DIY Wedding Memory-Keeping
Online Books: Apple
Using iPhoto software, you can create books as small as a business card or as large as 13 by 10 inches. There are countless themes and designs for hardcover, softcover, or wire-bound options.
Online Books: Blurb
Design and publish your own bookstore-quality books: hardcover or softcover, dust jacket or ImageWrap. Choose from six book sizes, and use free downloadable Blurb Booksmart software, or the design program of your choice. Order one or many, shipped to your door in about a week.
Online Books: Lulu
Five photo-book sizes, 12 themes (five wedding themes), and super-easy -- since Lulu is linked to Flickr, Facebook, SmugMug, and Photobucket, you can turn your online gallery into a book in minutes! This international service allows people to publish their own book on their own terms.
Online Books: Shutterfly
Priced well and user-friendly, Shutterfly lets you work with hundreds of layout and design options and select from hard, soft, or leather covers. With new tools like Simple Path and Custom Path, brides and grooms can create memorable photo books with just a few clicks.
Online Books: See Here
, gifting, and sharing website offers an assortment of photo books, including printed-cover storybooks as well as leather- or linen-bound books.
Online Books: Snapfish
offers a large selection of photo books in a variety of sizes, with numerous photo and text layouts to choose from. Books range from 20 to 150 pages.
Online Books: Kodak Gallery
All of Kodak Gallery's photo books have Kodak Lab Quality prints and professional binding that will make sure the books you create last for ages. In addition to photos, you can include captions to help you.
Binders and Albums: Ivry Bookbinding
This established bookbinder has worked for more than 25 years with clients to create custom orders. Create albums and boxes of all sizes, choosing from a vast selection of cloth, papers, and leathers. Cover debossing is available in different fonts and foils, or you can even customize it with a dye created just for you.
Binders and Albums: My Kolo
The company specializes in archival-quality photo albums and photo books, binders, journals, and boxes made of warp-resistant high-quality materials. Kolo recently started offering custom books made from photos you upload onto their easy-to-use MyKoloAlbum.com site.
Binders and Albums: Hinged Strung Stitched
offers custom bookbinding for albums, portfolios, slip cases, and boxes using a variety of techniques and materials. Everything is customized and designed to convey the content in its best form. Molly of Hinged Stung Stitched thrives on creative requests and loves dreaming up ideas for each new project.
Binders and Albums: Graphic Image
These leather albums with gold stamping help you make your scrapbook, photo album, or bound album all your own. The company offers more than a dozen great colors to choose from, including some luxurious metallics and poppy patent leathers.
Binders and Albums: Cypress Fine Handmade Albums & Boxes
Used by many professional photographers, Cypress Fine Handmade Albums & Boxes offers high-end presentation boxes and albums with a slew of options to make each item truly custom. All albums can be created with a Presentation Box to store and protect them. The environmentally friendly company uses paper made from cotton linters, a byproduct of the fashion industry (basically lint; sometimes called "cotton wool"), and all other materials have a 90 percent or higher recycled content.
Binders and Albums: Good Stock
Handcrafted wedding books from Good Stock capture your story in style: your photos, your vows, your proposal story -- anything you can dream up. Your book can be designed to match the look and feel of your wedding. Not into the typical wedding album? Make a custom photo notebook that documents your love story, or an accordion book to display your favorite wedding photos.
Binders and Albums: Michael Roger Press
Working with everything from cork to kraft paper to classic book cloth, Michael Roger Press offers binders, journals, and boxes, including both regular retail and custom options. Started in 1949, the family-run business even offers a glossary of terms to help you decide on all the different elements of their handmade wares.
Binders and Albums: Rag & Bone Bindery
Tap this company for a handmade album sewn together with coordinating ribbon. It'll be great for storing photos or using as a guestbook at your wedding. Custom calligraphy options are offered, along with more than 30 cover fabrics to choose from.
Other: Anya Hindmarch
Best known for the Be a Bag line of high-end photo-covered bags that are 100 percent yours, Anya Hindmarch just launched a new bespoke line that goes beyond the company's classic totes. Take a treasured photograph and turn it into one of the many offerings from this British designer. Unzip this ring and keepsake box and find your photo on the inside of the lid.
