When it comes to wedding albums, which is better? Wedding photo albums or wedding coffee table books?
Before deciding in which type of book or album you want your wedding photos to be in, it’s really a matter of first knowing how these photo books and wedding albums are made.
Coffee table books are the hardcover books that look just like the ones you’d see in a bookstore. They’re press printed with inkjet printers onto paper. Sometimes the paper is hinged to the book and lays flat, other times it’s a thinner more flexible paper. Overall its printed quality appears similar to that of real photos.
The advantage is the coffee table book is less expensive to make than a wedding photo album, but it’s not the most durable format. Its pages can be creased, bent or torn.
A wedding album, on the other hand, is constructed by a bookbinder to be durable and longer lasting. Typically a library bound wedding photo album is made of actual photo prints which are then adhered to a rigid substrate, which keeps thm from getting bent or creased.
The photo print becomes the page. Then these album pages are sewn into the spine of the wedding album, and the spine is reinforced. This library binding process increases the long term preservation of the wedding photos because of the process and the quality of materials used. It’s more archival than the coffee table book and can last for over a hundred years.
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