The Start of the Wedding Season

According to my local scrapbook store, February 14th kicks off wedding season. Personally, I thought wedding season didn’t start until May. Regardless, if you are planning to create a wedding scrapbook, now is a good time to research different styles, so when the big day arrives you will be prepared.

For starters, unless you are an expert scrapper, you should not create an entire memory book from formal portraits. Formal photos are expensive and leave little room for error. However, they are also some of the best images you have to work with. If formal wedding portraits are all you have to document your vow exchange, then use photo corners instead of a permanent adhesive. Doing so allows you to easily remove the pictures should you decide that they are better off in a frame or other album.

In my opinion, wedding scrapbooks should be a venue in which to show off your candid photos. Gather all of the images taken by family and friends at your ceremony and reception and use them in your layouts. If the photos are not up to par, then consider converting them to black and white to hide some of the imperfections. If the flaws are really noticeable, use an image editing software program, such as Photoshop to digitally enhance the photos or simply crop the offending areas.

Besides photos, the other huge element of a wedding scrapbook is memorabilia. Before you design a memory book that spotlights your major milestone, be sure that you have the wedding invitation, wedding program, napkins, place cards, a flower from your bouquet and congratulatory cards. If you are planning well in advance, you could also include your engagement photo and save the date card, plus a copy of your gift registry. Depending on how detailed you want to get, you could also include the sheet music played during the wedding ceremony, scraps or swatches saved from your bridal party’s dresses and wedding decorations, and copies of your honeymoon itinerary.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.