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Say “Yes” To A Wedding Album? 6 Reasons Why You Should.

Professional wedding albums are more popular than ever for good reason.

At Altar Albums, we believe every couple deserves a proper wedding album. With over a decade of providing professional albums for couples and photographers — let Altar Albums share a few important the reasons why:

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A professional wedding album is not a photo book:

Will it cost more? Yes.

Will it last longer? Yes.

Will it look and feel better? YES.

Our popular video below provides a quick comparison to help to distinguish the important differences between a real professional photo album and a traditional, inexpensive photo book.

 

 

It’s Never Too Late:

Wedding photography can be expensive. Sometimes adding a wedding album to the photographer’s package isn’t financially possible at the time of the event. However, one positive to digital technology is that you can revisit making an album whenever it’s convenient for you.

The Best Way to Share the Story of the Day: 

When presented in an album, wedding day images tell the story of the day. An album also serves as an excellent document of the faces and personalities that participated in this important family event in a way that files stuck on a computer cannot. An album is more than just a collection of photos. It’s a family ancestry heirloom.

Printed Images Look Better:

Tablets and phones are a fine way to enjoy everyday images. However, wedding images yearn to be printed, tangible, touched. Professional photographic paper presents images in a gorgeous way that makes sharing meaningful. There’s warmth and depth to printed images that cannot be compared to any other way of viewing.

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Images on a Disk/USB/Cloud Are Not Convenient To Share:

These are convenient repositories, a fine way to store the images. What they are not is an easy way to share your wedding images with family and friends. Also, as everyone has experienced, much like the disappearing sock in the dryer, digital images have a way of mysteriously vanishing over the years.

Altar Makes it Easy and Affordable:

You don’t need a photographer or a designer to create a great wedding album. You just need the high-resolution version of your images. These days, hi-res images are typically included in the photographer’s package.

With Altar Album’s software, anyone can design a professional looking album with confidence and ease. Our software provides 200+ elegant pre-made designs. Our unique software has been popular with couples for over five years. If you are able to drag/drop your images — you can make an amazing album that is constructed to last for generations. Our customers tell say this best!

If you’ve yet to make an album of your wedding day, I encourage you to consider it. They make the ideal anniversary or holiday gift.

If you know a friend or family member with wedding images filed away and forgotten, please share these thoughts with them. Everyone deserves a beautiful wedding album that will last a lifetime.

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Wedding Albums: The Page by Page Breakdown

The wedding has passed (best day of your life!), you’re finally back from your dreamy honeymoon and now you have approximately a million different photo options that your photographer just sent over. Instead of procrastinating and letting them sit in your inbox, it’s time to put them to use! We know narrowing down your pictures can be daunting, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a page-by-page outline of how to start forming your perfect wedding albums:

Set the Scene: 2 Pages

Perfecting wedding albums is about painting a picture. Much like wedding videography, you want to set the scene and tell your story from beginning to end. No, that does not mean that it needs to be chronological. However, the beginning of every story starts with location, venue, surroundings, etc. So that’s where we’ll begin. This is a perfect opportunity to have a panoramic picture spread across two pages.

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Getting Ready: 4-6 Pages

Since traditionally you don’t see your spouse in the getting ready process, this is something you should absolutely highlight in your album. Think of it as the calm before the storm. The intimate time you spent with friends and family that illustrates the excitement and preparation leading up to your “I do’s.”

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First Look, Prayer, Presents, Portraits: 6-8 pages

This is the time to include anything you and your spouse did before the wedding. Did you do a first look or a prayer? Include that! Did you exchange presents? Choose your favorite pictures of your expressions as you opened your present. Lastly, choose your favorite pictures of you and your spouse to be included as the featured portraits in your DIY wedding album.

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The Details: 2 Pages

On your wedding day, you will most likely not get the chance to appreciate all of the work you put into the details of your wedding day. From the veil to the shoes, the flowers to the centerpieces, intersperse the details of your wedding day throughout your wedding albums.

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Family Photos: 4-6 Pages

Choose the candids along with the portraits for this section. You will appreciate looking back at these pictures for years to come.

If you are doing a parent album as a gift, we encourage you to personalize or expand this grouping to make it a wedding album specifically for them.

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Wedding Party and Friends: 4-6 Pages

Similar to the family photos, you don’t want to only include the portrait pictures. With friends and wedding party, you’ll want to be very selective. Think really long term in who you are featuring in your wedding albums. This is a keepsake for you, not them, so no need to feel bad about not including someone!

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Ceremony: 6-10 Pages

As the monumental moment of the entire day, your ceremony should be a highlight. Consider another panoramic shot of your “I do’s” along with pictures of the bride’s grand entrance, reactions, vows, the kiss, and the exit down the aisle. Whichever shots invoke a reaction in you are the ones that you want to include.

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Candids: 1-2 Pages

A common misconception about wedding albums is that they’re filled with either portraits or detail pictures. However, your wedding albums are meant to feature the emotion of the day. Include candid shots throughout all of the pages, but also try and dedicate at least 1-2 pages to genuine reactions, laughter, and joy.

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Cocktail Hour: 1-2 Pages

This is a time in your wedding that traditionally you aren’t a part of as you’re taking a lot of post-ceremony pictures. In painting the picture of the day, you won’t want to miss including the guests enjoying their time, and how stunning and fun your cocktail hour was.

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The Dances: 2-4 Pages

Showcase the intimate moments of your featured dances in this section. From the dip in your first dance song with your spouse to the soft tears of the mother-son or father-daughter dance, these are the shots you’ll want to be highlighted.

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Reception: 2-4 Pages

What’s a wedding without a fun party to go hand in hand? Think dancing, singing, laughing, and the ring bearer breaking it down on the dance floor.

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Toasts: 1-3 pages

While wedding albums can’t help you relisten to the toasts, they can bring back the emotions that you felt during the speeches. Was the maid of honor speech heartfelt and filled with tears? Did the best man make you laugh uncontrollably? Remind yourself of these feelings with the pictures that you choose.

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Extras for Your Wedding Albums: 6 Pages

Yes, we left a space for all the other pictures you loved but couldn’t fit into another section. Here’s where you can add the bouquet and garter toss, the cake cutting, or other traditions and favorites that you didn’t add earlier on.

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Send Off: 1-2 pages

Bid adieu to your wedding album with your final moment of the night. A grand exit, an intimate kiss or the getaway car. Choose the picture that will bring the entire album perfectly together.

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Now that you have the anatomy of creating your perfect wedding album, it’s time to finally start creating it! Altar Albums offers the best professional DIY wedding albums at affordable prices. Give our free software a test drive — and check out our current promotions:  Altar Albums Promotions Page