Wedding albums for our parents…which way should I go? (POLL!)

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What kind of album should I do for the parents & grandparents?
    Flush Mount : (8 votes)
    28 %
    Picaboo/Shutterfly or other paper page album : (18 votes)
    62 %
    Just get some prints and put them in a traditional album : (3 votes)
    10 %
    I have another opinion : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Let me know what you decide and why lol 

    I am debating the same thing but I think I will end up using a gift code for Shutterfly. 

     

    Post # 3
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    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I am torn on the same issue. Anyone have pics of diy albums? What did you use? 

    Post # 4
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    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I just got an album/guest book from shutterfly with our engagement pictures. The pictures were a little grainy, low resolution. It is fine for a guestbook but for a wedding album I will probably want something of higher quality. 

    Post # 5
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    1072 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    MsGinkgo:  I think it really depends on your budget and level of free time. Bear in mind that different album makers usually have completely different software, usually proprietary and with weird quirks (especially the cheaper ones). So if you are design-minded and like a lot of control, you may find the limitations pretty annoying.

    If you go with Artisan State, you will probably find that it is quicker and easier to port one album design to a smaller book, but it will likely cost more. Shutterfly or Picaboo on sale will be cheaper, but also have lower quality printing. So if you care about money and are willing to ignore the lower quality, go with Shutterfly or Picaboo. But if time and quality are the main issues, get a smaller version of your own album.

    Post # 7
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    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2008

    I’ve heard of Artisan State and the software is good, easy, etc. But the albums are made overseas (probably China)  and imported into Texas, I believe is what I heard. Possible Chinese prints and binding… I just hope they don’t start falling apart. When it comes to wedding album, buy American. You get what you pay for. There’s plenty of American album companies who make quality albums and give a lifetime guarantee on their books. If you go the cheap route, ie. Shutterfly, you get cheap. Trust me.

    Post # 9
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    1209 posts
    Bumble bee

    For anyone looking to go the photobook album route: I’ve ordered guest books for friends from PhotobookCanada… however I know they ship everywhere.

    Their software is tricky but probably because I dont use a design program day to day and the quality of paper I found to be better than shutterfly or blurb which I’ve used before. I only use High Res images to be sure they’re crystal clear.

    They’re definitely made overseas though, they ship out of Kuala Lampur…

    Post # 10
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    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    we went all out and got the album our photographer provided for us.  it would have been $250 for the parents album.  my mom scrapbooks and i told her she should make her own.  she ended up making a shutterfly book since i had a free coupon and it came out amazing. and she was able to have the pictures she wanted instead of just a miniature version of my book with pictures DH and I selected.

    Post # 11
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    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    MsGinkgo:  We did Shutterfly for our parent albums and they turned out awesome. I was most concerned about the print quality and the photos are vibrant and beautiful. I got them the upgrade to the matte covers ($5) and did not do lay-flat pages for them. They were 8×11 and had about 32 pages. Perfect size! Ours will be done through Shutterfly too, based on the print quality, and premium-grade. They sent a 20% off your whole order coupon with the parent albums. Can’t beat it! Also, they give new customers 50 free prints which we took advantage of!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    MsGinkgo:  I just realized some posters mentioned crappy print quality (grainy, etc.) not sure if they got their albums recently? We uploaded high-res, huge files to Shutterfly and got high-res photos printed in the album with no problems re: print quality.

    Post # 13
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    3828 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The problem i have with shutterfly is that they cant take any of the pictures out and display them if they want to. 

    Post # 15
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    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2008

    MsGinkgo:  I got mine from Ever Album Design http://www.everalbumdesign.com They contract with professional wedding album companies and can sell to you directly. A lot less expensive than paying 2k or more!

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