Meet a couple that went way beyond the traditional wedding book—right into multiple formats. Newlyweds Emily and Jerome Mopsik created a gorgeous wedding photo book for themselves in a large-format version that included hundreds of photographs.
Wanting to share the memories with their parents, they then edited that book into a smaller (in both length and format) version of their wedding album, with only the absolute best photos, the ones that doting parents would want to cherish—shots that emphasized the couple and favorite friends and family. Smart, right? Here’s their story.
Did you first consider making/purchasing a traditional wedding book?
“We thought about it but the traditional thick stiff page albums didn’t appeal because they felt too dated. We wanted a cleaner and more modern feel, like the coffee table and art books we collect. Not to mention the cost—if you buy one of those books from your photographer, or even another service, it can cost 800 to 1,000 dollars! Honestly, we have more time than money, like many people at this stage in our life, so making it ourselves just works.”
What made you think you could pull off your book project?
“We knew you could make your own books with different services, looked online, and downloaded one of your competitor’s layout software. Emily started to work on it and it was hard—just not that user-friendly and she became frustrated. Then we read about your company in Martha Stewart Wedding and I followed up with some online research. We then watched one of the beginner tutorials—after I watched that, I thought we can do this. Neither of us is a computer expert but we are savvy users. After we downloaded the software and started playing around it was much easier to use than the other service.”
What were you considering when you were looking for a book-making tool?
“First, how easy it is to learn to use. Then we looked at the built-in layouts, the available backgrounds, if it was Mac compatible, and the cost versus the quality of the product. Also the other options when printing, like size and paper.”
How long did it take you to tackle the project?
“Thinking back to the actual making of the books, we think we worked on them for about two weeks. We worked maybe an hour or an hour and a half at a time in the evening, after work or on the weekend, so maybe 12 hours total.
However, this does not include the time we spent whittling down our photos. We read that an album should have around 250 photos. We had about 2,000 photos from the photographer that had already been edited. It took a while to go through those 2,000 and get down to 250.”
Did anything surprise you about the process?
“Not really, we watched the half-hour tutorial so we had a good idea of the process from start to finish.”
What’s a challenge you overcame during the process?
“We had some confusion about how you get a picture back into your library after you drag it out into a layout but then change your mind. It took a little bit and a email to support to figure it out. Also we had a little challenge initially with editing and saving custom layouts. But, like the situation above, once we figured it out it was okay.”
Are you planning to make even more books?
“Yes, we made our main album then we made an edited version of that to give to our parents. Now we are working on picking the photos from a sailing trip we recently went on to make a book about that.”
Great ideas all, so you could think of your own custom wedding photo book as just the beginning. Consider taking some of those pictures and putting together a couple of quick little softcover 7 x 7 inch books. You could put the spotlight on:
- Your bachelorette or bachelor party (careful here)
- The flower girl’s time to shine
- Members of the wedding party (a great thank you gift)
- Out-of-town guests who traveled to be there
- Shots from your honeymoon to show off back home
Or put together a really blown-out, customized coffee-table-sized photo book for your most important (and most generous—did your parents pick up the check?) guests. You could even create an enhanced ebook with videos of the ceremony, your first dance, toasts, and people going crazy on the dance floor at your reception (The things you really want to remember forever. Or, you know, blackmail).
So thank you very much to the Mopsiks, and we hope this inspired you to go beyond the traditional wedding photo book when it comes time to make yours.