Your wedding images will stay with you for the rest of your life, so it is best to make the most of them. Ideally you will want both printed and digital copies of your wedding photos for various reasons.
Since your wedding images are priceless and can’t be replaced, it is important to have them in as many different locations as possible. For example, it’s great to have a wedding photo album on your bookshelf but it is also an excellent idea to post the photos on social media for friends and family to see, even if you change your privacy settings so that no one sees your photos unless you want them to.
If you and your wedding guests use Instagram, create a wedding day hashtag and ask your guests to use it on every picture they post from your wedding. This way when you are going through photos on Instagram later it will be easy to pick out which ones you want to see.
In addition to the standard wedding photo album many couples are making a scrapbook out of their pictures. The beauty of a scrapbook is that, unlike a photo album, you can add enhancements like stickers and personalized stamps to make your scrapbook as unique as possible. The scrapbook should represent your relationship and the love you have for each other.
While you may want to make your own scrapbook with formal photos from your wedding it is also nice to have your guests compile a scrapbook of the photos they take with their own cameras. Another option is to rent a photo booth for your wedding reception and encourage your guests to take photos in it, print them out and add them to the scrapbook. This can also be a clever way to combine a scrapbook with your guest book, as messages can be written in the scrapbook next to their accompanying pictures.
Other ways to make the most of the digital versions of your wedding photos is to use them in the creation of items such as coasters, pillows, puzzles, wall decals, mugs calendars and almost anything else you can think of that can be personalized. You can even personalize items with one of your wedding photos and give it to a loved one that participated in your wedding.
Have them framed
A portrait gallery for your living room wall is also a great way to make the most of your wedding photos. You can create one by taking digital photo files, having them printed out and mounting them on material such as glass, metal, wood or a canvas. For a unique and sophisticated portrait gallery consider having your pictures printed in black and white.
Use them as home decor
You can use your wedding photos as decor in your home by creating a gallery wall. This can be a creative way to display your favorite photos and tell the story of your wedding day. You can use different sized frames and mix them with other decorative elements such as canvas prints or artwork. Additionally, you can also use digital frames to showcase your photos. This can be a great way to keep your memories close to you and make a visual statement in your home.
Give them as gifts
Giving copies of your wedding photos as gifts to friends and family is also a great option. This is a thoughtful way to share your special day with loved ones. Some ideas for photo gifts include:
- Printed photos in frames or albums for parents, grandparents or close friends.
- Photo magnets or keychains for friends and family who live far away.
- Photo mugs or coasters for bridesmaids and groomsmen.
- Customized photo calendar with your wedding photos.
- Customized photo canvas or print as a housewarming gift to newlywed couple.
- Customized photo album or scrapbook as gift to the couple.
By giving your loved ones a physical copy of your wedding photos, you can help them remember your special day and give them a piece of art they can enjoy in their own home.
These are some cool ways in which you can make the most out of your wedding photos. The more reminders you have of the happiest day of your life the better. Preserving your memories in unique ways is the best wedding gift you can give yourself.