(Closed) Expensive (Professional) Wedding Album vs. DIY

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Go with the professional wedding album or DIY?

    Worth the expense. Pay for the professional album.

    Save the money. Go the DIY route.

  • Post # 78
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    Wannabee

    If you’re a graphic designer I say go for it yourself! I am a photographer, but I think you will enjoy the process of making it yourself. However, do not use BLURB or something cheap. You do get what you pay for. For our albums, we spend $400+ on the printing. So, the 900 dollar price tag does seem high, but we spend 5-10 hours working on the pictures, make sure they are perfect, no out of place hairs, zits, trash, gum on the sidewalk ect… The album photos from your professional photographer should be extra special. We also do a lot of graphic design and writing in our albums and we think they are worth the mark-up. Not to toot our own horn 🙂 Have a look… http://www.pabstphoto.com/portfolio/wedding-albums-magazine-style/ — just keep in mind that it might be worth it. Now, if you get 12 spreads with one image per page, I would certainly encourage you to do it yourself. 

    Post # 77
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I DIY’d. It’s not like we pull the album out and look at it on any regular basis…or really at all. I’m glad I have it, and I have seen some very beautiful albums put together by photogs, but that was not really a priority for us.

    Post # 78
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2008

    Although it may not be priority to have a nice, professional wedding album; I promise you, you’ll wish you had just done it right and gotten a wedding album that’s guaranteed for life. Then becomes a family heirloom for your kids and such. 

    Post # 79
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    Blushing bee

    Well it depends what kind of album the photographer can offer you.  Some photographers offer albums that you can easily DIY.  Other photographers do intricate work and have access to B2B printing companies that only cater to registered professional photographers of a quality that commercial printers that target consumers are not able to replicate. 

    My husband is a photographer so I get to peek at the wedding albums he has ordered for customers and I can see a significant difference in quality.  I have seen thick fine leather covers engraved with the couple’s name, foil stamped covers, hardwood covers, metal covers, hardcover with a picture, etc.  The paper used inside is also very good quality (usually the thickness of a board and not flimsy printing paper).  Also, B2B professional printers calibrate their printers for each album, which non-professional printers do not do consistently.  This determines the accuracy of your colors.  Also, the photographer is supposed to spend hours retouching your pictures and creating a layout that tells a story.  I would not spend much on anything else in a wedding except photography since it’s the only physical thing that you really get to keep.

    Post # 80
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee

    Here are some random examples that I found on Google about one of the professional printing companies that I know that is used by professional photographers. I am not affiliated with any of these vendors.

     

    Angie Sandy Design:

    Tracie Howe Photography:

     

    • This reply was modified 6 years ago by  ellie17.
    Post # 81
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    Newbee

    Hey ladies! If you’re thinking about DIYing your wedding album, why not check out BrideBox? Our flush mount wedding albums are fully customizable to your tastes and cost literally a fraction of what most other companies and photographers will charge you. See for yourself: http://www.bridebox.com/album-gallery

    photo album for your wedding

    Post # 82
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We originally were planning on making our own albums, but when we met with our photographer we were blown away with how amazing his looked.  There was a ton of design work that went into it.  I’m an artist and have experience with graphic arts software, so I probably have the skills to do it.  However, both my husband and I have very little time, and have no interest in actually making it.  It would be a ton of work (and feel like it because it isn’t something we enjoy doing), and in the end we decided to get an album from the photographer.   I love my album, and honestly I can’t even imagine having to make it, because our life has been crazy busy since the wedding.  It would probably have been one of those things that never happened.  

    Post # 83
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Hi all! I have a company that works with photographers to do wedding album design. I agree with many who posted here that a very elegant design is the way to go! Keep it simple and let the photography shine! The unique part that I offer however is to help you write the story of your wedding day and your love story. So, perhaps you could consider asking your photographer to work with my company, Storytag so you can have the images AND your story professionally written and designed. 

    http://www.storytag.com/wedding

     

    Post # 84
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    mgbser:  I hear that so often from brides who come to me years after the wedding to help with their album! They had planned to do it DIY and just never found the time. It can be overwhelming to do justice to those beautiful images!

    Post # 85
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I would recommend getting it professionally done only because I wished that I had done that. Trying to do it on my own was such a headache. I had planned to just do it myself bc I’m a quick learner and usually have no problems with computers. I ended up wasting many many hours on my laptop trying to get it done. I tried shutterfly and blurb and some other places. Twice I had tried uploading my photos and came back to the computer 4 hours later to see an error sign. I gave up for days then tried again at a different site and I just couldn’t figure it out. You know what’s frustrating too, is that I’d seen other DIY books from other people and they look great. So how I couldn’t figure it out is beyond me. 

     

    I have all of the photos that I want to be in the album on a flash drive. And I wrote down in order how I want this album to go. Why can’t I figure this out!!!! I even called my photographer and she suggested I go on their website and try to make a book that way. I have not done that yet. What I may do is just print out all of the pictures and put them in an old fashioned album like back in the day. That is my last resort. Oh someone also mentioned I go to Walgreens or CVS and use those kiosks. I guess you can make a book that way. My Mother-In-Law said she’s gonna do that. So I’ll see how hers turns out then try again. 

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