One thing I never want to forget is the importance of a wedding album. While it's completely up to each couple to decide their budget and collection, I truly hope that everyone makes the decision to include an album. I want to make a case for why you should order one - and if you didn't, it's never too late to add one to your collection!
It's no secret that the photographs from your wedding day are the only thing you get to take with you when it's all said and done. They are the only keepsake from your wedding day that will last far beyond you. The same is true for your album. I deliver digital files with every wedding collection because I believe in getting fun prints to hang on your walls, and putting up an album on social media. I'm SO thankful I have the digitals from my wedding because many years later, I can still print some out to hang on our walls.
But there is something different about holding a wedding album in your hands. There is something special in running your fingers over the leather binding and seeing your names forever embossed on the cover. Inside the album you'll find the full story of your wedding day, not just a few random pictures here or there.
It's the difference between reading an article online or holding a book in your hands and poring through the pages. When you 'read' your wedding album, as you turn each page, you will feel the emotions of that day all over again, in a way that does not communicate through the screen of your computer.
Think, for a minute, beyond yourself. How will you pass down your photos to the next generation? Will you want to email your grandkids a couple pictures of the day? Or will you want your children to grow up with a solid remembrance of their parents' love and commitment to each other sitting in a beautiful book to be read and remembered for decades?
It is for this reason that I wish every bride would order a wedding album. Yes, they can be expensive, but the quality is unmatched. Yes, it's an extra 'something' on top of everything else you are considering for the wedding day. But when you think about your wedding, how do you want it to be remembered? Do you want others to see your day only through a screen, or do you want to hold the day in your hands, flip through the journey of your wedding, and remember again what you felt like as you made your way down the aisle?
I have heard husbands and wives alike wishing they had ordered an album before the memories became rusty in their minds, but never have I heard an ounce or regret over ordering a wedding album. Do yourself, and your children, and their children, a favor. Add an album into your wedding budget from the get go. It will be worth it, I promise, for many years to come.