Do you need a Wedding Album?
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Wedding Albums are your first family heirloom that should last you a lifetime.
There are a lot of different expenses to consider when planning your wedding day - your photography being one of your larger expenses. However, the reality is that out of everything you’ll be spending money on, how many of them will you still be able to look back on and use years from now? Your photos are the only item.
Wedding photography and an album are the best investments you can make as you plan your big day.
There’s nothing quite like being able to physically hold and page through a beautiful wedding album. Looking through your wedding photos instantly transports you back to that day, whether it’s a week after the wedding or 20 years later when you’re telling your children all about your perfect day. Your wedding album is a physical representation of one of the most important days of your life and an heirloom that you can pass down through your family.
Many brides are tempted to put their own wedding album together after the wedding but most of them simply never get round to completing the task. Remember, your photographer shoots your wedding with your album in mind so they are the best person to turn to when it comes to layouts, album types, and customizations. Sending your DIY album to a consumer lab simply won’t do. It could mean losing the quality of your album and your photos. And after all, you’ve invested in the photography services on your wedding day, so it makes sense that you should carry it through with a beautiful custom wedding album.
It is always wise to ask to see some sample albums by your photographer and discuss the options available = types of cover material, page thickness, page material, page format, overall size, imprinting, gilding and more. Seeing an album can make all the difference in the world.
Some photographers will send their albums out for design, others (like us), design them in-house with input from clients. We use your top picks and add, when necessary, images to compliment the story-board that we will develop.
The better albums are considered "lay flat". That is, the pages will lay flat and an image can span across the center seam. A typical 10"x10" album can then open to a spectacular 10"x20" spread. Photographic pages (e-surface), rather than Press Printed pages. are much less likely to show the seam. As such, Photographic pages are considerably more expensive than Press Printed pages. For example, a page (front and back) that is Press Printed may cost as little as $2 whereas an e-surface Photographic Page (front and back) could cost $12. So, if you want to add ten more pages to your album, the difference is between an additional $20 or $120. Do you get what you pay for ? - Absolutely. This quality is something you really must see in person to appreciate.
In the end, you will want to work with your photographer to create a quality album, within your budget, that you can showcase off to your friends and family for years to come and that will allow you to relive your Special Day time and time again.