Post # 1
Now that my wedding is over – we’ve gotten out WONDERFUL photo proofs and looked and looked at them – I cannot decide if I should get a professional album or not? Do any of you regret not getting one? We had a nice wedding and my planner got us a higher end photographer that I never thought we could afford but we opted to hold off on the album until after we were married (really just bec/I didn’t know if I would want one). So…I did not want this in our package even though my planner negotiated them down on their price for it. Now I am thinking I might want one. I called my wedding planner who has been wonderful to me all along the way and she said she would call them and ask them to lower their price on an album but it will still be a pricey splurge bec/we are trying to save up for a house. Do any of you have options about the professional albums? Do you think I could have something made on my own for less – that is just as nice? My planner said she has had clients do this and the albums look amazing. Trying to decide – can’t decide – will I regret not getting it?
Post # 3
I’m not looking forward to having to pay the $ for it but I can’t imagine not having one. Even though everyone says you only look at it once every now and then, I’d still rather have it then not. I’m holding out hope my parents will pay for it for us for our xmas present! 🙂
If you have a CD of your images and rights to the photos, if it’s not in your budget right now you can make a halfway decent album online for much cheaper. I don’t think anything can truly replace a professional album but that might be a good alternative for you. Not sure how well it will hold up over time though.
Post # 4
We paid for the disc with all the proofs. I had all 362 pics printed through Shutterfly for only $40 DELIVERED! Then I got a pretty photo album and put them in! Much cheaper!
Post # 6
It really depends on what you value.
We ended up splurging for a photo album as well as one for my parents (they’re not technologically savvy). Our photographer has a great eye for layout and design, and he uses a great printer to get the best possible image out of the photos he will take.
Is mPix or Shutterfly “good enough”? Of course it is. But I don’t think I’d personally have the time or energy to mess with their book building tool to get a decent layout that I’d be 100% happy with.
Post # 7
If you can swing it, go for the professional album. It is unlike anything you could order yourself online. The only place I have seen that does nice albums I would order on my own are at http://indigoalbumdesign.com/ They are actually having a sale right now.
My album has a metal cover with a photo printed onto the metal. It looks iridescent and gorgeous. I think they are definitely worth the $$
I used Blurb to make albums for our parents. They are super nice, but do not compare with the real thing.
Post # 8
Plenty of brides will be able to list off options for a fraction of the cost of the professional album. Professional albums are designed to be family heirlooms, they are going to last for generations. They are one of a kind things when it comes to build quality. The other important often overlooked part of it, is you’re paying for someone with experience to lay the photos out in a way that it tells a story. That part isn’t as easy as it sounds.