Are Wedding Albums Worth It

It’s a question that photographers and couples often debate: are wedding albums worth it? On the one hand, an album can be a beautiful way to commemorate a couple’s big day. It’s a physical embodiment of all the memories and emotions from the wedding day. But on the other hand, albums can be expensive, and many couples choose to simply store their photos online or in digital files. So what’s the answer?

Understanding What’s Available

Most wedding photographers in Perth, and indeed around the world, give couples the choice of paying for just the digital image files or paying for a wedding album as an add-on. This empowers couples to make choices about printing their images in any way that they see fit.

There’s a lot of flexibility when deciding on your album, such as album style – do you want a hardcover, coffee-table style book that has lots of lightweight pages or a heavyweight album that has thick, lay-flat inner pages?

Gone are the days of thick window mounts and inserted photographic prints. Modern wedding albums are designed with creative image layouts and digitally printed artwork.

The introduction of high-quality digital printing has opened up a world of possibilities for creativity in the wedding album market. Unfortunately, this can be taken too far with design work that can be overelaborate and overpower the actual photography.

A well-designed album should aim to strike a balance between being creative and stylish, without losing sight of the fact that it is, first and foremost, a photo album.

Your wedding album should be designed to last a lifetime – both in terms of its physical durability and also the quality of its design. With this in mind, it’s important to choose a wedding album company that uses high-quality materials and has a good reputation for customer service.

Some companies even offer albums with cover options like metal, wood, or acrylic.

The Pros and Cons of Wedding Albums

The Pros

  • A wedding album is a beautiful, physical embodiment of your wedding day.
  • Albums can be designed to be unique and personal to you as a couple.
  • High-quality albums are built to last a lifetime.
  • Albums are tangible items that can be instantly picked up and looked through.
  • Wedding albums can be a beautiful family gift or keepsake.

The Cons

  • Wedding albums can be expensive.
  • They take time to design and create.
  • They force you to be selective in image choice.
  • Unless left out on display, can be neglected and forgotten.

DIY Wedding Albums – Are They Any Good?

DIY photo albums can be a great choice for some couples if they have a bit of creative flair. Some couples that we’ve shot weddings for have been graphic designers and have made a terrific job of creating and designing their own albums from the images supplied.

However, if you don’t have these skills, the results can be a little underwhelming, to say the least. This of course is a personal choice and beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.

Wedding Album Design Tips

When you’re designing your wedding album, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Layout – The layout of your photos should be pleasing to the eye and tell the story of your day in a logical order.

Balance – Each page should have a good balance of negative (white or blank) space and photos.

Flow – The album should flow nicely from one page to the next, without any jarring changes.

Focal Points – Each page should have a focal point, whether it’s a single photo or a group of photos.

Simplicity – Sometimes less is more. A simple, clean design can be very effective

Types of Wedding Albums

Overlay / Matted Wedding Albums

An overlay or matted wedding album is the most traditional style of album. Matted albums usually have a thicker page and feature a bevel-cut window in which each photo is placed. This is often referred to as a window mount wedding album, sometimes the photos are edge to edge inside the window overlay but can also be inset slightly.

Flush Mount Wedding Albums

A flush-mount wedding album features photos that are printed directly onto the pages, with no bevel-cut windows or mats. This gives the album a more contemporary look and feel. Flush mount albums often have thicker pages than other types of albums, which helps to protect the photos from damage.

Coffee Table Wedding Books

A coffee table wedding book is usually less expensive and is designed to resemble most other hard-back books that you’d find in most homes, such as a book of kitchen recipes. The pages are generally perfect bound and do not lay flat when the book is opened. This type of book is designed to be left out on view in the home to be enjoyed by everyone who visits the home rather than tucked away in a drawer and protected.

Couples occasionally buy several copies of these as they can become worn and tired over time with constant viewing.

How Many Photos Should Be In a Wedding Album?

This is completely up to you as the couple, but we generally recommend around 60-80 for a standard album size. This gives you enough space to tell the story of your day, without overcrowding the pages or making the album too bulky. Also, the number of images can have an impact on cost.

When it comes to choosing which photos to include, we recommend being selective and only choosing your very favourites. Your wedding album should be a curated collection of images that you absolutely love.

If you do Choose a Wedding Album, Which to Choose?

This is completely up to you and your budget. If you’re looking for a high-end album, we recommend going with a company that specializes in wedding albums, such as Album Epoca or Queensbury. For a more affordable option, many couples opt for a coffee table book from companies like Shutterfly or Mixbook. DIY photo albums can also be a great option for couples on a tight budget.

Think about what you want from your album. Do you want it left out on display all the time for everyone to browse and enjoy? Or locked away and brought out for viewing on special occasions.

Do you want flat lay pages or coffee table style inner pages?

What type of album cover do you want? Your favourite photo from the wedding? Leather bound with your names embossed? Or something unusual like wood with your names etched or burned into it?

Whatever your answers are will help you decide which album is right for you.

How Much do Wedding Albums Cost?

Wedding albums can range in price from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand. It all depends on the size, style, and materials you choose.

DIY photo albums can be a great option for couples on a tight budget or who simply wish to invest their money in other things. DIY options can start from as low as $30 but obviously, you will need to spend time creating the artwork and compiling your favourite images from your wedding.

Ultimately the Choice is Yours

Wedding albums are a great way to preserve your wedding photos and relive your special day for years to come. But they’re not for everyone.

Some couples choose not to have an album at all but choose to display the digital images in key places around their home such as a moving gallery on their TV (which displays when the TV is in sleep mode) or they’ll make canvas or fine art prints from their favourite wedding photos and hang them in key places around their home.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to get a wedding album, we hope this information has helped you make a decision.