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!
2nd Spread: Details. Think wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, flowers, invitation, etc.
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.
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.
5th Spread: Groom details. Suits, ties, watches, booze, you know – the good stuff.
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.
7th Spread: All about those groomsmen. The funny socks, crazy faces, all of that goes here.
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.
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.
10th Spread: Ceremony – Overall shot of the ceremony, traditions, first kiss as a married couple, bride and groom walking out.
11th Spread: Couple portraits.
12th Spread: Couple portraits.
13th Spread: Couple portraits.
14th Spread: Couple portraits
15th Spread: Family Portraits – Groom’s Side
16th Spread: Family Portraits – Bride’s Side
17th Spread: Reception Details. Cakes, flowers, tables, and decor.
18th Spread: First dances (couple + parents) and speeches
19th Spread: Reception photos
20th Spread: Reception photos + exit.
And there you have it! A simple, easy-to-follow guide on how to create a stunning twenty spread wedding album!