Magazine Wedding Albums
Magazine wedding albums are the hottest new thing in wedding photography.
The suave and the stylish are choosing to have their wedding memories
preserved in elegant, coffee-book format. It's like a spread in
Hello, but classier, and for a select audience.
But this means that, once you've chosen your photographer, another
tricky decision awaits you. Do you opt for glamorous magazine wedding
albums, with reprint options for family and friends, or do you
choose an old-fashioned scrapbook album?
To save you time, we've weighed up the pros and cons for magazine
wedding albums… so you can make up your own mind.
Magazine wedding albums typically demand a mixture of informal
and formal wedding shots (see our feature on creative
The magazine format, done well, is a great way of combining these
pictures – a formal portrait and behind-the-scenes shots can be
displayed side by side, creating a witty ‘story'. Traditional wedding
albums don't really facilitate this layout; but you can choose
the photography style and decide how best to arrange it in your
Look and feel
Magazine wedding albums are digitally laid out by a designer and
usually printed on glossy paper, then bound like a book. The design
and photographs are unique to you; pictures feature artistic effects
with close-ups and insets. The designer will probably include some
close-ups of your dress, invitations, the cake and flowers – to
provide a vivid and evocative memory of your big day. By contrast,
the traditional album normally features one or more picture per
page. Of course, if you're putting together your album yourselves,
you can exercise some creativity – consider a scrapbook album,
with prints, memorabilia and guest snaps all combined. This will
give you the same feeling of life and energy – without the price
tag. Which brings us to an important con…
Magazine wedding albums don't come cheap. They will add at least
10% to your photography quotation. Because of all the work involved
in creating the layout, printing and binding the pages, it becomes
a significant design/print project. Choose a traditional wedding
album and you have more control over the price. You can buy and
assemble the album yourself, saving a hefty chunk of your budget.
Magazine wedding albums are usually reproduced in a selection
of sizes, so relatives and friends can have their own miniature
copy of your album. This is unique to the magazine format – and,
once you've had the book commissioned, it is a cheaper way for
wedding guests to order reprints. Traditionally, your wedding album
is a one-off: family and friends will order a selection of reprints
or a large print to frame, but the cost of this can mount up.
Magazine wedding albums are undeniably more glamorous than the
traditional album. If you've always wanted to see your names in
print, this is your chance… and what better than your wedding day?
Magazine wedding albums are designed with the appearance of an
uber-stylish magazine shoot – with you and your spouse as the models.
Your hard-bound, glossy album will keep better over the years and
you'll be able to order extras whenever you like. They're unusual
and guaranteed to wow friends and family – making your wedding
a talking-point long after the event!
Still not sure?
If you're undecided, order a traditional album package. Why? Because
once you have access to the prints (and hopefully the negatives),
you can have a magazine wedding album designed and printed at a
later date. You can select your own shots, perhaps including pictures
taken by friends, and have the book created for a special anniversary – you
can even include some of your own words. This way, it doesn't take
a cut from your wedding budget, and you still get the photograph
album immediately after the event. There are plenty of sites offering
to design your magazine wedding album, any time after your wedding.
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