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How to make a wedding photo album

Chances are you have a lot of wedding photos that you just don’t know what to do with. As a wedding photographer, I know that each wedding can result in at least 500 images, but this figure is probably nearer to 1,000. There are so many amazing photo opportunities and I’d hate to think that I missed a moment, so I try to capture everything.

I’ve previously discussed ways you can display your wedding photos in your home, but if you want to make a photo album, there are many ways of going about that too.

Below, you can find my top tips to create your very own wedding photo album.

 

How many photos do I need for a wedding album?

The number of photos will obviously depend on the size of the album, but also how many photos you need to show a full overview of the day and any interesting moments. You’ll likely want photos of everyone getting ready, arriving at the venue, the ceremony itself, the drinks reception, the wedding breakfast, the speeches and then the evening reception. I would advise that the minimum number of photos you should include is 50. You also don’t want to miss anyone important out of the album, so this should be enough photos to make sure that all the close family members and friends will feature someone in the album.

 

How to choose a wedding album

Now, albums can be created digitally using digital images instead of printing photos and slipping them into an album. You should have a think about which type of album you want. If the book can be created digitally, it’s easy to pick a company, such as Snapfish or Vistaprint, and use their online tool to create your album. This is excellent as you can choose the layout of each page, if you want more than one photo, as well as how you want them to look together.

 

A digital photobook that's been created online

 

You can even choose details such as the picture on the front cover and the text on the spine of the book. These are relatively cheap to make and you can have a really good quality album made for less than £30.

If you want to go for a classic photo album, you should arrange to have your chosen photos printed so they can be stuck into the book. There’s less flexibility with this choice, as each photo will be the same size and will have a specific slot to go into the album. But you still have some say over the order of the photos and can even personalise the book. You could go for classic formal photo album or make it fun by creating a scrapbook style album that also includes memorabilia from the day, such as an invitation, an order of service, a menu, some dried confetti, etc. The book can suit your personality.

 

How to choose the photos for a wedding album

As I said above, each wedding could easily result in 500 to 1,000 images, so how on earth do you pick the photos you want or like the best? I’ve previously written an article around choosing photos for your album, so head to that page to find out more. Tips include choosing the photos that you like of yourself and from different aspects of the day so you have a whole overview.

 

Wedding photo album laid out on a table

 

When choosing an image for the front cover of an album, you should find one that sums up the day the best for you. Can you remember how you were feeling in that moment, or does the photo make you smile? These kinds of images should be the ones that take centre stage.

 

How to add your photos

Adding the photos depends on the type of book you’ve chosen.

If you’re making a digital album, your photos can be uploaded to the site from your computer. Your photographer will likely have supplied you with a USB of photos, so you can take them off the USB and add them to the website you’re making the album through. Then, use the online tool to drag the photos into place on each page.

Some digital albums allow you to add text, so you could add little descriptions of what’s happening in each picture or who is in it.

If you’re making a physical album using printed photos, you can either stick or slot them into place, depending on the book. Photo albums that allow you to slide the photos into a plastic wallet are much easier than trying to peel back the sticky layer, put the photo in straight and stick it back down.

This photo album from Paperchase says that it will fit up to 300 images and that you should use 6×4 photos. See how the pages are plastic so the photos slot into place? This is very different to the self-adhesive albums that can be trickier and take longer to put together.

 

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The family group photographs you should consider for your wedding

I’m sure you’ll all have experienced the family group photos at a wedding. Whether you attended the wedding as a guest or were an important member of the wedding party, most couples want some kind of formal shots of the bride and groom with their respective families. After all, these photos will be with you for life and they are a wonderful thing to have of the day.

Some brides don’t want many formal shots and prefer to have the natural ones of people laughing, chatting and drinking, whereas other couples may want lots of group shots all featuring various people who are important to them. One thing is true – these kind of formal shots can be difficult to organise and choreograph on the day. This is why it’s important to think about the groups of people you want photographed together well in advance instead of winging it on the day.  Do let your wedding photographer know in advance too and check out my helpful guide on how to keep your wedding guests entertained during the photos!

 

Parent family photos

  • Bride and groom and bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom and groom’s parents
  • Bride and her parents
  • Groom and his parents
  • Bride and groom with both parents
  • Bride and her mum
  • Bride and her dad
  • Groom and his mum
  • Groom and his dad

 

Grandparent family photos

  • Bride and groom and bride’s grandparents
  • Bride and groom and groom’s grandparents
  • Bride and her grandparents
  • Groom and his grandparents
  • Bride and groom with all the grandparents
  • Bride and her grandma
  • Bride and her grandad
  • Groom and his grandma
  • Groom and his grandad
  • Bride and groom and bride’s parents and grandparents
  • Bride and groom and groom’s parents and grandparents
  • Bride and her mum and her grandma
  • Bride and her dad and her grandad
  • Groom and his mum and his grandma
  • Groom and his dad and his grandad

 

Sibling wedding photos

  • Bride and groom and bride’s siblings
  • Bride and groom and groom’s siblings
  • Bride and her sister(s)
  • Bride and her brother(s)
  • Bride and all her siblings
  • Groom and his sister(s)
  • Groom and his brother(s)
  • Groom and all his siblings
  • Bride and her mum and sister(s)
  • Groom and his dad and brother(s)
  • Bride and groom and their parents/siblings together

 

Formal family photo at Dave and Lindsey's wedding on the Wirral

Lindsey and Dave decided to have quite a few family photos at their Thornton Manor wedding

Big group photo at Thornton Manor

 

Sometimes, it’s also beneficial to have a think about where you’d like the photographer to take the formal shots (indoors, outdoors, etc.) and where the photographer could stand to get a good shot. For the image above, I photographed from inside Thornton Manor on the second floor to make sure I could get everybody in.

