My sister got married this past year on a very tight budget. One way she was able to save money was having me create her wedding album. The “professional” album was going to cost an arm and a leg so she asked the photographer to give her a CD with all the wedding pictures instead of having him make the album. I then went through the CD along with pictures that I was able to take and also pictures from friends and family, and began to create the album pages using Photoshop.
At first I thought I’d print the pages and then mount them in an album just like the photographer would have done, BUT, as I researched in the internet I found that buying the outer shell of the album and the adhesive pages to later mount the prints on, would cost a whopping $500+!!!!!! Ridiculous!!!!! So I checked out KodakGallery.com, Shutterfly.com, and some others and saw I could get the album done for WAY less. I’ve used several of these sites throughout the years and they are all pretty good. I went with Kodak because I could make the album in a larger size, 14 x 12.
I was able to include most if not all the pictures taken by the photographer!! Which traditionally you’d be able to pick a handful and end up with a 10 to 20 page album at a very high price. My sisters album ended up being 82 pages and really beautiful, if I do say so myself. The best part is that I was able to print another album in a smaller size for my parents and later for my brother-in-law’s family with just a click of the mouse!
So, if you’re looking for a way to save some $$$$$ on your wedding or a family member’s wedding, creating the wedding album yourself is the way to go! A lot more of those special moments will be scrapbooked at a more affordable price.