Expensive (Professional) Wedding Album vs. DIY

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Go with the professional wedding album or DIY?
    Worth the expense. Pay for the professional album. : (57 votes)
    32 %
    Save the money. Go the DIY route. : (122 votes)
    68 %
  • Post # 3
    25 posts
    • Wedding: March 2018

    we’re going the DIY way… my fiance is also does graphic design, so we ensured that we are getting the RAWs and he can have some fun with it himself. altho… finding a photog willing to give us RAWs was a pain.

    Post # 5
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’d definitely go the DIY route and save the money if you can get RAW images. We get an album included with our package but I’m still going to make my own album on the side the old traditional way, printing pics and stuffing the pics into an empty photo book. I’m not a fan of “designer style” albums, I got one for my boudoir pics and felt that it took away from the individual photos when they were jumbled together in some graphic design. Plus for our wedding album the photographer chooses his favorites which vastly differ from mine based on the ones he chose to display on his blog. I’d rather do my own where I can have total control (hehe, I sound like a control freak).

    Post # 6
    1778 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Try a site like blurb.com and make one.  (you can put any fancy stuff on your pics and then add them to this)  It is very cheap and you can make an album and print if for less than $50 and hey if it doesn’t work out exactly as you want it, you can always take the high res images to a professional place (does not neccessarily have to be the place who took your pics) and have them do it.  For me, a $50 experiment to possibly save $1500 is totally worth it!


    Btw just curious, which area of the country are you in?  I am in getting married in the NJ/NY area(expensive area) and I got 8 hours of photograph for $1500 with the high res images/rights on a dvd.  Maybe if you shop around a little more you can get a better deal?


    Best of luck with whatever you decide!

    Post # 7
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    They better be the hi res files! I wonder if I need to ask my photog about that?

    And what could that photographer possibly have told you that would make a $1500 album sound reasonable? I really love the DIY books, they are professionally printed and the one my friend made after her wedding came out fantastic! My mom started going on about the wedding album too, but she doesn’t know I can make it myself.

    Post # 8
    2767 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    i’ll be paying for a professional album, but our photog only charges $800 for a 11×13 (i think) sized album with 20 pages. 

    I did make 3 different albums of our wedding photos for family members using snapfish or shutterfly.  They turned out nice, but the quality just wasn’t what I wanted for our own personal album.  Quality is the main reason I’m going with the pro who offers the album with the flushmount design and hard pages.

    Post # 9
    1752 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We are splurging for an album from our photog for us (granted ours will only be like 300 bucks for 15 pages) and then we are going to make nice books for our parents.

    The books & some framed photos are going to be our Christmas presents this year!

    Post # 10
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I got the professional album, but uh, i have looked at it once. Maybe twice, in the past year…..

    Post # 12
    187 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m having the same debate although it’s more like buyers regret since we already signed the contract.  Our photographers charge $1500 for their albums and sent us a link to ‘our albums are like these’ and of course I fell in love with those. But it’s absolutely beautiful, the same as Mrs Avocado’s I believe, http://www.kissweddingbooks.com/ 

    Now I have to decide if I want to pay an extra $400 for the kiss ones or their usual ones…anyone use kiss before??

    Post # 13
    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We’re going the DIY route. Just because then we get more freedom on what gets laid out where and things. We’re also probably going to scrap getting a book of just photos and do a more scrap booking type guestbook with photos that’ll double as our wedding album.

    Post # 14
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @Uskadelig: I think what your photog is stressing is that many people do not have the software to edit and resize pics and they don’t have the knowledge of how to display pics in an album (for example try to have profile pics facing the middle of the book rather than facing the outer edges) so most people probably give up and come back to him.

    But you have a graphic design background though so you know how to edit and crop images as well as having understanding of page layout. I’d totally DIY if I were you (I personally am – I don’t even want the photog to edit my pics as I want to do my own filters on them).

    Post # 15
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would totally go the DIY route… you could have awesome books for everyone at a much lower price!

    Post # 16
    4480 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

    We did all of our albums on Blurb. I’m not a pro graphic designer but I have a little bit of background in it, so I figured I had very little to lose–at least we were definitely going to get our parent albums there. We got them and they look fantastic. There is a huge quality difference between the Blurb albums, though, and the professional albums my photog offers (which are much larger, heavier, better binding, higher quality printing, etc.). The only problem is we don’t have $1200-1800 for an album right now, and we probably won’t for the foreseeable future. Knowing that, I think we got a great product with our $50 album. 😉

    If you’re unsure, I agree with the PP who said to DIY with an inexpensive site and then see what you think of it. If you love it, you’re done. If you don’t, make it a parent gift!

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