Are wedding albums worth it? Do you ever look at yours?

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Did it like one of the PPs: put together an album on Shutterfly and waited for a deal and it was something around 45$. I love that album. I don’t look at it alone but I show it all the time and then look at it. I have all my wedding pictures (200+) on my phone and I do look at them from time to time. I also have a smaller album with selected pictures on my phone that I show people if they ask to see some. (don’t want to bore people with 200-300 pics, right?!)

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I ordered a lay flat one from Adoramapix which I felt was more than enough.

I don’t think the fancy ones are worth it, and no I haven’t looked at it since 2012 lol.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

Our photographer made a wedding album for us with his best shots. For us, it was definitely worth it.  I like being able to pull it out and show the photos to friends and family who visit and want to look or just whenever we feel wistful and want to look at them all over again and relive those moments.  We will pass the album down to our daughter someday as she loves looking at all of the photos too.  I know not everyone feels it’s worth it, but we wanted one, so it just really depends on if you want one or not.  

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It was worth it for us. My photographer made one for us and I made 4×6″ individual prints of all the pictures we got. Definitely worth it. My kids look at it all the time. There are friends and family in it who’ve passed dressed to impress. Sure you can keep them on the computer but it’s nice to have something tangible. My photographer recommended Mpix for reprints and albums. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We opted out of the included album because we got married overseas and the photographer would have had to send it at great cost so we said thanks but no. No regrets. We also had a video included and we have watched it a total of three times, all of which were showing it to elderly relatives who couldn’t make the wedding and asked to view it. 

Also I have a big family with multiple siblings and nieces and nephews ranging in age from 7 to 19. None of them have ever asked to see my parents wedding album and when my last grandparent passed none of them were particularly interested in looking at her wedding album, infact the older ones said they would look if it was uploaded to digital. Maybe we are a family who don’t value pictures but I know my best friend also just disposed of her wedding album (aside from a few pictures just in case) since it has been ten years since she got divorced and her 13 year old has never shown any interest.

I think we often think other people are just as invested in our memories as we are but it usually isn’t true. 

 

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Post # 21
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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@citizenerased14:  no need to get crazy fancy. I made mine with snapfish and bought it during a half off sale. Sure it’s not covered in lace and printed in archival ink but it’s nice enough for normal life. If my kid wants to look I don’t have to freak out about it. I can always reorder one day. And I probably look once a year, but I do think it’s worth it. 

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper

It’s more than worth it. Our parents have smaller albums too. I’m so glad we prioritized the photography as it’s the one thing you’ll have to keep forever. The family grouping photos and individual portraits are priceless and I’m also very glad we included traditional table photos along with a more contemporary photojournalistic approach. As time goes by, it’s been great to see who was there, what they looked like, the fashions and inevitably who is no longer with us. My children love looking at ours. We have a video, too, but we rarely look at that. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We have a wedding album. I ordered one on Amazon for about $12. The prints of the pictures were maybe $30 or so. We keep it in our living room and look at it sometimes. 

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I own the rights to all of our photos but never ended up getting albums. I wish I had them. I’ve been married for 11 years today, and I still don’t have albums. I do want to get them some day, but I still have to have so many images edited first. Not sure if I will ever get aound to it at this point.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@citizenerased14:  If you’re looking at professional-level photo albums, $200 is cheap. I disagree strongly with everyone saying a $45 album is good enough, there is a *huge* difference in how images look if they’re printed professionally on photographic paper vs by a cheap consumer lab. Photo colours, image detail, crispness, & depth, everything looks completely different, and way better, in a professional album. Not to mention archival quality — the pro albums will weather the decades while cheaper ones may not.

If you’re going to do it, I’d spend the money to get a good one. But I say all this as a former professional photographer so obviously I’m biased and care about photo quality more than the average person. The professional albums I used to make started around $500 *wholesale* but they were worth every penny. I know because I did comparison prints with all the cheaper labs and the consumer albums look like shit next to a pro one.

Ironically I personally did not want a wedding album (I don’t like extra stuff in my house), but was gifted one by a family member. I pull it out every few years and do enjoy looking through it.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It’s a one time expense, so if you think it’s worth it and can afford it then I say go for it! I only have a small soft cover album (the same as other photo books I get yearly) and I look at it sometimes, but appreciate that it’s small – I have made little 8×8 photo books for the years before we got married, our wedding, and the years after, and now we have kids I do a yearly book because I take more pictures haha. I do like looking through them periodically. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just did a quick check and since I’ve been out of the business there is one consumer lab which is now partnered with what used to be exclusively a pro lab so I’d guess their albums will be pretty nice quality, if you want to make your own: https://www.mpix.com/products/photobooks/premium-panoramic

Just be sure to select one of the photographic paper options.

Post # 28
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Married 5.5 years and never made one for ourselves (we made a small one for the moms). Meh – they’re all digital and we have a few on display and that’s good enough for me lol

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@citizenerased14:  I find with any pictures they don’t seem like much when taken, but their value goes up over time as they bring back memories of times long since past. I treasure the few photos I have of my parents’ wedding. And as a an amateur geneaologist, I can tell you these pictures are highly valued.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m one of those people that spent too much on a printed album. I love it! I do look at it from time to time and so does family when they come to visit. I havent printed out photos to frame but that’s my next project

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