Do I have to have a wedding album?

In short, no. The wedding album is not compulsory. Over the last three years, every bride I’ve booked has only ever wanted a CD or DVD of images. Never an album.

I only want a CD/DVD of images from my wedding day

It’s the 21st Century. In the age of the PC and the Internet I’m finding that more and more people are requesting just electronic or JPG images. They’re easier to handle, easier to store, last forever (well in theory at least) and most importantly they’re easier to share.

It’s the 21st Century. You can now carry your wedding photos with you wherever you go. A gallery on your iPhone to iPad, facebook, instagram, pinterest. They’re transportable, lightweight and readily accessible from almost anywhere in the world.

It’s the 21st Century. The days of the wedding album are dead.

Or are they?

The Modern Wedding Album

When I got married it was pre-digital photography. Yes, I really am that old. My album is a set of 10×8 prints in mounts in a folder. Looking back now, at almost £1,000 that was a very expensive purchase. It’s a lovely set of prints and my children really enjoy looking through it, commenting on how beautiful mummy looked on her wedding day, and how much hair daddy had back then.

Things are very different today.

It’s the 21st Century. The modern album is entirely different. Gone are the individual prints. Gone are the mounts. Instead we now have a digitally press printed book, custom designed for the bride and groom. In truth, it’s not really an album anymore. It’s much closer to a story book.

Most people haven’t ever seen a modern wedding album. They remember the one their parents had from their wedding. It’s exactly the same as mine, just with different wedding pictures. I always bring a sample album with me to my Bridal Consultations. It’s a duplicate of the one the bride actually ordered. Very often it’s met with complete surprise as the bride and her parents don’t really expect to see such a beautiful book.

For some it’s a very important medium, a must have. For others it’s less so. To answer the original question I asked at the beginning of this article, no, you can just have a CD/DVD of images and every one of my packages will deliver JPG wedding photos. The album is an option that is there if you choose to take it.

Every bride I’ve photographed has only ever wanted to book the CD/DVD package. Most go on to buy an album once they see how great their images look in them.

Hope that helps. I’d really like to hear your thoughts about wedding albums. Do you think it’s a waste of money? Do you think it would make a great heirloom? Leave a comment below and let me know.

See also…

Wedding Photography Packages for 2013

What happens at a Bridal Consultation?

How to choose a wedding photographer?

10 questions to ask your wedding photographer

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