Congratulations!! You’re officially married, and you’re having a blast re-living your wedding through your gallery. The next step is to make sure you store your wedding photos properly so you can enjoy them for decades to come!
First of all, make sure you download your entire gallery immediately when you receive it. This ensures you have a copy of every single photo right away on your own computer! Even though the gallery stays up for a full year for my couples, don’t wait to complete this step. Life always gets busy, so it’s easier to get it done right away!
I highly recommend the LaCie Rugged Mini, but you could also choose a different brand! The most important part is having all the photos in a separate location, just in case anything happens to your computer or you purchase a new computer in the future.
When you have your external hard drive connected to your computer, simply create a new folder and copy all of the photos there. It’s important to make sure you’re copying and not just moving the photos over, so double check to make sure you have all the photos in both locations as you’re completing this step.
This might seem like overkill, but I promise you can’t be too careful with your memories. All it takes is one crashed computer or a lost external hard drive or a natural disaster, and you could lose your photos in an instant! By placing your photos in several different locations, you decrease the chances of something happening to all of the copies.
If you already have a more expensive external hard drive like the LaCie Rugged Mini I mentioned above, you might find using a USB is more economical.
Once you place an additional copy on this one, I recommend storing it somewhere off-site – like at your parent’s house. That way, if there is a fire or flood in your home that destroys both your computer and your first external hard drive, you’ll still have all your photos somewhere else.
Just make sure you have a designated place off-site so they don’t get lost in the future!
This is such an important step, especially when it’s so easy to find cloud storage these days. If anything happens to the other three back-up locations, you’ll sleep easy knowing your photos can be downloaded from here!
Here are a few options:
Having cloud storage can also be a way to back-up your entire computer (if you use something like Backblaze or Crashplan) so if anything happens, you can easily restore it.
This is one of the best ways to continuously enjoy your photos! Whether your print a couple of your favorites and put them in frames, order beautiful wall art or invest in a Signature Legacy Album, physically holding your photos is a completely different experience than seeing them on a screen.
It’s also reassuring knowing that even if technology changes, you’ll still be able to touch and see your photos. For example, what if the file names switch in the future, and your computer can no longer read .jpgs? What if you put everything on a USB, but in a decade the new computers don’t have USB ports or converters?
And I know we all rely on social media so much as an archive of our lives, but what if that changes too? If Facebook or Instagram disappeared tomorrow, would you still have all those photos saved somewhere? Or would your memories disappear with it?
This is why it’s extra important to back-up your wedding photos in several different places, both digitally and physically. The more places your photos exist, the better chance you’ll be able to view them on your 50th anniversary as you reminisce about one of your favorite days.
If you have any questions as you back-up your wedding photos, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m more than happy to walk you through the process!