(Closed) DIY Wedding album?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Runnat:  First I applaude you for making photography a priority and going with the photographer you love.  It may sound crazy, but $1000 is not the most some photographers charge for their albums.  Most of the good album companies we order from cost us between $300-600 at our cost to order the books, and the layout with revisions can sometimes be very time consuming (so part of what you’re paying for is the design of the album).  Forgetting for a second about the quality difference, a great album design is really the biggest factor in why I think it’s good to order from the photographer rather than going the DIY route.  Unless you’ve laid out wedding albums before there is a definite art to it.  That being said the types of albums we sell our clients blow stuff like Blurb or Snapfish out of the water completely.  They are one of a kind creations that are designed to last a lifetime.  

You most definitely should have an album of some sort.  It’s a shame when people just get “the disc.”  Those photos rarely make it off a computer hard drive, and the magic of a photos is really seeing it as a physical print.  You might consider just waiting awhile until the financial pains of the wedding ease a bit afterwards, and just purchase the album at a later date.  Our average album investment is $1500-2500 (with upgrades and added pages), so $1000 sounds like a deal to me.

Post # 5
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478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ack! $1000 for a 20 page album?? That seems like a lot. I made my own album for a lot less! I knew that there would be tons of framed wedding photos throughout my house so I wasn’t that worried about an album. My photog gave us digital copies of everything that was included in our price so I printed individual 4x6s for a physical photo album and also made a photo book for super cheap. Since I designed the book myself it’s exactly how I want it and I spent maybe $100 on it.

Post # 6
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@MrsKaySea:  What you’re talking about isn’t the same thing as a professional made album.  It’s not a fair comparison.  

Post # 7
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389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I made my own album on adoramapix and I really love the way it turned out (thick, photo quality, lay flat pages). However, it is not the same as a professional album. I don’t think there is anything out there that can compare to professional. It is just up to you to determine if a professional album is worth it to you.

But one question pops into my mind… if you are going to spend an arm and a leg on the photographer, wouldn’t you want an equally amazing album to show off those photos?

Post # 9
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478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@continuumphotography:  I realize I’m not talking about a “professional” album. I was giving my opinion on why she doesn’t need to spend massive amounts of money on something she can make herself.

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