Post # 1
Okay, so I’m torn about our wedding album. I’d planned on making my own using one of the high-quality book-making sites that some of the other bees had recommended, but our photographer wrote me this long spiel last night about the benefits of a professional wedding album. (Keep in mind, they charge $1,500 for the 12-spread album and I do freelance graphic design on the side.)
We’re already paying $2,000 for unlimited day-of coverage and another $800 for a full-disc and printing rights to all the images from the wedding, so it’s not like I won’t have high-quality images to work with.
Any other bees on the fence? What about the girls that have already gone through the wedding… which did you do and do you have any regrets? Was it worth it?
Post # 3
we’re going the DIY way… my fiance is also does graphic design, so we ensured that we are getting the RAWs and he can have some fun with it himself. altho… finding a photog willing to give us RAWs was a pain.
Post # 4
Glad you said that… I just emailed our photog to verify that we can get the RAW files instead of sized down JPEGs. I’ll be bummed if they won’t fork over the RAW files, but I’m glad I’m getting to ask before we pay for our disc!
Post # 5
I’d definitely go the DIY route and save the money if you can get RAW images. We get an album included with our package but I’m still going to make my own album on the side the old traditional way, printing pics and stuffing the pics into an empty photo book. I’m not a fan of “designer style” albums, I got one for my boudoir pics and felt that it took away from the individual photos when they were jumbled together in some graphic design. Plus for our wedding album the photographer chooses his favorites which vastly differ from mine based on the ones he chose to display on his blog. I’d rather do my own where I can have total control (hehe, I sound like a control freak).
Post # 6
Try a site like blurb.com and make one. (you can put any fancy stuff on your pics and then add them to this) It is very cheap and you can make an album and print if for less than $50 and hey if it doesn’t work out exactly as you want it, you can always take the high res images to a professional place (does not neccessarily have to be the place who took your pics) and have them do it. For me, a $50 experiment to possibly save $1500 is totally worth it!
Btw just curious, which area of the country are you in? I am in getting married in the NJ/NY area(expensive area) and I got 8 hours of photograph for $1500 with the high res images/rights on a dvd. Maybe if you shop around a little more you can get a better deal?
Best of luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 7
They better be the hi res files! I wonder if I need to ask my photog about that?
And what could that photographer possibly have told you that would make a $1500 album sound reasonable? I really love the DIY books, they are professionally printed and the one my friend made after her wedding came out fantastic! My mom started going on about the wedding album too, but she doesn’t know I can make it myself.
Post # 8
i’ll be paying for a professional album, but our photog only charges $800 for a 11×13 (i think) sized album with 20 pages.
I did make 3 different albums of our wedding photos for family members using snapfish or shutterfly. They turned out nice, but the quality just wasn’t what I wanted for our own personal album. Quality is the main reason I’m going with the pro who offers the album with the flushmount design and hard pages.
Post # 9
We are splurging for an album from our photog for us (granted ours will only be like 300 bucks for 15 pages) and then we are going to make nice books for our parents.
The books & some framed photos are going to be our Christmas presents this year!
Post # 10
I got the professional album, but uh, i have looked at it once. Maybe twice, in the past year…..
Post # 11
Wow! This really makes me feel SO much better about it. Glad to hear that lots of people are going this route.
Meliss – I agree with you. I understand that the pages are thick and aren’t going to bend, but sometimes they end up feeling a little cold or uninspired to me. I also don’t envision that we’ll be sitting down each night to look through our album… 🙂
Schatzie821 – We’re based in Houston, but getting married in Kansas. Part of the reason we’re paying so much is because I’m such a style snob when it comes to photography — I really wanted an editorial-style photographer, rather than a traditional one, which is a little harder to find in Kansas.
Arnyth – Verbatim… Does this sway you? “We have a lot of clients who are designers who plan on designing their own albums, but then realize they don’t have access to the professional quality albums that we do. Most of them end up coming back to us for their albums, but then aren’t able to get the discount since they didn’t have it as part of their wedding package. If you are wanting to work on your own album, just do a lot of research to make sure you will be able to get your hands on a good enough quality book. It is, afterall, the only wedding album you will ever have so you want one that will truly stand the test of time. If you can’t find anything and decide you want us to do the book for you (even if we do it, it is a collaboration between you and us, so your design input is very much included), just let me know. We’re just able to get a better quality product in the end.”
Amariem25 – That’s a really good gift idea. Maybe I’ll do that for his parents and mine after everything is said and done.
Post # 12
I’m having the same debate although it’s more like buyers regret since we already signed the contract. Our photographers charge $1500 for their albums and sent us a link to ‘our albums are like these’ and of course I fell in love with those. But it’s absolutely beautiful, the same as Mrs Avocado’s I believe, http://www.kissweddingbooks.com/
Now I have to decide if I want to pay an extra $400 for the kiss ones or their usual ones…anyone use kiss before??
Post # 13
We’re going the DIY route. Just because then we get more freedom on what gets laid out where and things. We’re also probably going to scrap getting a book of just photos and do a more scrap booking type guestbook with photos that’ll double as our wedding album.
Post # 14
@Uskadelig: I think what your photog is stressing is that many people do not have the software to edit and resize pics and they don’t have the knowledge of how to display pics in an album (for example try to have profile pics facing the middle of the book rather than facing the outer edges) so most people probably give up and come back to him.
But you have a graphic design background though so you know how to edit and crop images as well as having understanding of page layout. I’d totally DIY if I were you (I personally am – I don’t even want the photog to edit my pics as I want to do my own filters on them).
Post # 15
I would totally go the DIY route… you could have awesome books for everyone at a much lower price!
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
We did all of our albums on Blurb. I’m not a pro graphic designer but I have a little bit of background in it, so I figured I had very little to lose–at least we were definitely going to get our parent albums there. We got them and they look fantastic. There is a huge quality difference between the Blurb albums, though, and the professional albums my photog offers (which are much larger, heavier, better binding, higher quality printing, etc.). The only problem is we don’t have $1200-1800 for an album right now, and we probably won’t for the foreseeable future. Knowing that, I think we got a great product with our $50 album. 😉
If you’re unsure, I agree with the PP who said to DIY with an inexpensive site and then see what you think of it. If you love it, you’re done. If you don’t, make it a parent gift!