Not to brag, but my wedding photos by Chameleon Imagery are ah-maze-ing. I am obsessed. I scroll through them like I’m creeping on some friend of a friend of a friend’s Instagram account. I just cannot stop admiring them…
…from my phone. Or sometimes my computer. I adore my wedding photos, but I simply don’t know what to do with them now. I tried looking it up, and it turns out a lot of other people are just as confused. Most of us seem to agree that a great photographer is the important splurge item of a wedding, but tons of us have no clue what we’ll do with the images after the big day besides post them on Facebook.
After extensive brainstorming (ahem, more time to stare at the photos) I have a few ideas.
Make Inexpensive Albums as Thank-You Gifts to Relatives
The only person who wants to see your wedding photos as much as you do is somehow related to you. Sure, I don’t have the stats to back that up, but I’m feeling really confident that it is true. Give relatives an extra post-wedding thanks by having inexpensive photo albums printed after the wedding.
Display Wedding Photos as Magnets
I just don’t like hanging photographs as wall art. Something about having our images up makes me feel ultra vain and awkward. (And trust me, if someone who takes as many pitiful selfies as I do feels vain, something is up.)
I like to display photographs in the occasional tabletop frame, sure, but I also own way too many knickknacks to have space for more than a frame here or there. That’s why I was so thrilled when I found the perfect compromise: photo magnets from Social Print Studio.
Available in three sizes (pictured: 1″ circles and 3″ squares c/o), these heavy-duty magnets are a functional way to display your wedding photos without creating a shrine to your images. We even now have some family photos displayed in magnet form, which is a first for our house! The price is right on these products and it is my new favorite post-wedding project. Who doesn’t need more magnets?
Create a Scrapbook
Feeling crafty? Make a scrapbook for yourself! Track down any wedding memorabilia you have from the big day or planning process — photo booth pictures from wedding expos, the invitation to your bridal shower, a map from where you celebrated your bachelorette party — and mix in photographs, pretty paper, and a few fun embellishments. This is a particularly beneficial activity if you spent the last 12 to 18 months working on a DIY wedding and find yourself… oh, how do you say it… dying slowly without a new project. (Just me?) Keep an eye out for Michael’s sales to stock up on deeply discounted supplies. I recently grabbed $20 stacks of scrapbooking paper on sale for $5. Between the crazy amounts of bridal items I saved and all my sale finds, I’m actually working on two wedding scrapbooks: one from the engagement, and one from the big day.
What did you do with your wedding photos after the big day? Tell me in the comments!