After months of planning and organizing the whirlwind adventure that is your wedding day, you still have one more thing to look forward to once the confetti settles (aside from the honeymoon and gifts, of course): receiving your wedding pictures.
While your wedding photographer should be able to offer you suggestions (or create a professional wedding album for you), if you're looking to preserve your memories by making your own wedding photo book online, you'll find more options than ever. With that in mind, remember that your wedding photo album will hold some of your most important moments. "It needs to stand the test of time," says Abby Jiu, the popular wedding photographer behind Abby Jiu Photography. "Take the time and extra effort to customize it. It's the one thing you'll take from home to home over the years and something you'll want everyone who comes over to open."
Whether you're looking for an affordable online photo book maker or want to order a luxury layflat album that will become a family heirloom, we've rounded up the best photo albums for your wedding photos.
Over the years, the product experts at Good Housekeeping Institute have tested dozens of photo album and photo book services to find the best of the best. We evaluate each album on how easy their websites are to use, their customer service, the variety of design options and the overall quality of the final product. To compile our list, we referenced best-sellers from brands with stellar online reviews, editor favorites and our product experts' top-tested picks. Read on to learn more about the best wedding photo albums you can buy:
Our top picks
- Best Overall Wedding Album: Artifact Uprising Signature Layflat Photo Album
- Best Value Wedding Album: Shutterfly Wedding Photo Book
- Wedding Album With Most Digital Design Options: Mixbook Wedding Photo Book
- Best Leather Wedding Album: Mpix Signature Photo Album
- Best Softcover Wedding Album: Snapfish Softcover Photo Book
- Best Traditional Wedding Album: Chatbooks Premium Layflat Book
- Best Keepsake Wedding Album: Blurb Wedding Photo Book
- Best Digital Wedding Album: Aura Frames Carver Luxe
- Best Premium Fine Art Wedding Album: Heirloom Bindery Wedding Album
- Best Classic Wedding Album: Velvet Raptor Personalized Album
- Best Vintage Style Wedding Album: Atlas & I Vintage Photo Printed Album
- Best Slip-in Wedding Album: RECUTMS White Photo Album
- Best Unique Wedding Album: Woodlack Wooden Photo Album with 3D Text
- Best Luxury Wedding Album: Milk Books Leather Photo Album
- Most Durable Wedding Album: Printique Metal Cover Photo Album
- High-quality finish
- Great customization options
If you're looking for a photo book as iconic as the precious pictures you'll keep inside of it, Artifact Uprising's Signature Layflat Photo Album is a perfect choice. It's made of ultra-thick pages and has great construction— our experts love how high-quality the finished product is. The company offers dozens of customization options that let you personalize the book's cover materials, size, foil color, design, end sheets and paper type. You can even opt in for a custom walnut box to store your happy memories in. Several Good Housekeeping editors, including the GH Institute's Chief Technologist Rachel Rothman and Digital Director Lauren Matthews, personally used this album for their wedding photos and love the final product.
- Easy-to-navigate website
- Variety of options for every budget
- Limited photo editing options
Hop on to Shutterfly's easy-to-use website to create your own personalized album in just a few clicks. Our experts love Shutterfly's robust library offerings and how simple it is to sync photos and customize any album to fit your desires. Choose from a variety of sizes and styles to make the perfect coffee-table piece that will be shipped to you quickly — these affordable books also make perfect post-wedding gifts for parents and grandparents. The Good Housekeeping Institute's Executive Textiles Director Lexie Sachs loves the value of these albums, and says there's a great assortment of designs.
- Extensive design options
- Great value
- There's a little bit of a learning curve to using the online tools
Commemorate your special day with a photo album from Mixbook, which offers dozens of affordable design options. Not only will you be able to find a book style that matches the theme of your wedding, but the website is ultimately pretty easy to navigate so you won't get lost amongst its many options. Simply upload your favorite pictures directly to the site, then explore different layouts, stickers and backgrounds to bring a little personality to your album. Our testers loved the wide variety of styles and were impressed by the quality for the value.
- Luxury materials
- Great image quality
This handcrafted layflat album is a beautiful heirloom statement piece that you can proudly leave on display in your living room, and even one day pass down to any children. Featuring a luxurious leather cover and personalized debossing, it looks (and feels!) expensive, but is more affordable than some of the most high-end albums on the market. Pick from a variety of colors, styles, fonts and themes to create something that reflects you and your partner's true style. According to Sachs, the quality and color of the photos in these albums is top notch.
- Great value
- Can upload pictures directly from Instagram or Facebook
- Less material options
If you're in the market for a small photo book to show off your memories and potentially gift to parents and in-laws, Snapfish's softcover photo books have your number. While these photo books aren't those luxury centerpieces with a velvet or leather cover, they are a great value and easy to carry around when visiting grandparents or friends. Snapfish's site also lets you easily upload photos from social media, so you can also include all those behind-the-scenes pictures your wedding guests shot that truly capture your wedding experience.
