When I originally searched for albums to recommend to my clients, I visited several trade shows and came away realising that with so many different makes and types of wedding album available, I had to narrow my choice using these criteria: 1) Quality and Style 2) Service 3) Range of Products 4) Price.
There are some beautifully made albums which are seriously expensive, and some which look good at first but are let down by printing or binding quality and many which look flimsy to say the least. After all you want your album to last for years and it will become a family heirloom.
I now only use albums by GraphiStudio of Italy.
Graphistudio were the first company in the world to make a storybook wedding album and they are recognised as the market leaders. They are innovative and are a pleasure to deal with. It's no wonder so many of the world's leading photographers use them. But does this quality come at a price? Well yes, they are not cheap but they are fantastic value and you'll be pleasantly surprised I'm sure.
GraphiStudio albums are made at their facility in Arba, just North of Venice. All Graphistudio albums are finished by hand, from assembly to binding and finishing the cover in your choice of metal, acrylic, silk or leather.
It's hard to keep up with all of the new innovations from Graphi - their new matted albums, introduced in 2016 are just fabulous, combining the traditional look of an album with individual photo matts with their superb digital printing. There are even albums in the pipeline which have a screen built-in to the cover showing video clips! I'm not quite sure about that but time will tell if brides and grooms like the idea!
I always think it's best to keep everything simple - clean layouts, no photos stuck in at odd angles with fancy borders, and a blend of colour and monochrome always looks good.