Best places/websites to DIY wedding album?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You may want to check out this site about a guy who compared about 13 different albums from various photo album makers.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used blurb.com to put together our engagement album.  If you’re going to do a hardback album, the more pages the better, since I used only about 30 pages and it’s a little thin.  But the quality was amazing and the price was very reasonable!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m going to go read that link above, but from my own experience (I’ve made Shutterfly, Blurb, Adorama and Snapfish albums), I’m going to go with Adorama for my “nice” album. It’s not leather bound though, which I’d really love, but it’s the only company I’ve found for non pros that prints an actual photograph in film paper (not using a photo printer, they DEVELOP the film) and lets you print through the center. Picaboo does that too but they print in photo paper and cost WAY too much for photo paper.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@ksnow – The albums with thick pages are called flush mount albums. There aren’t many companies that make flush mounts that work with the general public – most flush mount album companies work only with pro photographers. A couple companies, like Picaboo, do offer flush mount to non-photogs.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@ YSQueen — thanks so much for the link to the article. it is so thorough and helpful!

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Newbee

I second the Adorama recommendation.  We used Blurb for the albums we gave to family, but went with Adorama for ourselves.  It was the right balance of quality, price, and willingness to work with non-professionals.

The Adorama pages are nice and thick because they are photo paper and are glued back-to-back.  They actually print on one long sheet and fold it accordion-style then glue the pages together and glue the end pages to the covers, so there’s no true binding.  The pages lay flat as you turn the pages, it still feels like a traditionally-bound book.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m planning on doing a flush mount album from a local photo printer – Bay Photo.  They have tons of options on their website.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Goodheart: No prob, I myself will probably going the Adorama route as well.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love the link that YSQueen posted and it is what I used to decide what company I was going to use for my guestbook album (Adorama).  I think I want to do a flushmount album for my wedding album though and I think I will be using Somerset Albums for that.  They are more expensive than a photobook for sure but way less (at least half the price) than what your photographer will likely charge to put together a flushmount album for you.  I know Picaboo also does flushmount albums, but the photo quality of their photobooks is so poor, I don’t think I’d ever trust them to do any sort of album for me, especially something as important as a wedding album.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Try iPhoto’s albums from Apple. They range from mini-paperback albums to oversized hard covers with proffessional jackets. I don’t think they do leather bound, but the rest can’t be beat. Super easy to make and order, good prices.

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 1996

I wish Blurb had been around for our wedding – their books are really high-end, although making the album is definitely a ‘project’ 🙂 If you want to include more photos from your friends, another fun one to try might be Keepsy.  They actually let friends email photos directly to the album from cell phones, so it’s a bit like a 21st century disposable camera idea… without the disposable camera.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@PaulineY I wouldn’t necessarily call blurb ‘high-end’ their prices are great and the print quality is okay for a press book they do not make ‘albums’.

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