Getting Guest Pictures

PBear and I have a lot of guests who are definite shutterbugs. I know I definitely am, which I admit, I probably get at least a little bit from my dad.


The only thing weird about this shot is that he only has one camera on him.

Though I love my photographer very, very much, and can sing her praises for probably an entire post (a different post), I know that my guests will be able to get some shots that we just can’t otherwise get. How do we get those guest pictures so that we (and thus you, hive) can ogle them?

This is a question that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and I’m just not completely sure what the best option is.

My criteria for a website includes (in no particular order):

  1. Ease of uploading. I want to make it easy peasy for people to upload pictures, but ideally they would not be able to delete pictures from it. I don’t want people to delete other guests’ pictures off of it just because they think they look awful in that shot.
  2. Password protected to prevent people who don’t need to see the pictures from seeing them.
  3. Easy to download full-resolution pictures from the site, because frankly if you cant get the pictures off, what’s the point?
  4. Cheap (enough). I admit, I’m cheap, so I’d like to keep the costs down. I’d be happy to pay for something, but it really has to be something within reason.

Thus my top three choices:


Source: Flickr

1) Flickr. Flickr was my first choice initially, mainly because I’m a long-time Flickr user. I like how the website works, I have almost 8,000 pictures posted on it, and it’s fairly user friendly. You have to pay $25 a year for a pro account if you want to do this; otherwise, you’re limited to 100, 200 pictures? I have a pro account, so I”m not completely sure what the limit is anymore.

Flickr does have a nice option where you can give people a Flickr email address, which will upload pictures. This might be a good option for Grandma, who understands email but not really uploading pictures. However, people would get the password to the main account, and that isn’t always ideal. I guess you could use groups, but then people would have to sign up for their own account, and that might be a pain to explain.


Source: Picasa

2) Picasa. I don’t really like their web formatting, so I don’t really use it very much. I do however love their desktop program. But from what I gather, for the group upload, it seems like everyone who would upload would need their own Google account, which I’m not sure people have. It’s not really suited for this type of collective photo taking.


Source: Shutterfly

3) Shutterfly. It has share sites, which have unlimited uploads, and you can password protect it. I originally thought we could just give people an email address that has uploading privileges but not deleting ones, but it doesn’t seem to work that way. Each account can delete the images that were uploaded from that account. Thus, if every person uses the same email address, people can delete images, even those that weren’t theirs.

Furthermore, you are limited to 1,600 x 1,080 size picture downloads, or you have to pay like 20 bucks to get a CD with full resolution images. The 1,600 x 1,080 size is probably large enough for most things, but it would be nice to have the option.

It is useful, though, since people can buy images/make scrapbooks if they wanted off of the Shutterfly website. I’m not sure anyone other than our mothers would do such a thing, but hey, it’s an option.

With careful consideration of the pros and cons of each site, PBear and I created a share page for our guests. It seems to be the easiest option, and had the most pros in terms of sharing.

The next question was how do we let guests know that it’s there. With my Vistaprint order, I ordered some business cards with the details.


Simple and easy. I wanted to mention in the sheet that each guest would have to create a username to upload the pictures, but I didn’t want to go into too many details about how to actually upload pictures. It seemed insane to try to pack all that information into one little card. I’m going to put a tutorial on how to upload pictures on our website and hope that our less technologically geared guests will still find their way.

I made sure to get enough cards, so we should have enough to not only place one on every person’s seat at the wedding, but enough to put into our thank you cards as a gentle reminder.

Did anyone else do these cards and have much success? I’m worried that no one is going to do it anyway, even if I hound them and beg. I’m really nervous about using Shutterfly, since it’s not a website I normally use. Has anyone else used Shutterfly and had a good experience?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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    josina 687 posts, Busy bee @ 8:52 am

    I created a new flickr pro account to collect photos, and made cute business-card size cards that I had set out near the guestbook. Unfortunately, my grandma was the only one to share photos via the site. :( Even after posting the page/password on a facebook group as well. It was still a good way to share the pro photos and I know people viewed photos that way, and even downloaded and printed some, but ultimately not the outcome I hoped for.

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    Highness 82 posts, Worker bee @ 9:18 am

    We did the VistaPrint cards as well for our photography site. Our photographers come with the site so they will upload all of their pictures to our website and then guest can upload as well with the password. I think only I can delete pictures since I’m the site owner and everyone can save and print all the professional pictures as well. We’re handing out cards at the wedding and mailing them in the thank you’s. I’ll let you know how it works for us.

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    Amy, Guest @ 9:48 am

    We use Shutterfly Share sites! My husband and I have a 3 month old daughter and hated the idea of posting a lot of pictures on Facebook for everyone to see. Our pictures were too high of quality to email more than a few at a time. Shutterfly was the perfect solution for us! We have family scattered all over the place and they love being able to see pictures of our little one and we love the privacy. Everyone has been able to use it easily (and we definitely don’t have a very tech-savvy family 😉 ) and they like the convenience of being able to print photos to their local Walmart/Target/Walgreens directly from the website. I’m sure your guests will find it equally user friendly!

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    KatieD52413 99 posts, Worker bee @ 9:52 am

    We are going to take advantage of an app that most people already have on their phones – Instagram!! We are just going to ask guests to tag any photos from the wedding with our unique tag and voila – shared photos!! There are numerous websites now that will print your Instagram photos and the best part is its free!! We found an unused tag (#Wedding) and will be sharing it with guests via signage on each table.

