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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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Quiet A Bride’s Greatest Wedding Day Fears

Your wedding day is meant to be one of the happiest days of your life. It’s portrayed as a fairytale-like dream come true, celebrating the love you and your partner share with your closest friends and family. But beyond all the happiness and joy of the day is a great deal of stress and fear. The pressure of knowing you are the center of attention and everyone is there to witness you tie the knot can be terrifying and cause a bride to become scared on what’s supposed to be a joyous occasion. There are several common fears that many brides experience but don’t worry – take a deep breath and everything will be okay.

You Won’t Look Perfect

As you walk down the aisle, every single person will be looking at you. You’ve spent ages carefully selecting the perfect dress, shoes, hairstyle and makeup look for your big day. Not looking absolutely perfect on your wedding day is without a doubt one of the most common bridal fears. What if your dress and shoes don’t fit how they’re supposed to? Or what if you’re having a bad hair day and your hairstylist can’t achieve the look you had your heart set on? Or – worst of all – what if you wake up with a huge zit on your face? These are all huge concerns for every bride-to-be and, thankfully, the likelihood of any of these things happening is very low. Prepare for your wedding by trying on your dress and shoes beforehand and holding a hair and makeup trial run. By not waiting until the day of to do these things you will be able to alleviate some of the worries you’ll have of not looking perfect on your big day. And if you do happen to wake up with a pimple or dark eye circles, your makeup artist should be able to cover it up expertly.

 

 

People Won’t Show Up

Another extremely common fear for brides is that people (both guests and vendors) aren’t going to show up. If guests RSVPed yes and didn’t show up, you would feel sad and embarrassed that people didn’t feel the need to attend your wedding. If your vendors didn’t show up, it would ruin the entire day. Although it’s possible that some of your guests may not show up, remember that the people who you chose to invite to your wedding are people who love you and would want nothing more than to be able to celebrate with you. To help give your guests a gentle reminder that your nuptials are coming up, send out an email or letter outlining the details of the big day, such as directions to the venue, a schedule of events and accommodations for the out of town guests. To prevent your vendors from flaking on you, make sure you call them before the wedding to reconfirm all details and to also provide them with additional information such as itineraries and schedules, venue location and parking information.
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20 Memorable Quotes For Your Wedding Toast

It’s normal for the bride and groom to be nervous and emotional on their wedding day. But if you’ve been tasked with giving the toast, you are probably just as nervous! Speaking in front of a huge group of people is incredibly nerve-wracking. Instead of trying to write the toast from your own limited resources, it can be helpful to borrow words from poets or other writers who have spoken about love. Since you probably know the bride and/or groom fairly well, you can share a humorous anecdote from their past, for example, how they met, how one pursued the other, or how the three of you used to pal around together, etc. Once you have captivated the audience, you can get a bit more serious and start talking about your wishes for their future together. There are tons of quotes about love and marriage that you can find to suit your particular needs. Here are 20 noteworthy quotes to consider including in your wedding toast.

1. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. – 1 Corinthians 13:7

2. There’s nothing more admirable than two people who see eye to eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. – Homer

3. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin

 

4. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. – Sophocles

5. To keep your marriage brimming with love in the cup, whenever you’re wrong admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up. – Ogden Nash

6. A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust. – Nanette Newman

7. But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. – Khalil Gibran

8. In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. – Marc Chagall

 

9. Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. – Victor Borge

10. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because your reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

11. To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. – Mark Twain

12. There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage. – Martin Luther

13. Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile. – Elizabeth Barret Browning

14. The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. – Audrey Hepburn

15. No road is long with good company. – Turkish proverb

16. You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh. – Jay Leno

17. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. – George Sand

18. When love reigns, the impossible may be attained. – Indian proverb

19. We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others. – Walter Rauschenbusch

20. Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Remember that when you are giving the wedding toast, your friends’ family members will be in the reception hall. So, above all else, maintain a certain air of decorum. Grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, and even mom and dad do not want to hear inappropriate stories about the bride’s or the groom’s crazy college escapades or spring break visits to Cancun. So, make sure you keep the contents of your toast classy! These 20 quotes are all lovely choices to include in your toast and are sure to please everyone in the crowd, especially the bride and groom.

 

 

 

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A Complete 12-Month Wedding Planning Guide

Planning for your wedding is a stressful task. However, it can be very manageable if done ahead of time. Regardless of what season your wedding is taking place, most of the scheduling timeline is consistent. We have laid out the ultimate 12-month wedding planning guide to help keep you on track and relaxed throughout this very exciting process.

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12 MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Establish a budget

This is an important first step because it impacts the rest of your planning. Be realistic about what you can afford. There’s nothing more stressful than starting a marriage off with financial trouble. Figure out an exact budget for your wedding that you can stand by.

