Snap Happy: Getting Our Guests’ Pics

I’m one of those people who loves wedding guests’ photos. I don’t necessarily love seeing them while the bride and groom are still in the act of getting married, but I have to admit that were I to be a wedding guest and the bride and groom didn’t prohibit it, I’d probably at least Instagram something.

As a bride, then, I’m not only cool with our guests taking photos, but I’m encouraging it! But I want the photos. All of them. Because I’m a photo fanatic.

The need, then, was to set up a site where our people could upload their photos. I looked around trying to find something hip and mobile friendly””but I also didn’t want to spend any money, so I ended up with a Shutterfly share site.

It’s the kind of thing that could probably be used as an actual wedding site, but we already have one of those, so I set it up as solely a landing page so we can get our hands on extra photos. From what I understand, people will be able to upload pics and videos. As a bonus, I’m allowing anything uploaded to be downloaded too, so if there are pictures anyone else wants they can take ‘em. It’s all password protected, so it feels secure to me.

To let our guests know about the site, I ordered some Vistaprint business cards. It’s hard to tell in this photo, but they’re black and the top script is light yellow.

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I figured I had room on the back to use up anyway, so I embraced a bit of nerdiness. I’m an avid Twitterer and Instagrammer, as are a few of my friends, so I decided on a wedding hashtag. I think Mr. Dragon thinks I’m weird because of this, but he doesn’t even have a cell phone so he can’t judge!

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Now I just have to figure out how to get our guests to pick these up, take them home, and remember to use them. I can’t put them on the favours because they already have tags, and the favours are going to be already assembled by the time I get down to Brockville with the cards.

I’m thinking about setting them up near the guestbook (which I will reveal soon!) and encouraging people to grab them, or putting one at every place setting and hoping they stay there without blowing away.

Did you make photo-sharing cards? Did your guests use them?

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Mrs. Dragon

Location:
Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:14 pm

    This is something I wish I would have done! They look great.

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    viewfrmhere 333 posts, Helper bee @ 6:28 pm

    Are you making programs? Maybe you could attach them like a tag to the upper corner or something.
    If no programs maybe you could do something like this:
    http://tribe.offbeatbride.com/topic/my-massive-short-quote-collection-first-posted-april-2011

    I had this bookmarked for completely different inspiration but I like how they tied the tag to the flatware so if you do put them at each setting they won’t blow away.

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 pm

    @Miss Eagle: Thanks! I hope people use them!
    @viewfrmhere: Putting them in the programs is a brilliant idea!!

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:43 pm

    Oh my gosh – I love the guest photos. Our photographer did a great job but it seems some non-family very important people in my life didn’t get photographed as much as I would like – I asked guests to email or mail me photos – I guess a website would have been easier but most people didn’t have a problem burning a disc and mailing.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:08 pm

    These are cute! We did the same thing, shutterfly site and all. Not one person used it :( I hope your guests like you better and upload on your site :)

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 7:12 pm

    @MrsKeAloha: I think a lot will go up on Facebook! I just love photos.
    @Mrs. Pony: I don’t think my sister got a lot when she did hers — I’m not expecting a ton but some would be great!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 7:21 pm

    Are you doing programs? Maybe you can stick them inside? Or nearby? I think it would have been a good idea for me to do a photo sharing site for both weddings. Facebook is good, but some a lot of people who took pictures didn’t put them up.

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 7:22 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: I am very sure that your guests like you!

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    nightcheese 1825 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:42 pm

    i did the exact same thing- shutterfly share site and vistaprint business cards.

    my plan is to toss them up at the bar.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:51 pm

    Love the hashtag!

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    mrsjesse 249 posts, Helper bee @ 10:04 pm

    I think putting them in programs are a good plan.
    If have any extras, I would put them in their thank you cards- its something I’m more likely to do if I get the business card at home. Then I’m less likely to lose it.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:49 pm

    Ooh! Miss Dragon — this is such a great idea! Do you mind if I ask what fonts you used on these business cards? I love them!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:55 am

    Asking groomy about this now. Are the business cards pricey? I wonder if people would do it. I hope so.

