(Closed) I'm making a wedding coffee table book. Has anyone done this?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone doing that, but I LOVE the idea!!!  What a fun project!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

A lot of people I know in my circle do coffee table books now instead of traditional albums (the old-fashioned in sleeves kind) and I think they’re awesome (especially if the person that created it has a good eye for design/layout). I have a background in graphics/layout/editorial so I plan to do coffee table books for the parents and for us as well.

I personally prefer the ones that are just photos (both color + b/w) over the ones with captions, though since you are a writer IRL, yours will probably be great, actually. The ones I’ve seen so far with captions are usually not very well-written or have a lot of grammar/punctuation/spelling mistakes and that would beyond bug me. Since you are a writer, I don’t think you will have this problem at all and I’m sure yours will be great to read. I think it would be cute to make it like other coffee table books and maybe do a page with text laid out in a cool way and then follow it up with photos, rather than having photos + captions on every page for every photo. I think you can do one big book rather than separate books but I would do the photos in order or break it up into sections/chapters with cute/clever chapter titles.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Photobook AMerica has really good photo and text interfaces. I’ve made 8 books through them for various things (I do a lot of photography). There’s always a groupon or coupon code for them (search around before buying!! wait for a sale if you need to – don’t pay full price). I’ve been consistently impressed with their quality.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did this and used MyPublisher.com. It was very, very easy and it turned out great! You download their software for free, do your layouts, and then upload to them to print. It looks great on our coffee table because the front cover is a full cover photo and I love looking at it.

I didn’t do any text except for the cover and spine, but you can do it. On most pages, I had clusters of pictures that all went together (example: Me and DH with my whole family, me with my brothers, me with my parents)…etc. 

They also always have coupons, so I think I got a full-color hard cover with around 30 lay-flat double-sided pages for less than $100!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@crayfish:  I second Photobook America.  I’ve done my vacation write books with them and with the Groupon, it cant be beat.

I’ve also used Shutterfly, they have a completely customizable route now as well.

Not sure about more ‘professional’ or archieve quality books though.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I used MyPublisher to make my wedding book and it was great to work with- there are styles that let you use text too!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

My mom did this for us using Shutterfly. The text she added were our vows and parts of the ceremony. She just got around to getting it finished and ordered yesterday so I should have it soon. I think it’s a neat idea though.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love this idea and plan to do something similar, we already have something like this for our engagement because David’s Bridal sent me a coupon for a free shutterfly book when I signed up with them. I put together a book of the days leading up to the event and the event itself (he put together this 4 day long adventure and even had a secret photographer at the end who got the whole engagement in photo’s) and strung them all together with the blog post I had written about the whole thing. I even included the first few blog posts I wrote about when we first got together. (We met online through our blogs by chance and now I have the stories and pictures immortalized forever, even if the blog goes under some day) I love flipping through the book and reading how I felt about everything and I can’t wait for my kids to read it some day. Knowing how much I love that book, I HAVE to do it for the wedding too. Can’t wait to hear how yours turns out!!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@iarebridezilla:  Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking too. I think most people like to look at the photos rather than reading a ton of text and that’s what makes them coffee table books. I think it would be gorgeous if it was like a huge 16 x 16 (or even larger!) coffee table book with like a big white page that just said in plain simple text “{ F I R S T  L O O K }” (maybe right in the middle of the page?) and nothing else, and then when you turn the page, it will be like a gorgeous two page spread (one large horizontal photo) of the first look. And then this can be followed by maybe another spread of large and small pictures. I kind of feel like for most of the wedding, if the pictures really are well done and numerous, can tell the story better than words can.

This definitely won’t be a cheap book, especially if it has multiple chapter and tons of pages, but I think it would really be a “WOW!” product in the end AND a labor of love. Laughing

Besides Groupon, I noticed Living Social has a ton of these deals too. That’s where I got one recently. I contacted the company (forgot who) and they said that we can apply the value of the deal to a more expensive one and pay the difference.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@iarebridezilla:  That’s a great idea! Here are a few more ideas I thought of. Title page > photo spread > one page with all of the text, written like a conversation/short story/news article type thing, with maybe one picture. I was thinking like in magazines how they feature one main picture that takes up about 35-50% of the page (across the top) and then the copy is in two columns underneath the picture. Depending on the size of your book, you can bump up the number of columns. That way it’s all cohesive and it literally is like reading a story rather than choppy captions throughout the entire book. Another way you can present some of the story would be to write it like a script and then that can take up a whole page with a full size photo on the page facing this. For the scene you described with the BM though, it would be cute with captions since that’s all action. I would probably do clever/funny one-liners so it’s more punchy and to-the-point. I’m sure you got the clever/funny thing down. Wink

I’m so excited for your book! I think it will seriously look SO amazing! Now I totally want to get married, get my photos and start my own. Haha.

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