Post # 1
A firend took our wedding photos for free and I am very pleased with them, however all she gave us was a disk with the hi-res images. She does no sort of printing or albums whatsoever. And I was fine with that.
Although it has taken some time, I have found another photographer who will edit, print, and create an album for me at a price that I think is reasonable. My question is who pays for the prints and albums for everyone else? My Mother-In-Law has not stopped since we got back from our honeymoon about not having any wedding picutres. I gave her a disc that she could take anywhere to print but she has not. While I understand that she wants pictures and I think she should have them, I simply cannot afford to buy albums for her nor my parents who are divorced. That’s four albums!!!
I’ve made an appointment to view the pictures and order prints but I want to avoid any awkwardness there may be if she expects me to pay. I need to address it beforehand but I’m just unsure what is typically done. I feel like she should foot the bill for the prints that will be hanging in her home so she can get exactly what she wants, nothing more nothing less. She has a large and extravagant home and has a tendency to be over the top so I know there is no way that I could afford to pay for what she would pick out. I’ve had to save for months to get an album for myself.
My parents have offered to pay their own way, I simply could not make them feel like they had to pay for theirs while I picked up the tab for hers, especially knowing that the issue is not that she can’t afford it.
Is this wrong???
Post # 3
We’re going to pay for an album for both my parents and my husband’s parents. I’m not sure who’s usually expected to pay though?
Post # 4
Order some of your favorite photos of the two of you, and photos with the two of you with your parents, families, etc. Frame them, wrap them, BOOM! Christmas presents taken care of.
Post # 5
“MIL, I’ve found a place to print our wedding images. Please go ahead and pick out five images that you’d like us to print – I’d love to gift them to you. If you’d like to order additional, or get an album for yourself, they are $X.”
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@jessiebrown74: You can get a shutterfly one for like $25-40…
Post # 7
Usually the couple pays for albums for their parents.
Post # 9
We ordered a wedding album for my in-laws and will be giving it to them for Christmas. They don’t expect it though.
ETA: I put together our album on Shutterfly and used coupon codes so a nice, 30 page leatherbound album was relatively cheap (around $75 each after a 40% off coupon and free shipping). I like our album but really, how often are you going to look at it especially in this day and age when most things are digital. If it falls apart, we’ll order another.
Post # 10
Maybe do a Shutterfly photo album for the parents? Our photographer has GORGEOUS photo albums that cost $900+, but we totally can’t afford to pay that for ourselves, my parents and DH’s parents.
We did one album as a practice through them and it turned out BEAUTIFULLY. We had a 40% sale, so one album with 40 pages ended up costing around $60.
Post # 11
The person who wants photots pays. I would however make something for Mother-In-Law or my own mom as a GIFT to them (ie birthday or xmas) but I wouldn’t just buy them an album unless it was like less than 50 bucks.
Post # 12
I bought each mother a Shutterfly photo album that was no more than $30. I use shutterfly for nearly all my photo gifts. It was an 8×11 book.
My mom didn’t go to the wedding, but I still gave her an album.
I will however, do a really nice premium with lay flat pages for just us. Still working on that! I am researching MyPuliblisher, Adoramapix, Blurb and others, but I must say I already like how much easier it is to use Shutterfly.
Post # 13
I offered to print any photos that family members wanted – at about 13 cents each, I didn’t have a problem doing that.
I did also have a couple 8x10s printed to give our families – cost about $2 for the print plus a department store frame of about $10.
I did make up photo albums for my parents and his, but I don’t think I needed to as an obligation to them. I just wanted to. I got mine done from Costco – it was about $60 for a large album of over 60 pages. (I have also ordered a smaller album from them that was only about $20 and would have been a fine wedding album for parents if I had wanted to spend less)
Post # 14
@jessiebrown74: every man for themself! Our albums from the photographer start at $2500. We can’t afford to pay for our own right now, let alone anyone elses! My parents are paying for our album, but any prints we want we will pay for ourselves. My parents are also buying their own album and my in-laws have purchased their own prints.
I am making albums online for our grandparents as xmas presents. I’m thinking of doing one for my in laws as well since I don’t think they plan on getting an album from the photographer.
Post # 15
@sienna76: I love MyPublisher over Shutterfly. Very easy to use and I think the quality is better. However, I believe Shutterfly bought MyPublisher, so not sure how that affects anything.
Post # 16
We got albums for our parents that were smaller versions of our album. We also gave our parents copies of all the photos on disc to do what they wanted with.