Children

It’s less traditional for couples to wait to have children until after marriage and so many brides and grooms have children that they obviously want to be involved in the day. They’re usually flowergirls or pageboys but having some lovely photos with your children is important.

  • Bride and groom and their children
  • Bride and groom, children and the bride’s parents
  • Bride and groom, children and the groom’s parents
  • Bride and groom, children and both sets of parents

 

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen family photos

  • Bride and groom and the bridesmaids
  • Bride and her bridesmaids
  • Bride and her maid of honour
  • Groom and the groomsmen
  • Groom and his best man
  • Bride and groom with the best man and maid of honour
  • Bride and groom with the groomsmen and the bridesmaids
  • Bride and the flower girls
  • Groom and the pageboys
  • Bride and groom with the flower girls and pageboys
  • Bride and the bridesmaids and the flower girls
  • Groom and the groomsmen and the pageboys

 

Bridesmaids having formal wedding photos with the bride

 

I love this ‘pretty-in-pink’ photo of the bride, Aleisha, with her bridesmaids and the cutest little flowergirls at Soughton Hall.

 

The grooms party with the groom for formal photos

 

Then Aleisha’s groom, Phil, had some photos with the groomsmen.

 

Larger group photos

  • Close family, including parents, grandparents, siblings, aunties, uncles and cousins
  • Friends, such as school friends, university friends, etc.
  • All the wedding guests

Any wedding photographer who has lots of experience shooting weddings will be able to give you plenty of advice around which family photos you can have. On the day, they will do all the organising and will tell people where to stand so you don’t have to worry about a thing!

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Wedding at Delamere Manor, Cheshire

Despite being based in North Wales, I often get the chance to photograph Chester and Cheshire weddings too. This month’s real wedding feature takes place at stunning Cheshire location, Delamere Manor.

About Delamere Manor

 

The outside of Delamere Manor in Delamere, Cheshire

 

Sitting in 100 acres of stunning Cheshire countryside, Delamere Manor is a beautiful wedding venue near Cuddington, just outside Northwich,

It is famously the ex-home of Take That superstar, Gary Barlow. Before that, it was the residence of the Wilbraham family and was built in 1784.

The venue certainly isn’t small, as it can comfortably seat 140 for the main daytime reception and up to 180 guests for the evening reception. There are nooks and crannies around every corner and I don’t think you’ll find anywhere more beautiful to eat your wedding breakfast or have outdoor photos taken.

The Wedding of Alex and Dave

The day started out at the venue itself as the bride, Alex, decided this would be the place where she would get ready. The rooms in Delamere Manor are really beautiful and make for excellent shots of the dress before it’s put on.

 

Delamere Manor bridal suite in Cheshire

 

The venue has kept the decor modern yet in keeping with the traditional look and feel of the house.

Alex’s dress was a stunning fitted lace number that flared out at the bottom to create a beautiful train. Her veil completed the look beautiful. I think everyone would agree she looks absolutely stunning!

 

The bride at Delamere Manor

 

 

 

One of my favourite moments to photograph is the bridesmaids’ reactions. It’s likely they haven’t seen the bride in the dress or, if they have, they haven’t seen her complete with hair, makeup veil, etc. You can get some amazing photos of the bridesmaids, like this one when Alex comes down the stairs!

Bridesmaids watching the bride come down the stairs

 

Alex chose a dusky pink colour for her bridesmaids’ dresses and her flowers also stuck to this colour theme. Her flower girl was Alex’s and Dave’s daughter, who matched the colour scheme in a white dress complete with flowery headband.

 

The theme of flowers was everywhere you looked. Dave wore a blue tie with delicate pink flowers on it and flowers were absolutely everywhere, including the venue, the tables, the table plan, the registry table. It all looked so beautiful. Even the naked cake had some white and pink flowers on to match the overall scheme.

A naked cake with real flowers

 

Table plan names surrounded by flowers on each table

 

The tables were decorated with candles and tonnes of real flowers, including roses and peonies. Each table was named after a Disney princess, which I thought was a wonderful touch. But on the day, the real Disney princess was Alex!

Delamere Manor has some truly stunning surroundings that make for excellent photos, such as these.

 

 

The bride standing under an arch of flowers

 

I also managed to get some lovely shots of the family having fun together.

Bride and groom swinging their flower girl on a swing

 

Congratulations again to Mr and Mrs Gleave!

You can see some more real wedding features below:

Soughton Hall

Grosvenor Pulford