Knowing that we were going to receive our wedding pictures from the photographer (Anders with Valhalla Studio) on Sunday (yesterday), we had popped into Michaels the day before to look at some frame options to bring together the matte we had our guests sign as our "registry" with our favorite wedding photo.
As luck would have it, Michaels has a sale going on until this Thur on their custom framing. Because of the "collection" we picked from, the sale kicked in at 70% off! The advice given to us from Johanna (wonderful Michaels' employee) was to bring in the photo and matte together before deciding on a frame and completing the transaction.
Anders took almost 900 digital pictures (3.9 GB) of our wedding which he supplied burned onto DVD media. We had a tonne of fun working through them on Sunday, picking our favorites to print for ourselves, our wedding party, parents, and as an insert to our thank you's.
Today, we took a USB with our digitals to the Costco Photo Centre for printing. Sizes we printed ranged from 4x6 to 12x18, and the pricing was incredible! The only lesson learned here was that the ordering kiosk slurps in all the photos (from all subfolders), so don't use folders/directories as your sorting mechanism for what sizes you need to print; as the folder names will not be displayed. I had to run back home to write out a paper list of the image names, sizes and counts; which also made a great checklist as we printed over 80 photos.
We returned to Michaels with our 12x18 print and matte, lined it up with our 5 previous frame selections, and the obvious choice simply jumped up above the rest. Johanna's advice was bang on! We picked the top frame from the picture below.
Now that all the initial printing is done we can complete our Thank You's as our next task.