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How to Take Charge of Your Wedding Album in 5 Easy Steps

Dawn Strong

You may think that tackling your own wedding album may be more than you can handle, but trust us: you've got this. All you need is a handful of gorgeous pics of you + yours, a weekend to get your design on and a savvy partner like The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly, the all-in-one wedding destination with everything you'll ever need for your Big Day. Think stationery, gifts, decor and, of course, photo albums. Now let's get started, shall we? SET ASIDE TIME We suggest taking a full Saturday or Sunday morning to really dive in and make this a fun activity for both you and your love - grab those morning lattes and your trusty laptops and get started. The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly makes it incredibly easy and fun to customize your album, from the cover to the layouts. Don't have the time in your hectic schedules to tackle? Their Make My Book Service will do everything for you, right down to choosing those unique pictures you want to showcase from your Big Day. (Want to know more about the Make My Book Service? Keep reading for more info.) PLAY WITH CUSTOMIZATION TO SHOW OFF WHAT MATTERS We love that The Wedding Shop has so many ways to customize, and in such creative ways. Save those emotional images of just you and your spouse for The Wedding Shop's true spread options - it will allow you to showcase clear shots of your faces across the binding of your wedding album. Group similar shots onto collage-style pages - like both of your squads getting ready or a ton of fun reception shots. For an extra-special touch, pair a photo of your vow recital with the actual text of your vows on the opposite page. You can even choose from double-thick, layflat options to keep your pages from getting bent or torn and crushed silk and leather covers. It will def make that amazing shot you want as your cover stand out even more. (We suggest a timeless pic that won't ever go out of style.) STAY WITHIN BUDGET Guys, we all have a budget, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a high-quality wedding album to stick to it. The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly is ultra-affordable and professional-quality, so you can breathe easy and just focus on what's important -creating a beautiful album that you'll be proud to show off to your family and friends. Plus, with album themes in everything from watercolor to modern to rustic (just to name a few) and every layout under the sun, you'll be thrilled with the level of personalization. ORDER SEVERAL COPIES You spent a lot of money on those photos, and now is the time to show them off! Order multiple copies of your album to gift to parents or grandparents with a personal note on the inside cover thanking them for their contributions to your wedding. Another idea? Order two copies for yourself - one for your coffee table (so you and your guests can see it every. single. day.) and another for safekeeping. That way, when your bestie uses your album as a coaster for her red wine or your future children get a little grabby with the pages, you’ll still have a picture perfect copy somewhere special! USE EVERY TOOL AT YOUR DISPOSAL Five words: the Make My Book Service. It's The Wedding Shop's answer to all of you beautiful brides who want to simplify the process even more and hand off the reigns to the professionals. Yep, the Make My Book designers will take all of those insanely gorgeous photos and design a photo book for you based on your wedding style - whether that's classic, modern, rustic or something else. All you have to do is sit back and relax and wait for the finished product - it's free to get started and you only pay a small design fee if you choose to order. Plus, they offer fab Idea Pages, professionally designed templates and tools to make it super easy to add your own photos and text, so designing that unique album is totally effortless. We're incredibly excited about The Wedding Shop by Shutterfly and we know you will be, too, because it allows you to create and customize your wedding... and all in one place! From the photo albums to invitations to decor for your Big Day (and beyond), we're obsessed with all of the ways you and your love can really shine. And if you need any more inspiration, be sure to check out @ShutterflyWedding. We honestly can't wait to see your albums!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Styling : Jess Blazejewski