4 offbeat ideas for what to do with your wedding photos

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Whenever I'm having a bad day I flip to the part of the photo book where a dinosaur attacks my partner and our wedding guests.

Are your wedding photos sitting in a folder on your desktop? Although they probably look splendid on your screen, your special memories deserve a chance to shine! After all, you put a lot of time and cash schmoney into getting those wedding photos. If you're brainstorming what to do with your wedding photos after the big day, consider turning them into everyday items that will make you and your loved ones smile!

This past holiday, I decided what better way to keep my expensive wedding pics working hard for me than to turn our wedding photos into gifts and decor for my in-laws!

I had initially gone to Vistaprint to create a wedding album for my in-laws, but then I realized all the cool ways I could turn our favorite memories into items my loved ones could use in their day-to-day lives. Wedding photo gifts are such a modern way to remember your special day beyond a traditional wedding album. They're also ideal if you or a loved one are the nomadic type, meaning you don't have the space to carry a big wedding portrait of you from apartment to apartment.

Whether you recently got married (or in my case, got married a few years ago), turning your wedding pics into physical photo gifts for yourself or your loved ones is an intentional way to keep your favorite memories where you can see them.

Here are 4 ideas for what to do with your wedding photos:

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10/10 mother in laws will cry (happy tears!)

1) Create a custom calendar 

Calendars are a great gift because they're pretty much 12 opportunities to share your favorite wedding photos! And they're actually useful. Because these had to be offbeat wedding photo gifts (my in-laws expected nothing less from us), we were excited by Vistaprint's option to input custom text (peep the silly monthly themes in the gif below).

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It's so hard to choose just 12 of your favorite wedding photos! We made a 12-month custom calendar for 2023. They come in assorted sizes and personalization options!

I was even able to highlight meaningful dates like my in-law's wedding date, birthdays, and other noteworthy days! 

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2) Make a custom mug with a personal message

My father-in-law was the one who got my partner super into dinosaurs as a kid, so naturally we had to have an inflatable dino appear at the wedding. As a gift to him, we created a collage of our favorite moments from the ceremony with a zoomed in photo of the special guest T-Rex.

We customized a personal message and included the wedding date. My FIL is definitely the sentimental type, so we know he gets a smile out of this wedding photo gift when he drinks his morning coffee. 

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3) Put your wedding photos on a canvas print

My sister-in-law was the Woman of Honor and damn proud of it. As a housewarming present we created a wedding photo collage on canvas print with our favorite memories of her from our wedding day.

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This is just the PREVIEW of the canvas print! I was beyond thrilled when I saw it in person.

The photos colors were so rich and vivid on the canvas. Way better than what I imagined when I first saw it in the preview section at the checkout!

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4) Keep it classic with a custom wedding photo book

My mother-in-law loved this wedding photo book so much she brought it to a party to show her friends the next day. And OMG wait till you see the quality of the prints on the page!

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I never understood the hype with wedding photo books…Vistaprint changed that for me.

Literally this is what I meant when I said my wedding photos were working hard for me. The hi-res photos showed up be-yoo-tifully on these silky smooth pages. This wedding photo book was such a lovely memento that captured all the wacky, weird, and wonderful moments from our wedding day. Not to mention it looks stylish as heck on a coffee table. I wasn't a wedding album girlie before but call me Smashmouth cuz I'm a believer. I'll be ordering five more of these and leaving them in random coffee shops for strangers to admire (or scratch their heads over).

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Get those wedding photos off your desktop and onto something special! 

You spent a ton of money on your wedding photos, plus your photographer worked hard to deliver gorgeous hi-res photos of your wedding day. So yeah, you deserve to look upon these high quality memories every day for as long as you want! And Vistaprint won't do you dirty with that grainy, pixelated nonsense. Creating wedding photo gifts for yourself or for your loved ones is a unique way to bring your favorite memories from your wedding day into your every day life.

Already married and surrounded with wedding photo gifts from your special day? Lucky you! Keep the love going by gifting the newlywed couple in your life with a personalized keepsake featuring a favorite photograph from their celebration. Just make sure you're sneaky and get the link to their high-res photo album! Trust me, they'll be delighted you asked and happy to share.

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