Post # 1
I’m still waiting on my pics from our photographer from our wedding last weekend, but I am looking around to decide on where exactly I will be making our album. The company our photographer deals with directly charges about $1000 for a nice 50 page album. That’s a bit steep considering we spent so much on the photographer alone! I was wondering if anyone has used online sites? Particularly Blurb.com since they seem quality.
Would love some advice on this! <3
Post # 3
There is distinct difference between the one your photographer has for $1000 and one from blurb.
The one your photographer is offering is most likely real leather on the cover. The pages are actual photographic prints which are then hand mounted on to a thick substrates. These pages are then typically hand bound as well. Each page spends time in a press to make sure no warping will occur. These albums take a long time to make, use top of the line archivable materials, and will last ages. This is the album you will be able to pass down to your children, and they can pass on to your grandchildren, etc. In fact, I love that my mom has my great grandparents wedding photographs. I cherish that I will one day have them for our family history. The prints are also calibrated directly to your photographers computer screen, so color accuracy is preserved.
The albums from blurb are not meant to last like that. They basically use a press print 4 color process. They are printed on a piece of paper, not professional photo paper. Granted, it’s nice paper, but it creases, shows smudges and fingerprints, and will not make it into even your childrens hands. They are completely machine made, and not color accurate.
Blurb is a great alternative for now. I usually rec. them or mpix. I have a few blurb albums and their nice for now, but after a few years they’re already showing their “cheapness.” You do get what you pay for, and while $1000 seems steep, it’s def. a difference in quality and lasting lengths… and is worth it, imho.
Post # 4
i assume the thousand dollar album is the better bet, it’s just hard to fathom doing it after we spent so much on the wedding. plus i’m worried about spending on the album and something happening to it.
i really need to weigh all my options and think hard about it i guess.
which one is better… blurb or mpix?
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas
I haven’t used mpix but I did make a book with Blurb that exceeded my expectations. I definitely wouldn’t use it to make my one and only wedding album because like KLP2010 said, it is printed on good old fashioned paper, but for the time being, if you want something right now to show people, I say go for it. The software is super easy to use and the full-bleed picture pages turn out very nice.