Post # 1
So we booked our photographer several months back. Love her love her work. We book a package with a fantastic Leather Craftsman album. All is well with the world. http://leathercraftsmen.net/joomla1/
A couple of months have now gone by and we are realizing we are going to need to have our photographer come on Friday for our rehearsal/tea ceremony, and for 3 extra hours during our Saturday wedding. All of which pushes our package over what we wanted to spend. Which gets me to thinking about the album. Do we really need to spend x amount of dollars on one when I’ve seen nice ones out there? How often are we really going to look at this thing and will spending x amount of dollars be really worth it? Our standard package comes with 20 pages (40 sides) so if we want more we have to pay out the nose for it. I think it’s like $300 for a extra 10 sides or something like that. Are 40 sides enough (I kind of want tea ceremony pictures in there)-or should we keep those seperate?
I do think we really want a album, the real question is-to go through the photographer or go the DIY route? The mr. and I have bounced ideas, he’s fine with either. BM’s say lose it, parents say keep it (and are willing to pay the extra $ for it) So now I’m lost and needing help from the bees! Help!
Post # 3
We’re not getting a fancy album now, because it’s expensive. But I acknowledge that that means we probably never will, and I’m okay with it. It depends how you feel about having a timeless keepsake album.
I’m going to make ours using digital software and have a big one printed for us and small ones for our parents. Because honestly, I’m mostly going to look at my pictures on the computer, frame a couple for our house, and pull out the album for the first year and then probably not much after that. But I know myself.
So ask yourself, how much would you really appreciate having a beautiful handcrafted album? If you’re the type of person who used to finger the pages of her parents’ wedding album in awe and can’t wait to share the same experience with your children, then go for it. If you’re like me, don’t bother. You can always change your mind later and have one made…but you probably won’t.
Post # 4
I also think I’ll look at some on the computer/wall and look at the album every now and again, but I’m a former museum conservator so having a fantastic long lasting album is important to.
I loved my parents album but only because it is SO circa 1975. I don’t know if I’ll have kids or want them to care about that stuff……
Hmm…any other thoughts?
Post # 5
I can only mention my own experience, but I was married 4-1/2 years ago and still haven’t ordered my album (for which I fully paid with my package price!). Now I’m trying to coordinate with my photographer to at least get it done before my five-year anniversary. And I’m not even dying to have it, but I feel guilty about how much money is invested in product that I do not currently have.
So yeah . . . you might not miss it.
Post # 6
I would skip the album for now if you’re unsure- the photos will look very nice in a DIY album (that’s what I’m doing!). If you find you really still want it when all’s said & done, get it 🙂
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I designed and printed my own album on mypublisher. It was about $100 for 80 pages, bound like a book with lay-flat pages and a hard photo cover. The paper is supposed to be archival quality so it should stand up to time fairly well. I’m very happy with it, since my photographer’s least expensive album (a small one) would have cost $600 in addition to the package I already paid for. I’m sure the professional album would be a notch “nicer” but I just couldn’t see spending the money right now, and I’m very happy with how the diy one turned out.
Whether you go professional or diy, I do think everyone should make some type of physical album. As time goes by, you don’t want to rely on files stored on a computer or even a disc. You just don’t know what technology will be like in 20-30 years. It might not be easy to access your images if you ever want to share them with kids or whoever.
Post # 9
@USER876 and @prettyflowers That’s great advice and what I’ve been trying to tell the Mr. He’s like, we have a ipad! What’s the point?
So keeping a album-yes. Now it’s on to DIY or pro.
Post # 10
@lolo7835: My pro did a photobook on Blurb, it came with the package. I love the layout, but the book itself is -meh. It looks like a children’s book. If I want copies, it’s $75.
I eneded up making another one on AdoramaPix with Rehearsal & Dinner, Wedding & Reception, and Honeymoon pictures. I love it! the layout isn’t as great, but the album itself is awesome. Lay-flat pages and has heft like a photo album should. It cost $133 for 10×10 76 pages.
I’ll bring them to the DC Meet-up this weekend to show you.
Post # 11
I my self would pick a pro album over a DIY one in trade for coverage of the rehearsal.