If you don’t want to go with the album that your photographer recommends, then you can definitely save a bit of money and design your own, even if you have no design skills at all.
We put ours together using an online book service called Blurb (www.blurb.co.uk) – you can see the pages on our photos page. You can choose pretty much everything about your book – the size, the style and the quality of the paper.
You’ll need to download their dedicated app (called Bookwright), add your photos and use their templates to create your album. This might not be for the feint hearted, but with a little bit of time and effort you can have a professional quality album for less than £50. At this sort of price, you can get a few printed off and give them to your loved ones as a gift (we found it was a great Christmas prezzie for our parents)
This is the album we went for (20” x 20” with a cover sleeve with high quality paper):
We were REALLY happy with the results – the images look fantastic, even when full page. If you want to go this route, and would like some tips let us know!