Blurb's wedding photo albums #Sponsors#discount#wedding albums October 3 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel This business paid a fee to be listed on @offbeatbride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Granted, it's only been three years since I got married, but in those three years technology has come a long way — especially where wedding photo albums are concerned! Back in 2004, if you wanted to make your own wedding album (because what DIY bride is going to buy an album from her photographer?), your options were pretty limited and the results were, well, pretty disappointing. Offbeat bride discount: Free Blurb shipping for offbeat brides with this coupon code: obbship. expires 11/20/07 Now, however, there's Blurb! And 2007 brides, I am jealous. Really jealous. Blurb's wedding photo books are way better than the options that were available after my wedding, featuring truly well-designed layouts, four different sizes, and a drag 'n' drop interface that is awesome and easy and fabulous. (And makes me cringe when I think of the hours I spent clunking around three years ago with the wedding books I made.) Seriously, I am so jealous of what you ladies can do with your wedding albums now … You can do all sorts of cool shit with Blurb — it's not just about making a wedding album after the fact. You can also create unique wedding guest books or a "Story of Us" book filled with photos and anecdotes about you and your beloved (imagine the baby pics … aww). Or you could even make a book filled with photos and stories about family, friends, and the wedding party, as a way to make your "tribe" of friends and family feel like they're really part of the event. The results are totally coffee-table ready and trust me on this one: wedding albums make perfect family Christmas gifts after your wedding. My in-laws are still cooing about the books I made them in 2004 — and need I remind you again that the books I made SUCK compared to the books from Blurb? I'm so embarrassed for the 2004 me … Oh, and for all you Flickr geeks, Blurb can totally pull your wedding or honeymoon photos from your Flickr photosets and wedding groups. Blurb's tools make it super easy to "slurp" all the wedding photos from guests from a Flickr group into one book. Seriously: in 2004, I was like, "Why can't I make a book from all my guests pictures in my wedding group?" Tada! Three years later, Blurb to the rescue! So, summary: Blurb makes it easy to create your own wedding photo books that totally kick ass and make me and my crappy 2004 wedding books feel extremely jealous. I'm actually going to re-make my wedding album using Blurb this month — I'll let y'all know how it goes. *The fine print for the free shipping: To qualify for free shipping, you must enter promotion code obbship in the space provided at checkout. Offer is good for free UPS Ground shipping within the continental U.S. (or apply $7 value to outside U.S. or toward expedited shipping) and is for one book only. Offer expires midnight PST November 20, 2007. Limit one-time use per customer. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS Best! Picture! Evar! NEXT Marie-Eve's "fun, not perfect" Quebec wedding Toggle comments [ 14 ] OMG THANK YOU for this information! I was meeting with photographers all last week and one woman actually quoted me that it would cost $1000 to make me a coffee table book because of all the hours of labor and such. I just kind of looked at her like "Why would I pay you to do soemthing I could do?!?" Thanks again, Ariel! 1 agrees Reply Thanks for the cool find. I made my mom a book of photos for her recent birthday (It ended in 0 but we're not allowed to say the number) and the choices were a bit limited. I'll have to use this one next time instead. Reply Awesome. I've seen the Blurb link on Flickr a few times, but for some reason a wedding album never crossed my mind. Reply Take note, readers: this glowing testimonial profits this website every time you click. I wouldn't even have noticed if it wasn't so blatant. One link would have been sufficient, but when you pepper an advertorial with two dozen sponsored links it really dulls down the impact. Large grain of salt. That's all I'm sayin'. 1 agrees Reply &y, your comment totally confuses me. Offbeatbride.com is an advertiser-sponsored site and I'm totally transparent about that. The post is clearly marked as paid content — did you not see the word "Advertisement" before the post on the homepage? I made a big announcement when I started running ads on this site. My rates and policies are linked from most pages. And Molly is right: the first thing you'll see in my advertiser FAQ is that I'm super picky about who I accept advertising from. I turn down about half the inquiries I receive, although I have no control over what shows up in my Google AdSense sidebars, which kinda bugs me. I'm just not quite sure what the problem is here, other than the fact that you don't seem to understand how I run the site. If any of my regular readers have questions about advertising, feel free to ask! I ain't got no secrets. 4 agree Reply Who cares if it's a sponsored link? It's an awesome product. I don't think Ariel would accept advertiser money from a company that she didn't actually want to write about or think was awesome. She's not that kind of girl. Thanks for this, Ariel. Awesome resource. Reply Considering all of the FREE advice and entertainment this blog provides me, I am happy to click on an ad or two if it means helping to keep the site going. And frankly, I think most readers here are able to make pretty informed decisions about our products we buy anyway. Reply Thank you so much for the free shipping promotion! We published and ordered our own engagement photobook today. I love Blurb! xo, Summerbride2008 Reply For what it's worth, I just received my first Blurb book, and hope it's just the first of many! My only complaint is that the cover printed a little dark and a little red, but otherwise, I couldn't be happier! Reply I just tried using the coupon code and it did not work. Does it have an expiration date??? Reply Simone: Yes, it did. Check the fine print at the end of the post. Reply […] I did have one odd situation to deal with with a first time reader (the husband of a bride I was profiling on the site) who didn't understand my advertising model. I received this comment to one advertisement post featuring an affiliate link: […] Reply […] how in October I wrote about Blurb's wedding books? Well, as part of the promotion, Blurb let me try out their services for a free wedding […] Reply I'm WAAAAY late i know but i clicked here from the A la Carte post, so maybe others will do the same. Word to the wise – we used Blurb for our parent albums and were less than thrilled with the final product. Not bummed, but less than thrilled. The print quality was just not what we were expecting. The "glossy" pages were not really glossy at all and the photos were darker, and a touch grainier than they had appeared in my files and in the making. I am NOT photo-savvy so maybe this is a problem with my pictures, not with blurb, but everything looked clear, bright and sweet when we created the albums and the finished product was… eh, ok. I mean, they're $100 for pretty much the nicest one, so you can't complain too much, but thought it worth putting out there. I'm looking for a different book maker for *our* album. I was super thrilled with how incredibly easy and intuitive the making was, and the number of design options they give, it's really just the print quality i have issues with. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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