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WEDDING DATE:

Nov 07, 2009

lingy

Wedding Photo Book

We are getting a photo album of our wedding photos from our photographers, but I also wanted to make some for my family in the meantime. I used the layout proof provided by them as a guide for my own layout. Because Blurb seems like a very popular service that people on PW use to make their photobooks, I used Blurb. Ugh, boy was I disappointed! So disappointed, that I was glad I only ordered one, and then I went back to A&I to make the rest of them. As with my engagement photobook, they did a fantastic job. Check out my comparison below. A caveat however: I used 4"x6" photos and got the 13"x11" from Blurb while I got 11"x8.5" from A&I, which had an effect on the print quality.

Wedding Photo Book photo 1

Look at how many more shades of blue printed on A&I's than Blurb's.

Wedding Photo Book photo 2

Blurb:

  • Large Landscape - 13"x11"
  • I ordered their premium paper (100 lb. text silk-finish paper) but it still feels so thin!
  • No creative control on the design of the spine (only allows your book title)
  • Copyright page required with credit to Blurb (you can't get rid of it)
  • I found the book creator application a little more cumbersome to use, but it's probably a little easier for people unfamiliar with similar applications
  • Does not lay flat so some parts of the photos get lost in gutter
  • Cropped off some photos
  • Glossy dust jacket (leaves fingerprints easily)
  • Less image saturation/color density
  • Printing is outsourced to a 3rd party
  • Total cost = $97.17

A&I

  • Large book - 11"x8.5"
  • Standard paper for all books: heavy 80 lb. cover stock Semi-Gloss paper - and boy, DOES THIS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! You really feel the quality difference. THIS really feels pro.
  • You can design the spine
  • The only place A&I places its logo is on the last page. Every other page is yours completely.
  • Book Creator is easy to use immediately if you are mildly familiar with Photoshop controls, otherwise, it's easy to learn by following the tutorials on their site.
  • LAYS FLAT! Like a wonderful coffee table book.
  • No cropping. What you designed is what you get!
  • Semi-gloss dust jacket
  • Great image saturation/color density. The colors are way richer than Blurb's.
  • Printed in-house at their Hollywood location
  • Total cost = $92.16

It's a no brainer to me if I had to choose to print another photobook ever again. Check out some of the beautiful pages!

 Wedding Photo Book photo 3Wedding Photo Book photo 4

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 Wedding Photo Book photo 13Wedding Photo Book photo 14

A&I page lays flat                                                                               Blurb's doesn't

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Wedding Photo Book photo 21

 

(3) Comments

This turned out great too

You're welcome! Glad you found it helpful.

This is so helpful!!  I was planning on Blurb, since I see it everywhere on PW, but just saw a groupon today for A&I (the $20 for $60 one).  I did a search of PW to see what people think about A& I.  Thank you for posting this information!