Other: Exposures Online
This site features a wide range of photo-storage solutions, frames, albums, and gifts in every style, from traditional to modern. Looking for archival storage boxes? Exposures Online has more than 80 styles to choose from. Looking for a unique photo gift, like a notepad or makeup bag printed with a favorite photo? Exposures has those, plus hundreds of photo frames and albums to choose from.
Other: Personalization Mall
We first discovered Personalization Mall when developing our photo-crafts story for our fall 2008 issue. We thought their watch was a pretty spiffy idea then, and we still do now. One of our new favorites? The Genuine Basswood Tree Photo Plaque -- perfect for a wedding with woodsy elements and a natural feel.
Jewelry: Jeanine Payer
Jeanine Payer's picture necklaces have evolved over her 20-year design history. In her early years, the designs were miniature multimedia constructions using antique baby photos, old sewing notions, and other found objects. Payer's new pieces are almost exclusively designed to feature custom photos personal to the wearer. Photos can be color or black and white, and pieces come in 18 karat gold or sterling silver. The engraving on all the pieces can be customized with poetry in the existing collection, or with dates, names, lyrics from a song, and the like.
Jewelry: Romero Designs
Using 14 karat gold and sterling silver, Tami Romero hand-makes custom jewelry to showcase your favorite images in a wearable way. Her most popular wedding gift? Cuff links for the groom or the fathers of the couple. Looking for something a bit more versatile? How about a key ring with your favorite wedding-day memory as a gift for your groom? He has the key to your heart, after all.
Jewelry: Chris Parry (via Etsy)
Specializing in bespoke pieces of jewelry in platinum, gold, palladium, or silver, Parry works with clients all over the world. The silversmith also designs custom pieces (like a toothpick holder) in addition to his main collection of jewelry and guitar picks. Why not give your groom some silver collar stays engraved with your wedding date and your names or vows?
Jewelry: Heather B. Moore
Don't forget about the special locations that are part of your love story. Mark off the place you first met, where you said "I do," and where you honeymooned on one of four sizes of globe pendants (in four colors of gold: yellow, white, rose, and green). You can even send the pendants back to them later and have Heather B. Moore add another diamond -- for a special anniversary trip, perhaps? Another charm option features a stamp of the longitude and latitude of a memorable location, such as the site of your destination wedding. Thread some more custom charms on the chain to make your own combination of initials, names, dates, and symbols.
Jewelry: Love & Victory
Once you have your wedding photos back, why not send a profile pic of your honey to be made into a custom silhouette charm for a necklace or a bracelet? They're available in your choice of 14k gold, 18k gold vermeil, and sterling silver, and they can be hand-engraved in either script or a classic serif font. Engrave your nickname for him or your wedding date to make it truly personal. Love & Victory, love-and-victory.com
This Swedish chain offers a wide selection of frames that won't break the bank. The best seller and best value is the Ribba frame -- offered in a variety of finishes and topped off with a glass front. If you're looking to create a finish of your choosing, opt for the Ram frame, which you can treat with oil, wax, stain, or lacquer. Ikea, ikea.com.
Frames: Pottery Barn
With frames of every kind, from simple white wood to more ornate gilt frames, Pottery Barn also has great solutions for displaying your frames in ways that go beyond just hanging them on your wall. And then there are their shadow boxes. PB offers monogramming options on many of their silver frames, as well as a wedding keepsake shadow box that can be personalized with up to two lines of text engraved on the glass.
Frames: West Elm
The clean lines of the Gallery Frame collection are perfect for creating a grouping. The eight different sizes range from 6 by 8 inches to 18 by 24 inches, with a few color options. Picture ledges with corresponding modernity are also available. West Elm, westelm.com.
Frames: Dennis Daniels
This company has been family-owned and -operated since 1986. The second generation of the Daniels family -- sisters Casey and Shannon -- offers more than 1,200 frame options. Still can't find what you're looking for? They'll gladly create a frame to suit your needs. In addition to wall frames and tabletop frames, they also offer albums and scrapbooking items. Sam Flax art stores in New York City carry a large selection of their frames, but visit the Dennis Daniels site to find retailers all over the country.
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