Best paper for wedding photos

topic posted Wed, May 3, 2006 - 5:12 PM by  Bakari
I just did my first complete wedding shoot for a friend and I was wondering what's the best type of paper for a quality wedding album?

Sorry I haven't been around on Tribe's for while. It's nice to come back and see all the activity that's going on.

Thanks for any and all feedback.
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  • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

    Thu, May 4, 2006 - 1:58 PM
    What method of printing....Inkjet or Wet process? There are many answers to both, however there is a "most popular" candidate for each. For inkjet, it has been (hands down) the ILFORD Galerie Smooth Pearl paper, and for wet process it has been Kodak's portra paper with the "E" surface (pebble texture). Hope that gives you a place to start!
    • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

      Thu, May 4, 2006 - 7:30 PM
      Thanks Rodney. I think I might get them printed at Ritz. Matt paper? Can you recommend some popular change processing shop that can do the type of papers you're talking about? I was hoping to get the album done this weekend.

      I went looking for a photo album that would allow for various size photos, and all I could find mainly as 4x6 albums or the kind where you just fold back the plastic covers on each page. I really wanted something more elegant than that.
      • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

        Thu, May 4, 2006 - 7:45 PM
        What about creating a coffee table photo book? I made one for our wedding and I like to so much better than a photo album. There are a number of sites where you can create them now. Most have page templates where you can put 1, 2, 4 or 6 images per page, at different sizes and/or different layouts. Gives you more creative control of the end product. And they aren't that expensive at all.

        They can be a bit time consuming to create if you really want to tell a story, and get the right images on the right pages, but again, I think they are totally worth it.
        • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

          Fri, May 5, 2006 - 2:18 PM
          You know, I'm also thinking about that as well. I didn't like the quality of the prints I received from an Apple photo book, but I bet if I looked around, I might find a better production. Thanks.
          • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

            Sun, May 7, 2006 - 7:40 PM
            Bakari -
            I have created several books thru Aperture for bday parties, anniversaries and so on, and even one for a bride on a strict budget, but you are correct, I wouldn't use Apple for an Average wedding package. may be a little more of what you are looking for in regards to coffee table books.

  • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

    Fri, May 5, 2006 - 3:14 PM
    For quality work I would stay away from Ritz. They are fine for snap shots but work that I will be providing to a customer, no them. Color control is marginal at best. Mpix, Adorama, or Kodak, even Costco if you get the color profiles from them first are my choice unless you have a quality pro lab locally. As to paper either a luster or mat finish. For a photo album I use Renaissance and their mats. For picture books I use Kodak, they are quick and their color control is excellent and the price for the product is good.

    WolfGrafx Photography
    • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

      Fri, May 5, 2006 - 5:01 PM
      Thanks, I'll look into these recommendations. I definitely something like a matt finish. Glossy looks cheap to me. I want the album to have a elegant feel to go along with the photos.
      • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

        Fri, May 5, 2006 - 10:27 PM
        Unfortunately, I do not know the labs in your area, but you should be able to call around and find who uses those papers...As for the albums, the traditional wedding style albums are available on-line from albums unlimited. You can find them here:

        If you are having a store print your images for you, Ritz is not the best choice. The Fuji paper they use is VERY thin. Check your other local guys for kodak paper. And when it comes to the machines they use, finding someone who uses an AGFA D-Lab is ideal. Most stores use Fuji Frontier machines which are not as good, but ok with good paper.

        Good luck!!!
        • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

          Sat, May 6, 2006 - 12:59 AM
          Rodney, you're the man. This is the type elegant albums I've been looking for. They're just like the one my wife and I received. I haven't been able to find these in town. I sure my clients will like one of these. Thanks for all your help. I always take your suggestion for Kodak paper.
        • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

          Mon, May 8, 2006 - 10:50 PM
          Thanks again, Rodney, I ordered an album from Albums Unlimited today. I like their stock and their location. The site is a little difficult to navigate and to get prices, but as I work with them more, I'm sure I'll figure it out. Do you use them for your printing as well?
          • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

            Tue, May 9, 2006 - 7:21 PM
            Glad you found something useful...I have always done my own printing, and I am unaware if they even offer printing services, but I am sure someone in your area offers a decent paper.
  • Re: Best paper for wedding photos

    Mon, July 1, 2013 - 9:05 AM
    Hi Bakari
    I'm a professional wedding photographer and I source all my papers from
    I use there Marrutt pro satin paper its great value and they will even cut my packs to any size I want for free. The satin 265gsm paper is of outstanding quality. Give the satin paper a go you wont be dissapointed and the customer service at is second to none

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