Friday, August 21, 2015

Jax Seal of Approval: Shutterfly Wedding Albums

We got super lucky to have hired such an amazing photographer for our wedding.
Unfortunately, “amazing” comes with a hefty price tag.
Luckily for us, on top of being very talented, our photographers were also reasonable.
To help ease the financial burden, they only charged us for the labor of snapping the pictures.
At the end of the night they gave us a flash drive and the rights to all of the photographs.
That means-no edited pictures, no prints, and no fancy photo albums for my family or myself.

After the honeymoon, I settled into my favorite nook, and filtered through all of the pictures.
Once I picked my favorite 300 pictures (lol), I was really tempted to call the photographer back.
I was going to beg him to make me prints and albums even though it would cost billions.
I’m not even joking.  To have that done professionally literally cost billions.  Well, almost billions.

Instead of caving, I decided to see what magic I could create myself through Shutterfly.
For a whopping $72, I order 8x10s, 4x6s, 5x7s, and wallets for our entire family and myself.
I printed all 300 pictures plus many additional duplicates to hand out to others.
To put it into perspective, that’s about a $500 savings when ordering through a photographer.

My next venture was to Shutterfly’s search bar where I simply typed “Wedding Album”.
The first thing that came up was a gorgeous wedding album already all laid out for me.
All I had to do was add my information and fill the pages with my own pictures.
Here I was thinking this was going to be crazy hard to do, but Shutterfly made it real easy!

It’s my honor to extend the much desired Jax Seal of Approval to Shutterfly.
No, seriously!  EVERYONE wants to get the Jax Seal of Approval award.  No joke!
The wedding album was not only gorgeous, but it was much more personal.
There’s a page dedicated to a note written to our family from us.
There’s cute sayings and blurbs that I would have never thought to include in an album.
I was ecstatic to find that I had the option of ordering different sized albums for family and ourselves.
For a whopping $380, I ordered five 8x8 albums and one 12x12 album.
To put it into perspective, that’s about a $2500 savings when ordering through a photographer.

Have you or will you try Shutterfly?  What have you used it for?


  1. i wanna see more pics!!! thatis awesome and very smart of y'all to do that. talk about savings!!

  2. I love Shutterfly. I order my "Church Clan" Christmas cards from them every year and they are cheap AND they will personalize with my weird sense of humor. Gotta love that!

  3. I think we got a coupon for it when we got Daisy's maid of honor a bridesmaid dress. But we never used it. I usually get my pictures through Costco. We got a couple for her mom to show her friends at work at Walgreens and not only were they more than Costco but looked like garbage in comparison

  4. Shutterfly does do a great job indeed and savings billions "rolls eyes" is always nice lol

  5. it will bring you lovely memories in years to come!

  6. I made my parents and in-laws our wedding album on shutter fly and loved it!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  7. Your... favorite 300 pictures? Haha that's so funny. I made my own wedding album too. All you need is a bit of creativity and less (did I mention the word less?) than a truckload of cash. :))

  8. It really is crazy how expensive photographers are, especially for weddings. Glad it all worked out for you though!

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