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Wedding book

I am trying to build my own wedding book… I need help…any suggestions? I see some great covers under bookstore but I am not looking to purchase an album, I just would like some ideas on my own wedding story… just looking for some help. Thanks!!

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Posted by
arants
Jul 26, 2007 7:16pm PDT
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Perhaps that you try BookSmart Guide under Help submenu.

Also there is some Help interface in BookSmart. It is really pretty much self-explanatory, easy to use self-publushing/creating book application. Go ahead and do some experiments. It is the best thing for you to give it a lot of experiment. Lot of trial and error as time go, and make some adjustment as needed to.

Good luck with your wedding book project.

Posted by
brianbonitz
Jul 26, 2007 7:23pm PDT
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brianbonitz
 

Hi Arants,

I’m a Producer here at Blurb and I actually just made a wedding book. I got married on July 7th and my book was a huge success with friends and family.

Here are few tips on making a great wedding book:

First you need to decide what type of wedding book you want to make. Is it a book you’d like to have on hand at the wedding reception to share your story with guests, a bridal party book, a book of your weddings images, guest book, etc.?

My husband and I created a book to have at the wedding to share with guests so I can speak to that experience. We spent a few weeks pulling together images from our past and scanned them. The hardest part here was coercing our families (who live far away) to dig up the images. :-) We also included mini-bios on our bridal party, contemporary images of us, a thank you page for the key people we wanted to thank, as well recent imagery of us together.

Once you have a general idea of what you want to include, just jump into BookSmart. If you haven’t made a book yet it may take a little time just to get used to all of your options but once you get a handle on how you can create what you want, the process will go very fast. Basically, I broke the book in sections and worked on them separately (i.e. my husband’s photos as a kid, my photos, then imagery of us in recent times). It was really fun and easy to work on the book this way.

Also, the most important thing was that after playing around a bit and having about 20-30 pages in the book, I just pulled the trigger and ordered a copy of the book. I knew that I was going to add more to the book but it’s really helpful to see what things look like in a real book. This helped tremendously and made the process much more fun. Right away I could tell that the image I picked for the cover was better for another page inside and that the font I chose looked smaller than I thought. Believe me, it’s worth the $20+ to do this. When I hold the finished book up to the proof it’s like night and day. I got so much better after I did the proof.

Anyway, the important thing is just to have fun building your book, create something that reflects who you are (there will be tons more templates and wedding related themes coming in our next build), always get a test copy of the book, and make sure to give one to the grandmas – they love this stuff.

Feel free to check out my book here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/61342

I hope this was helpful! Good luck with your book!

Sarah

Posted by
swert
Jul 27, 2007 2:29pm PDT
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swert
 

If you’re at all comfortable w/ Photoshop, you can make easy 2-page layouts by setting the canvas to the correct sizes. I just did my sister’s wedding album (“Carolyn and Matt Glass”. The quality of the books is great and the large-format size is quite impressive. Good luck!

Posted by
mkedman
Jul 27, 2007 10:13pm PDT
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mkedman
 

To mkedman:
I ‘m trying to design layouts with photoshop by myself and would like to get tips about making 2-page layout ( one big picture on two pages). How can i do this without loosing data in bounding? Should i make a gap in the middle? Thank you in advance, Katia.

Posted by
kmeiry
Jul 29, 2007 1:12pm PDT
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kmeiry
 

TO mkedman:

I´m familiar with photoshop, and have the same question Katia has. What is the correct size for the canvas? the double of one side? or a little (how much?) more in the middle?
Rgds
Roxana

Posted by
roxana
Jul 29, 2007 9:06pm PDT
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roxana
 

TO mkedman:

Hi, Maureen!

I’m so happy I’ve found you here! I’m Agnieszka, we met in Warsaw in 1991. I would love to get in touch with you again, I have so much to tell you :<del>) I don’t have your address. Should I leave my email here?

Your sister’s wedding album looks beautiful! I found you, too, in one of the pictures :</del>)

Love,

 Agnieszka

 

Posted by
agape.pl
Aug 1, 2007 4:53am PDT
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agape.pl
 

Agnieszka-

please email me at medman-09@sandiego.edu!!!!! Maureen

Posted by
mkedman
Dec 3, 2007 5:29pm PDT
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mkedman
 

If you want to make your own 2-page layouts for the large size book, (13w x 11h), set the canvas size at  26w x 11h.

Posted by
mkedman
Dec 3, 2007 5:34pm PDT
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mkedman
 

Also, just try to make sure nothing crucial (i.e. main subject’s face) is in the "gutter"!! Try to set up the page so it cuts a less important detail.

Posted by
mkedman
Dec 3, 2007 5:35pm PDT
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mkedman
 

I am planning on posting some of my wedding scrapbook pages on this website.

I also have some wedding tips and tricks, but it appears you have already done the whole planning! Good Luck!

 www.jessweddingtips.zoomshare.com

 

 

Posted by
jessnjosh
Dec 16, 2007 3:31pm PDT
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jessnjosh
 

I made "chapters" in mine:

1) how we met/engagement

2) prepartions from "his" and "her" side

3) wedding

4) reception

5) honeymoon

I also included our vows, and any other stories or items I remembered that day, such as the DJ messing up our first dance song :) I found people like the text to describe what was going on, our thoughts, funny reception stories, etc in addition to just the plain pictures. It’s also good for future generations as well. I know that when I’m 80, I probably won’t remember that the AC broke, and it was 90 degrees in the reception hall.

Posted by
damabo80
Dec 24, 2007 3:13pm PDT
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I made chapters in my wedding books too. 

 1) The Bride

2) The Groom

3) The Bride and Groom

4) The Family

5) The Ceremony

6) The Party

The books that I’ve made are all just for the wedding day itself, and I have separate books for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon.  The book for my husband and I is going to have all of our vows, the toast my brother did, all the good stuff. 

The books are fantastic quality, and all of the parents and grandparents love them. 

Posted by
skilloran
Dec 30, 2007 4:16pm PDT
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skilloran