How to choose the photo for the cover of your wedding album

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A few months ago, one of our Facebook friends asked the Blurb community if anyone had any advice on which image to choose for the book she was making of a friend’s wedding. Sure, the answer seems obvious enough: a picture of the bride and groom. While there’s nothing wrong with that, there are plenty of other options as well.

Here are a few things to think about:

1)   The personality of the couple: Are they more traditional? A little bit nutty?

2)   The style of the wedding: Was it polished and grand or more DIY?

3)   The placement: Is this book just going to the couple, or to family and friends?

And here are some of our favorite recent examples of great wedding album covers:

The Romance Action Shot: It’s a nice take on the usual bride and groom photo, and you don’t have to worry about little imperfections (like whether or not the groom blinked).

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Detail Oriented: Weddings are all about the details, so for these book covers the photographers chose to artfully capture small elements of the scenes.

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The Prop Shot: Some covers don’t even necessarily show scenes from the wedding, but still convey the personality of the couple:

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Conversational: To me, some of the best wedding photo books show the couple just interacting. After all, what is marriage but 50+ years of conversation?

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Illustrated: Some wedding books eschew the idea of a cover photo altogether, instead pulling in an elegant image from the invitation.

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Have more ideas? Post them in the comments section below.

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2 Comments

  1. You could always do a landscape shot as well – the place the wedding was out, or engagement session, or a photo from a sentimental area. That makes a great backdrop for any text you may add!

    By Amy
      September 28, 2011 – 1:19 pm   Permalink
  2. Hey Amy,

    Absolutely. A great idea.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      September 28, 2011 – 2:10 pm   Permalink

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