Post # 1
So one of the places we’re looking at offers packages and the photographer the have offers a pretty basic package, which honestly, is fine by me, because we’re trying to have a wedding on a budget and the prices are very affordable.
I’m not entirely sure because I haven’t received the details for the package yet, but I’m pretty sure it includes one photographer with a bridal album of 8X10s (either 20 or 24 – the package website lists 20 and the photographer website lists 24 but I’m not sure if the package is a tailored package, as well as 2 parent albums with 12 4X5s.
You can buy additional items separately through the photographer. It’s $4 for each 4X5, $13 for each 5X7 and $16 for each 8X10. Additionally, each extra photo in the album is $4, a coffee table of proofs is $150 and a high-resolution CD with copyright release is $600.
I don’t know a lot about this, so is the CD so that I could print my own images later? If so, is it better to just buy the CD and skip ordering anything extra beyond what comes with the package?
Post # 3
Honestly this is something you’ll get differing opinions on from each person. Personally, I like the flexibility to have ALL my pictures and choose which ones I like and want to put into an album (my parents wedding photo album is 100 pages long and has something like 700-900 pictures in it.) and I’m not a huge fan of the big thick pages. I prefer the scrapbook style of album.
So that’s my long winded way of saying that I looked for a package that included the hours I wanted and a cd of all the high res pictures from my wedding. The printed pictures and album that a photographer would give just don’t interest me that much.
BUT other brides will probably tell you much different things. What’s most important to you? Do the albums interest you? Would the number of pictures in them satisfy you or would you be adding a ton more?
Post # 4
I like that it comes with the parent albums because that is something nice to give to the parents but I’d rather have pictures on the walls than in an album. At first I was thinking that 20 or 24 pictures didn’t seem like a lot, but I think I am probably going to end up getting the package which basically comes with basic albums and ordering the CD as well and doing my own thing later. I’d be afraid that I would change my mind later about wanting pictures I didn’t originally get. I’m glad it only comes with one photographer though. I know a lot of brides get two with their package but I’m not going to spend an extra $400 on that and since we’re having a relatively small wedding, one photographer is adequate for me. I doubt we would be able to find a better package but I’ll check around. Most of the packages I’ve seen in this area start at around $2500-$3000.
Post # 5
@Cem0930: Sounds like the package is just an album with inset 8×10’s, no design layout, and no flush mount style. If this is the case you can most certainly do this yourself with the CD of images. I think 24 pictures is light, most people have difficulty selecting the 80 or 100 best and IMO it will take at least 50-75 images to tell the story of your day.
I would get the CD so you have flexibility down the road, but most importantly, do you like the photographers work? Take a look at a sample CD or album of an actual wedding/customer. Have they been in business long? Are they dependable and reputable? Do your personalities and visions mesh? Do they have backup equiment? LBPHOTOGRAPHY posted a good read at the top of this forum. Check it out and best of luck!