Post # 1
I have been on several photography consultations. They all offer wedding books with your package. The books generally start at $1000 +. However, I was browsing around on the internet and saw an ad to create your own photo book start at $100! I was thinking about having the photographer take all the pics and then purchase the cd, and create my photo album.
Has anyone ever heard of this?
Post # 3
Check with the photographer to make sure you can legally have the pictures printed. I will be receiving a formal letter indicating that I am able to print when my picture CD arrives after the wedding.
Also, be careful about the quality of the work. Can you order a small little book of pictures (just random pictures – not wedding pictures) to see if you like the quality of the work before you send several hundred on wedding pictures?
Post # 4
I think the main thing with online albums is that they weren’t made for the long haul (still be in tip-top shape 50 years from now when you’re showing your pictures to your grandkids and such).
But I’ve used blurb.com before for vacation pictures and thought the result was spectacular.
Post # 5
You all really bring up valid points. I didn’t consider the quality or will that be legal to do. Also, I may order a small sample book and see how it turns out.
Thanks —this really helped!
Post # 6
I am thinking about doing the same thing with my photography package. I can save over $1000 by not doing an album, but I get all the images with all rights to reprint (and maybe if I lose the $1000 for the album, I can talk myself into the $600 for a second shooter on the wedding day?). I feel like I can design something on blurb or a similar site and get an awesome wedding album, then if I decide later that I want something “more traditional”, I can still do that.
@ccsr- you bring up a good point about the durability issue. I guess the nice thing about having the digital images is that you can always reprint things!
Someone posted this link in another thread a while ago, but it is a really in depth review of many of the photo book sites out there so you can decide which one you want to use. I found it really helpful:
Post # 7
@msterrapin, I’m glad to know that there are others who feel this way. I saw the ad posted in getmarried.com magazine, the company is adoramapix.com. Someone else mentioned blurb.com. Also, if we decide to create our own album, we will be able to get a videographer.
I will check out the thread—thanks soooo much you all
Post # 8
I did a photobook wedding album through Shutterfly and was really pleased at the way it turned out, I even made smaller ones for our moms and my Matrons of Honor.
Post # 9
@stormy thanks for sharing that information.
Post # 10
@MsTerrapin That’s a really awesome article, thanks for sharing that link!
Post # 11
I just discovered http://www.picaboo.com/products-pricing/classic-custom.html
I am so excited, it will save me a lot of money, and my aunt made one of our family trip to cedar point a year ago, the quality was deffinately par..
Post # 12
@MsTerrapin – I’d seen that review before and it was so helpful! I’m making a photobook of our engagement photos to use as a guestbook and then I’ll be making a photobook for my wedding album as well.
@nykeak – Two of my best friends who both got married within the last year did this and their photobooks turned out great. If you use one of the nicer websites and spend a little more (like $100 versus $50-$60) you’ll see a huge difference in quality and durability and it will cost you a fraction of what the photographer would charge.
I’d recommend either MPix, My Publisher, or Adoramapix for a wedding album. You get better quality paper and photos and better durability than through somewhere like Blurb, Shutterfly, Picaboo, etc. It’s worth the extra $40 to $50 investment.
Even though it’s long, take the time to read the article that MsTerrapin posted – it will really help you choose which site will work best for what you want to do!
Post # 13
My mom is using our engagement photos to make our guestbook, she found this site http://www.mixbook.com. We plan on doing something similar with our wedding photos.
Post # 14
Another thought …. Adoramapix also has lay-flat pages which I think would make the photobook nicer / more formal and provide more of the impression of a “traditional” wedding album.
Post # 15
The good, high quality albums cost a ton to make and have amazing materials – that’s why the cost is high for you. I’m looking at starting my own photo business, and was looking at the wholesale of those books – it’s around $700-$800 cost to the photographer, so your photographer isn’t actually making that much money. Go cheaper if you want – but just know that the quality isn’t the same. But that may not be an issue, depending on what you are looking for! A shutterfly book is not even in the same galaxy as a professional album done right. I’ve made Blurb books that turned out great – but again, not in the same stratosphere. It all depends on what you are looking for.
Post # 16
I can tell you that the quality of the album that you get from the photgrapher is totally different from the quality that you get with the online album. The type you get from the photographer has really high quality printing & paper. The pages are thinker and can be more durable. The type that you get from an online album is more like a children’s story book. Don’t get me wrong the printing quality can be really great, but it doesn’t really compare to the quality that you would get from the photographer. I used mixbook.com also was happy with the results. I got a 25pg book for about $45, which is a steal compared to the photographers prices. But I know that it probably won’t last as long as the album that I’ll be getting from the photographer. Hope that helps.