stationery so they have the same theme, or you can put your personal touch to make it all the more unique and special.
Sort your photos chronologically, and pick only your absolute favorites
For some people, this could well be one of the hardest parts in designing a wedding album. How do you sort 500+ photos and narrow it down to under a hundred for your wedding album? Especially if all the photos are stunning.
To help you sort the photos, divide the day into a few segments, and go through each segment carefully. For example, you can divide it into preparation, ceremony, and reception. With the digital files, you can make a folder for each segment and organise your image using these folders. You can have less or more segments, this is just a guideline. Some people put an after-party segment after the reception, it’s completely up to you.
Once you’ve done this, pick the photos from each segment that show the key moments and tells a story. Remember to pick only the photos that are your absolute favorites. Make it a priority to choose photos that could transport you back to the day and remind you of the feelings (a little tip: Usually candid shots are the best for this). Limit the group shots and focus more on the photos that show expressions or the interactions between people (it could be the couple, family, or closest ones).
Include all the details and little things, but don’t go overboard
Images that show the key moments are important, but don’t forget the details and little things that could help create the mood and give a clearer picture of the wedding. And surely you also want to remember the details that you’ve planned thoughtfully to make the wedding more unique and personal, like the decorations, the bouquet, wedding favors, food, or accessories. Choose photos that show the details and the whole atmosphere of your wedding, but remember not to go overboard. The focus of the story should be the couple and their interactions with friends and family. Photos of decorations or wedding trinkets are lovely and useful, but they shouldn’t steal the spotlight from the main story.
Choose the layout
Choosing the layout actually goes hand-in-hand with arranging the photos, but here’s some overview of the things that could help you.
The layout doesn’t have to be the same for each page or spread (2 pages). Be creative, and mix it up according to your need. You can put a photo on a full page, or even on a full spread, crossing the gutter. On another spread, you can have several photos. It doesn’t have to be symmetrical. Keep in mind that when filling in a page or spread with several photos, you don’t want to make it look like a visual clutter. Putting as many photos in the album as possible is tempting, but avoid cramming the pages.
You can also use negative space by leaving blank space on the page/spread. You don’t have to fill in every available space with photos. Negative space, as a matter of fact, can help the viewers focus more on the images.
Arrange the photos, make sure it tells the story
The important thing to remember when putting the photos into the album is that you’re trying to tell the story with only the images you’ve selected, so make sure your selection and arrangement together can create a comprehensive, fluid story without any gap.
Just like when you sort the photos, arrange them chronologically. Include the key moments of the day, and also the details shots that help set the scene. If you have a series of photos that form a sequence, it would be best to keep it on a page or a spread. Don’t break it down otherwise it will hurt the flow.
Remember, although the story is mainly about the couple, your loved ones are involved in the wedding too, and they’re also parts of the story. The part where the bridesmaids help you getting ready, or the expressions of your friends as they watch you walk down the aisle, these all could be the ‘subplots’ that could add emotions and enhance the whole story.
Make sure the transitions between the segments are smooth
Dividing your day into segments is only useful to help you sort and arrange the photos, but in the end, the story is about the whole day. Make a smooth transition between segments to make the story flow without feeling disjointed. You can choose photos that show you move from the ceremony location to the reception, for example, as the transition photos between those two segments. It’s also a good idea to have a shot of the place at the start of the segment to set the scene.
Check to see if the story is flowing
Once you’re done, go through each page carefully, from the first page of the album to the very last, and feel if the arrangement of the photos tells a continuous story of the day. Make sure all the transitions are done smoothly and there’s no gap in the story.
And there you have it!
One last tip: When designing your wedding album, you might feel overwhelmed with the abundance of options, from the materials, cover, layout, and many more. When you’re not sure what to choose, go for a classy and timeless look. This will be the wedding album you’re gonna keep in the years to come, so don’t pick something that will be outdated in a few years.
If you’re a busy person but you still want to design your own personalised wedding album, Photojaanic can help you simplify the things with the selections we have. All you have to do is choose the details (size, theme, layout), upload your selected photos, and we’ll do the printing and delivery. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.