Preserving love stories in print since 2006.
The Beginning Of The Coffee Table Book Wedding Albums
The Coffee Table Book was established back in 2006 when digital photography took over the world and professional photographers began delivering wedding photos as digital files on CDs. Making us the first Australian business to offer professional quality wedding albums direct to the general public without having to go through their photographer.
With all these CDs containing digital wedding photos being handed out, The Coffee Table Book was born out of a need for married couples to have the option to access high quality wedding albums other than through their wedding photographer.
Wedding photography has evolved over the years. We saw digital files being delivered via CD, then DVD and now USB and even digital delivery via some form of Cloud storage service or online photo gallery.
It’s such a tragedy that those precious memories you spent hard-earned money on, end up sitting on a media device in your draw gathering dust.
While the delivery of your wedding photos has changed, the opportunity to own your very own printed wedding photo album has not.
Wedding photo albums too have evolved over the years! No more slip-in or stick-in albums. Our digitally printed Fine Art Wedding Albums are stunners! We think of them more like a limited edition art book but with your photos! The professional quality albums use flat lay binding with a matte finish on the fine art paper makes viewing photos a true delight. The layflat style also provides uninterrupted photos spread across the full double-page spread.
We turn your wedding photos into beautiful handmade wedding photo albums to last a lifetime. Forget the traditional albums your parents or grandparents had that get hidden away in the cupboard because they are too big and bulky. Our albums are easily the best wedding photo albums in Australia and are more like a modern art book.
For more information on our professional lay flat wedding photo albums and books including leather bound wedding albums, albums with linen fabric covers and albums with photo-wrap covers visit the Fine Art Albums product page HERE.
The Beginning Of The Wedding Magazine
THE ORIGINAL SOFTCOVER WEDDING MAGAZINE FOR COUPLES.
Did you know we printed our first custom Wedding Magazine back in 2013! Making The Coffee Table Book the original and first Australian business to produce a custom designed editorial-style wedding magazine for couples.
That’s right Lauren & Derek were our first couple to receive one back in 2013. They had no idea what to expect and we just asked them to trust us.
The concept of the Wedding Magazine was visualised in 2013 when we attended a trade show in the USA after seeing a softcover magazine-style photobook that delighted our hearts. We had been in love with photobooks since they first popped on the scene around 2005 — and the entire reason around why The Coffee Table Book even began.
The photographer in me thought wouldn’t it be a great way for my couples to have their wedding day story told in a way that was more than just the photos laid out on a page as seen in the traditional wedding album. We wanted to produce a softcover book with photos and words — to include stories about the couple and their big day to capture more than just visually how the day unfolded, to include their vows, lyrics from the song they walked down the aisle and danced too, kind of like a Frankie or Peppermint magazine, but all about the newlyweds. The couple’s own magazine editorial!
Sadly we had to remove the Wedding Magazine from our product range because we printed them in America and the exchange rate jumped drastically that meant we could no longer economically print and import the magazine at an affordable price for the end client.
The Wedding Magazine was never far from our minds as we loved the concept of a magazine-style wedding book. A tangible keepsake that couple’s could leave on their coffee table to enjoy like a newsagent magazine such as Vogue, Frankie, etc. except all about their love story.
In 2019 it became our mission to find a way to print a softcover photobook that was of a higher quality than your average photobook. And we did it – launching the updated Wedding Magazine late 2019.
A few years back we switched to an Australian printer and bookbinder for our Fine Art Albums because we love supporting local Australian businesses. We are also proud to say that our Wedding Magazines are now printed on home soil here in Australia — so we don’t ever have to worry about fluctuating or terrible exchange rates. Plus they are printed on recycled paper stock.
The Wedding Magazine is a softcover magazine-style photo book to share your beloved wedding photos. Perfect for the coffee table so you can enjoy your #bestdayever memories on a regular basis.
You truly can be on the cover of a magazine … and the feature story!
But how is the Wedding Magazine different to Wedding Albums?
The first main difference is the magazine has a softcover in a thick paper stock with a beautiful photo on the cover compared to the albums having a much thicker sturdy cover wrapped in either leather, fabric or photo-wrapped.
The second main difference is the thickness of the pages. The magazines are printed on what is like a standard magazine paper stock whereas the albums are a thicker page that can’t be folded.
Due to the different materials used and manufacturing process to produce the Wedding Magazine, they cost less to produce and as an alternative wedding album option, why we can offer them at a more affordable price than the Fine Art Album.
The albums are also designed to display 100-250 of the best images from the wedding day. Whereas the magazine can hold hundreds of photos as well as include words – from song lyrics to stories about the couple, poems and their personal vows.
The Wedding Magazine is A4 Vertical (210mm x 297mm) and comes in either a 100 page, 200 page or 300 page magazine. The 100 page magazine is perfect for engagement photos and elopements. The 200 & 300 page magazines are perfect for sharing memories of the full wedding day from start to the time the couple depart under a blaze of sparklers.
The hardest part will be deciding if you want 1 copy or multiple copies so that you can share your special day with your parents, grandparents and bridal party! Oh and make sure you keep a spare or two for safekeeping.
For more information visit the Wedding Magazine product page HERE.