5 Tips for Designing Your Wedding Photo Book

Marianne Stenger
1st May 2020

Once your wedding photographer has delivered your photos to you, it’s time to create a gorgeous wedding photo book that showcases some of the best moments from your big day.

But how can you make sure you choose the right photographs and create a wedding photo book that will truly reflect how special your wedding day was? Here are a few tips for designing a wedding photo book that you can cherish for years to come.

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1. Select your favourite shots

Since you’ll probably end up with hundreds or even thousands of photos from your wedding day, both from the professional photographer and from friends and family, your first step will be to sort through all the photos you have and choose your absolute favourites.

On average, a wedding photo book usually consists of 40-60 photos, but you can include more or less if you want. The only rule is that you should love each and every photo you include in your book, so take your time and choose the photos that really stand out to you.

2. Tell your story

Once you’ve picked out all of your favourite images, it’s time to decide on the order of the photos and the layout of your photo book. When doing this, it can help to keep the timeline of your wedding day in mind to ensure that the photo book flows nicely, tells a story, and also includes all the main characters, from the bride and groom to the parents and close friends.

For example, the book might start with a few photos of the bride and groom getting ready and end with a photo of the first dance. Also, in addition to the formal portraits and group shots you’ll undoubtedly be including, try to throw in a few candid shots of people having fun and just enjoying the day.

3. Include the key moments

Try to include at least a few photos of each of the key moments on your wedding day. This might include a few photos of the bride and groom getting ready, the wedding ceremony, ring exchange and first kiss, some family group shots, cutting the cake, the bouquet toss, the first dance and any other moments you feel are important to include.

In addition to the must-have photos of the bride, groom and guests during the ceremony and reception, it can also be nice to include a few photos of smaller things like the rings, flower arrangements, food, place settings and other decor or venue details.

4. Leave plenty of white space

If you want each of your wedding photos to have the maximum impact, it’s important to give them plenty of space to breathe and avoid cramming too many photos on the same page.

Some pages in the photo book might include a single image whereas others might have two or three, but whatever you do, make sure you leave plenty of white space between the photos and the edges of the book as this will give the viewers a chance to rest their eyes and also helps the photos to make a more powerful impact.

5. Decide about text

The decision about whether or not to include text in your wedding photo book is a very personal one. A photo book doesn’t need to have text to be complete and wedding photos generally don’t need captions, but sometimes a well placed quote or line of text can be nice.

Some couples find that text distracts from the overall feel of their wedding photo book, whereas others like to include a few lines of text, a poem or a few quotes. So don’t worry too much about what others have done with their wedding photo book and just think about how you want it to look.

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