Buying Vs. Printing Your Own Wedding Albums

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Yes – I did this, and I made the albums with Mypublisher. Their software was really easy to use, and I ended up getting a 100-page album using a Black Friday discount code for $35. It was actually great quality – my husband is really picky and he loved it! 

The important thing to make sure, if you do go this route, is that your photographer gives you all the Hi-Res versions of the photos – some of the ones that he gave us were not of a high enough resolution for our album, and we had to go back and ask him for them. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

marsdenwedding :  I made my album on Shutterfly. At first I was nervous about doing it myself, but I had all these free photo album coupons and my friend showed me how to do it. Honestly, it was fun putting it together and looking at all of our beautiful pictures. The final product was great and I ultimately had 4 made (gifts for family) for probably under $200 after the coupon codes. Plus their prints are so cheap so I ordered mine on there and address labels, and got free gifts like photo magnets. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Another vote for MyPublisher! I upgraded all the options on the regular album (as opposed to the premium albums, which are really expensive), and they look great. It seems like there are always coupons you can use.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Adoramapix is a great source for making your own album. They are one of the only companies that sell to consumers and also to photographers. A lot of the places where photographers get albums from don’t sell to regular customers. The quality is awesome.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I recently used shutterfly to make a couple different photo books. It was very easy! Make sure you get a copyright release for your images. Some places won’t print without it. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I ordered the Madison book through Picaboo. It was still pricy at about $300 (and I had a Groupon). It came out amazing, and everyone thinks I had it done by the photographer. This particular book is leather bound with board pages. It’s huge, and perfect.

It did take quite a bit of time to perfect, and create the perfect flow through the book. But it was worth it. My photographer wanted $1200 for an album.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Definitely make your own! I’ve done albums using iTunes, MyPublisher, and Snapfish and it’s pretty easy. MyPublisher was my favourite and they have good promos – the “free extra pages” is perfect for a wedding album.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

We haven’t made a book for ourselves yet, but we used shutterfly to make gifts for our parents.  The books came out so beautifully, and the book was relatively easy to put together through the website.   With our contract, we were given the rights to our photos to use however we wished, which made it an obvious choice to create a book on our own instead of going the photographer route

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

No personal recs but I really want to try Artifact Uprising. So far I’ve used only Shutterfly and it’s fine, but don’t love the covers. They look a little cheap IMO.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2016

MrsMore14 I used artifact uprising and loved it! 

So, I actually went both routes. We ordered an album through our photographer and also made one through artifact uprising as a gift to our parents. 

Honestly, I wish I had just used Artifact Uprising period. But I wasn’t sure how to lay out the photos so that it would tell a cohesive story that flowed. After seeing our album proof from our photographer, I took note of how she layed it out and applied it with artifact uprising.

The cost for artifact uprising was cheap compared to pro album. It was around $340 for 10″x10″ layflat album, 70 pages (which is their max), linen cover, with option for text on the cover and spine. We were able to include more photos with artifact too. It was nice to also choose and lay out photos how you would see fit as well. Overall, quality was nice for the price. I would highly recommend it. 

I used shutterfly for our engagement photos, it was okay, but I agree that it did look a bit cheap. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Used Snapfish, so awesome, so easy, so worth it and so much fun designing the album exactly the way I wanted it, using all the photos that I love so much.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I made a photobook with Shutterfly just for fun.  I spent way more time on our wedding scrapbook/photo album.  For ordering prints, I highly reccommend Mpix.  They have way better print quality than Sutterfly or Snapfish.  It’s really obvious when you look at pictures side by side.  I had some of our honeymoon pictures reprinted through Mpix because the quality I got from Shurtterfly was so bad.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

marsdenwedding :  Try Artifact Uprising. I use them to print everything and they are fantastic.

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