Wedding album through photographer
Just wanted to come on here to tell you we got our wedding album from our photographer the other day!! Unfortunately, I wasn't blown away. It's definitely nice (he even threw in a 2014 calendar!), but in hindsight, I probably could have done without it.
There's been a lot on the forums about what's worth it and what's not, etc. So I wanted to share my thoughts after waiting 8 months for our album!
Like most of you, I wanted to splurge a little on photography. Well after researching and researching, I chose a photographer that I liked that included A LOT in his best package, all for $2500. All day coverage (I mean all day, 12 hours, working hard), two photogs, e-session, rights to photos, albums, parent albums. I thought, great! I like his work, and he showed us an album he had made which was really nice! Overall, he was a great deal. He worked really hard day of our wedding, and I love my photos. But, the album isn't great. I like the album I made myself on Shutterfly better. Obviously his is better quality, but now even on Shutterfly (or any other site) you have the options to make your pages thicker, and all these options for better quality. You might as well spend the money on an album you make and you will love. I like making those things, so I guess if you really don't have the time, having the photog include one is still good. But I love doing photo collages, scrapbooking, and photobooks, so I wish I would have spent less on the photography "package" and more on finding my absolute fav photographer.
I turned down a lot of my favorite photographers because their packages didn't include much, and were still more expensive than what I wanted to pay. One of my favorites charged $2800 just for their 8 hour time frame, and maybe rights to photos. I didn't even give them a chance because I thought it wasn't "worth it." Who knows?
My point is, if a wedding album from a photographer will run you $500 or so (even if it's included in their package, ask if they will give you a better deal and not include the album!) Or ask to see EXACTLY what your album will look like, not one that is 'extra' in the long run. And if you are planning on splurging, find the photographer that you REALLY LOVE, regardless of what is included in their package. Their time and rights to photos are what is most important.
That is something I wish I would have at least considered when I was researching vendors and photographers.
Sorry for the long post!!