Creating a 20 spread wedding album – A step by step tutorial

Choosing the perfect pictures for your wedding album is no easy task, especially when there’s hundreds of incredible photos you can choose from. A few weeks (or months) after nearly every wedding, I get an email from my couples asking me how on earth they are supposed to pick photos for their wedding albums, and while I’ve been sending a pretty sweet written guide in response, I thought it might be even sweeter as a blog (and with pictures!) 

Your wedding album will be your first family heirloom and it is important that your wedding day is represented in chronological order. From the getting ready part of the day, to your last dance and grand exit, all the important moments should be included in this gorgeous custom made book to preserve your memories. Here’s how to choose which photos to include in your wedding album, spread by spread!

For this tutorial, we used images from Morgan and Teddy’s lakeside wedding venue at Lake Mary Events Center in Orlando, Florida.

1st Spread: Your FAVORITE portrait from the day. I’m a sucker for that “WOW” factor right from the get go. It will put you in a good mood literally immediately EVERY time you look at it!

Spread ONE of a 20 Page Wedding Album Layout with Bride and Groom smiling at one another

2nd Spread: Details. Think wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, flowers, invitation, etc.

wedding album example with bridal getting ready photos

3rd Spread: Getting dressed. This spread should contain pictures of the bride after she steps into her wedding dress for the first time, for example: mom zipping up the back of the dress, bride putting her earrings on, etc.

wedding album layout example with bride getting dressed photos

4th Spread: All about the bridesmaids. I love this spread to be a collection of photos JUST of the ladies, all dolled up and having a good time.

wedding album layout page bridesmaids example

5th Spread: Groom details. Suits, ties, watches, booze, you know – the good stuff.

wedding album example of groom details layout

6th Spread: Groom getting dressed. The groom putting on his jacket and buttoning it, fixing his tie and putting on his cufflinks are images that could be included in this spread.

groom getting dressed details wedding album layout

7th Spread: All about those groomsmen. The funny socks, crazy faces, all of that goes here.

wedding album design layout groomsmen pictures

8th Spread: Formal party group portraits. This is a good way to tie the two stories together, and prep for the ceremony photos that are about to follow.

wedding album layout bridal party page

9th Spread: Ceremony details. This should be the first time the couple sees each other, and any super cute or funny moment that happens during the walks down the aisle.

ceremony details at Lake Mary Events Center wedding album layout

10th Spread: Ceremony – Overall shot of the ceremony, traditions, first kiss as a married couple, bride and groom walking out.

wedding album ceremony details layout page

11th Spread: Couple portraits.

Lake Mary events center wedding photos

12th Spread: Couple portraits.

wedding pictures of bride and groom at Lake Mary events center

13th Spread: Couple portraits.

bride and groom wedding sunset pictures at Lake Mary events center

14th Spread: Couple portraits

Lake Mary Events Center Wedding Pictures at night

15th Spread: Family Portraits – Groom’s Side

wedding album layout example family pictures

16th Spread: Family Portraits – Bride’s Side

family portraits at Lake Mary events center during sunset

17th Spread: Reception Details. Cakes, flowers, tables, and decor.

gold and green reception details at Lake Mary events center

18th Spread: First dances (couple + parents) and speeches

wedding album layout reception photos

19th Spread: Reception photos

wedding album layout reception photos with fun bride and groom

20th Spread: Reception photos + exit.

Lake Mary events center exit photos

And there you have it! A simple, easy-to-follow guide on how to create a stunning twenty spread wedding album!


  • Thank you for creating this! This is a great guide and I will for sure use it for a few albums I have to put together this year!!

  • Thank you for creating this! This is a great guide and I will for sure use it for a few albums I have to put together this year!!


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