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It’s been a hot second since we’ve done a good Five for Friday around here, and I’m switching it up a little this week. Mixbook recently gave me the opportunity to put together my own hardcover photo book (because I got married, y’all) and I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you my top five reasons why I’m super stoked I went this route to show off my wedding photos. We did a simple courthouse elopement on May 4 (whaddup, Star Wars Day!) and Shannon (yes, of Real Bride fame) helped me out bigtime by doing my hair, making a gorgeous peony bouquet and tagging along to act as witness and snap some pics. Because gone are the days of having printouts of all your wedding snaps and here are the days of uploading all that shizz to social media for friends and family far and wide to ogle, I wanted to do something a little different and a little special. My husband is a huge fan of sentiment and really appreciates thoughtfully put together gifts — for instance, for our second Christmas together, I had an illustration of the two of us and our first cat commissioned, based on our favorite photo together that year — and because he enjoys these kinds of gifts so much, I try to pull one out of my hat as often as possible. I saw this opportunity with Mixbook to do just that. Guys, he freaking loved this. He teared up a little, and even took it to work the following day to show it off to his coworkers (god, I love him). So, aside from making my grown-ass husband weepy, here are five of my top reasons to get wedding photos made into a photo book:
They look damn good.
The hardcover is glossy and high-quality and the pages are durable and thick. I opted for a 10×10 Deluxe Square Hardcover (which costs about $50-ish). I played around with a few different pre-selected designs before I kind of just decided to go with my own. The colors reproduced really well, which pleases me.
You can tell your own story.
Mixbook has preset options where you can fill in the blanks with your information or you can do as I did and scrap the whole shebang and make it entirely yours. I wanted to highlight these details about our wedding day, but I also wanted to include little quips and snippets from our relationship throughout, and I was able to do just that.
The layout is only limited by your imagination.
Did I mention it took me nearly a month to put this together? No joke. I kept switching things around, trying new layouts and options and switching this and that until I was finally satisfied. I get really picky about things like this — you should see how long it takes me to set up a website or arrange furniture — because I want to be sure it’s the most aesthetically pleasing as possible. I love that I was able to add a fun overlay, like on the right, while including all of our photos in various order and being able to cohesively weave our story through the pages.
Fun extras add a little sumthin’-sumthin’.
Once I found the stickers, and especially this script sticker with a gold background, I was lost down a rabbit hole for at least an hour. For the pages where you just need that little something extra, but aren’t sure what, these are perfect. Mixbook also provides a number of background textures and graphics so you’re not stuck with white pages throughout.
The lay-flat design provides seamlessness.
If you opt for a hardcover lay-flat book, you don’t have to worry about the pages getting all wonky and losing part of the image in the seam. My book only has 21 pages, and none of the images cross the center threshold, but I love this feature nonetheless.
My Mixbook is a durable heirloom that I can’t wait to show off to our family when they come to visit, and we can show to our son when he gets older. While we do plan on having one or two of the images from our little wedding day framed, this photo book is perfect for telling our story and preserving our love.