Post # 1
I have heard not to skimp on your photographer…I have heard way too many horror stories about bad photogs. I picked one that I LOVE!! but she is a bit over my budget. Her package includes 8 hours continuous coverage, Two photographers, Online proofing and ordering, Custom editing and processing, DVD with all re-touched images.
I was going to get a big album which was also included in the package, it’s one with those thick pages that the photos are printed right on….if you can picture what I’m talking about…it’s super nice!
After spending a little more than anticipated on my invites/STDs I was thinking to cut that album to stick with my amazing photog. It would save me $750! Which is a good chunk of change right there! I can order it at anytime after the wedding but the price is good because it’s included in the package and would retail from $1000-$1200 (Yikes)
I can always print my own and put them in my own album for cheaper or maybe decide down the road I want to splurge and get one of those albums.
What do you think? Am I going to regret not getting that album?? I need to try and cut corners SOMEWHERE! Thoughts please and thank you 🙂
Post # 3
I think as long as you have the prints you can do the album later, especially if it saves you a lot of money – there are so many great places out there to make albums on your own.
Post # 4
You can make your own album for a fraction of what a photographer would cost and in my experience they’re just as nice (as long as you go with a reputable company). We didn’t get an album with our package and honestly, I wouldn’t have paid the $500+ that our photographer would have charged. If you have the extra money then go for it but if you’re like me (on a budget), it seemed like a waste of money.
I’ve seen a side by side comparison of a photographers photobook and a DIY photobook and there isn’t much of a difference. Atleast with the DIY book you get to pick what pictures you want to include. You do have some control over a photographers book as well but they pretty much do the whole thing and you just sign off on it. With a little bit of work and creativity, you can create your own and save the $750.
Post # 5
As long as you have all the prints you’re fine. The prices for a professional wedding album are so jacked up it’s ridiculous. There are also websites that can do beautiful albums for you for great prices.
Post # 6
I say skip the album for now. I am not sure what site was used but my cousin made a beautiful thick printed on the page album and it wasn’t near what your photog is asking.
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
You can always do the album later. I plan to purchase a flushmount album from our photographer for our first anniversary. Our photobook that I made through Adoramapix is a perfectly adequate placeholder for now.
Post # 8
I am torn on this, I say this because while agree the album is jacked up, if you don’t have the prints like we didn’t get. We got a proof book which has small pictures and no way can you really make a book out those pictures. I did order an album and it was spendy though didn’t get a lot of pictures would love to have in the album. It turned out nice. I wish we had ordered more pictures but again they are spendy through our photographer. In all reality for what we paid for her, she wasn’t worth it. Which makes me sad, her pictures on her web site and FB page are beauitful our pictures turned out kinda crappy.
Post # 9
@UmakeURownLUCK: A friend of mine got a wonderful photographer who was a bit pricey, her pics were gorgeous, and she made her own album to save money! So you can get the best of both worlds….
Post # 10
Just make sure you get a CD with high res pics or else get a different photog!
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
As long as you have the rights to the pictures, I would say it’s ok to skip it. We had a great photographer and amazing photos, and we still opted to make our own photobooks. There are so many options out there these days to make your own picture-page-printed books, it’s nuts! Our photographer even recommends this course.
Post # 12
We didn’t get an album and I don’t regret it at all. I actually used an album that I got for my bridal shower and just printed photos off and now I have a nice set of pics I can show off :).
Post # 13
As long as you have the images you can do it at anytime. Just make sure you get a high resoluation disc with all the images that are not proofs on them. That way you can take the pics anywhere to get printed. If not, all your images will have your last name/proof number on it.
Post # 14
are you going to get the pictures on a cd? because then you just make your own album through sites like adorama, shutterfly etc. I ordered my wedding photobook from adorama and most people think it was professionally done by my photographer
Post # 15
I agree with PP’s who say you can always make an album later.
I think your choice was smart- splurge on the great photographer who will get you amazing pics. You can always make an album with those great pics on your own!
Post # 16
If you need to save the money and its a little out of budget I would agree with PP that as long as you have the prints you can make your own later on