Storing Your Wedding Pictures and Videos

Keep the memories of your wedding day even longer by safely storing your wedding pictures and videos. Back in the day, the only options brides and grooms had in photo preservation were albums and still picture frames. Today, with the help of high-tech tools like digital cameras and electronic storage devices, you can keep your memorabilia in perfect condition throughout the years. Here, we’ll show you the most popular resources in media archival, and tips on how to handle your wedding pictures and videos.

Caring for Your Wedding Pictures and Videos:
If you hired a professional wedding photographer, he or she probably created a beautiful keepsake photo album as part of your wedding photography package. But there is the matter of storing pictures and videos captured by friends and family; after all, those candid shots are just as important to you as the posed photos outside the chapel.

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Once the wedding and honeymoon are over, you'll soon re-enter the grind of everyday life. The last thing you’ll have time to do is organize wedding pictures and videos. Your immediate thoughts: tuck your photos away somewhere to sort through at a later date. Sounds good in theory, right? But how many times have you found old or damaged pictures as you rambled through drawers and cleaned off shelves?

If you find yourself with a stack of photos that didn’t make it into the official wedding album, but you’re not ready to sort through and categorize your memorabilia, there are products and methods available to help keep these items in tact in the meantime.

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Common Causes of Wedding Picture/Video Deterioration:
The most common causes of picture and video deterioration is improper storage (placing photos in areas with direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, dampness, etc.). Your wedding pictures and videos should be placed in containers, albums or on electronic devices, and stored in rooms with stable temperatures and regularly checked for dust and dirt.

Wedding Picture and Video Archival Products:

Compact Disc (CD) is an electronic disk which allows you to save photos electronically.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) is an electronic format used to store and play video data.

Memory card is an electronic storage device that allows you to upload your digital pictures to save and print at your convenience.

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Photo albums are books with pockets for arranging photography. Photo albums can be purchased in a range of sizes.

Photo boxes are decorative storage containers used for organizing pictures. Photo boxes should be lined with lignin- and acid-free materials.

Photo sleeves are plastic covers used in photo albums to preserve pictures and hold them securely in place.

Picture frames are decorative accents used to store and display photos. Digital frames have recently gained popularity, as they allow you to upload pictures and display in a slideshow format.

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Scrapbooks are similar to photo albums, scrapbooks allow you to adhere photos and other embellishments to album pages.

Tips for Storing and Handling Wedding Pictures and Videos:

1. Never pin or clip photos together; metal and plastic clips can damage the surface of photos.

2. Never place framed pictures in direct sunlight.

3. Always handle pictures, CDs and DVDs with clean hands to avoid the transference of oils and dirt.

4. Buy photo albums containing lignin- and acid-free pages. Acid can cause photos to deteriorate at a faster rate.

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5. Don’t store wedding pictures and video near wet areas (kitchen or bathroom sink) or in places where humidity is prevalent (attic, basement, etc.)

6. Never use the self-stick albums to store photos. The adhesive used for self-stick pages are created with chemicals that cause pictures to fade and/or yellow over time.

7. If you’re creating a wedding scrapbook, use photo-safe glue to adhere your pictures to mats and scrapbook pages.

8. Never write on the back of pictures with pens that aren’t labeled photo-safe. To date and archive pictures, place them inside a plastic sleeve, attach a photo label to the sleeve and write directly on the label.

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9. Every few months, remove pictures from frames to check for dust and other particles.

10. Always keep negatives of your photos, or upload them to digital devices, in case you lose or damage the original.

While it doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money to store your photos and videos with your wedding planning, it will require a significant amount of time. But the benefits of properly and safely organizing your wedding pictures will pay off in the long run.