(Closed) If you never ended up getting an official “pro” album, raise your hand

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I adore my Blurb album and everyone who has seen it have wondered the same thing as me-why would anyone get one of those professional albums when you can have a book like mine.  I am sure they weren’t just being nice (I can tell with these people).  I got a 120-ish page album for $100.  Honestly, not a whole lotta money.  Get one, you won’t be sorry.

Post # 4
37 posts
  • Wedding: December 2008

I really want the pro album because of looking at my parent’s 35 year old, terribly yellowed, falling apart album — it is an obscene amount of money, but the durability and archival materials mean a lot to me –  as a very clumsy mrs I also want it to be harder for me to mess it up!  I have so many books that are dog-eared or spilled on and the pro albums are just so much stronger.

Or maybe my photographer (and friend) has just done a really good job brainwashing me!~ 

I do fully intend to make blurb/mpix/shutterfly type albums for ALL the photos, not just the lucky ones that make it into the ‘big’ album, as well as gift albums for our parents and bridal party.  I have to wait a year to get my disk of images though :  (

Post # 5
1481 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re actually not doing a blurb or pro-album. I’m going to scrapbook our wedding day!! And I just can’t wait! I have already put a scrapbook together of our pre-wedding years and I love it! I cannot wait to share it at the wedding! It will be a more personal touch and something I can always look back at and think, "WOW, I put that together!". But i dont think there is anything wrong with getting a blurb or pro-album…if you have the money…than why not. 🙂

Post # 6
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

Peng, ME TOO! I’ve been looking long and hard for something I can get for less getting one from our photographer, and the same quality. I’m not having so much luck either, so I might just suck it up and pay for the pro one. At this rate, we’re going to end up celebrating our 1st anniversary before we get our wedding album!

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I made our photobooks from Mypublisher and Shutterfly and they came out beautifully! Our photographer showed a sample book of what he does and it looks the same as what we created, at a fraction of the cost. The price was so high that the photographer’s wife didn’t even want to tell me the actual cost of the books, so I didn’t even ask. We created personalized photobooks for each sides of our families and they all loved them! The quality in photos and paper were great and I am in the process of making mini photobooks for the wedding party. Unless, you have money to throw around I wouldn’t even bother wasting all that money on one of theirs when you can make your own and personalize them the way you want it.

Post # 8
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re not doing a professional album either. The price kind of negates that. I’m planning on creating a blurb book once we get the CD of images from our photographer.

Post # 9
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

Same here!

Post # 10
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re not getting a pro-album.  Even the cost of our mypublisher album made Darling Husband cringe.

Post # 11
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is that how much pro albums actually cost?!?!?!  Daaaang, mine was part of the package with our photographer, so I guess that’s why they are so expensive.  I just wish they didn’t limit you to like 80 photos, we couldn’t help it, we had to fork over the cash for a few more photos in there.  If I could have, I would have wiggled a few more out of my hubby.

Post # 12
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

i was thinking of making my own, not sure which website I would use… any suggestions?

Post # 13
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

I’m feeling a bit hypocritical here but I’m a pro photographer and I don’t have any wedding album. Why? Simple, I couldn’t afford it at the time nor could I afford a professional photographer. My photographer (a church member) was kind enough to give me the film after the wedding. I had it printed immediately and intended to make an album one day. Unfortunetely there’s no such day of the week as one day so I’m still album-less.

And now that I’m a pro, I don’t think the quality is good enough to go through the time & expense of an album. Unfortunately, I look at the photos and see exposure & color problems, not happy memories.   But, my 10 year anniversary is next year so that’s a good excuse for renewal of the vows and a pro phototographer!

In hindsight (and yes I’m biased), I would absolutely have a professional album made if I could afford it. If I couldn’t, I would hire the best photographer I could afford and save my pennies until I could afford one.  Everyone has a digital camera & can make their own books with one of the diy sites and that’s fine for vacations or everyday photos. But something as special as your wedding day memories- why would you not want that to be preserved in the best light? Trust me, in 10 years you won’t remember or care how much your spent on your wedding album. In 20+ years, your white gown will still be white in a professional album. I realize not everyone will see or care the difference but I’ve seen most of the consumer books and none of them come close to the books that I offer as a professional.

Quality of the book aside, I also think the professional you entrusted to capture your day (again I’m biased) is the best person to design your album in a visually compelling layout, unless you’re a photo editor or maybe graphic designer. The actual book itself is only a fraction of the entire cost (though wholesale professional albums are more expensive than consumer books). It takes a lot of time & effort to layout the photos. It’s not so simple as placing them in order they were taken, especially if there were multiple cameras & photographers involved.  Of course, there are a lot of templates available but for me that’s actually harder. It usually feels like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. And most photographers put a lot more effort & retouching into photos that will go in an album as opposed to photos destined to live on a CD. 

Of course, this is a personal decision on what you value the most.

Post # 14
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

We’re not getting any albums or prints… we’re getting a DVD of all the high res images with copyright release.  It was the price I had to pay so we could have the photographer I wanted and still come in under budget.  I can always get an album made later when we have the money for it!

Post # 15
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

I’m so glad ours was included in our package (and for way less than that, but it is gorgeous!)… I’m sure we wouldn’t have shelled out for it after the wedding, but I am so so so glad we have it.  Which reminds me, I should blog about it.  I’m such a blog slacker 🙂

Post # 16
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

um 4 years later we are still completely albumless.  i plan to make one this year… i hope!

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