(Closed) Why should I buy an expensive wedding photo album?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I want to find a photog that will just release me the CD– I agree with you, I want to print my own.

Post # 4
582 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

A well made photo album will hold up way better over time then prints. Also the quality of a photo is lost when it is not printed properly. Im not a photographer but I have seen albums from some friends that have made them themselves. If photos are not important to you there is no need, but if you are already spending a lot on a photographer you should be able to have the photos in a good quality album.

Post # 6
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I made an albulm using an online service and I was a little dissappointed with it.  It looks nothing like the fancy one my photographer did for my boudior book.  I think I’m going to bite the bullet next year and have her go back and create one for me.  It really is worth it.

Post # 7
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I think the super expensive albums are the newer type of album where the images are printed directly on thick pages. From what I have seen, there isn’t really a way to make these books without spending a lot of money. Blurb/mypublisher/etc. books just aren’t the same.

If you just want to get prints of the pictures made (professional quality) and put those in an album like our parents would have had, then I don’t see a benefit to paying a photographer to do that.

I think I’m going to go with a traditional album and keep all the images on CD (part of my package). My photographer has very reasonable print prices, so I will print though him and purchase and assemble the actual album myself. I prefer the traditional album to the new-age albums. I’ll probably also make a book in blurb to have as a coffee table book.

Post # 8
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

Your photographer is creating an album on archival-quality paper (or should be!), so it will stand the test of time. They are more than likley also using a vendor that only professionals order through, and with whom they have worked with the ensure that the colors print true to what they should (vs. you ordering from a random place on your own, where the colors could be off depending on print quality). They are also spending the time to lay it out, which can be rather time intensive.

Assuming your photographer is doing all of the above, it also means that they are not making a massive profit off of your album (as I think is often assumed). A good quality album will more than likely cost your photographer $400 or $500 produce, so after paying for the album and paying taxes, your photographer is probably not making very muhc off of the album sale.

With that said, a top quality album is awesome – when you see one in person, you realize why they are so pricey! But, that’s definitely not in everyone’s budgets. It’s definitely not in ours…Mr. Stiletto is a photographer, so he’ll be designing and ordering our album, which will still be pricey but definitely a lot cheaper for us. I definitely know that if this wasn’t an option for us, we don’t have $800 or $1,000 for an album at the moment!

Maybe consider instead ordering some of your favorite prints from your photographer and putting them together in a nice Kolo album? Your photographer is also going to be ordering professional quality prints that are definitely worth it (compared to going to the local drug store and ordering prints, big difference!). This is a little more of an economical option, and I’m sure either way the end result will be beautiful!

Post # 10
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Album prices are crazy.  My options were around $2000 so we went for a wedding book for $450 instead.  They hold 300 pages of photos and read more like a story than just an album.  You might see if they are an option for your photographer.

Post # 11
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I paid waaaaay too much money for my albums, BUT I think it’s better than if I made my own.  The pictures are printed right on the thick pages.  I also opted for the pages that if you spilled drinks on it, all you have to do is wipe it off.  So I think they’re worth it.

Post # 12
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it depends on what you can afford.  Putting together an album is a lot of work and the materials are expensive.  So if you don’t have experience then you’re taking a TON of time to make the album. 

If my husband and I were making more $$ maybe we would pay to have it done but it really it just isn’t in our budget right now for a coffee table book so we’ll do it ourselves eventually.


Our parents and even grandparents DIY wedding albums are still around (albeit a little faded) so if they can do it I’m hoping we can do it with all the improved tech around.

Post # 13
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

As others have said, the printing of the album is what makes it so expensive. We can’t afford it, either. Our album options started at $500 and went up from there. Nope, can’t do it. I’m sure we’ll look at our album a lot, but not enough to justify that cost.

We’ll be making our own using an online source like shutterfly. I’ve used them in the past for albums, and while the quality isn’t perfection, it’s still pretty good. For the photos we want to display in our home in frames in the wall, we’ll be asking our photog to print them herself so the quality is very high. But for the album, the cheaper solution is right for us.

Post # 14
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We went for it.  I wanted archival paper and photos that would last a lifetime.

I have a family friend that did DIY in the 80’s for her wedding.  She thought she got good quality acid-free paper.

Her photos are now completely green and orange with age, and that was only from the 80s.  I just didn’t want to take that chance with how much we spent on photography.

So we went with one of these.  It’s handmade with silk and ribbon covering, but I believe the book itself is art:


Post # 15
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hand binding

Archival paper

Thick pages

Flush mounting

Those are the things you pay for. Also, the templating of having your album laid out JUUUST right. It’s a pain in the booty. I think the $800 sticker prices are a little high, but I’m not aware of DIY professional albums yet. You might be able to find a photographer who’d be willing to make yours on the side for you for not such a huge price. She/he may only profit, say $200 from your album, so your price tag may be more like $600. Yes, albums really do cost like $250 and up, easily, for wholesale costs. They are definitely not cheap!

You could always go with a DIY now, then consider an album for your first anniversary if you still feel the “need” for it.

I’m getting one, but it was included in my very expensive package, so I know i already paid for it, lol. Mine looks really pretty freakin’ sweet though. I can’t wait to get it in.

Things like leather covers and whatnot aren’t really my thing–I’m more about the quality of photos and quantity. I didn’ twant only 40 photos–we got 85 and it’s just right.

Post # 16
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@ Mrs. DG, did you have to go through a professional to get an album from cypress? Is the price quite comparable to the price ranges discussed here.

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