Wedding Photos: How to choose between a traditional Lay-flat Album and a Photobook.

Updated: May 9, 2018

With #wedding season underway, it is time for all you brides-to-be, and even those of you who have been long married, but done nothing with your photos, to start thinking about getting an album made!

Wedding Season has begun. Time to start thinking about #weddingalbums.

But where to start? The first question you need to ask yourself is what sort of album you want. Whether you are creating the album yourself, or asking a professional such as #andothermemories for some help, we can break it down to 3 options.

  • The first is a shop bought album that you are going to stick or slip, (depending on the type,) your printed photos in.

  • The second option is a photobook, with all your photographs printed into the album.

  • The third is a lay-flat album, which depending on what you have chosen, you can either stick photo's in yourself or if you are looking for something a little neater, get photo's printed directly onto the page.

But how do you decide which you are going to go for?

Well the shop bought album option is the budget option, and great if you want to do it yourself and enjoy the heavy feel of an album stuffed with photos. But it has the downside of being heavy once full, often they can be difficult to close if you stick too much in and you always have the possibility of losing photos if they fall out.

Wedding Photobook. Many pages bound together like an ordinary book. You can see the loss of the edges of the photo's in the spine.

To choose between the photobook and a lay-flat album is simple. You need to know this first.... the differences between the two types of album. A #photobook, is exactly that, a book, with pages made from paper, almost limitless in page number due to the thickness (or should I say thinness?!) of the paper. Usually it will have a higher gsm (grams per square meter) than an ordinary book but lower than that of a lay-flat, so you can include as many photo's as you want - your limit is the number of pages you want to print. On the other hand, a lay-flat album is strictly limited to a number of pages due to the thick quality of card, and the way it is bound. You do however get more of a traditional feel, and the album opens out fully flat so that you don't lose parts of any photo on the inside spine of the album. You also have the option of creating a double page spread from any images you want to blow up across the two pages without losing any part of it. I always suggest choosing around 60-70 photo's for a lay-flat to a client.

A lay-flat album. Opens out flat. Thick card pages like a traditional album.

So now you know the difference between the two, the best way to decide which of the two you prefer is to work out how many photos you want. A photobook is great if you want to include all your photo's from the big day, while a lay-flat is what you are looking for if you want to include a select few special images to tell the story of your day.

Both album styles are brilliant in their own way, so have a think about what you are looking for - a traditional album or a book, special photos or all the photo's. A good way to help you decide is to think about who the album is for. Lay-flat's offer snippets of the day to tell the whole story and display the best of the best without others getting too bored! Photobooks are great for including everything! I find a lot of clients end up opting for one of each - one to show people and one with every detail so that nothing is ever forgotten.

Ahhh weddings!!