Post # 1
It has been a couple months since our wedding, and my husband and I now want to make our own photobook wedding album. I have used Shutterfly in the past to make our engagement photo book as well as our parent books. However, I am looking for something a little more “professional” looking for our album. I like the quality of Shutterfly pages and color, so I am looking for something similar for the pages. However, I would like to have more control over the layouts which lets me completely customize pages, and I would like the cover to look like a professional book (cover jacket options or different customizable materials). I would like to also spend around/under $100 for a ~60-70 page book 8.5X11 between 12X12.
Thank you so much for any help!!!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
I used Blurb.com which I felt gave me a lot of flexibility to create my own layouts. I esepcially wanted to be able to make full page bleeds. I made the book and then waited for the 20% off coupon that they email out every now and then. I also paid for the premium paper which is thicker, but definitely not as thick as professional photog’s paper. I was happy with the quality though.
Post # 4
First, I would check out this awesome review: http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html A guy made the same photobook through about a dozen different companies and compared covers, photo quality, paper quality, etc. Really helpful!
I used AdoramaPix to make my guest book with my e-pics and it turned out amazing! Fully customizable cover and spine, thicker, layflat pages – I loved it! And the program to create your pages was really easy to work with too! I made a post about it with pictures of my finished book here if you want to take a look! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-awesome-adoramapix-photobook-lots-of-pics
Post # 5
@Mrs.KMM: That review is AWESOME! I can’t believe I haven’t seen this before. I’ve been making Shutterfly books for years now… I may have to switch after reading all of that!
Thanks for sharing!
Does anyone know who produces the REALLY thick, professional style photo albums? My photog is asking for almost $1k for one! Crikey!
Post # 6
staceynrick – google somerset albums… picaboo also does a flushmount album now… thats what they’re called, with the really thick pages.
Post # 7
@staceynrick: I’m thinking about using Somerset to make a flushmount album like the ones your photographer could make you. It still isn’t cheap ($340-$650 depend on size and length) but it’s way less than the photographers’ and way nicer than just a photobook. I want something for my wedding album that is a bit fancier and will hold up for years and years to come!
EDIT – Oops! europomme beat me to the punch! 🙂
EDIT2 – I don’t know anything about the quality of Picaboo’s flushmount albums but I personally wouldn’t trust using them after the reviews on their photobooks. I know the quality will be nicer than the photobook but if they can’t make a photobook that even closely compares to their competitors (see the review I posted), do I really trust them to do a good job with my expensive flushmount?
Post # 8
we used mypublisher and LOVed it! it was so easy for us to get it exactly the way we wanted and used 40% off and bogo coupons for a really good deal. We got the black linen cover but they have leather and/or book sleeve for extra protection. The quality was reallly great and the software was so easy to use.
Post # 10
I’ve used Picaboo for regular photobooks and they turned out SUPER cute.
Post # 11
I used MyPublisher and both the price and quality are amazing!!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Pearl S. Buck House
Adorama is AWESOME!! I just picked up our guest book last night- they did it in 2 days. It looks phenom. The pages are thick and I think it’s a really quality substitute for flush mount. The price is right and the quality is awesome. Check out Cheeseburger’s review which is what sold me: http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/23/affordable-photo-albums/
Post # 13
Im also considering getting an album through somerset. This one bride left a pretty good online review of her experience getting an album through them, and it has lots of pictures so you can see what it looks like in real life:
Post # 14
Thanks everyone!! Great advice! I think I am going to go with Adoramapix. But has anyone had problems with uploading the photos? It seems to be taking forever!
Post # 15
@KCheshier: It is really slow to upload photos (mine took hours!) but once everything is uploaded, the system is easy to use and isn’t so slow!
Post # 16
I’m currently in the process of using blurb. editing the album right now