There are so many things to do when you’re planning a wedding. You’ve got to choose a wedding venue, hire a caterer, assemble your wedding party… the list goes on and on. But, arguably, one of the most enjoyable tasks to mark off your wedding planning checklist is creating your wedding registry.
Your wedding registry offers the perfect opportunity to let your guests in on what you and your soon-to-be-spouse want and need to kick off your life as a married couple. And, if you want to kick off that life surrounded by memories of your big day, you definitely want to add a wedding photo album to your registry.
A wedding photo album is a must for capturing and storing all the happy moments from your nuptials. But why, exactly, should you add it to your registry?
Before we jump into why you should add a beautiful wedding album to your registry, let’s quickly cover what, exactly, a wedding photo album is—and why you need one to begin with.
A wedding photo album is a collection of photos from your wedding, assembled in a gorgeous photo book that you can display in your home. Photo books may be crafted from various high-quality materials (such as linen or leather) and are typically bound as a hardcover. Depending on your preferences, your layout, and how many photos are available, wedding photo albums typically contain anywhere from 25 to 100 (or more!) photos.
Generally, wedding photo albums contain all your favorite photos from your big day, but you can also create a “themed” wedding album that focuses on specific details or parts of your wedding (for example, a wedding photo album of just photos of you and your partner, the decor, or candid shots from the ceremony and reception).
While most wedding photographers give you access to a digital library of photos from your wedding, investing in a wedding photo album is still a must-do. Having a physical collection of photos is a great wedding keepsake, and displaying your wedding photo album in your home not only allows you to revisit your big day whenever the desire strikes, but it also allows you to share the photos from your wedding with guests and visitors. Plus, it makes a great personalized decor item (that’s a lot more interesting and conversation-worthy than your typical coffee-table photo book).
Now that you understand what a wedding photo album is (and why you need one), let’s jump into why you should add it to your wedding registry.
There are a number of reasons why you should add your wedding photo album to your registry (instead of purchasing one for yourself), including:
Wedding photo albums are the perfect option for close friends or family members that want to give you a more personal wedding gift—and those loved ones will be thrilled to see a wedding photo album on your registry next to those steak knives and mixing bowls.
It’s one less thing for you to buy. If you have a strict wedding budget, every dollar counts. Adding a wedding photo book to your registry is just one less wedding-related item that you have to buy, which can leave extra budget for other wedding must-haves, such as flowers or an epic wedding cake.
It gives you more creative control. Hiring a wedding photographer to create your wedding photo album is an option. But, generally, you don’t have a lot of control over which photos make it into the wedding photo album and how those photos are laid out and arranged. By adding a wedding photo album to your registry, you get to create the album yourself, which gives you the creative control you need to create whatever wedding photo album feels like the perfect fit for you and your partner.
It’s more cost-effective... Again, while you can hire a wedding photographer to create your photo album, you’re paying for their time and expertise, which can get expensive, fast. Adding a wedding photo album to your registry is the perfect way to commemorate your big day without breaking the bank (or, in the case of your registry, asking your guests to break the bank).
...And faster. Wedding photographers are typically busy shooting and editing photos for their events, which means that it could take months to get your wedding photo album. When you add a wedding photo album to your registry, you can get your album designed, printed, and shipped in a much shorter time frame.
If you’re considering adding a wedding photo album to your registry (which we bet you are, after reading all the reasons why it makes sense), we’ve got you covered. At Zola, it’s easy to add our wedding photo albums directly to your registry—and once you’re ready to get started, we have everything you need to craft the perfect wedding album of your big day, including:
And, with albums starting at just $149, Zola’s wedding photo albums make for an affordable addition to your registry—and they’ll make the perfect gift for one of your wedding guests.
If you’re planning to add a wedding photo album to your registry, why not have a little fun with it? Here are a couple of fun wedding photo album ideas to get the creative juices (and the fun) flowing:
Let your guests contribute to the album. When you add a wedding photo album to your registry, one of your guests will ultimately purchase it, and then give it to you as a wedding gift. And while it’s totally fine for their involvement to end there, if you want to make the gift more interactive, try involving the guest.
When someone chooses the wedding photo album from your registry, let them know you want their input on the final album design. For example, you might ask them to help you choose photos to feature in the album, which album cover material you should go with, or whether you should go with black and white colors or stick with full color. You might also ask them to choose a photo of you together on your big day—and make sure to include that in your wedding photo album. That way, it’s not like they just gave you a wedding photo album; it’s kind of like they’re a part of the photo album, too.
Add personalized books. Typically, wedding photo albums contain a variety of photos from your big day; they tell a story of your wedding from start to finish. But, it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. If you wanted to do something different, you could add multiple wedding photo albums to your registry, and then let your guests create personalized or themed books to commemorate your big day.
For example, your maid of honor might purchase a wedding photo album from your registry, and focus it on photos of the wedding party. Or, the mother of the bride might give a wedding photo album, and use it as an opportunity to commemorate all the amazing family moments from your celebration.
The point is, when it comes to wedding photo albums, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Allow your guests to give the gift of a themed, personal, or niche wedding photo album.
A wedding photo album is a great way to commemorate your big day and is a great gift option for your wedding guests. So, what are you waiting for? Add a wedding photo album to your registry today!