(Closed) Wedding Guests and Photo Sharing

posted 10 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I attended a wedding in August where they did this.  They simply had tent cards on every table stating they wanted guests to upload photos at shutterfly, and gave their login and password.  Last I looked there were about 300 photos uploaded.  THe only problem I had was the password was case sensitive, so I had some trouble logging in the first time since there was a cap in the second word of the password.

I’m stealing this idea for my wedding too.  I really liked it.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

I used it for mine, and honestly, it hasn’t been very effective. I’ve only had two people upload, and one of them only did it after I begged him in several emails to get it done. I used flickr, which is very easy to upload with, but I can’t seem to get anyone to go to the site and do it. It’s actually quite frustrating 🙁

I used flickr because you can upload photos at full quality. Also I have a flickr account personally and so I am familiar with the interface. 

 I don’t have sugestions for you on how to do it and get a more effective turnout. That said, the photos I do have, are amazing. Seriously, some of them are so candid and real, there is no way my photographer could have captured those moments, along with everything else she got.

 So I guess, do it if you are willing to hound people about posting them afterwards?

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

Oh, and I made cards with instructions (a la Lemon I think) and set them out at every single place setting at dinner. So it’s not that people just didn’t see the cards.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I really like the idea of photo sharing and plan on following in the footsteps of previous bees.  Do you think if you sent the photo sharing card with the invites you would get a more effective turn out?

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Or maybe you could put the tent cards up, and also send out a little card with the thank you notes.  By then people will be settled down a bit from coming home, and will hopefully appreciate the card, and maybe have actually downloaded the photos from thier camers…I know my dad keeps his on there for months!!

All depends on how tech-saavy your guest list is.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How about sending a little "reminder card" with the thank you notes to those you know were taking pictures?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think how effective this is totally depends on your guests.  And by that I mean first, how dedicated they are to actually taking pictures – second, how good they are with their cameras – and third, how organized they are after the fact.  We had one guest who took a ton of photos (~500) and they are all fantastic.  She has a great DSLR, and is a scrap-booking maniac.  Luckily she not only uploaded her photos but also gave them all to me on dvd – because (think about it) you can really only upload snapshot-sized photos on most websites unless you want to spend all day doing it.  So to get us the full-sized shots she had to copy them to dvd. 

Aside from that, we have maybe a couple dozen shots per guest with camera – almost all from the ceremony, and before the ceremony.  Once people started dancing, they apparently ditched their cameras, which I guess means they were having lots of fun.  And most of those shots would be fantastic (wonderful candids) if they were in focus…  We had half a dozen people upload their photos, and the rest either sent us prints or send us a copy of the cd they had made when they got their prints.  Which really is a lot less work for them than uploading photos, so I completely understand.

In short, it wasn’t that successful.  If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t bother.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I did this and I included a card telling them the URL along with the wedding favor. It was pretty effective but I had to remind them again through a friendly reminder e-mail.

I used Flickr (pro account) since I’ve had it and liked it for a while. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did the cards at the reception and only 1 person out of my 200 guests uploaded to my flickr…I shamelessly copied Mrs. Lemon’s card.  I really like the idea of including another one in the thank you’s!  If anyone drafts up one of those please share!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000

Thanks for the suggestions about including reminders in the Thank You cards. I think I will create some free business cards through Vistaprint and include them in the Thank You’s. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Mine has been really successful. I don’t know how many guests have uploaded (I can’t see that), but we have over 1000 non-pro pictures now (the wedding was in September). I’m using Smugmug, which I like alot. I made moo cards and enclosed them with our escort cards, then sent a reminder email to our guests after we returned from the honeymoon.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

If you live in the New England area there is an awesome company that does this for you!!  http://www.canditto.com/    Here is what they have on their site as their description


Canditto is a patent-pending kiosk that collects the photos your guests have taken at your wedding, party, or reception.  It produces a CD collection of all the guests pictures by the end of the night.

It’s built to be simple.  No buttons to push.   Instant-fast file transfer.  Stationed near the exit of your reception, it’s where your guests will want to leave you a little "partying gift."  And the kiosk’s patent-pending software makes sure that your guests’ previously-taken photos are not accessed in any way.

What do you need to do?  Nothing.  Canditto staff delivers, sets up and monitors the kiosk.  Go have your fun.  We’ll have your CD ready for you before the night is over.
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Sounds so cool huh??   It’s about $500 from what I can gather — so it doesn’t seem quite worth it — but it did give me the idea of having a friend of the best man (groom’s younger brother) who we trust sit at the exit with a laptop and ask guests for their memory cards and 30 seconds on the way out the door so that he can gather them for us!  We’ll pay him $20 and some beer from the open bar! 🙂   

 

Post # 15
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Newbee

I’m glad you asked this! The answers have been super-helpful to me too!

I went to a wedding recently where they had cards announcing the website and password for the pro pics. I know I checked it compulsively. I wonder if bribing guests with other pictures (pro or family that you know you can wrangle into sharing) would make them more likely to visit a sharing site, and maybe contribute their own pictures while they are there?

I did notice that several people did post their personal wedding pics to facebook without any formal prompting (we were mostly just out of grad school, and were used to sharing pictures this way). So, I’d suggest trying to go with a site that more (or at least some) of your guests are already familiar with/ used to.

 Also, I’d suspect that more people share when there is more lighting. I know I don’t even bother trying to take pictures when there is low lighting, because when I do, the results are disasterous. 🙁

 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I love this idea.  I recommend using Flickr because sites like Shutterfly make you download a program to upload pictures.

Flickr would be much less of a hassle for your guests.

 I would put a note card at each place setting explaining the upload process, etc.

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