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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    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 1510 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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