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    KatieD52413 99 posts, Worker bee @ 9:54 am

    …That was supposed to #Groom’sLastNameWedding

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    lolo7835 645 posts, Busy bee @ 10:56 am

    We did a flickr account and had some cards at the tables at the wedding. Which a few people saw.

    The thing that was more effective was I sent a email to everyone the Sunday after the wedding while we were chilling at the airport. I thanked everyone for coming, thanked everyone for a awesome day, and shared the flickr instructions/passcode for folks. Apparently people found it easier to click a link from their computer vs. having to find the card.

    And family appreciated a immediate thank you email on top of the thank you cards we sent out.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:13 pm

    We use Shutterfly for all our pictures, including for the wedding, but no one uploaded anything. Lame. Hopefully your guests are more tech savvy, or I like @lolo7835 ‘s idea of sending out an email!

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    clumsylawyer 1351 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:25 pm

    We’re going to be using because it seems really simple to use. I’ve also had cards printed by Vistaprint. I hope that people will use it as we’re hedging our bets by having my brother as our pro photog. I want him to enjoy the day and not be working the whole evening, so guest photos will be really important to us. I’m trying to get the word out before the wedding too, so people know to bring their cameras and to be ready to take lots of pics!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:37 pm

    @Josina: Yeah, that’s my fear. I’m wondering if it’ll help if I make it very very well known from the getgo that I’d like pictures. It just sucks since I’m usually the one taking the pictures for our friends.

    @Highness: let me know!

    @Amy: That’s good to hear! I’d like to keep our pictures off of facebook as much as possible. I figured it’s easier to facilitate, if we give them somewhere else to put the pictures

    @KatieD52413: I’d love to use instagram, but unfortunately, most of my friends and family don’t have smart phones. I’ve seen some really cute iphone apps, but the few of us who have smart phones are not all iphone people either. I thought it’d be safer to have something web based instead of mobile based.

    @lolo7835: I love the idea of sending an email! That’s brilliant! I will definitely be sure to do that. I was planning on putting the card with our program, so hopefully when people come in, they’ll see it and realize, they should be taking lots and lots of pictures!

    @Mrs. Pony: I hope our friends upload pictures =/ I will be sure to tell the more photographery people in advance, so they’re not surprised.

    @clumsylawyer: Yeah I think it’s a great way to make get those pictures that your photographer can’t, and hopefully, it’ll let your brother enjoy your day as well. I agree, getting the wore before hand might be necessary

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:50 pm

    We did this with flickr. I think we had like one or two people upload because they saw the cards at their place settings.
    However, I also tucked the same card into everyone’s thank you cards, and I got a big influx of photos after that! So there’s something to look forward to 😀

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:03 pm

    Hopefully you’ll have success with getting people to upload photos! I feel like only certain people would understand how this is important to a bride.

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    MrsCov 50 posts, Worker bee @ 2:43 am

    We set up a new Flickr pro account and gave everyone the log on and password. We put the details on Moo cards on the tables and had a really good response – people uploaded about 450-500 photos. Much more than I had anticipated, to be honest. I was slightly worried that people would accidentally delete photos as they all had the password and full priviledges, but it never happened. Just to be sure I periodically downloaded the photos from Flickr to my home PC (using the Bulkr add on – which you have to pay for but makes downloading hundreds of photos much easier!) What really annoyed me was when people posted photos to Facebook but not Flickr – use the account I set up for goodness sake!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:26 am

    Most ppl don’t upload them! I am gonna keep my mum on photo watch so after the wedding we can buy some USBs and send them to everyone requesting all the photos lol!

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    serchng4truth 1 posts, Wannabee @ 1:21 pm

    Getting the pics from the guests is a GREAT idea! I have been following the thread and can see where folks drop the ball. I am getting married on New Year’s Eve (yippee!!) and am going to try and borrow this idea.

    I have a photobooth that will be positioned outside the ballroom doors. I am going to have the booth assistant ask guests to share their pictures as the party draws to an end. I will give her my laptop that she download the pics right off of their camera/memory cards.

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    Amy, Guest @ 1:54 pm

    To be honest, I think a lot of people will forget about uploading. We are setting up our own photo booth sort of thing (background, tripod and our camera). We did something similar for engagement party and got loads of wonderful photos!! Due to the age group of my friends, ill stalk facebook and when I find something I like ill ask the person directly for there photos. Maybe another’s idea (if you have the budget) is to give everyone a USB in a replied envelope and get them to send them to you.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:58 pm

    We used – it was (still is) SO simple to use – guests don’t even have to create an account!! I made my own cards for people to take.. which they didn’t.. so I only had a few people upload, but those who did had a lot of pretty fabulous pictures! Also, if guests don’t take one of your cards and/or they don’t upload, you can always put another card in their thank you’s, or find a way of mentioning it in there!!

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    INArchitect, Guest @ 8:37 am

    Our friends have asked us to download an app called Wedpics for their upcoming wedding. We can take photos with our iphones and upload them immediately into their folder.

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    Happy Donut 49 posts, Newbee @ 10:20 am

    I opened an account on since it looked super easy to use. I didn’t get even ONE photo uploaded. None of my guests shared their photos with me, except for one of my uncles who posted them on facebook the same day. It just sucked because he could not understand how to send me high resolution photos, so I only got the fb-quality ones.

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