Here's my question. What did you do with your photos after the wedding? Do you have them up in your house? Do you have an album? If you have an album, do you get it out and look at it regularly? … I mean, I could put one or two up, but I live in a small apartment and I don't want to turn it into a wedding theme park.
Ah, the obvious answer. I, too, live in an apartment and I was conscious of not wanting to turn our small space into some kind of wedding altar. We have a framed photo on a bedside table, and a series of photos hung in a funky frame on the wall. But I found that a digital frame was an excellent way to display ALL my favorite wedding pics without looking wedding obsessed. 😉
Perhaps your photographer included an album in their pricing? If not, you can always make your own.
As far as “how often do you look at your wedding album?” Well, it varies. I know a couple that made a coffee table book of their wedding photos and it lives on their, well, coffee table. And, since it's right in front of their guests, it gets broken out and thumbed through a lot. I have an album that I made that lives on my shelf and I never look at it. Luckily it was just put together using the actual prints that my photographer gave to us.
Your favorite wedding photo (or photos) make great personalized holidays cards. You could also use them for all your thank you cards. What if you eloped, or had a small wedding and want to make announcements? Do it with a wedding photo.
The Christmas after I got married EVERYONE got a special wedding photo — my dad got a framed photo of him walking me down the aisle, my mom and parents-in-law got personalized albums focused on their sides of the family, my best friends got pics of all of us together, etc.
The great thing about professional photos is that the quality is so great that you can enlarge your pictures and make big pieces of art to hang on the wall. This photo cluster on canvas was created and displayed by photographer Daniel Boone.
I love this because it's a bit funkier than a framed photo and clustering canvas prints together can create a really cool artistic “moment” in a room. I love the juxtaposition of the detail shot (shoes) with the portraits. I've also seen couples blow up their favorite wedding photo to be the large art piece over their fireplace.
Here's our favorite option — submit a bride profile to be considered for a wedding feature on Offbeat Bride! Or, if your wedding went the more traditional route, see if your photographer will submit your photos to wedding magazines so that you can inspire others.
But you don't have to go so far as all that — you can always just publish your photos online (Facebook, your personal blog, etc.) and share the link with family and friends so that anyone can re-live the day whenever they feel the need (and have an internet connection). You could even start a group page on Flickr and let other wedding guests contribute their pics.
Any more options that I've missed? Did you do something wildly creative with your pics? A collage? Made life-size photo cut outs? Create a cool video montage? Leave your other ideas in the comments.