Your wedding day went by in a flash, didn’t it? When I was a bride, everyone told me that it would, but I didn’t grasp the full meaning of that until it happened to me. All I had left were the photos and video, and I realized these items would increase in value over time, so I’ve done my best to preserve them. Our wedding images and video are priceless to us, even more now that we have a daughter to pass them on to some day.
Your images are priceless, too, so please make it a priority to protect them so that you have them for years to come. Below are my tips on how you can preserve your images and keep them safe.
Schedule your Design Consultation
The #1 way to protect and preserve your wedding images is by creating an heirloom of your wedding day. Once your final images are ready, our in-house design specialist will create a pre-design of your wedding album to help you envision what your first family heirloom could look like. You’ll schedule a virtual meeting to view the pre-design, customize your album in one single sitting, and help you select your wall art. If your initial booked collection didn’t include an album, be sure to schedule a design consultation to learn more about the options available to you.
Get your photos on your walls
Get your images on your walls so that you can be reminded of your wedding day on a daily basis. You’ll be able to review options during your virtual design consultation.
Make Parent Albums
One of the best ways to say “thank you” to your parents for their love and support during your wedding planning (and more) is through a parent album. Your wedding day is such an important day for you and your spouse, but it’s just as important to your parents! As a parent myself now, nothing would make me happier after my daughter’s wedding than to have an album of her wedding day to re-live again and again, and I’m sure any parent would feel the same way. After all, I think you can agree that parents don’t want to sit in front of a computer looking at an online gallery. Parents, more than anyone, value tangible albums that you can touch and feel, and I don’t blame them! Looking through our wedding album is always so special to me.
Print Your Images
There’s something magical about reminiscing about your wedding day while looking through a set of professional prints. It’s also important to remember that technology advances so fast (remember floppy disks?) so it’s important to have tangible versions of your images. Photographs are not meant to just live on your computer – they are meant to be printed. Find time to print your favorite images from the day and keep them in a print box. You’ll be happy you did! You can print select sizes of your images right from your online gallery. Large wall portraits can be purchased during your virtual design consultation.
Save your images on an external hard drive (or two!)
Once you receive your gallery, download your archival files so that you have backups. Copy your images onto one or two external hard drives. The more places your images are located, the less likely you are to lose them if one of your external drives or even computer were to fail. I recommend putting your images on two external hard-drives (like this one) so that you can keep one at home and one off-site, at your parents’ or in-laws’ home. An alternative to having them off-site would be to keep them in a fireproof safe.
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Get your images on the cloud
Another place you can back up your images is in the cloud. There are so many inexpensive options for this, including iCloud, Backblaze, Dropbox, and Amazon Drive.
I can’t wait to see what you do with your wedding images! Please don’t forget to share photos and videos of your printed images and tag me on social when you show them off to friends and family!