Post # 1
not sure where this post goes, so i am starting here.
basically, i have been thinking about what to do with my wedding and wedding related pictures. i pretty much decided i want to order a professional album from my photographer of our wedding day and TTD pics. Then i have a free shutterfly coupon for a free album that i wanted to use to make an album of Jamaica non wedding pics, plus our honeymoon in Negril and our AHR. i think anyway. I could do a third one for AHR since we had formal pics done as well.
but then i remembered that at my bridal shower i was gifted two of those store bought wedding albums where you insert 4X6 pics you print. And I really don’t want to use them! not sure what to do, because i feel bad if i don’t use them, but i really like the look of those coffee table flush mount type albums.
i would also feel bad tossing or re-gifting the ones i received, but it also seems pointless to leave them lying around empty…..insight please!
Post # 3
Maybe you can use them to give your parents some pictures from the wedding?
Post # 4
You could give them to a budget bride that may like them here on WB?
Post # 5
presumably you are going to have a lifetime of pictures ahead of you. I would save the albums. If they say something like “wedding” on the cover, you can hotglue a little plate or something over that, that says somethng like “vacation 2012” or something like that.
Post # 6
I can understand not tossing them, but you could always drop them in the Goodwill bin or something. Why would you feel bad regifting them? (Just remember who gave them to you and don’t give them to those people. 🙂 Is it that you don’t think anyone else would want them?
Don’t keep “stuff” just because you feel bad getting rid of it. That way hoarding lies. This is a major reason why I am a huge fan of consumable gifts–wine and gourmet foods, candles, bath products. We are inundated with so. much. stuff. all the time. Nobody needs that much stuff.
Post # 7
I agree just save them, you have a lifetime of vacations and other events you may want to use them for. I would just save them and put them away for future stuff
Post # 8
Did you get gift receipts for the albums that you got at your shower? If so you can always return them and get something else off of your registry. Of course this is assuming that they came from a store you registered at. If not you can always put them up on Ebay for someone else to enjoy them or I second SandythePoet’s post. Get crafty and reuse them for another trip! One thing I am doing for my wedding is making an album of all my planning to include vendors and mock up drawings done of our cake, flowers, etc. That way I can remember every step of my wedding journey when its done. Good luck with whatever you decide to do 🙂
Post # 9
Is the person that gave them to you close? Will they ever be at your house to see if you’re using them? If not, I would just regift, donate it to goodwill, or make your parents or grandparents albums out of them.
Post # 10
Do you ever print 4×6 pictures where you could use them?? If you do, I’d just hold on to them, but if not, go ahead and regift or give away to someone that could use it or donate.
Post # 11
Are they specific to weddings, or could you re-use them for something else?
If they are for 4×6 pictures, maybe you can use it to save postcards or cards or some other pictures.
If you really don’t want them, just donate them.
Post # 12
thanks for the replies! to clarify, one of the albums my mother gave me! that is probably why i feel bad and am afraid not to use it/get rid of it. and it is the one that is more “wedding-y”. it does not say wedding on it, but it is white with hearts imprinted and a frilly bow. i suppose i could regift it. i am actually going to a bridal shower in a couple of months. But then i have the issue of showing my mom the album i do get. I suppose there are excuses, like the album she gave me is pretty small and we wanted one that included more cuz we have so many pics, something like that. or just that we wanted a professional album, nothing wrong with that i think!
the other album is from a friend that does not really come to my place ever, so i dont think i have to worry there. And looking at this one i kinda like it, i could maybe use it for the Jamaica non-wedding/honeymoon pics or something in the future. OR i hadn’t thought of using it for a parent album which we are totally planning to get together by xmas! so i might just use it for one of our parents! thanks for that idea!
@PWheels: i did not have gift registry (i had a honeymoon one), and since i was living on the opposite coast all last year for internship and could not lug gifts around on the plane (i went home for the holidays and had my shower then), what everyone did was pool together and get me a really nice camera that i could take to Jamaica. then a few people added to the theme with albums and frames, which was nice. i like the frames i got and plan to use them.
oh, and IN Jamaica, DHs parents bought us a huge “Jamaica” album, that i totally forgot about! So maybe i will use that for our Jamaica pics, lol. I guess i have still have some figuring out to do. thanks for the ideas though!