(Closed) how much do you pay for professional wedding photo albums?

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Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@USER876: What’s a good one to use? Any recommendations?

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

My photographer charges $1200 and up. I secretly went and got it because my Fiance was carping on and on about how it’s so expensive….even though he agrees with me that it was really nice. I went ahead and paid for it. She takes great pictures and I didn’t think my less than stellar DIY skills was going to help matters. To the OP, I think $500 is good.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our photographer charges $545 for an 8×11 album, but I’m not so sure how many pictures are included – I should look into that!

Post # 22
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My photographer’s albums are over $1000 so I’d say you’re getting a great deal if they are decent quality.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The one I ahve is supposed to be 750, but we paid 250, so you have a good deal.

Post # 25
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Newbee

I’ve worked wioth the Vision Art and they are very good albums…depending on the number of pages/sides and size of the album, I’d say you’re getting a very fair price. Good, professional quality albums are definitely not cheap…

Post # 26
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Busy bee

We paid $3,500 for our photographer and that included:

– Engagement photo session

– Guestbook with Engagement photo pictures

– Wedding Photos

– Wedding Album with about 120 photos.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my photographer charges an arm and a leg. I created my own on adoramapix. its very time consuming but you save hundreds of dollars! Mine turned out amazing!

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper

That price sounds about right. When I first went to meet with a photographer, I was gun ho about getting album thru her and they were fabulous looking. But now having had some months to think about it, I had to honestly ask myself “How many times am I going to lug the album to look at it?” Especially, since I’m more prone to look my computer these days for my pix. So I think I’m also going to the thru Snapfish or other online albums and DIY.

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was quoted $900

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We are paying $1100 for ours. I wish we were quoted at $500 but I must say…It’s the only thing you will have (if you didn’t getting a videographer) that documents your day fully. Your pictures are great and you are in photo blogs so rock whatever she does…I’m sure it will be amazing 🙂

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I just want to mention that there is an alternative to either buying your photographer’s expensive package  or trying to design and order your album yourself on a commercial site like Shutterfly or Adorama. 

Using a graphic designer to design and order your album costs hundreds of dollars less than what photographers charge for the very same thing.  And it’s only a little more $ than trying to do it yourself (DIY). 

Graphic designers order albums from the same sources photographers do, without the mark up.   And it’s worth it.  First, you get a professional design.  And second, the quality of the professional albums is so much better than you get from commercial sites, like Shutterfly or Adorama. 

For example, a professionally designed 12 by 12 30-page flush mount album would only be around $600.  And the same size premium photobook with thick lay flat pages would by only $300.

As a graphic designer myself, specializing in wedding album design, I’m very familiar with all the print-to-bind companies out there.  The ones I like the best are: Black River Imaging, Zookbinders, NationsPhotoLab, and Bay Photo.  The quality is amazing and the turn-around is super fast.

Oh, when you choose a graphic designer, be sure he or she is patient, flexible, and willing to make all your changes at no extra charge.  You also want to find someone who can photoshop your pics as needed, at no extra charge.   Finally, review his or her portfolio to be sure her design taste matches yours.   Hope this helps!  Susan Gallagher    

 

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