I am I crazy

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: is $800 too much to spend on a wedding album and proof book
    yes, you are nuts : (23 votes)
    61 %
    no, its totally worth it. : (9 votes)
    24 %
    go with the cheapest option : (6 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

     

    A_Ray_of_Sunlight:  How much research have you done? What do other sites cost?

    Post # 3
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    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    A_Ray_of_Sunlight:  I will be honest- I spent about that much on my album and I only have one reason- its my wedding album- I wanted it to be amazing. 

    I spent  $693 to be exact and this is what I got:

    – 12 x 12 album with a white leather cover, and a peek-a-boo picture on the front (its a small cut out in the middle of the cover with a picture of our choice)

    -Front cover embossed with our wedding date

    -Gilded pages (edge of page is gold- you have a choice of gold or silver)

    -Flush mounted photos

    -For an additional $35 I got 2 parent albums in story-book style (so my album alone was $623 and with the 2 parent albums everything came to $693)

    I would suggest checking out some other companies first before settling with this company. Check out Black River Imaging, Artisan State, and Shutterfly

    I have included some pictures of my album. I hope you can see them

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    Post # 5
    Member
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    A_Ray_of_Sunlight:  I used Black River imaging – I also wanted to point out that I wanted to create my own album- I did everything. I picked out all the photos and did all the layouts. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    6525 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    A_Ray_of_Sunlight:  well, I would check out the other companies I gave you. I have heard great thing about all of those companies. Do your research before spending all that money, its a lot and you want to make sure you are getting what you paid for! Good luck!

    Post # 8
    Member
    1899 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

    A_Ray_of_Sunlight:  I feel like a total cheapskate in that I’m designing mine through Fujifilm’s website, and then having it printed and posted to me for $80. But honestly, I don’t feel it’s a high priority thing for me. I expect I’ll look through all my pics on my computer a bit but I don’t expect to look through a physical album often if at all.

    If you think it’s worth $800 then go for it. 

    Post # 9
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We got ours through the photographer, but I made layflat ones through Shutterly for like $60 and I would be totally happy just using that as my wedding album. $800 seems pretty crazy for an album. 

    Post # 11
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    3016 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

    I have to say– my uncle made a tribute/memorial book for the family about my mother and I’m sure it cost more like the shutterfly ones mentioned above… if I were going to do an album, I would never pay $800 for a squishy cover and gold pages when I could make a decent one myself for 1/8 of the price. But only you know what you want. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    1055 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I thinks that’s a lot. I got a professional album in my package. I made two smaller albums for <$75 each on shutterfly and I thought they turned out beautifully… I think you could get the same for cheaper that way. That absolutely sucks about your photographer though!

    Post # 13
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    2165 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s a lot, but if it’s good quality it’s worth it.  We spent around that much on our album (we had a credit that we used to make it a little cheaper) and I love it.  We don’t look at it every day or anything, but the album is just gorgeous and I know we’ll treasure it.  If having a nice album is important to you, and that cost is doable for you than go for it.  

    Post # 14
    Member
    232 posts
    Helper bee

    A_Ray_of_Sunlight:  If they’ve had sales and groupons, I would contact them and ask them for a discount on what I want. They just might do it.

    Post # 15
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    77 posts
    Worker bee

    It sounds like you’re getting photo editing for a lot of pictures in addition to the album. If it was just the album, that’d be too much, but it makes more sense when it includes the editing.

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