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    MsMagtoMrsK 52 posts, Worker bee @ 5:14 am

    Maybe you could also mail them out with your thank you cards? Excellent idea I will have to steal, I love candids!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:28 am

    I was considering placing a laptop & card reader close to the exit and have someone ask guests to download their photos as they leave. I’m wondering whether that will work as well as an online account…

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 5:33 am

    @Mrs. Genie: I think I’m going to go for the program idea! And send them in thank-you cards as well. Hopefully that’ll get everyone.
    @September29: Oh, good spot! I hope people use them!
    @Miss Treasure: Haha, thanks! Another thing I’m not sure if people will use — but I will!
    @mrsjesse: I think I have 200 cards, so more than enough to put in thank-you cards!
    @priyathescientist: I actually was sorta lazy this time around and made these right in the Vistaprint designer, so I’m not sure which font it is! :(
    @SuperDuperBrit: I did the free offer, upgraded by printing on the back — shipping cost the most! It came to just over $20.
    @MsMagtoMrsK: Definitely going to do that!

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 5:37 am

    @Miss Bracelet: I bet having it right there will get people doing it right away!

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    MrsPeachMartini 679 posts, Busy bee @ 6:14 am

    I love the idea of sending them with the thank you cards!! I was just at a wedding and I am the only person that uploaded my pictures… I think the bride was a little bummed. I just think people drank and forgot to take the card with them.

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 6:51 am

    Love this idea, and loved reading the comments that suggested putting it in the thank you card – totally using this idea too! :)

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    msunicorn 149 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:44 am

    I will be stealing this idea for sure. I’ll just have to figure out a way to make absolutely sure that people get the card and hang on to it.

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    Mis Iris 218 posts, Helper bee @ 7:50 am

    great idea, may have to incorporate this into ours as well. I’m not sure how many/cost of the photos we can get through the hotel, so the more the guests take the better. (we’re going to Cuba, so we don’t have a lot of choice in areas. OK most of the time, would be good to know the photo situation though….)

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 am

    I wish this had been more helpful. We had four people (a brother, sister, FIL and my BFF’s mother) who actually went to the site and uploaded photos.

    The rest of the 106 guests ignored our cards. :(

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:19 am

    Ahm, and to expand a bit more… we were planning on having a BIL have a laptop and card reader there, but our Amazon order got all f-ed up and it didn’t arrive until mid-wedding day.

    And we had the cards attached the favours, which acted as place seating cards… so it’s not like people could avoid getting them…

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:11 am

    I want to do this too! YOu’re right, it’s hard to figure out how to make sure people use them. I like the thank you card idea. Also maybe out of town bags?

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:13 am

    We’re doing this – I’m so sorry to all of the brides reporting that their guests didn’t use it! That’s frustrating. We’re taking a leaf out of Mrs. Elk’s book (http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/01/12/the-poochasaur-part-two/) and tying our kitties into our Mini Cards that will have the same information.

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 12:25 pm

    @Almost Mrs.P: I don’t think we’re doing OOT bags, unfortunately, because when I think about the hotel block my head explodes. But that’s a great idea for any brides who are doing bags!

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    coyote 1546 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:08 pm

    We used shutterfly too! And VistaPrint business cards to get the word out haha. We stuck ours in with our favors. Not many people used them, but the few who did took a TON of photos. I probably got around 75-100 guests photos through our site.

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    WeddingRepublic 11 posts, Newbee @ 1:49 pm

    I love the Twitter hashtag! I had a friend do that too! It was a lot of fun!

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 6:09 pm

    I wound up making using mini moo cards as photo sharing cards. At this point I’m not completely sure how we’ll be distributing them, but I’m thinking I may attach them to our programs.

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    HummusGal 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:26 pm

    Totally doing this!! Thanks for the inspiration!! They look great, hope you get lots and lots of photos :)

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    sunflower6813 87 posts, Worker bee @ 1:08 pm

    This is exactly what I’m planning to do! I hope everyone follows through though..

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