After the excitement of your wedding and honeymoon, the next best moment is receiving all of the wedding photos from your photographer.
One of the best ways to cherish those gorgeous wedding photos is by creating your own wedding photo book. To make it as stunning as the big day itself, try these 5 wedding photo book tips from the Costco Photo Centre.
1. Categorize & Rank Your Wedding Photos
Once you’ve admired and reminisced over your wedding pictures, you can begin to think about the photo book. Look at the various categories of photos you have, i.e. pre-wedding preparation fun, the ceremony, the wedding party photo shoot, and the reception. Determine if you’d like to package them all into one book, or split them up. Then, look for the standout shots (keep these in mind for step 3). When you’re ready to go, upload your wedding photos to a new photo album on your Costco Photo Centre account.
2. Selecting the Right Theme
Once you’ve selected a photo book type, you’ll choose a design theme. Check out the Wedding category for ornate designs or give your photos all the attention with a minimalist Classic design like Simple Light. Prefer to make a custom layout from scratch? Choose the blank theme and make it your own.
3. Create Wow-Factor Pages
An average wedding photo book contains 50+ photos. That’s why two-page photo spreads of your standout shots (from step 1) are the perfect way to segment the book with wow-factor moments. Maybe it’s the best shot of the entire wedding party, or the high-angle photo of you two hand-in-hand as your guests toss confetti, or perhaps it’s the close-up of a loving embrace. Friends and family will stop and stare when they reach these pages.
Photo books automatically place your photos in the order that you select them, but you can make adjustments. Best practice when creating a wedding photo book is to balance photos of people with photos of scenery and décor. Even if a two-page spread has 10+ photos, balancing the content of those photos will prevent it from appearing cluttered. Create a visual hierarchy that moves the eye purposely around the page by balancing photos of people with shots of the cake and venue, or little things like bouquets, shoes, drinks and wedding rings.
5. Don’t Forget the Text
When done thoughtfully, text can complement your wedding photography in sweet and sentimental ways. Cure writer’s block with these caption ideas:
Front cover – add your names, followed by your wedding date & city
Basic captions: You and Me; I Adore You; Together at Last; “I Do”; Our Favourite Day; To Have & To Hold
Descriptive moments: Cutting the Cake; Our First Dance; Clink for a Kiss; Farewell
If you prefer something more personal, include photos of your handwritten vows to one another or add your favourite lines from each of the speeches.
A beautiful wedding photo book will do more than ease the post-honeymoon blues, it becomes a cherished keepsake that will make your heart skip a beat for decades to come. And don’t forget to order an extra copy for Mom (and your new Mother-in-Law)!