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

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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.

» Read more about preserving items from your wedding
» Read more from The Wedding Guru blog
» Submit a question to the Wedding Guru
» Hudson Valley Weddings 2011
» View our Wedding Guide

 

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