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Wedding book
Tips and Tricks

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

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Jul 27, 2007 2:29pm PDT
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Looking for an Illustrator to help produce book
Tips and Tricks

Hi there,

I’m seeking to hire an illustrator to help make a gift book for my parents. I’m looking for very simple illustrations like line drawings to illustrate characteristics about each of them. If you are an illustrator or know of one please contact me at uberwert@gmail.com.

Thanks!

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Jul 26, 2007 9:15am PDT
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