How to make the perfect DIY wedding photo album

The big day is done, and you have some incredibly special photos of your wedding. Don't let them just sit on your phone or in a cloud somewhere! There is no substitute for a physical wedding album to house your precious memories and show your friends and family. Sure, you can print out photos and put them into a blank album, but a custom wedding album is such a wonderful thing to have. It's really not hard to create your own; these websites walk you through the process. Some of them have their own team of designers, so all you have to do is hand over your photos and let the experts do the work. A small album for your parents or grandparents would be a delightful gift they would be sure to treasure.

Two terms you see frequently in regards to wedding albums are lay-flat and flush mount. Lay-flat is just what it sounds like: the pages lay flat when the album is open. Flush mount means that the photo printing goes all the way to the edges of the page and the page is rigid cardboard rather than paper.

Modern Album Designs

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You can create a variety of wedding album styles, from basic to luxe. The cover can be a simple leatherette or you can choose from other styles such as an acrylic cameo, a metal photo, or many more. You can have a fabric lining, imprinted cover, and many other custom options. With so many choices, you can create just about anything you have in mind. Sizes range from 8-by-8 inches to 18-by-12 inches. The luxe albums come with a custom box that matches your album to keep it safe. Modern Album Designs does have a design service if you'd like the pros to do the designing for you.

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PikPerfect offers both wedding books and wedding albums. Wedding books start at $40 and can showcase up to 244 pages and 1000 photos. Wedding albums are constructed from more upscale materials and thicker pages. Lay-flat albums start at $75 and can have up to 120 pages and 350 photos. Flush mount albums start at $199 and can have up to 76 and 275 photos. PikPerfect has a design service where you can review the draft and make unlimited revisions before your album is created.

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Nations Photo Lab

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Nations Photo Lab Wedding photo albums (Image credit: Nations Photo Lab)

Their lay-flat, flush mounted wedding album on thick paper, "Album99," starts at $99. There are many options for different covers such as genuine Italian leather, canvas, photo, and other customizations. The smallest albums are 5-by-5-inches and the largest are 12-by-12 inches. You can get anywhere from 10 to 50 pages, depending on page thickness. This is a good lower-priced option if you want a quality lay-flat, flush mount album but don't need a lot of frills.

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Altar Albums

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Altar Albums Wedding Photo Albums (Image credit: Altar Albums)

Altar Albums, formerly known as BrideBox, offers three different hand-crafted wedding album styles for different budgets. Their lowest priced album, known as Lake, is a hard photo cover book with lay-flat paper pages five times thicker than regular paper. Their middle priced album, Anza, has a faux leather cover option and lay-flat, flush mount pages that are 10 times thicker than regular paper. Marina, their deluxe option, adds more cover options such as metal or full-grain leather.

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I've ordered many photo books from Shutterfly over the years; I like the decorative frames and stickers you can add to your photos with this service. They offer three different wedding styles. The least expensive is their Standard Hardcover book, which is just a regular photo book but with a wedding theme. It won't be lay-flat, nor flush-mounted, and it will be regular thin paper, but it's quite an inexpensive way to make a lovely book of your wedding photos. The Premium Photo Book adds a leather cover option and lay-flat pages. Finally, the Professional Flush Mount Album has lay-flat, thick, flush mount pages. You also get an eco-leather cover, storage box, and design services included.

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Mirror Picture Frame

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You've got your album, taken care of, but surely you'll want to display prints of some of your favorite photos in your home as well. This sparkly rhinestone frame sets off your precious photo beautifully.

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For some, their wedding day is the most important day of their lives, which is why we spend so much money on professional photographers to capture the memories. The best way to preserve those memories is with a quality wedding album that can, not only be shared with friends and family, but also be passed down from generation to generation. The photo printing services found here are the best in the business, and some of them have a wallet-friendly option, which is nice since you just spent a fortune on the wedding.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.