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Wedding Photo Albums: Start to Finish
by Rita Wiebner

There are a variety of options available when it comes to wedding albums. It can sometimes be overwhelming to choose, the first thing to consider is how many and what types of albums you will need. While some brides choose one main wedding album, a growing number of brides are to selecting a volume set of two or more albums to display as a collection.

Wedding albums range from matted to flush-mount and magazine-style to coffee table–but what do these terms mean? For the unknowing bride it’s hard to decide. Make sure you discuss all of your options with your photographer. Become educated. Your wedding photographer should be knowledgeable and offer suggestions to assist you in the process.  Be sure to keep your parents in mind, as they would appreciate a beautiful keepsake from the big day.

Once you have decided what type of album you would like, the options for customizing it are endless. Try not to become too overwhelmed–again, allow your photographer to guide you in the process. The styles available today are beautiful and include custom leathers and some non-traditional materials such as wood and metal. Don’t be afraid to choose something that fits your personal style. Too often I see couples choose the same thing that everyone else has. This is your wedding album, and it should reflect your personal style.

When it comes time to choosing images for the album, there are still more options. Some photographers allow the client to choose the images and then design the album based on those choices. Others will deliver a pre-designed album to the client with their favorite images in it, choosing images that tell the story of the entire day. There are a number of ways to choose your images, but one thing that remains the same across the board: Trust your photographer! He is an expert, and you should listen to any ideas you are presented. Ultimately, you will only ever have one wedding album, and you want it to look perfect.

After the images have been selected and the design process is underway, you can still make changes. Check with your photographer to see his policy, because sometimes charges will apply for rounds of changes. Once it is all approved – off to the manufacturer it goes! There are abundant album companies available and turnaround times vary. Most albums will be completed in a six to eight week time frame, but again, you want to check with your photographer.

When the waiting time is over, you will most likely receive a call or email with the good news that your album has arrived. Your reward for your patience during the entire process is a beautiful album that is yours to keep and pass on for generations. Allow it to grace your coffee table so visitors can “ooh” and “aah” over this customized piece of art!


Rita Wiebner and her husband Joel Wiebner make up The Wiebners, a husband and wife photography team based in southeast Pennsylvania. Their work has appeared in various publications including The New York Times.

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