Buying Vs. Printing Your Own Wedding Albums

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - City, State

marsdenwedding :  another vote for Shutterfly! Super easy to use and you can copy/paste an entire album when you need to customize for certain people (e.g: your family vs your husband’s family). And your albums stay in your account so if you lose one or something you can always re-print it later on!

If you go this route, 2 pieces of advice:

– Make sure you wait for the true 50% sale. (Sometimes it will say 50% photobook sale +40% everything else, which essentially means you only get 50% on the basic book and any additional pages or add-on is only 40%)

– make sure they applied the right coupon at check out (double check). I had this happened when I select a 50% coupon and when I switch page it randomly changed to another coupon (40 or 25%). I don’t know how it happens but I always double check before finalizing!

Post # 17
2033 posts
Buzzing bee

My photographer included a 20 page book in her package but then I made albums for our parents and DH’s parents on shutterfly and am working on making one for us as well.  I wish I had just foregone the photographer’s album because I wanted to include a lot more pags than were included in our album and I’m just preferring this option to select all of the photos myself.  It is kind of time consuming, might take you a whole day but once you get the hang of it then it can also be fun. It will cost me around $70 with shipping and tax after coupons that seem to be always available. 

Post # 18
4232 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I used to make my wedding album. I paid about $120 and my album was EXACTLY how I wanted it! I porbably could have gotten it cheaper if I was patient enough to wait for a sale. I was so pleased I also made an album for my honeymoon, and a lookbook for my engagement photos 🙂

Post # 19
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

marsdenwedding :  My advice is to go look at your photographer’s albums before you decide. I was all about making my own until I saw my photographers. They are in a completely different class, and I am happily forking over the extra $2k for the album now. It is print quality unlike anything I could ever find available to the public. I understand it is expensive, so my point is just do your homework before you decide 🙂

Post # 20
7002 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

It really depends on your expectations for an album.

Plenty of people are perfectly happy with a consumer level album from shutterfly, and there’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what you like. If you envision a nice professional album, you might want to reconsider going through your photographer.

Album quality aside, because there are *some* companies who will sell to consumers….layout is more than half the battle. 99% of the time when someone posts their DIY album I’m not a fan because the layout isn’t that great. That being said, it doesn’t have to sit on my coffee table so whatever floats your boat!

Post # 21
9434 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did ours through adoramapix and I’m very happy with the quality for the price. They’re very comparable to the books our photographer had.

I honestly think these mythological places that will *only* sell to photographers are just a ruse to get you to pay more lol. Any company is going to take your money if you can provide the type of files they need for printing.

As pp said you’re mainly paying for them to make the layout. That’s the time consuming part. Darling Husband and I are both graphic designers so it seemed stupid to pay someone else.

Leave a comment

Find Amazing Vendors