Since I'm unemployed, I took on the difficult task of narrowing down pictures. I managed to get it down to 150, and then from there, to 114. I was aiming to get under 100, because the design fees from A La Carte are charged by number of images. My parent's wedding album is something like 6 pictures, by the way, so I think I should be able to tell the story of our day in 100 images or less.
The biggest question I had about cutting pictures was this: do I want this album to be for us, or for our children/grandchildren? If it's for us, then I cram it full of pictures of our friends and pictures that are slightly fuzzy around the edges but show how much fun we had. I include all the pictures of me cracking up. So that someday, when life is difficult and the children are screaming about how we won't let them have a car and our parents are in and out of hospitals, we can look through the album and think, "All those things we hoped and promised and dreamed? I meant it all, every word."
I don't think I'll ever be able to look at this picture without thinking, "how lucky am I?"
If I want the album for posterity, for our children to look through and laugh at the funny fashions and marvel at how young we looked, how much Mark looks like our own son, how my hair used to be any color but gray, how much the world has changed since we got married. How the more things change, the more things stay the same. There are your grandmothers, doing the same reading from Ruth, that your grandparents did at their wedding. My parents have a tiny wedding album, my mom lost her mother before I was born, and whenever I look at their wedding pictures, I want more pictures of them, of their parents, of my aunts and uncles. I couldn't care less what their cake or tables looked like.
Did anybody else face these issues when they sat down to pick their album pictures? What did you end up deciding?