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Help Please. My son and new daughter-in-law are looking for an on-line printing service for their wedding album. They want control over the design/layout of the pages, and not standard layouts. I would be grateful for any suggestions, of good quality, resonably priced companies, who can provide this service. Thanks
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Comes down to price but Albelli do a very easy to use online software service with non standard layouts for around the £100 mark.
If £100 was a target then there are any number of printers who will produce a decent enough album - some will even throw in a leather cover for that money.
I am not a pro but my son got married in Greece and his photographer used a Spanish firm called Hoffman I cannot recommend them enough here
The August issue of Black+White Photography magazine has a review of photo-books. They gave top marks to Pixum. They particularly liked the photo paper and the lay-flat pages. They also do a good variety of sizes. Their page templates are described as either basic or quirky. But of course you don't have to use their templates. I've not used Pixum myself but will give them a try next time. The others they reviewed were Blurb, Albelli Bob Books, Photobox and Yophoto.
Of the photo-books I've used, I was well pleased with the one I've just got back from Jessops (produced by Cewe). This wasn't reviewed in the magazine. The photographic paper looked particularly good. But I was disappointed that there were no end-papers. There was a blank page at the end. If I had realised this (it was probably stated in the small print), I'd have left a blank page at the front.
These are basic photo-books, all similarly priced. A problem I've had in the past has been that thicker pages, though they look better, are more likely to separate at the spine eventually. So I'd particularly go for one with lay-flat pages.
I have to photograph a family wedding next month. I've never done a wedding before. The bride want's something more special for the wedding album, so I've been checking out specialist wedding album suppliers. Some won't deal with amateurs doing a one-off like myself. They all seem to offer a similar service. You download the free design software, which has templates which you can use, ignore or modify. They differ in the sort of covers they offer. We've settled on Loxley as a supplier because they get good reviews on wedding photography forums. These abums are much more expensive.
If you've got a computer why not buy some software and you will have complete control of the layout;
I use Serif PagePlus X5
Create the pages themselves in PS, its easy and you get exactly what you want. I create 10X10 Montage and then buy a 10X10 Album and place the pages in. €olin
Thanks for the help and suggestions. I'm passing on all suggestions to my daughter-in-law, as she will be doing the designs herself. She works as a designer for a greetings card company so is very capable.
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