Wedding Apps

This post is somewhat of a continuation on having a plugged-in wedding. I already noted that I wanted to encourage the use of cell phones and cameras during our wedding—especially during the reception. To try to get more people to take pictures, I created the I Spy cards I told you about earlier. But then of course there’s the issue of actually getting the pictures.

Many of our friends and relatives have smart phones, so we looked into paid apps like Wedding Snap or Snap the Wedding. In the end, we just didn’t want to allot any amount of money toward this when 1.) We were already paying a professional photographer and 2.) We weren’t sure how many people would actually download the app and take pictures with it. We also weren’t sure about those who had cameras—why pay for a service when only half of the guests at the wedding could use it?

We moved on from this idea and set about creating a wedding website. We decided on mywedding.com (more on how we chose a wedding website later). While setting up our free website, we noticed that they had a wedding app available for download and integration, at no extra cost. Thinking it probably wasn’t all that great, I downloaded it to test it anyway.

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Kind of a cute icon! Once you open up the app and join our wedding, you see a screen like this.

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I really love the look of the app. I think it’s streamlined and cute without being overpowering. There’s also the option to post pictures or add a note by both the app creator and the guests. Here you can see a picture that I posted with the options to add a photo or a note at the bottom of the page.

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Guests can like or comment on pictures—similar to Facebook. In fact, there’s optional Facebook integration throughout the app. Furthermore, as the app creator, I have the option on each post to delete, share on Facebook, save the photo, or tag people in the photo.

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I invited a people to test drive the app with me—so I have a few “guests” on my guest page.

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So far I am loving it! I am really excited about being able to use this for our wedding. The tricky part will be encouraging guests to download the app (it’s a free download available both in the App Store and Google Play) and encouraging them to take pictures through the app or use the app to upload photos. The current plan is to hand out small cards with app information, and it’s on our website too, of course.

For our guests don’t have smart phones, I want to encourage them to still take and share pictures—but we’re still working out that aspect! So far all I have is manually uploading them to Facebook and tagging us, using a hashtag, or emailing them to our wedding address. Any other suggestions?

Pictures can be viewed “timeline” style on the app, or on our website as a photostream. Hypothetically, we could invite people who weren’t able to be at the wedding to view pictures in live time on their smart phones or online. I’m thinking about asking a few people to be especially diligent about snapping pictures! Of course, we’ll try to upload pictures to Facebook as well.

Whew. That’s all I’ve got. Now, you tell me. Has anyone used this or any other apps at their wedding? Did you have success?

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Mrs. Lemur

Location:
Greenville, South Carolina
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    coyote 1524 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:58 am

    Just wanted to chime in and say that I used the app at Lyre’s wedding, and as a guest, I thought it was fantastic! I definitely took advantage of it and uploaded photos throughout the night. I only wish I had known about it for my wedding!!

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    amandaleaou 210 posts, Helper bee @ 9:13 am

    We’re planning on using the same app! I printed out free business cards from VistaPrint with the information from the PDF that they provide on the website with the app download information & we’re going to incorporate that into the escort cards so that everyone knows the app is available. Plus it’s on our wedding website, so hopefully a few people will read through that & pre-download it. I’m excited to see how it turns out!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 9:17 am

    @paw: Glad you think so! I’m super excited about it!

    @jmarvellous: I just checked out Wedding Turtle and it does look pretty neat! I like that idea especially for guests who don’t have smartphones. Snap the Wedding and Wedding Snap also did the card thing (for a price), but I figured that was something I could do myself!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 9:20 am

    @Mrs. Coyote: Oh that’s great! I’m glad to hear that it worked well from the guest standpoint too. It seemed pretty easy to just take pictures from within the app so I’m hoping as long as I can get people to download it we’ll be good to go :)

    @amandaleaou: That’s what I was thinking about doing! I figure I can design a pretty simple business card myself and have it printed either as a Moo card or at my local print shop. I did the website thing too, although I’m wondering how many people will actually download ahead of time.

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    mspalmtree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:58 am

    I would totally use this app as a wedding guest! I don’t think many of our guests would use it and it would disappoint me to set it up only to have it go ignored, so I’ll just live through you. :)

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    rnbwaftrrain 10 posts, Newbee @ 11:59 am

    Instragram is also pretty popular right now and you can use it in your favor since many guests already have it! Just have them post pictures and then #________. You still need to make some signage/ announcements about what the hashtag name will be otherwise it’ll be super scattered!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 12:19 pm

    @Miss Palm Tree: Mmm I’m totally worried not many guests will use it. I may have to coerce some people into doing it so I at least get some pictures ;) but I’ll definitely let you know how it goes!

    @rnbwaftrrain: Oh I totally agree! I was thinking about adding the hashtag to the card with the download information.

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    h_annas 62 posts, Worker bee @ 3:28 pm

    We are going to do an I spy card as well. Unless we find something more fabulous, we are using the site photago.com. On this site, you can have a 3 month membership for free, and people can upload their wedding photos to it simply by signing in with a username and password ( we are going to print these out on a business card I am attaching to the I Spy cards) and then just find the pictures and upload. It really is simple even for my less that technology savvy guests. Hopefully, we feel that even if they don’t want to upload here they may be nice and make us copies or burn to a disc the pictures they take if they know it is that important to us.

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    wikus 12 posts, Newbee @ 4:39 am

    What a great idea!

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    BlkTldy 13 posts, Newbee @ 12:13 pm

    We are using Appy couple, which I totally love! It’s simple to use, has different themes to choose from and it sends Save the Dates, Invitations, accepts RSVPs. It really covers everything. It also doubles as a website for those not into apps. The best thing about it is it’s free!

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    LwoodsNY 28 posts, Newbee @ 1:55 pm

    I’m so jealous of all these apps brides have these days to help with wedding planning and the actual wedding day…and I haven’t even been married for 2 whole years yet! After my wedding the whole app world seemed to explode! I used Storymix Media for my wedding video, and even they now have an app for guests to record video for your wedding and share it as well! I should have waited to get married ;)

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    DustyRose 324 posts, Helper bee @ 9:26 pm

    Awesome idea, I’m excited to look into this!

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