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Now that the wedding is over and you are faced with a mountain of photos from your very special day, how will you decide which ones are extra special?

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A wedding is an important milestone not only for the bride and groom, but for everyone in their immediate and extended families. The ceremony marks a new chapter for people on both sides of the family tree.

Because the day is so significant to so many people -- both current and future generations -- it's important to record the memories on film. So what kinds of images should you make sure your photographer captures?

A good place to start is by making a list of the photos most important to you :

* Bride and groom full length

* Bride and groom kissing

* The wedding party

* Couple with bride's parents

* Couple with groom's parents

* Various of the couple with the bride's extended family

* Various of the couple with the groom's extended family

* Groom with best man shaking hands

* Bride's dance with her father

* Groom's dance with his mother

* Bride tossing bouquet

* Groom taking off garter

You should also make sure you get plenty of candids, like kids dancing with their parents during the party. The first toast to the bride and groom, the cutting of the cake, the first dance, etc.

Years of exposure to the afternoon sun, dust and moisture in the air can leave even framed photos brittle and yellow if they're not preserved behind preservation-quality glass which has anti-reflective technology with UV blocking properties. The same amount of time spent attached to the pages of an acid-based self-adhesive album can do the same thing.

Your most precious photographic memories should be given the same treatment and protection that a piece of fine artwork receives. Since it's not practical to have all of your wedding photos framed, these days a lot of people are using their outtakes and extra portraits to create scrapbooking pages. Other couples prefer to simply put them in albums; but remember, they too need to be adequately preserved.

To properly preserve your wedding photographs you should:

* Only use albums that are archival quality, meaning acid free.

* Use storage boxes and envelopes of archival quality.

* Only mount photos to acid-free pages using tape and photo corners that are also acid- free.

* Do not store photos in high temperature or high humidity areas such as attics and basements.

* Have your pictures scanned and put on a CD which will serve as a permanent archive in case anything happens to the originals.

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