Wedding photos are something you will hold onto and cherish for years to come. They are the takeaway that goes home with you after the greatest celebration of your lifetime and show you things that you may have missed while you were busy saying hello to all of your guests or showing off your favorite dance moves on the dance floor. But when you find yourself flipping through the proofs of all of your photos and wondering what is the best way to hold on to them for life, you may find that having them printed in an album is a not something you want to spend your money or time on. You may even realize that if they are in an album, you'll store it away in a cabinet and pull it out only once the dust has made it's mark. So instead, here are three alternatives that you can consider so that you can hold onto the memories in a way that's easily accessible and more modern than a clunky wedding album.
1. Keep it Digital
Rather than having the photos printed, have them uploaded and stored on a website where you can create mini virtual albums and then share those albums with friends and family members. That way, if you or them want to relive the memories of your special day, they don't have to search your house for a heavy album.
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2. Turn it into a slideshow
Take a hundred of your favorite photos and create a digital slideshow of them. You can add background music and even text to the photos, making it interactive and fun. This is a great way to showcase more photos than you can fit inside of an album.
3. Turn Your Favorites into Art
Instead of storing your favorite moments in a book, take the ones you love the most and blow them up on a canvas or in a frame that you can then hang around your house. Create a wall or find a space where you can display a few of your favorites. That way, you'll be remembered of your special day, every day.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.