Do Wedding Photos Have to Be Printed on Archival Paper?

But seriously, why are there so many options for printing photos?

Archicval Paper Wedding Photo Printing

Q: Hello APW!

I have a few questions about wedding photos that I’d love you guys to weigh in on. First, do you have to send your photos to a lab, or can you print them at home yourself? I have a high-quality Epson photo printer and plenty of photo-specific paper on hand. It seems to me that I have two big pros in my favor for just printing what I want at home: it’ll save me money (because I already have everything I need), and I get the instant satisfaction of having my photos (yay for not having to wait!). However, I’m worried that maybe I really do need lab-quality archival paper, and that if I print the photos at home I might regret the decision in the long run.

Second, what in the world is the difference between a digitally printed album and a flush mount album? I feel like the wedding industry is always telling you that you have to keep spending a ton of money, even after the wedding is over, or your photos won’t last or you’ll regret it. Help?

Did you print your wedding photos on your own, order the photos from your photographer, or send the digital files to a photo lab? If you opted for in-home printing, what gear do you have? If you used a lab, how did you figure out who to use? And seriously: when it comes to wedding albums, what are the differences?

 If you want the APW community’s two cents, send it to QUESTIONS AT APRACTICALWEDDING DOT COM, and we’ll do our best to crowd source you some answers!

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