  • Choose your date(s)

There are a lot of details you may not know about picking your wedding date. You may have an idea of your perfect date, but it is important to consider the implications of different seasons and locations before making any decisions. Come up with a few date options so that you can be flexible when picking your perfect venue.

  • Guestimate

Brainstorm an approximate guest count number. This doesn’t have to be exact, just a rough estimate.

  • Book your venue and caterer

Having a venue that you love is one of the most important parts of your wedding. Be sure to ask your wedding venue important questions that will determine if this is truly the location for you. Once you have that determined, research and interview wedding caterers.

  • Propose to your bridesmaids

Begin thinking of who you want as your bridesmaids, as well as all the fun ways of asking your favorite girls to be your bridesmaids. While the feelings of close family and friends are important, it is also essential that you pick only people that you genuinely want beside you through this big process.

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10-11 MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Interview vendors

Research what aspects are most important in picking a photographer, DJ or band, baker and any other vendor you may be considering. Interview vendors with these things in mind and figure out which are the best fits for you and your fiancé.

  • Secure Your Wedding Album

As brides look back on their weddings, there’s one regret that is consistently brought up: losing their most loved wedding memories by not thinking ahead on how to preserve them for years to come. While many photographers will offer packages included wedding albums, Altar Albums will offer the exact same albums up to $800 cheaper.

  • Research wedding dress styles

Before you start going into stores, figure out the most important things to know about your dress fitting. Research different dress styles and crucial tips to know for the day of your dress shopping. When it comes to your wedding dress, it’s important to know what is out there so that you can pick the style that you feel best in. Create a collection of what you see.

  • Begin shopping for your dress

This is such a fun part of your wedding process that you should make sure to truly enjoy it. Take a small group of people you are close friends and family. Keep in mind that what you had pictured as your wedding dress may not end up being what fits you best… and that’s perfectly alright! Before you start shopping, you should have considered shapes, interesting dress details, and length… now it’s time to find the right combination for you.

  • Build your gift registry

Sit down with your fiancé to build your wedding registry. You’ll be happy you got this step done with early so that you have an answer at any point someone asks you.

  • Purchase wedding insurance

Many couples don’t know you can invest in wedding insurance to protect your deposits. Purchasing an insurance policy is a great protective measure to prepare for any emergency that may (but hopefully will not) occur.

  • Make hotel reservations

Surely you will have traveling guests for your wedding… you yourself may be traveling for it! Book hotel reservations far in advance so that there are absolutely no problems or worries when it comes to wedding accommodation.

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7- 9 MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Take Engagement Pictures

Your family and friends are dying to see a formal announcement with a beautiful (and professional) picture of you and your fiance. These will also be great to display in your future home, during your bridal shower, and your rehearsal dinner. Keep in mind that you’ll only be a “fiance” for so long, relish the moment! Also, this is a perfect opportunity to test out your wedding photographer before the fact to make sure you love their work!

  • “Save the date”

It’s time to sit down and create your “Save the date” letter. There are many directions you can take with your letters, whether that is simple and classic or creative and detailed. Keep in mind, you also have the wedding invitation to add your personal touch on.

  • Bridesmaids dresses.

Figure out what goes into picking the right bridesmaid dress and once you have made a final decision on the best dresses or dress style for your big day, notify your girls.

  • Book rental companies.

If it isn’t already taken care of through your wedding venue, this is the time to begin booking rental companies that will provide chairs, tables and any other items you’ll need for your big day.

  • Start planning your honeymoon.

We know. You’re just now planning your wedding! But if your honeymoon is taking place shortly after your wedding, you will want to start thinking about the best honeymoon destinations for you and the best timing for you and your fiancé.

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4-6 MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Wedding Invitations

Now is the time to create and order wedding invitations. It’s important to note that there is general wedding invitation etiquette so have an idea of what is expected and how you can create your wedding invitations to fit your style and include any important details.

  • Pick out wedding rings

You already have your engagement rings but now it’s time to switch out for wedding rings. Shop with your fiancé for the right rings for your style and your budget.

  • More honeymoon preparations

This is the time to start sorting honeymoon details. Don’t forget that like your wedding, you must have your honeymoon fit your budget. Research and purchase flights, book accommodation and if necessary, renew passports.

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3 MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Order your cake

Once you and your fiancé choose the right style of cake for you and a bakery that you like, order your cake so that it is sure to arrive on time.

  • Groom and groomsmen wear

Now is the time for the groom and groomsmen to rent or buy their formalwear. The most important thing when the groom picks out his tux or suit is that he can be distinguished from his groomsmen.

  • Bridal shower

If you haven’t already had one, this is a great time to plan and throw your bridal shower.

  • Wedding day transportation

If necessary, book your wedding day transportation. When choosing the exact hour, be sure to give yourself plenty of time in case things run a bit behind schedule.

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2 MONTHS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Send out the wedding invitations

By now, the invitations should have arrived and any necessary changes should have been made. Send out wedding invitations to all your guests.

