There is a major difference between wedding photos nowadays and the wedding photos of when your parents or grandparents got married…the medium they were delivered on. In those days, a printed wedding album and wedding photo prints were the norm. That wedding album has probably stood the test of time, and what´s more, it has an irreplaceable value in that it has been seen and passed down generations, and will continue to do so…far more so than digital photos will.
Enter the digital era of wedding photography
The value of wedding photos all changed with the introduction of digital photography and digital storage, and the ease of simply storing images on a medium such as a USB memory stick.
Admittedly, it has convenience factor, but whatever happened to sentiment and having something tangible to relate your wedding day to? Your wedding day was no doubt a considerable expense, maybe for your family too. Let alone the time and meticulous planning that went into making the occasion special. So why omit costs on an occasion that is so visual, so sentimental and so much fun? An occasion that involves a significant expense on lavish decoration and details, and friends and family that will have likely travelled from all over.
Wedding photos and dilemma in the digital era
Having your wedding photos stored on your computer hard drive, USB memory stick, cloud drive, etc. is all well and good, but it comes with significant drawbacks. Have you ever lost a USB memory stick? Accidentally deleted some files?
Had a computer virus that’s wiped out part of your hard drive? Had your computer stolen? Had a power surge from a storm corrupts some files? The list goes on
With your wedding photos stored only in digital format, you need to ask yourself, just how long will they be truly appreciated for? It is considerably more difficult to throw away a printed wedding album than a small USB memory stick, or accidentally delete your wedding folder on your hard drive/cloud drive.
Putting a printed wedding photo album into context
A printed wedding album is not only a superb way to present your wedding photographs, but it will also preserve and protect them. Good quality wedding albums nowadays are printed on premium high-quality papers that can guarantee the print and colour quality for more than 100 years.
Imagine your own wedding album filled with your wedding day photos with endless emotion being passed through generations to your future children and grandchildren, with the photos having the same quality and colouring they had the day you were presented with your wedding album.
The question you need to ask yourself is; having spent thousands of dollars on your wedding (and your wedding photographer), are you honestly happy with just keeping those photos on a USB memory stick and not having them in a tangible form? A tangible form that will last decades…and generations
Without wanting to sound melancholic, but when a friend or family member passes away, the first thing people look at are printed photos or printed albums to remember their loved one. Swiping through those wedding photos on your computer or tablet just isn´t the same.
DIY printed wedding album
Of course, you can design and print your own wedding album cheaply. But, keep in mind...you get what you pay for. One needs to consider, you hired a professional to take your wedding day photos, so why not use a professional to ensure your photos are printed into a high quality printed wedding album that does the photos justice and survives the tests of time.
Photos need to be experienced, their feel, scent and emotion that they convey. When you buy a printed wedding album, you are buying that experience that your children, grandchildren and great grand-children will share with you.
At family gatherings, anniversaries, or birthdays they will flip through the pages saying how much your father looks like you, or laugh at Uncle Dave´s dodgy moustache and how fashion trends have changed.
There are various options you can choose from when it comes to your wedding photo album, which varies in price.
Part of the beauty of opting for a wedding album is that it need not be an expense you pay for before the wedding, it can be a post-wedding investment. Even something you treat yourself to on your first wedding anniversary.