- You can upload photos directly from your phone
- Very easy to use
- Image quality is not as clear as some other options we tried
These digitally made wedding albums are great for newlyweds who have a ton of pictures on their smartphones that they're hoping to incorporate into their book. You can upload images directly from your phone (or the phones of your guests) to Chatbooks' portal when you use the company's mobile app. Its premium layflat book is perfect for landscape shots and has high-quality, matte paper that feels amazing in your hands (it's 5x the thickness of the company's classic photo books). "The category of make-your-own wedding photo albums has improved tremendously over the last few years," says Rothman. Our analysts love how easy it was to navigate the website and how beautifully the finished product turned out.
- Great quality
- Extensive library of templates
- Takes quite a bit of effort and time to put together
Blurb offers dozens of photo book designs to choose from and even lets you scroll through other users' albums for inspiration. Once such example is Blurb's Our Daughter's Wedding Day album, a perfect template for parents of the bride. (Remember, you're not the only one who will want to display some of the best pictures from the wedding!) With Blurb, your album can be as simple or luxurious as you want — choose from five sizes, three cover styles and eight paper types.
- Unlimited video and photo storage
- Easy-to-use app
- Can't replace the functionality of a hard copy album
For the high-tech couple, consider displaying your wedding pictures on a digital frame that doubles as a unique wedding album alternative. The frame will independently switch through all of your favorite wedding photos on an adjustable speed. Bonus, you'll be able to upload or remove pictures whenever you want through the easy-to-use Aura app, meaning you can include new ones as they roll in from your wedding photographer. It features a wide-screen HD display so your memories don't lose any of their color or luster, and has unlimited video and photo storage.
- Archival quality paper is incredibly durable
- Extremely high-quality materials
- Super pricey
As the most luxurious option on this list, the Heirloom Bindery Wedding Album is truly like no other in terms of quality. It's hand-sewn with the finest materials and its pages are like works of fine art, fit for display in a museum. The thick archival cotton paper pages are individually separated with vellum interleaving, so each page gets the utmost care. You will want to display this album front and center in your house, and it's sure to be something your family passes down for generations. Available in seven sizes and in six linen fabrics, you can completely personalize this book to fit any desire.
- High quality
- Personalized cover
- Velvet cover can be delicate
If you're looking for something a little different to hold your precious memories in, take a look at Velvet Raptor's personalized album. Featuring a luxurious velvet cover with hand de-bossed words in their "custom vintage letterpress Caslon font," this classic piece will look as wonderful as the pictures it stores. Pick from eight different opulent colors and two album sizes to truly personalize your photo book. Choose to de-boss the cover with your initials, names or the date of your special day. Velvet Raptor recommends storing your album in a slip case to protect the cover.
- Custom digitally printed image cover
- You don't have to mess with technology
- Image cover colors and quality can be varied
Atlas & I's Vintage Photo Printed Album channels a rustic, vintage style that makes for a beautiful keepsake item. Available in four sizes, this personalized leather album comes with the option to customize the cover with your names and a favorite image digitally printed directly onto the Italian leather. It's easy to affix your favorite printed photos onto the sturdy, high-quality paper, plus each page is separated by a protective sheet to keep your memories in tact. Not only will your wedding pictures look chic, they'll last for decades.
- Protective transparent pockets
- Can hold 600 photos
- You have to print out all of your images separately
This classic slip-in wedding album has thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon — and it's no wonder, given that it stores 600 photos, so no memory has to go unseen. Not only is it easy to slip your favorite printed images inside, but it also has a front panel that's perfect for sliding in a special cover photo. The large format size will look great on your coffee table, for flipping through whenever you have some downtime and are feeling sentimental. The stitched leather cover looks lovely and has great texture, too. Each page holds five images in a waterproof transparent pocket.
- Unique wooden cover with 3D letters
- 100% customizable pages
- Picture corners sold separately
An album that features wood, leather and metal, this is a great option for a creative couple. You can personalize the unique cover with 3D text of your name, the date or your monogrammed initials. The inside pages are stored in a 3-ring binder, so it's easy to flip through (or add or subtract pages at will). The pages come without fixed photo corners, so you'll be able to design the layout to your own liking and use both horizontal and vertical images. Use any extra space to write down names or important memories so you won't forget anything from your special day.
- Uses archival quality materials
- Easy-to-use designer template
- More expensive than other options
Milk Book's hefty Leather Photo Album is truly a work of art. Depending on the size you order, it might not be easy to slip into your bag and take with you to show off to friends, but it's certainly an item you'll want to display in your home for decades to come. The handcrafted album features a premium Milano leather cover, is available in six sizes and can be personalized with many different cover fabrics and cover designs. Store your one-of-a-kind book in a beautifully crafted presentation box to keep it safe. The layflat flush-mount binding means each image is printed perfectly on every page, and is a joy to flip through.
- Durable and glossy metal cover
- Great for customization
For a sturdy album that will stand the test of time, check out Printique's Metal Cover Photo Album. Our testers say it stood out due to its heat and water-resistant metal cover. This photo book is remarkably easy to customize — choose from a variety of vegan-leather cover colors, book shapes, sizes, paper types and thicknesses to create your special wedding album. Your cover image will be infused into metal to make it glossy and durable. Once you've planned your cover, scroll through the many pre-designed wedding templates to figure out the right layout for you, and simply upload your favorite images to make it your own. Good Housekeeping's Senior Parenting and Relationships Editor Marisa LaScala loves how thick the pages are and how well the photos reproduce on them.