  • Pick a hairstyle and try out makeup looks

There are so many beautiful bridal hairstyles you can sport on your big day. Research your options so you have an idea of what you may want. Additionally, try out different makeup styles to see what you feel best in.

  • Book your hair stylists and makeup artist

Once you’ve done some research on the styles you may be interested in, interview and book a hairstylist and makeup artists. Before making anything official, ask to look through photos of their work on past customers.

  • Start writing your vows

It won’t take you two months to write your vows, but you will definitely want the time to review it, edit it, and maybe even rewrite it. You may think of things you want to add or take out and will definitely want to research tips on delivering your wedding vows.

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ONE MONTH UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Final dress fitting

This is the time to have your final dress fitting. Double check for any last adjustments you might need to make. When going to your fitting, bring the undergarments, shoes, jewelry, a veil and any other accessory you are planning on wearing on your big day.

  • Confirm with your bridesmaids

Check with your bridal party that everyone has their dresses and shoes. It is important that your bridesmaids get their dresses with enough time to make any necessary adjustments that might come up.

  • Confirm with vendors

Call all of your vendors to confirm scheduling details. Make sure they have the correct contact information, location (give a specific address) and time.

  • Apply for a marriage license

So much joy and excitement comes with a wedding. With that, there are also benefits that come with being married. Make sure you are legally considered married after your wedding by applying for a marriage license through your local bureau.

  • Purchase gifts

Your wedding day is coming up soon and your family, bridal party, and fiancé have done so much to make sure it goes well. Show your gratitude with a nice, thoughtful gift for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, and maybe even your partner.

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TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE WEDDING

The last two weeks of your wedding are considered crunch time. Although you have planned everything well so far, you will have a lot going on during this time. Consider creating a “Last Two Weeks checklist” with details on everything you have left to do before the big day. This checklist will include the following:

  • Finalize the RSVP list

By now, all of your wedding guests should have RSVP’d. Unfortunately, there will always be some that don’t. This is an appropriate time to approach guests that have not sent their RSVP and ask for a final answer. You need this information to continue on with your planning.

  • Photo shots

Think of any poses or particular photos you want to be captured and send a list of shots to the photographer and videographer.

  • Plan your seating chart

Once you have an accurate idea of who will be at your wedding, you can begin creating the reception seating chart. When doing so, keep in mind any poor fits that should not be placed near one another. There are ways of creating a setting that is mindful of divorced parents or family drama.

  • Final cuts

This is the time to get any last haircuts or colors before the big day. You want to leave plenty of time in case something goes wrong.

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ONE WEEK UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Final headcount

At this point, you should give your caterer a final headcount. This is important for meal preparation. Make sure to mention any dietary restrictions or anything you want to be included. This is the time to ask any important last-minute questions.

  • Place cards

Make or print place cards and table cards for the reception. Give them to your planning coordinator.

  • Final playlist

Create a list of songs that you want to be played while everyone is up and dancing and hand it over to the DJ or band. Include any songs that you don’t want to be played and more importantly, include whatever song you and your fiancé decided on for the first song.

  • Attend Bachelorette party

If your friends have planned a bachelorette party for you, this is generally when it will take place. Leave time for yourself to enjoy partying at whatever great party spot they chose for you without worrying about getting other things done.

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2-3 DAYS UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Reconfirm final details

Check up with all of your vendors to confirm details. At this point, there is no such thing as being overly prepared.

  • Prepare the dress

Have your wedding dress pressed and steamed. During this time, your groom should also have his final fitting.

  • Determine bridal party positions

Figure out in which order the bridal party will stand during the ceremony. In order to avoid any hurt feelings, find a logistical order such as by height, alphabetical order, or better yet—have your wedding coordinator organize the order for you.

ONE DAY UNTIL THE WEDDING

  • Rehearsal dinner

You’re one day away from your wedding… that means it’s time to rehearse the ceremony and host the rehearsal dinner. Since the dinner is casual and fun, you can invite close family, your bridal party, and any guests you are close with that traveled for your big day.

  • Pay

Get everything out of the way—prepare checks for any vendors you have pending payments with.

  • An emergency number

Provide your wedding coordinator and all vendors with an emergency phone number for the big day in case you can’t be reached for whatever reason.

  • Marriage license

Give your marriage license to your officiant to make things official.

THE DAY OF YOUR WEDDING!

On the big day, there is a wedding day timeline you can more or less expect to follow. Wrap up your year of planning with fun tasks and excitement.

  • Presents

Give the presents you bought or made to your parent(s), bridal party and significant other.

  • Wedding bands

Hand over your wedding bands to best man and the maid of honor to hold during the ceremony.

  • GET MARRIED!

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You worked so hard planning your big day but at the end of it all, the thing that matters most is that you are marrying the person you love. You will remember this day for the rest of your life. So, regardless of details and what goes according to or strays away from the plan, truly enjoy it.

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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