(Closed) DIY vs Professional wedding album

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I haven’t put together our album yet, but I am going to DIY it. My husband’s cousin took our pictures and gave us an album to put the prints in for Christmas after we got engaged. I’ve also made several photo books with MixBook and Shuterfly recently that went really well. I got groupons/living social deals that really helped keep the cost down. For our budget 500< was just too much for an album, though I know that professionals can do beautiful work on them.

Post # 4
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1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I am going to DIY mine because I don’t really care to have a fancy-schmancy photo album. It’s just not a priority for me. My sister had one done, and though it’s beautiful (dont get me wrong!) it’s not something I need. My mom is going to make me a great wedding photo album in scrapbook form, I will also make myself one in scrapbook form, and then I’ll also frame whatever photographs I really like so I can see them everyday ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Disclaimer — I am not spending a ton of money on a photographer. Though I *love* photo journalism and beautiful photography, it’s not a priority for me. I know that everyone says that once your day is over, all you will have is pictures and though I agree with this, I am confident that I will have enough memories captured in print with my budget photographer ๐Ÿ™‚ Not to mention, my family has a ton of fancy cameras and I know everyone will be taking pictures all day!

& also, I’m paying just as much for a videographer because I feel like having both photos & video of the day is more important than just have a super awesome photographer?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

The short answer is yes, you can make your own for cheaper but there are some things to consider. First there are NO album companies on the market as of today that deal with the direct public. There are a few consumer album companies out there but the quality of album is not the same. Also, do you have the time, design skill and motivation to actually sit down and do it. Lots of brides say they are going to DIY and then never get around to doing it. The photos that you receive from your photog, are they going to be completely and fully retouched? If not then they will most likely will be when they are put in your album to make sure they are perfect. Designing an album takes hours and hours, you need to realize this going in. The reason they are so expensive is not because photogs want to over charge. The archival materials and hand bound pro albums {not glued like the consumer ones} are expensive to produce. Then you add the design and editing time your photographer will spend putting it together and making sure it’s perfect.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Professional albums are expensive, but worth the investment! You can make one yourself, but it will come out more like a photo book vs. a true heirloom album. Make sure to see your photographer’s albums in person to get a true feel for the quality, but if it’s marketed as a professional album it will have VERY thick pages (cardboard like…they don’t bend like normal paper), have real leather covers, and are bound together in a way that will last over 100 years. Unlike other places that sell photo books or “albums” it’s made with normal paper that can tear, will fade, and not be the strong quality of a pro album. Also, pro albums are made with real photo prints, not just ink-jet printers, meaning it will be actual pro photograpic prints on pages instead of printed photos that look like little dots up close (if that makes any sense…bascially, you’ll get crispy clean photos, true to the quality of the photos your photographer took, vs. losing a bit of the quality of your images due to not-so-great printing…the printing lab makes a big difference!). If you want you album to last through generations & be true heirloom quality that you & everyone will “oooooooh!” over, go the professional route. Not even the best book companies out there come close to what professional photographers have access to! If your photographer is charging $600-$1000 for your album they actually aren’t making a very big profit off of it – I’m a pro photographer and albums are so expensive for us to buy and very difficult to order- so it’s not your photographer charging more for a prodcut you can buy yourself, they are truly expensive items! It’s hard for me as a photogarpher to price albums becuase they are so expensive and I don’t want clients to think I am ripping them off, but just to order they are very expensive and it takes hours upon hours to design the album and order it, so I end up charging around the same ballpark and making about $4 per hour putting it all together :/

I know it’s exensive…adding it to the cost of photography is rough. If you really want it, ask your photographer if it’s something you can add on at a later date. I allow my clients to order products from me for up to a year after the wedding, so if it takes you until a year after your wedding to put away a little money each month to pay for it, it’s well-worth the cost!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’ll be making my own but DIY and professional are 2 totally different creatures.  A professional album is like a piece of art, rather than photos printed and bound together.

Post # 8
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335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am undecided as well, my photographers books start at 900 and its alot to invest. She keeps , the photos online and for ordering for a long time so i was thinking I could try it myself and if I dont like it then i could consider spending that much later on once the sting of the wedding costs has dulled!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Because my photographer was also a friend of ours who does weddings only part time (still professional quality though), we decided to go the DIY route.  She said that making the albums was the most expensive, time consuming part and wanted to give us a good deal so she was going to just charge us cost.  We didn’t want to take advantage of our friend so DIY it was.

With all of the sites like Kodak, Shutterfly, etc it can be so much easier and cheaper to make your own.  I’m making mine through iPhoto and printed through Kodak.  My Darling Husband has made a few before for his sisters and they’ve come out beautifully.  Plus, I’m also really into scrapbooking, so I plan to do a wedding scrapbook as well.  

Post # 11
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246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I will be doing my own.  Not only will it save me money, but it will be more personal.  We are going create it together, which will make for a nice memory, another reason to DIY!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

This is one thing that I will not DIY. I honestly know that I could not make an album like my photographers can, and while I can make smaller albums later on Shutterfly or whatever, I want to have my classic wedding album as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not married yet but I intend to DIY. Groupon and Living Social constantly run excellent deals for sites like shutterfly.com for photobooks. The only thing I wanted from our photography package (aside from incredible pictures of course!) was the rights to the pictures so I could print everything and post to my heart’s content.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think I will use blurb.com to make an album.  I hear Mixbook is good too, nicer than Shutterfly (I love Shutterfly though for vacation albums).

 

I think the professional albums are probably much better quality though. 

Post # 15
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215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m goInv the DIY route. I’m going to do an inexpensive one and then when I have pics redome I’m going to design a flush mount album through a different company. It has thick pagescover lots of cover options. They offer real leather but I might do a combo instead. It will be a lot of work.But I’ll get to choose exactly what I want and it won’t cost nearly as much (but it will still be spendy which is why that album will be reserved for later pics). 

Post # 16
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I haven’t added an album to my photography contract, but they said you have up to a year to order one at the same cost as if I’d added it in the first place. Otherwise, it’s much more expensive to have a professional one made. I’m going to do a shutterfly guest book album, so we’ll see how that turns out. If it’s too much of a disaster I’ll just plan on ordering a real album next year and biting the bullet!

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