Designing a wedding album isn’t so easy.
Many brides that opted not to order an album from their photographer think it’s going to be less costly (and easier) to order an album online. The truth is, for most brides it’s not.
For starters, it’s hard to find a professional quality wedding album online. There are a lot of online photo book companies to choose from….but not many offer Flush Mount Wedding Albums.
Most photo book companies provide software for you to use in designing albums. Some even offer wedding themes. The truth is that most album services are very basic, the design ends up looking very “templately”, and they don’t tell your story the way it would if it were designed by a professional album designer.
We saw “Birdman” took flight at earliers’s Academy Awards as it won the night’s top prize – Best Picture – along with three other Oscars, dislodging fierce competitors “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Its director, producer and also writer Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu also won Best Director.
But before the golden statues were awarded inside the Dolby Theater, the competition for the night’s best dressed started hours earlier at the red carpet. The women paraded in mostly shades of red but the night was not really all about the ladies. Our dashing silver screen Prince Charmings came in couture too. Just imagine you were with them while walking down the aisle on your wedding day... sweet!
Why don’t you create your own Hollywood fairy tale by picking some inspirations from these gorgeous actors and music men for your handsome groom. Aside from the Oscars looks, we also added great fashion ideas from the Grammys red carpet. I’m sure your man does not mind looking like an award winner!
Not only are these style ideas perfect for grooms, your man can also choose the following looks for your big anniversary dinner or on a random romantic date night. Ladies, get ready to be swooned!
While you’re planning a wedding, it seems like the excitement builds a little more each day. And when the big day comes, nothing can top the feeling of declaring your love for your partner in front of your family and closest friends.
You might think that the first year of marriage will be like an extended honeymoon full of love and sweetness. And it can be, but for some couples, it presents a lot of “first”, including the first time you’re together every single day, and that can present some challenges.
Before marriage, you may think you know everything about your partner: what food they like, what activities they enjoy, and their preferred method of “chilling”. However, in year 1 you’ll really get to know who your partner really is.
This is when you’ll find out how they respond to adversity. How organized (or dis-organized) they are at home. Sometimes silly things like how they make the bed, organize the bathroom, or simply how they wash dishes can lead to some ‘challenges’. Ever had a roommate who was your polar opposite in managing a home? It can happen with your life partner too.
On Valentine’s day, women don’t want a new blender, baking sheet or hard drive. Forget about practicality. Your woman wants a gift that makes her feel special, sexy, happy and loved.
How to know what she wants and not just what she needs? Think of her interests – food, yoga, fashion, romantic movies, music. Then ask yourself what would she like to have that she’d imagine your dashing self to give her on the big day.
Here are some suggestions.
Guys, Wives LOVE surprises. Whether its flowers for no particular occasion, some sweet treats or a piece of jewelry, they love knowing that we’re thinking of them and made the effort to do something nice.
Surprises can be really simple, like preparing a great breakfast over the weekend, or planning a romantic “date night” at home for just the two of you.
There are other surprises that are more practical such as removing something big from her “to do” list that’s been on there for a long time. Like your wedding album. More than 50% of today’s couples have a disk of wedding photos and no wedding album. And while the overwhelming majority of brides want an album… embarking on a long project can be daunting.
Which is why Zoe and I started Yours Truly. It’s for couples who don’t have the time, stamina, or creativity to make a creative wedding album. With Yours Truly, you can send us ALL of the photos from your wedding, and our designers will create a gallery of photos that we recommend for the album. You (and your wife) will be able to make the final selections, and as soon as you press “submit”, we’ll begin creating a one-of-a-kind layout that best tells the story of your wedding. It’s that easy! Most couples tell us that the total time they invested is just 60-90 minutes, which sure beats reading “wedding album design for dummies”!
A few weeks later, you’ll have a professionally designed wedding album that will be with your family for generations. I suggest surprising her by starting the order, and then involving her when the photos have been organized. She’ll love the fact that you jump-started the process, and she’ll be blown away when it arrives gift wrapped with colorful packaging. Then, every time she looks at your album, it will be extra special as she’ll remember that this was a surprise from you!
Then make sure your wife has a wedding album.
As a husband, you’re entering into a partnership for life. You’re expected to be the “yin” for your wife’s “yang”. You’re supposed to compensate for her shortcomings, just like she’ll compensate for yours.
All of the trends today in weddings make perfect sense: guys are tired of wearing black tuxedos and rented shoes and are wearing more casual clothing like high-top sneakers or boat shoes. Guys are more involved in the planning, especially for the things we care about… like music and food.
But for some reason, the trend today is that when you hire a Professional Photographer, only sometimes is an album included. Many photographers don’t offer albums, because quite frankly the process of choosing the photos and designing the album is so cumbersome that the photographers can’t make any money selling them.
That leaves couples to have to (1) either find another photographer who will make the album, (2) find a lower quality album online, (3) or not get an album and regret it for the rest of their lives.
When your wife wants to look at your wedding photos, do you think she’d rather scan through 600-1000 photos (many of which are dupes), or look at the best 80-100 photos that were creatively designed in an album? Of course, she’d rather have a physical album which you’ll both not only enjoy forever… but that your kids (and grand kids) will someday enjoy.
So here are some suggestions to ensure that you have a Happy Wife: (1) keep the bathroom clean, (2) plan a weekly date night, (3) never stop agreeing with her, and (4) make sure you get her a wedding album.