Plus, how to avoid them with yours.

By Helen Sondag
August 23, 2019
Courtesy of Heirloom Bindery

Your wedding album is one of the main ways you'll look back on and remember your big day. If you plan to have children, it's also bound (literally) to become a treasured heirloom that gets passed on to future generations. That's why it's essential that these pages stand the test of time—and the snapshots assembled on them capture the moments that made the celebration so special. Here's how to avoid common slips couples make when compiling their wedding albums.

Related: How to Choose Which Photos You'll Include in Your Wedding Album

Waiting too long.

Perhaps the biggest blunder you can make is putting off the task until the memories have faded—or worse, never getting around to it at all. It's certainly understandable that you'd want to take a break from your to-do list after the marathon that was planning and pulling off your wedding, but it's best to just push through. Shoot for within six months.

After you've finished happy-crying over the pictures from your photographer (and sharing your favorites on Facebook), make your selections for the album. Trust us: Flipping through a physical book and scrolling through snaps on your phone just isn't the same.

Not working as a team.

You're partners in life, so you should also be partners in creating your album. "Work on selecting images together as a couple," Jenny Quicksall of Jenny Quicksall Photography says. "This album is for the both of you to treasure." Make it a fun date night activity—and a way to relive the happiest day of your life.

Failing to look at the big picture.

It's easy to get lost in the moment, but try to avoid putting things out of order or showing just the ceremony or just the reception. "Keep in mind that you want the images to tell the story of the day, from the beginning to the end," Quicksall says. "Don't focus only on one part of the day."

Forgetting the detail shots.

Likewise, don't overlook close-ups of those cuff links your groom inherited from his grandpa, or the signature drink you created as a couple. "The details made your day unique to the both of you, so don't forget to add those in your album," Quicksall explains. Don't worry: If you need a second set of eyes, that's what your photographer is for!

Leaving out important people.

You don't want to look back later and realize you forgot to include portraits of important family members or friends. Run down the checklist of every member of the bridal party and every important relative that was present on the day.

Getting redundant.

Chances are, there will be multiple frames depicting the same moment—from different angles, in different crops, and in black and white versus color. We know it can be difficult to decide, but try to show some variety. "Don't include repeats or images that look very similar to one another," Quicksall advises.

Risking quality.

Brides and grooms are not obligated to order their albums through their wedding photographer—and there are plenty of companies, online and otherwise, that create gorgeous professional products. Just make sure you're able to see some samples first. "If couples are ordering the album on their own, the quality of the album is unknown to them until they receive the final product," Quicksall says. "One of the biggest mistakes couples make is ordering through a company that offers low-quality material or products unknowingly."

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