Make Your Wedding Day Go Smoothly

Few things go as planned on the morning of the wedding. Don’t attempt too much.
Hair and make-up always takes much longer than planned. Allow extra time.
Eliminate variables, like traveling long distances. Get ready as close to the ceremony location as possible. I always suggest a place no more than 10 minutes away.
Take the pressure off of yourself, give your bridesmaids or friends jobs to do. Even go so far as to appoint a trusted friend, who has the same taste as you, to make decisions during the course of the day. Have the florist or caterer talk with your friend, so you can stay cool and unfazed.
Decide whether you’ll do formal portraits before (bride anxious, groom relaxed) or after (bride relaxed, groom anxious) the ceremony. It’s a trade-off. Portraits should be done in a spot not visible by guests. The pictures will go very quickly, if you limit the possible distractions.
Don’t hesitate to find the photographer during the party to shoot favorite people or meaningful groups in candid situations.

Trends in Album Design

Just a few years ago, a recently married couple would expect their wedding album to be a collection of single images, one 10×10 on a page, followed by another 10×10. The leather-bound book would be a very serious depiction of the affair.

What a difference a few years make.

What led to the change? First, there was the advent of 35mm photography, which increased the number of shots on a roll of film from only 12 to 36. Recently digital photography has increased the number of photos further. Then there came the new trend in photography we know today as the “photojournalistic style.” With more emphasis on candid and spontaneous moments and a de-emphasis on static portraiture, there has been an explosion of images.

With these new elements in the wedding photography mix, the whole way of styling wedding albums has undergone an enormous transformation. Taking their cues from the world of magazine and graphic design, photographers began creating books that express the same level of creativity as the photography itself. Photographer-designers now use multiple images on a page and include pictures that are floating over other pictures, ripped, chopped, turned to sepia or blue, blown-up into giant panoramas, half-panoramas, or even mock-panoramas.

Things can get a little complicated, and it’s good for a newly married couple to have some familiarity with the different types of wedding albums before they begin the daunting but extremely pleasurable task of working with their photographer to create their own unique document. Here is a brief description of some of the options:

The Slip-in album contains photographs that are taped behind a thin paper matte, and this combination of photo and matte is then slipped into a page. The page itself may be slipped into an album or permanently bound into an album.

Matted Albums: A Matted or Reversible album has photographs permanently pressure-glued on a page and surrounded by a matte. With the surface of the picture slightly below the surface of the matte, the pictures on facing pages never touch each other. A page can have one matted opening or four openings. It is called “reversible” because the same page can handle either a vertical or horizontal picture.

Digital or Coffee Table Albums: The latest designs bring together elements from the flush and reversible books, combined with graphic design techniques from the publishing world. The result has been books with many more pictures per page and details that were previously unavailable to the wedding public. A single image can seem cast a shadow over another picture. Now a series of photographs of dancing guests can be placed against a background made from a picture of the bride’s bouquet. A page can be carefully laid out with scores of small pictures that