The husband and I have decided that we will be designing our own wedding album (more like I will be designing it). I’ve thought of a few ideas of what ‘type’ of album we would like, and have been checking into a few companies that will provide me with what we want (without being a professional photographer and paying out the a** too… I apologize for profanities… but do y’all really pay $800 for a wedding album?). The husband and I want to go for something a little more in the untraditional category, in terms of Wedding albums. We aren’t really into the leather covers, the black matted photos, or even the single image covers (although as we go through the design process, this may all change). We want an album that reflects our wedding, our personality, and the time we lived in when we got married. I know… that is alot rolled up into one Wedding album, but hey gotta dream big, right? Anyways, I’ve found a couple of cute album covers (with even cuter insides), as I’ve been thinking of what type of ‘look’ we want for our wedding album.
Modern and Funky Wedding Album Cover found via Finao* *Finao only sells to professional photographers, nonetheless it is still a great source of inspiration
Cute Birdie Wedding Album via Blurb
This album is beautiful, clean and everything that I love. You have to check out the insides of this beauty over on Blurb. Just amazing.
If you ever need ideas when making your wedding album (or any photo album, for that matter), websites like Blurb are great places to get ideas. They have an online store where you can browse other people’s albums they have made.
I plan to make a different album for the husband and I, then for our family. The husband and I, will naturally, probably want most of our pictures in our album, but I doubt our family members will want them all. We plan to give them a smaller album with key photos from the events of the day. Sort of a ‘mini-me’ of our album.
As of right now, I plan to use the company Adorama to make a high quality ‘coffee table’ style Wedding album (that lays FLAT!) for the husband and I. I will also be ordering the same type of book, but smaller, with less pages, for our parents. I’m a little nervous using a company I’ve never seen the products of before, but as my usual book companies I like to use, Blurb and Lulu, don’t have the type of book I want, I must venture out into the unknown. :-/
My reasons for choosing Adorama (so far):
- Reasonably priced compared to other professional album companies (compare $50-75 to $300-$700)
- Their albums lay completely flat when open, providing for full panorama photos to be displayed without a seam
- They deal directly with you, not through professional photographers (like so many album companies)
- They came with a good review from a friend
- When you sign up with them, they give you $15 towards your first order. SCORE!
- They have about a gazillion different album sizes to choose from
- This article on how awesome Adorama books are (complete with pictures)
As I’m patiently waiting for our professional pictures to arrive from the Starks, I have sketched up TONS of ideas of our albums.
I plan to make 3 albums for the husband and I.
One album for our Pre-Wedding events (bridal shower, engagement part, E-pics, rehearsal dinner, etc). One for our professional Wedding pictures and another for our Honeymoon pictures. I want all three albums to appear as a ‘set’ when they are on a bookshelf. Sort of like below, only cuter and more modern (although these are pretty cute):
Bed Bath and Beyond; $12.99.
I’m thinking of making them 10″ x 10″, and I’m working on the details of making my own ‘box’ for the set of books to sit in. Stay tuned for album cover mock-ups! I have so many ideas… just need to get them all out, digitally.
What did y’all do for your Wedding Album? Did you do it yourself? For those who aren’t married yet, do you have any plans for your album?