Post # 1
I’m planning to make several wedding albums on my own, ranging from maybe a mini pocketbook type to a hopefully really nice one to keep forever (with the leather bound covers and really thick pages…).
Where are the best places to make your own at? (online or otherwise, or do you just need to bite the bullet and pay the hefty pricetags to go thru the photographer?)
Also, any tips when ordering on page or cover type, or anything else?
Post # 3
You may want to check out this site about a guy who compared about 13 different albums from various photo album makers.
Post # 4
I used blurb.com to put together our engagement album. If you’re going to do a hardback album, the more pages the better, since I used only about 30 pages and it’s a little thin. But the quality was amazing and the price was very reasonable!
Post # 5
I’m going to go read that link above, but from my own experience (I’ve made Shutterfly, Blurb, Adorama and Snapfish albums), I’m going to go with Adorama for my “nice” album. It’s not leather bound though, which I’d really love, but it’s the only company I’ve found for non pros that prints an actual photograph in film paper (not using a photo printer, they DEVELOP the film) and lets you print through the center. Picaboo does that too but they print in photo paper and cost WAY too much for photo paper.
Post # 6
Thanks, that link had good info and it looks like adorama is a good option. I’m wondering though, i’ve made scrapbook type albums in the past and they’ve had the thin glossy type pages. I’ve seen a couple wedding albums from family members with the really thick pages (maybe 1/8 inch or 3 mm)…what are those called?
Post # 7
@ksnow – The albums with thick pages are called flush mount albums. There aren’t many companies that make flush mounts that work with the general public – most flush mount album companies work only with pro photographers. A couple companies, like Picaboo, do offer flush mount to non-photogs.
Post # 8
@ YSQueen — thanks so much for the link to the article. it is so thorough and helpful!
Post # 9
I second the Adorama recommendation. We used Blurb for the albums we gave to family, but went with Adorama for ourselves. It was the right balance of quality, price, and willingness to work with non-professionals.
The Adorama pages are nice and thick because they are photo paper and are glued back-to-back. They actually print on one long sheet and fold it accordion-style then glue the pages together and glue the end pages to the covers, so there’s no true binding. The pages lay flat as you turn the pages, it still feels like a traditionally-bound book.
Post # 10
I’m planning on doing a flush mount album from a local photo printer – Bay Photo. They have tons of options on their website.
Post # 11
@Goodheart: No prob, I myself will probably going the Adorama route as well.
Post # 12
I love the link that YSQueen posted and it is what I used to decide what company I was going to use for my guestbook album (Adorama). I think I want to do a flushmount album for my wedding album though and I think I will be using Somerset Albums for that. They are more expensive than a photobook for sure but way less (at least half the price) than what your photographer will likely charge to put together a flushmount album for you. I know Picaboo also does flushmount albums, but the photo quality of their photobooks is so poor, I don’t think I’d ever trust them to do any sort of album for me, especially something as important as a wedding album.
Post # 13
Try iPhoto’s albums from Apple. They range from mini-paperback albums to oversized hard covers with proffessional jackets. I don’t think they do leather bound, but the rest can’t be beat. Super easy to make and order, good prices.
Post # 14
I wish Blurb had been around for our wedding – their books are really high-end, although making the album is definitely a ‘project’ 🙂 If you want to include more photos from your friends, another fun one to try might be Keepsy. They actually let friends email photos directly to the album from cell phones, so it’s a bit like a 21st century disposable camera idea… without the disposable camera.
Post # 15
@PaulineY I wouldn’t necessarily call blurb ‘high-end’ their prices are great and the print quality is okay for a press book they do not make ‘albums’.
Post # 16
High end, professional albums, a fraction of the cost and they sell to consumers.