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

posted 6 months ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had a photo album made through Altar Albums, and we got an heirloom quality album, it’s beautiful and has 40 lay flat spreads.  I think we spent around $800 on it and I have zero regrets!  I made the album about 2 months after we got married, and I’m so glad I did.  I’ve looked at it several times, and it was fun to show the album to some friends and family that couldn’t make it to our wedding (destination wedding in Mexico).

If you are a sentimental person and have the money, I say go for it!  I realize $800 is a lot of money for an album and it’s certainly not for everyone, but there is a huge difference in quality when you spend the money and invest in an heirloom piece.  We spent about $250 each on albums for the parents from the same vendor and they came out beautiful as well!

Post # 32
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Busy bee

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@valintine:  I guess it depends on what you want, but I have photo albums that I put together 20 years ago that still look fine – and I don’t really want my wedding album looking dramatically different to any of my other albums.  Maybe photo printing labs are better quality over here, because you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference between a pic printed by our local wedding photographers and one printed by our local photo printing shop.

I guess if you’re planning on handing it down the generations, it might be worth spending hundreds on one, but we can’t have kids, so any album will be for our lifetime only.  So we’ll stick to the DIY version!

Post # 33
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Busy bee

We made one up ourselves on Photobox for a FRACTION of the price of our photographer offering.

it looks really smart, definitely worth doing it that way. We’ve also done really nice mini ones for parents for like £20. They’re really very good!

Post # 34
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Busy bee

PS I get just as much enjoyment looking at my parents old Polaroid’s glued into a scrapbook as I would an “heirloom” album. So an expensive one is not worth the money in my opinion. It’s only an heirloom if your heirs also view it that way and treat it as such!!

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - England

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@citizenerased14:  we went for a photobook. It was inexpensive, easier to store as we can pop it in a book shelf or leave it out on the coffee table. Be prepared to put in a lot of time putting one together though. 😂

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2002

I have been married for 18 years and we do have a wedding album and yes I have pulled it out several times over the years to look at it. Not to mention if you someday have children they will love to see the pictures. You don’t have to spend a fortune on pictures. They are nice to have.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@teaandcake:  If you can’t tell the difference between a pro print and a consumer print, it’s possible your photographer didn’t use a professional lab. Not sure where you meant by “over here” but I’ve sourced print samples from the USA, the UK, and Australia. In each region the quality difference between consumer labs and pro labs is super obvious when comparing the same image side-by-side. But some people just don’t care about print quality, and those people save money ha!

Post # 38
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Worker bee

We decided to ditch photobook and plan to have a romantic slideshow with our photos, our photographer will do it via Smartshow 3d, this program has templates and everything. Fancy photobooks really look nice but they aren’t worthy to spend that much money on, in my opinion.

Post # 39
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Busy bee

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@valintine:  We haven’t had our wedding yet – I’m going on the basis of a good 2 dozen wedding albums I’ve seen (belonging to friends and family) all done by different photographers for whom wedding photography is a full time job.  

One of my friends is a wedding photographer and his argument is much the same as yours – professional printing is so much better.  But I’ve compared almost identical shots side by side, and I’m still struggling to see the differene (assuming both are printed on similar paper with similar finish, eg. both matt)

I’m sure a professional photographer would be able to see the difference immediately.  But if I can’t spot the difference when I’m looking really hard for it – it becomes very hard to justify spending £300-£400 on that album!

 

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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@teaandcake:  Yup, if you can’t see it, save that money!

ETA, if you’re in the U.K. this company has good quality available to non-pros: https://dscolourlabs.co.uk

Post # 41
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Busy bee

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@valintine:  Thanks, that’s very helpful.  Will definitely consider that when we have our wedding photos done.

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