I love everything about fine art. I have ten years of ordering staples from book binderies and print labs, seeing products on display at Bridal Shows, Photo Expos, conferences, and workshops and I have settled on the Best of The Best to offer my clients! I'm an "all or nothing" sort of girl. I figure, if you're paying for it, you'll want the best. Otherwise, you can just DIY or print at home.
So the fine art prints that I offer through my gallery site are 200-year archival pigments on real cotton fine art paper. They are gorgeous, detailed, and vibrant!
The albums are real Italian hand-crafted pieces of heirloom art, in top grain leather or fabulous Japanese silk. (We also have vegan options available).
If you DID decide to DIY it...
This is my favorite advice: For albums, download a trial version of album stomp to create the page design, and order the "Nations 99 Album" through Nations Photo Lab. They are simply, solidly built, long-lasting albums with real photo pages. (I have one that is 15 years old and holding strong! The price point for this will be about $100-200 depending on how large you would like your album to be.
For photos - I know there are lots of reasons to not want to give Jeff Bezos more money, but if you're already an Amazon Prime subscriber, it might benefit you to know they have just added a photo printing service to their Amazon Photos section. So, in addition to getting unlimited photo storage, you can also order prints right through the app (or also on the desktop version, but it's much more difficult to find). When I tested the prints, I was suitably impressed with the color rendering and output quality. For the price point, they are absolutely a better option than the CMYK drugstore fast-print, and WAY better than running through your printer at home. The best part? The prime free shipping still applies, and there's no order minimum. So, while my professional labs ask for a $30 order minimum, through Amazon I can literally print four 5x7's for less than $2.50. Kind of crazy, huh?
If you don't have prime, or the design work for your album makes you want to through your laptop through a window, reach out! I love to make sure your home is full of pretty things, and will happily custom design either "Fun Art" or "Fine Art" offerings as affordably as possible. My favorite affordable items are the Fuzzy Little Love Books, and loose-printed deckled or matted Fine Art prints. Either one can make an excellent wedding keepsake for your home!