Occasionally, I get asked what software I use to design my albums. I've been using the Album Designer from Gary Fong, for five or six years. In November 2006, my daughter got married, in South America. Her mother warned me that if I showed up with a camera, they weren't going to let me in the church -- something about wanting me to actually be in some of the pictures!!
I was fortunate to have a very talented friend - someone who had shot many wedding with me and whom I trusted. Her name is Keats Elliott and she had a friend -- another talented photographer, Marisa Holmes. The two of the them spent 1o days in Ecuador, with my daughter, her fiancee, and our families.
I made two books - one covering the 10 days, and a second for the day of the ceremony.
Gary's Album Designer is a set of actions the run within Photoshop (CS, CS2, CS3, or CS4). There are no templates - but the actions really speed up the process. Without the actions, just using Photoshop, it used to take me about 45 minutes to lay out a two-page spread. Using the Album Designer with Autodrop, I average 3-4 minutes per spread.