How many pages are in a wedding album?

Published 4 June 2019

Understanding the differences between wedding albums, different qualities and sizes and more imporantly, how many photographs they can contain can be very difficult.

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Wedding albums come in many different sizes with different page and image numbers. To give you a simple answer, based on my experience, on average, a wedding album has approximately 20-40 pages, with 2-5 photographs per page.

Some photographers base the price of their wedding album on the number of spreads the album has. Other photographers count the number of pages, others  base the price on the number of images in the album. All of this can make things very difficult to compare between different packages and album types.

What does “spread” mean in a wedding album?

A spread is basically 2 pages beside each other as you open the album. So a spread consists of 2 pages. Have a look at this example. Here, each pages contains 2 images. But the spread contains 4 images.

A spread is basically 2 pages beside each other as you open the album. So a spread consists of 2 pages. 

How many photographs per page
in the wedding album?

As a rule of thumb, you can calculate 2.5 photographs per page. Some pages have only one image, other pages might have 5 or 6 photos or as many as 9. 

How many photographs does
my wedding album need?

Many photographers offer a “standard” album with their package or as an optional extra. It’s important to ask the questions: how many photos / spreads / pages are included and how much will the album cost increase if more images are added. 

Here’s a simple calculator for you, based on 2.5 images per page.

How many pages are in a standard wedding album

A full-day wedding can show the story of the wedding day in approximately 80 photographs. But you need to be ruthless in selecting the photos. If you want more, expect the album price to increase.

Depending on the album supplier your photographer works with, the increase in price can be as little as £100 for additional 25 images, or they could have an image price of say £30 per photograph. This would mean every 10 photographs you add, you would pay an additional £300 on top of the base price of the album. 

Is the number of spreads or pages limited?

Short answer: Yes. There are different album companies out there and their albums can have a certain number of spreads which cannot be extended. This is to do with the machinery they use to produce the album and also if you can actually handle an album with 100 thick pages, as this would be 5 inches thick…! 
Album companies to check out.
Dreambooks ProLoxley ColourJorgensonQueensberryAlbums of Australia

Here's an example wedding album with 96 images (50 pages, i.e. 25 spreads)

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Hey, I am Nadin! (same as "Nadine" - just without the "e"). I am a wedding photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland, specialising in big family weddings in Edinburgh, Scotland, and internationally. I have photographed so many weddings, and it is my mission to help couples with planning their dream wedding. Any questions I come across repeatedly - either in person or online, I will pop in here and provide more insight.

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