(Closed) Custom Designed Albums – would you spend this much???

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is it worth spending/Did you spend $1000+ for a wedding album?
    YES!! We did it and LOVE our album! No regrets! : (15 votes)
    24 %
    NO!! We just can't justify that kind of money - we used another option I'll explain in the comments : (38 votes)
    60 %
    YES!! We didn't do it ourselves but think it's worth it if you can afford it : (5 votes)
    8 %
    NO!! We did it and it's hiding away in the closet : (5 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    These albums can be really expensive. For the photographers I looked at, these could be added on to packages for between $500 and $1000. It seems like a lot of money to me, and my Fiance and I do not love the lay-flat, flush mount pages. Spending the money depends a lot on if you can afford it. For me, I would have a hard time spending much more than $500 for something like this. 

    If this is through you photographer, I would see if they use any other companies. If it’s not through your photographer, I would keep looking. I don’t think a nice book, like the one you’re looking for,  needs to cost that much. 

    Post # 4
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    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I did a LOT, and I mean A LOT of research about albums.

    It is actually possible to get your own flush mount albums (look on the Photobook Girl blog for flush mounts and you’ll see her reviews) without being a photographer. http://www.photobookgirl.com/blog/my-flush-mount-wedding-album-myphotocreations-review/

    You can get GraphiStudio or Zookbinders stuff here:http://www.albumart.com/textfiles/gs_homepage.htm But those will run you in the $1000+ cost as well.

    The cheapest place I found was a place in Winnipeg–it will run you closer to $300 there:

    http://www.thelabworks.com/digitalservices.php#peelandstick/

    I personally got a photobook (press printed) and then a gigantic slip-in matted album and put in my own photos. That way I have the photographic prints and an album. Those flush mounts are really bulky and I am looking forward to having a photobook to flip through and the slip-in with real prints in case anything happens to the photobook.

    Post # 5
    Member
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    The reason for this is because they are handmade using archival materials. The company I use they run upwards of $700-$900 just to produce then you add 20+ hours of editing, design and revisions. Yes, they cost a lot, they should be considered an art piece and a family heirloom. At least you will know that it will out live your digital files or any of the consumer press books on the market.

    Post # 6
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    325 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We’re going through our images now to choose the photos for our album.  The quote we have is $800 – $1200 depending on the size & cover we choose.  (We are debating between leather or one printed with our photo.)

    Post # 7
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    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I actually started my own Etsy store recently to create custom flush mount albums for brides that can’t afford to order directly from their photographers.  I design them and have them printed and bound by professional companies that I researched thoroughly and I found have the highest quality and best value. 

    You should check out my shop and get in touch with me if you are interested: [link removed for self promotion]

    The high quality albums are expensive because the raw costs are expensive.  However my prices are substantially lower than what you were discussing in your original post, simply because my mark-up is lower because I charge less for my time.  Right now I am just starting out and looking to build business and I am still just doing this on the side.

    Hopefully that wasn’t WAY more than you wanted to know, but I do hope you check me out and that you like what you see! 

    Post # 10
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    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @Kemi82Justice of the Peace: The books are beautiful, but I can’t justify the money in that.  Ofcourse, if I was wealthy then I would definately get it. 

    We have decided to have our pictures printed in a book at walmart or shutterfly.com.  I have personally seen the ones from walmart and they do look good, but we may use shutterfly instead.  This option is afforable and looks good.

    http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books

    Post # 11
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    2100 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We have not gotten ours yet but we went ahead and paid for it as part of the package – the ones we saw from our photographer is amazing and so special

    Post # 12
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    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Sorry for the self-promotion, but anyone can PM me for the shop name/link!

    Post # 14
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    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @Kemi82Justice of the Peace: No, I have only seen Walmarts.  I will have to check out picaboo.  Yeah, I don’t really want anything more substantial…  My model photo book was in leather and my dog ate it.  🙁 

    Post # 15
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    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @AlishaKay:OMG picaboo has the books in a victorian style.  That would be perfect!  Thanks for the info.

    Post # 16
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    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I went with Photobook America. I wanted a fabric cover, but they also have leather and silk. I haven’t gotten my book yet (shipped yesterday!) but I saw the one I made for my parents and it’s quite nice. It’s definitely a book, not an album, but I think the quality is solid. With a Groupon, it was relatively affordable

    I think photographers are using a little bit of a fear tactic by saying they won’t last–they’re basically like your high school yearbooks, and all of my yearbooks have held up well. To be safe though, I did also do the album with actual prints in case my disks stop working in the future with magic technology. That way I’ll always have the prints.

     

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