(Closed) Recommendations for Wedding Albums, Please!!!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did mine myself at shutterfly.com …I was BEYOND thrilled with the result! I actually ordered two of them, for each of our parents.  Our photography package came with one, but I like the ones I made way more… so I’ll probably even order myself one eventually 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you’re a costco member they can do some pretty amazing and affordable albums as well.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was going to recommend shutterfly too! I did our engagement album there. It would have been hundreds from the photographer but it was about $40 on shutterfly. I LOVE LOVE it, however I designed it instead of if you’re looking for someone else to. On shutterfly you can click for them to create album, but then they put about 1-2 pics on a page and it will be massive. I did create your own and have 4 or more pics on most pages. It took a while to get the hang of it, but it’s very easy once you do!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My photographers do really nice albums. I haven’t started the process yet but check them out – Indigo Foto Album Design

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2006

As a graphic designer myself, specializing in wedding album design, I’ve tested out a lot of print-to-bind companies, and I can say that there is a huge difference in quality between Shutterfly and the print-to-bind sites that professional designers and photographers use.  The problem with Shutterfly is that the print quality isn’t great, the pages are thin, and the binding in the middle takes up a lot of the image, which is a problem when you have two-page spreads.

The premium photobooks I order from sites like Black River Imaging, Finao, BayPhoto and Zookbinders are only a little more expensive, yet they have thick, lay flat pages and the image is super sharp and vivid. 

If you own your own photos on a CD, using a graphic designer to design and order your album is MUCH less expensive than using your photographer.  Designers normally charge a low, per-page fee to design your album and they pass the wholesale price of the album on to you.  We can also help you wade through the maze of album choices (including premium photobooks and flush mount albums) and help you find just the right album for your price point.   It’s only a little more expensive than DIY, but you’ll have a professionally designed, high-end book that will stand the test of time.

Some tips:  Take the time to carefully review a designer’s online design portfolio to be sure her design taste matches yours.  You’ll also want to find someone who takes the time to listen to your ideas for your album, and who will make your changes without any extra charge.  I hope this is useful…Let me know if I can help! 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I would definitely recommend adoramapix.com. The quality is amazing, and you get thick, lay flat pages for a fraction of the cost!

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