(Closed) Why do so few brides share their pro pictures and video with wedding guests?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I haven’t gotten either back yet, but we have over a 1000 photos. I put the link up for guests to view if they wish and sent out a mass email but there is no way I could upload over 1000 pictures. Also, I do not know how I would put my video online. They come in the format of Blue Ray DVD’s, can you even upload those?

Post # 4
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

The photographers own the copyrights of those pictures.  Some let you have ownership after the wedding, others do not.  If you plan to post your wedding photos on facebook, please talk to your photographer first and make sure this is legal.

Post # 5
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i sifted through our 1000 pics and put the best up on FB (yes, we have the rights for personal use). i felt a little silly at some points because it has now been a month since the wedding and i feel like everyone has seen all the guest pics and are sick of hearing/looking at it. i had also posted out sneak peek blog entry/slideshow 2 weeks before that. but i did it anyway cause i know some relatives and guests who didn’t get to come wanted to see them.

even here i feel silly! since i posted the blog and slieshow links here, do any of you really care about the rest of my pro pics? probably not…..

i know part of my videography packages include a streaming video of the “highlight” section of our video, so i’ll send that link out too whenever we get it.

Post # 6
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I posted the link on FB to my photographer’s website where she posted our photos so that anyone interested could look at them.  But I’m not going to spend hours uploading all of those photos multiple months after the wedding when everyone has already seen the guest photos and could look on the link themselves if they’re really curious.  If someone really wanted to see them, all they’d have to do is ask me!

I really don’t know how you could upload a wedding video but I honestly don’t know why you’d want to see it as a guest.  You were sitting there during the ceremony – you’ll have already seen exactly what is on the video!

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I feel like people usually post pro pics online. We did! And my mom managed to show everyone she knows our album that we made for her. I’ve only seen video of weddings that I’ve actually been in. We didn’t do a video, so there’s nothing to share.

Post # 8
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@BlueChampagne: This, exactly, is the #1 reason, I think, that guests rarely get to see the pro photos.

The photographer for my sister’s wedding left little cards on all the tables that had a link to the proof site on it, so guests could see all the photos (and order prints) a few days afterward. Otherwise, I don’t think most of them would have seen the photos.

(Of course, in my family, the new bride is expected to haul around her album everywhere she goes for, like, the next year, so that everyone can ooo and ahhh over the photos. Seriously, people get offended if you don’t bring it to every random outing. Same goes for major vacations, births, etc.)

Actually, I just visited friends whose wedding I was IN about three years ago, and while I was sitting in their living room, I noticed wedding photos on the bookcase… and I realized I’d never seen them. So there ya go – it’s not just guests who get shafted. lol

As for videos, my cousin included a copy of her DVD with every thank you card. Of course, people like my grandparents didn’t get it – “We were THERE – why do we need to see it again?!” (They also don’t own a DVD player, but even if it had been a videotape, I bet they would have still thrown it away.)

ETA: I’ve been contemplating including a wallet-size photo from the wedding in our Christmas cards this year… although we don’t send cards to all the guests who will be coming. *shrug*

Post # 9
16 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s been a few months since our wedding, and we still haven’t received our pros yet.  To be honest, I doubt I’ll post them or offer to share them anyway (would be more than happy to share if someone asks, I just mean I wouldn’t send out an announcement that the photos are in sort of thing).  I’m just kinda over it.  I think since pro shots can take so long, a lot of people are just past that point and on to the next thing by the time they get them back.


Post # 10
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve wondered this too! Lots of people I know have put up a beautiful pro picture as their profile picture on facebook but never posted any more! I know I’m going to want to post tons of mine!

Post # 11
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Actually, I put a selection of wedding pics and the wedding video (it was homemade) on our wedding website.  Once those things were up, I emailed all the invitees thanking them and letting them know that the pics were up there so they could check them out.  I also included pics of the images that guests took in our DIY photobooth (that was an extra benefit of doing it myself, I was able to save an additional copy onto my computer!).  

Guests really enjoyed them, especially people who were invited but not able to make it.  A lot of people thanked us for sharing the photos with them, and some people (like my mother) loved watching the video over and over again!  I think sending out the email with a thank you (we also changed the homepage of our wedding website to be a thank you to our guests) was a good way to get over the fact that they came out so much later than whatever images guests may have posted on facebook.  

Post # 12
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve definitely noticed a trend of people posting their pro pics on Facebook though, often with a link to the gallery on the photographer’s website. So I can’t really postulate on why people wouldn’t. I like to see a handful of pictures from weddings, particularly those that I wasn’t able to attend. But I still like to see some pics from weddings I’ve been to. Video though I really wouldn’t care about.

Post # 13
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We put our pictures up on Facebook.  But some photographers do hold the rights to pictures and don’t allow brides to print them or post them online.

Post # 14
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I hesitated a good bit simply because it takes forever to sort through them and decide which ones to post, and if you post a lot, then that can take a lot of time if you’re going to go through and tag and caption everything. Plus your pro photos are huge hi-res files and it takes a long time to upload them. Eventually enough people bugged me that they wanted to see them that I decided to do it – but, I did them in small batches spread out over a couple of weeks. I think people have been very happy that we did. And I agree, I love seeing pro photos of other people’s weddings, so it’s great when people do post them.

Post # 15
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Only one couple gave us links for the proofs…Nowadays I’m seeing them online facebook with the photographer’s logo.

Post # 16
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had reproduction rights on ours, and put many of them up on Facebook.  And our ceremony video was done by a friend, and we put it up on Daily Motion.  However, most people don’t have reproduction rights to their professional photos or videos.

And with regard to the videos, there is also the issue of length/file size.  I tried to put ours up on YouTube and Facebook, and the file size was too big.  And that was true even though the ceremony was two videos, one 18 minutes long and one 16 minutes long.  If all of the ceremony had been on one video, uploading even to Daily Motion would have been impossible.

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