Keeping Your Wedding Photos Safe: How to Preserve and Store Wedding Pictures

Want to make sure your wedding memories last? Try these tips for storing your wedding photos

You’ve probably heard the expression “an educated consumer is the best customer.” That holds true for your wedding planning — and making sure those memories last. Read on…

Dear Wedding Guru: “I was horrified when I looked at my mother’s wedding album recently. She was married 30 years ago, and almost all the photos in her album have either faded, changed color, or both. What can I do to make sure this doesn’t happen to mine?”

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Dear Valley bride: I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s album! Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since she got married. Whether you’re putting your own album together or you’ve hired a photographer, all current album-making materials should be acid-free, which helps keep the colors and brightness intact. (If you’re the DIY-type, make sure the lab you use to process the photos has clean developing chemicals.) Reputable labs provide fresh materials, but others re-use their chemical solutions; this degrades the photos. Definitely take advantage of your photographer’s warranties.

Other tips:

  • Store your album flat on its back to keep the binding intact
  • Keep it away from heat or humidity — a climate-controlled environment is best. Heat and humidity can warp and buckle your photos, rendering them unsalvageable
  • And most importantly, keep your fingers and hands off the pages! Even a little moisture or grease can damage the photos

Hope these tips help! Here’s to long-lasting memories.

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