After the last thank you note is (finally!) sent and life post-wedding begins to settle into a comfy cozy new normal, the time for finding a more permanent home for your wedding photos has arrived. While sharing the highlights from your big day on social media is fun, decades from now you’ll probably want a physical wedding photo album to pass around between family members and reminisce over.
But the process of creating your perfect wedding album, especially if you’re looking to use an online service, isn’t easy. With countless options to choose from it can be difficult to settle on the one that will work best for you and make your photos shine.
I recently went through the process of putting mine together, and to be honest wasn’t the most fun thing I’ve ever done. After spending hours organizing the photos in the online album creator and developing a severe case of achy trackpad finger, I ordered our wedding album…only to realize the next morning that I had left out 40 images! I was able to get a 50 percent refund to try again, but when I received the printed copy, my heart sank. Every picture was mysteriously tinted blue!
After contacting the company, they looked into the problem and sent me a new photo book, but the mysteriously blue images remained. Whether the method of printing or paper type caused the malfunction, my patience was starting to wear thin, so I accepted a refund, and set out to find a new printer. That’s when I found my wedding album savior, touted for printing photos with brilliant, true colors. After nearly a month of struggling, I finally received the gorgeous wedding album I had hoped for.
Before you put together your wedding album, consider the pros and cons of these five popular wedding photo album creators, and hopefully your experience will flow smoothly from receiving your images from your wedding photographer to opening your album for the first time.
Pros: You simply upload your wedding photos and choose your favorite album and design style, and their professional design experts do the rest with unlimited free revisions. That means you no longer have to sit in front of your computer wondering how to arrange your album. The result is a beautifully designed heirloom-quality album at an affordable price, which explains why so many couples and wedding photographers love the service.
Cons: The design service and professional printing process can mean a longer wait time until you receive your album. Once you approve your album design, printing and shipping can take around 10-14 days vs. 5 days for some DIY online wedding photo album creators (though they do offer an expedited option for an additional $25).
Pros: As one of the trendiest photo book makers available, this service offers very high-end finishings and add-ons, including leather covers and presentation boxes. They also guarantee vibrant, true to color printing on archival quality paper.
Cons: But you don’t get this kind of luxury without paying more. As the most expensive option among these five creators, an album here can run upwards of several hundred dollars. The layout editor is also less flexible, not allowing for personalization of their (albeit lovely) pre-made layouts.
Pros: With their fabric covers and high-quality book jackets, the photo books made through this service have a high end, luxury look, and with up to 200 pages allowed in the album, it’s no wonder this is one of the top wedding album services online.
Cons: Unlike with other services, there is no choice of paper, taking away the opportunity to select a paper that will best compliment your images. This can lead to color distortion and fading in some cases. The album editor is also limiting, constraining creators to choosing between pre-made layouts rather than designing new page layouts themselves.
Pros: The brand new Make My Book service makes this album creator the perfect option for the busy bride. All you have to do is upload your photos, send them off to a designer and within three days, you’ll have a layout returned to you ready for your edits. Additionally, if you decide to design your own book, their idea pages can help you along the way.
Cons: Despite the ease of creating the book, we have read some reports of delayed shipping and deliveries as well as some quality hiccups. Just be sure to read recent reviews and contact customer support if you have any questions.
Pros: With the largest available photo book coming in at a maximum of 399 pages, this is the photo album for brides who want to include every single image from their big day. Using the auto fill option and fully customizable layout, you will surely be able to design a photo book that looks exactly the way you want it to.
Cons: Unlike several of the other photo book creators that are intended specifically for significant events like weddings, this album creator produces only standard photo books without the options of high-end cover finishes.
Other wedding photo album creators that made our list:
Pros: Because all of their albums are flat lay, landscape oriented photos can cover the entire expanse of the photo book without the center portion getting lost in the fold. Additionally, their layouts are fully customizable, allowing you to change the sizes of photo and text boxes to meet your preferences. This service also offers a selection of papers, which give your images either a dreamy, faded appearance or a bold color pop. Hint: This is the creator that gave me my perfect wedding album!
Cons: Because the layout designer offers so much customization, it can get a bit time consuming and overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with similar platforms. Additionally, each photo book is limited to 100 pages, meaning some photos might not make the cut.
Brides, and the weddings they plan, are infinitely unique — as are the photo books that preserve their memories. Using these album creator pros and cons, you can build the album that is perfect for you and that you will treasure for decades to come!