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Matted Wedding Albums Explained

A matted wedding album is a type of professional wedding album. It's the opposite to a flush mount album, and here's why:

They contain photographic prints that are lightly taped to a mat;

A mat is like a mount you might see in a photo frame. It usually has a bevel-edge and frames the picture for better presentation. It also protects the print from making direct contact with other pages when the album is closed;

The mat is then attached to the page.

So while it's possible to have large prints within the album, they won't go right up to the edge of the page.

There are two main types of matted wedding album - pre-made and bespoke.

Pre-made matted wedding albums

These usually come with 10, 15, 20 or 25 pages - that's how photographers buy them from the manufacturer.

Common sizes of pre-made albums are 8"x8", 10"x10", 10"x12" or A4, and they may be held in stock or ordered especially for each wedding.

Traditional matted albums held one photo per page and they were usually square photos. Now album manufacturers have created hundreds of mat designs, so you can have varied numbers and sizes of photos per page.

There are two ways to create a matted wedding album. First, you choose the mats for the album then decide how to arrange the photos. Or second, pick the photos for the album then choose mats to fit them.

Bespoke matted wedding albums

A bespoke matted album is a completely unique product. They're not restricted to certain mat designs created by album manufacturers. The only limit is the photographer's imagination!

There are generally more sizes available to choose from and you won't be restricted by a certain number of pages in your album. You'll also have a wider choice of cover materials, page colours and page styles.

Three ways bespoke albums are designed and made