To engaged couples, the Knot quickly becomes a one-stop shop for all things wedding: tips, vendor info, and budgeting tools, to name a few. I found this great article from the Knot experts sharing some of their top tips for designing your own album that they collected from Ira Lippke of Ira Lippke Studios. These days, brides and grooms are letting their creative juices flow and designing their own albums, canvases, art prints. We love to see the designs creative couples come up with; there are endless possibilities to designing something as unique and original as your love story. Here are a few of the 10 album design tips from the Knot.

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1. Use your favorite images

First and foremost, your album is for you. Even if you are making an album for your parents or in-laws, keep in mind that your wedding day was your own. Use the images that speak to you as a couple and anchor your album design around that. You can always thrown in a few family photos from each side to please the parents.

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2. Think chronologically

If you think about your wedding events in a timeline format, it will help in creating each page layout. Start with getting ready shots and pepper in some of the dress and ring details. Next came the first look and/or ceremony, and go on from there, finally ending the album the way you ended the night – with awesome reception dancing shots.

Photo credit: Brad Boniface

3. Don’t procrastinate

So you’ve received your images on a disc or USB from your photographer. You’re not finished. In this digital age, it’s so easy to let our images live on laptops and iPads, but those beautiful images from one of the most important days of your life, deserve to be preserved, displayed, and shared. It’s easy to put off creating and ordering an album when you’re settling back into the everyday routine after the wedding events and honeymoon, but make it a priority to create your album now, while all of the happy memories are fresh in your mind.

Photo credit: Elizabeth de Varga

Click here for all 10 album design tips from the Knot. Happy designing!