Post # 1
Let me know what sites you’ve used for designing photobooks. Would you recommend it for wedding photos? Our photog will put a book together but it’s around $400-$500! Ouch!
I want something really classy with the ability to be able to use my own pictures as backgrounds if I choose. Saw the picaboo groupon this morning and considering buying it.
This book would be for the parents (and us as well) and include all the pics from our destination wedding weekend – 80-90 pages I’m thinking.
Post # 3
I plan on using Blurb.com when I get my pics.
The prices seem reasonable on there aswell.
Post # 4
OMG! so sorry for the repeat! Wedding bee kept freezing on me!
Post # 5
I check out this site regularly, the blogger aggregates all of the great photo book deals out there on a daily basis – less work for me!
Post # 6
I just did a ton of research on this! I ended up ordering from Adoramapix and blurb. The blurb books have come in so far, the Adoramapix one has not.
– you can get as many pages as you want– which is awesome
– price is really good
– super fast turn-around (less than a week between ordering and arriving)
– paper quality and photo quality was definitely not as good as I expected. I ordered two books, one with the upgraded paper and one without. The one with the upgraded paper was definitely nicer, but it was still pretty thin. More disappointing, I felt like the images were a little bit flat and definitely “photo printed on paper” quality vs. feeling like you have a real photo in front of you.
– You are limited to 76 pages max
– s-l-o-w omg so slow. I ordered my book on April 7. My estimated arrival date was May 10. Insane! They do close for a week for passover so that was an extra week in there, but I believe they are ALSO closed saturday and sunday and half of Fridays for religious purposes every week. Having only 4.5 business days per week means incredibly slow processing which frustrates me to no end.
– quite a bit more expensive than blurb.
– On the plus side… their layouts are a lot better/easier to work with (I found), you don’t have to download anything to design your book (it is done online), and they have more book sizes.
– Also (and I can’t swear to this yet because I haven’t received my book) I expect their photo quality will be much better. They do lay flat pages which is amazing, and they print on real photo paper. This means that paper should be much thicker and the photos should look as good as if I printed a photo to frame.
Final thought: If the photo quality and paper quality for Adorama is as good as I am expecting, I definitely think they are the winning company. It annoys me that you can’t do more than 76 pages, and the slow processing is terrible… but in the end I feel like it is going to be a much much nicer product than the blurb book.
Post # 7
First – I’d read this review: http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html
A guy buys the same photobook from a dozen different companies and compares them. It’s a little long but well worth the read.
Personally – I’d recommend AdoramaPix. I got my guestbook made by them with some of our E-pics and it turned out beautifully! I wrote a review with pictures here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-awesome-adoramapix-photobook-lots-of-pics
I know many other Bees have used them for wedding albums too so I’m sure you can find more reviews with more pictures around the Hive if you search.
Post # 8
i used shutterfly for mine and it was awesome, really user friendly but not on the cheap side. i got mine for 9 bucks because i had a $20 gift card from my target welcome bag when we registered, and i had like a 20% off coupon as well. but i really loved how it turned out and it was easy to put together. i built it on saturday and i recieved it in the mail on tuesday! but there is a shutterfly location here in charlotte, i drive by it everyday on my way to work so that may be why i got it so quickly.
i just bought the groupon for picaboo – so ill let you know how that goes, i wanted to get our moms some photobooks of the wedding for mothers day.
Post # 9
I am doing my album through AdoramaPix. I havent ordered it yet but the software has been really easy to use. I like that you can customize your layouts. yes you are limited to 76 pages but 76 pages for a 12×12 book is a lot! Here are some posts from bees who have used Adorama
Post # 10
Adoramapix makes a decent book. Understand though that these are consumer products and won’t compare to the book your photographer is offering which will come from a professional lab. The image quality and quality of the book will be much higher. Also, 500ish is on the lower end, many popular albums cost in the thousands.
Post # 11
My photographer is creating my book as part of her package. But I do want to create additional books since I will receive the DVD. I can’t wait to use Adoramapix.
Post # 12
Personally I’ve had really good experiences with mixbook.com. I love the ability to actually feel like I’m scrapbooking online rather then just dropping pics into pre-formatted pages that I don’t have much choice on. It is limited to 100 pages and there isn’t a lay flat option, but the lay flat part doesn’t bother me one way or another.
Post # 13
Thanks so much!! So, let me get this straight – you can design your own layout using Adoramapix? That’s nice!! Are you able to use your own photos as backgrounds? I know picaboo lets you do that, which I really like.
I definitely don’t want the “flat on the paper” feeling, so would like to use a good quality paper – I was looking to spend $100-$150 per book. Doable on Adoramapix – if I use the max allowed pages?
@USER876: Not everyone has $500 to spend on a book. So low end or not, just isn’t feasible for me. Are you saying that Adoramapix makes the best book you’ve seen outside of a photog’s book?
Lay flat pages vs. regular pages — that much of a difference? Worth upgrading to lay flat? Opinions please…