I am very passionate about my couples ordering wedding albums. Why? Because I know way too many people who have lost their wedding photos because they said they’d get around to ordering an album or some prints, and just never did. In the past year, I've had TWO friends who lost their all their wedding photos because of a hard drive failure or stollen computer. They were both married within the last three years, and guess what? They never ordered a wedding album. Their photos from their wedding days now exclusively live on Facebook and Instagram, and sadly, those websites crunch photos to low-resolution images, so pulling an image from there for a wedding album probably won’t look very good, and you can forget about that huge matted print you kept telling yourself that you'd order.
I think technology is partially to blame for this, because when we make our Facebook profile pictures an image from our wedding day, or post a photo from our wedding every month on Instagram, our photos seem very accessible to us. We have an invincible mentality, and we think that our photos will always be available for us to create an album or make a large print. But the truth is, it’s not a matter of whether or not you’re hard drive will crash, or you’ll lose your CDs, or your computer is stolen - it’s a matter of when.
Our Facebooks and Instagrams aren’t going to be what we pass on to our children and grandchildren someday.
We need something tangible, something that we can sit on the couch and flip through on every anniversary, every time we make up from an argument, and every time someone new comes into our lives to say, “This is the day that two became one.”
I remember visiting my friend’s grandmother’s house one Thanksgiving a couple years back, and asking if she had any photos from her wedding I could look at. “Oh, I might have a few pictures somewhere...” She disappeared, then came back a moment later with her wedding album, all her kids’ wedding albums, and all her married grandchildrens’ wedding albums (this is no small feat - the woman has more grandchildren than I have fingers.) We spent the next two hours around the kitchen table, flipping through all the albums. She was absolutely delighted to show off these photos, because for her, these were keystone moments in her life, the lives of her children, and the lives of her children‘s children. These photos represented her legacy.
All that said, your photos are for more than your Instagram feed. Someday, you’ll be that woman, just waiting for someone to ask you about your wedding. You’ll pull out your wedding album, brush off the dust, and show off the day your family began.