Generally, every couple that comes to us ready to produce an album has the same important question … How can I narrow down my 1000 wedding pictures to only 100?
This is probably one of the top reasons why couples put off making their wedding album and we understand it can be a daunting task to take on. We want to help … we’ve found that once you break the day down into sections it becomes a whole lot easier. Here is a cheat sheet to help you simplify the job and if you can consume a glass of wine during the task you may even enjoy the process! The golden rule is “go with your instinct” if you love the picture include it, don’t worry about what other people would do and don’t forget we can make a picture exactly how you want it with the right crop!
Need a visual reference of a complete wedding album… below are a few wedding albums we’ve designed for past clients. Click on the links below and enter the password to view these album layouts.
Alison & Jay’s Wedding
Nicole & Peter’s Wedding
The Album Room’s pic list guide:
Break down your wedding day into sections. Below is a guide you can use to section out your wedding day. We’ve also included a guide about how many photos to have within each section. Keep in mind every wedding is unique so your sections may vary, feel free to rearrange/rename your sections.
First page of your album
- 1 picture – Set the scene… use a photo of the wedding invitation, your wedding bands, or your physical invitation can be installed in our Art, Styla and Fusion albums.
Bride getting ready
- Around 5-15 pictures (make sure to include special details)
Groom getting ready
- Around 5-10 pictures
First look (if applies)
- Around 3-6 pictures
Bridal party & family portraits
- Around 5-15 pictures (will vary according to size of family and bridal parties)
- Around 10-20 pictures (make sure to include special details)
- Around 3-10 pictures
Cocktail hour/ Reception
- Around 10-15 pictures (Be sure to include detail shots – i.e. of your table decorations, cake, food etc…)
First Dance & Parent Dances
- Around 2-6 images
- Around 5+ pictures
- Around 10-20+ images (will vary according to size of wedding)
Cutting the cake
- Around 3-5 pictures
Last page of your album
- 1 picture – We love to use one great picture of you two at the end of the night.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many images should my album have?
Generally, our clients stay within 80-120 images for their wedding album. However, this can vary according to the size of your families and number of guests at your wedding. The more people you have to represent in your album, the more images you will have. When narrowing down your pictures keep in mind you don’t necessarily need 5 pictures of your Aunt Helen, use one great picture of her and Uncle Henry… then check them off your list and move on.
How many images should I give to The Album Room to design my layout?
We ask that you give us extra images to work with. For example if you want to keep around 100 images in your album, we ask that you give us around 120-130 images. If you like two images that are similar and you can’t choose just one then include both, we will see which one tells the story best.
Do I need to include any pictures of detail?
Definitely, detail images are what tie your album together. These are some of the most important pictures when telling your wedding story. We love a variety of detail pictures to choose from. Ideas of details to include… your bouquet, your something old, the table arrangement, favors, that amazing wedding cake, even the view of the rainy day. These are the little details that make your wedding your own.
Should my wedding album be in the exact order that it occurred?
Not at all, don’t get caught up in the exact timeline. It’s your wedding album, arrange it as you wish. If your family shots were taken before the ceremony it doesn’t matter that they appear later in the album so as not to break up the story.
We are here to help, get in touch if you have any questions.
~ The Album Room