My ‘official’ wedding album produced by my photographer only allowed for 60 photos, which gave us the huge task of choosing from 900 digital images captured from the day! We picked a lot of the super glamorous edited portrait photos, which didn’t leave much room for the hundreds of family/friends and detail shots we wished we could also include.

We had put so much effort into the day and wanted to have an additional book that could hold every photo we loved, and tell a true story of the day. So I decided to create my own album.

I received an email from Living Social deals, with an offer for a 60 page printed photo book from Milkbooks.  I checked out Milkbooks website, and was impressed with the beautiful examples they showed.  I did a little research and discovered that Milkbooks recently teamed up with Moleskine, a company known for their legendary notebooks.  With this in mind I ordered the voucher and was able to start putting my wedding album together immediately.

I chose approximately 180 images and uploaded them to Milkbooks online software, which was simple and user friendly.  The software lets you choose from a small variety of text, label and cover options, with an okay selection of design layouts.  This varied from one large image fill of the page, to nine small tiled images per page.  I mixed and matched all of the different image templates to keep it varied, bearing in mind that I would need to average three per page to fit in my 180 images.

design layout screen

design mode screen

The book took about 2 weeks to arrive and was packaged well for the long journey it had taken (from New Zealand).  The box was beautifully presented with a button and ribbon tie, and I love that you can choose an image to display on the front of the album.

top view of box

side view of box

button close up

front cover of album

first page of album

nine image page

images close up

I was a little disappointed with the print quality, as the uploaded images were over 700 dpi, and looked grainy in comparison to the album produced by our photographer.  I queried this with them and they said their books are printed at 300 dpi which is the standard for digital offset.

Overall this was a great value offer at £40 plus £8.75 p&p, with a normal price of US$150.  As we have two albums, I am not too bothered about the print quality.  The finish is perfect for a wedding album, and I would recommend if you are able to find an offer.

Book specifications:

SIZE 13×11” / 33×27.9CM LANDSCAPE HARD COVER

2 Comments on Milkbooks wedding album review

  1. Did all your pages lay flat? I was satisfied with everything in my 104-page photobook EXCEPT FOR the layflat feature (which enticed me to Milkbooks in the first place). Their website made me believe that I was gettting layflat pages without reservations. After a few back-and-forth emails with their customer service, this is basically all they can say:

    ” The 11×13 Photo Book and Photo Album are bound the same way. As my colleague Minnie mentioned, they are PUR-bound to ensure their longevity and strength over time – the strongest technique for these heavier formats. While your Photo Book may not lie perfectly flat straight away, it does ensure durability and will, with use over time, lie flatter than when you initially received it. ”

    Granted that I availed of a 40% off for 20 pages, I still overpaid for a regular photobook that I could have simply ordered here in the States.

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