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Have Wedding Guests Upload Photos They Take at Your Wedding and Reception to Photo-Sharing Sites

Wedding Tip: Have Your Guests Upload Photos to One Place

I used to think that having disposable cameras at each table at a wedding reception was such a fabulously brilliant idea.

But now the quality of the disposable film cameras is too shoddy for any possible framers, plus the kind of people who are going to take photos will have already brought their own cameras. To further drive a stake in the heart of this old trend, last year the majority of you voted that you no longer loved it.

That's not to say you don't want more photos taken than your pro photog will take — just make it easy on your guests to upload them all to one place! Call it the 2009 version of disposable cameras on tables. Instead of cameras on tables, you just place cards with a URL or email address for your guests, and leave it to them to upload after the event.

To see how to make this wedding idea come together, just


First, decide which photo-sharing website you want to use. It may be easiest to use the site you're already using for photo sharing — MobileMe, Flickr, and Picasa provide you with an email address or URL to give out (see my instructions on how to do it in Picasa). But also consider newer site iRave — it also gives you both a URL or email address, and it has settings that let you approve photos before they're up, preventing any pic leaks of champagne-induced embarrassments. Make sure that whichever site you use has plenty of storage space for the photos.

Once you've settled on the service, you need the cards so people know where to send photos. This seller from Etsy makes a wedding photo-sharing kit for $25, but this is also a simple DIY.

Design and print out your message onto business card-size paper (or just cut printed sheets to that size), then place in a festive box or display on each table.

If you're really into the design of your invites, you can inquire with your invitation vendor about printing up these cards with your invite design.

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jckb jckb 4 years
This I love they idea with photo sites that can help you collect all photos from the guest. I use which is great. Free of charge up to 1GB of photos in each album and you can have as many albums as you like.
Sasha2492343 Sasha2492343 5 years
 weddingsnap @weddingsnap   Wedding Snap's iPhone & Android wedding apps directly gather the pictures your guests take at your wedding in one online album, within seconds, without having to scout around Facebook or beg your guests for months.
TheFoxBrain TheFoxBrain 6 years
We used GuestSnapper as an online wedding album for our wedding guests photo uploads and it worked really well. Your guests get a single username and password to upload their pictures to one album. As Bride and Groom you get another to organise the album and even hide any uploaded pictures you dont like! We went for the platinum package as they deal with printing cards like the above with text and a picture we uploaded to them. We loved it as we got hold of all the photos and could show them off easily to family and friends on the internet in an online wedding album. Saved a fortune on disposable cameras too
witchbaby witchbaby 7 years
wow, I wish I knew someone that was getting married so I could share this with them!
KayKay001 KayKay001 8 years
Oops, I made a typo! I meant
KayKay001 KayKay001 8 years
Love these camera boxes! I looked and they don't sell them on Etsy anymore, but you can get them from their blog:
krissycake krissycake 8 years
hahaha maybe i should have actually clicked on the link ;) (D'oh!)
krissycake krissycake 8 years
where can i get that little camera card holder in the pic???? i really like that!!!
caroline_1 caroline_1 8 years
what a great idea!
photogeek photogeek 8 years
Another choice is to rent a photo sharing device with software that knows to omit older pictures from sharing, and then lets guests easily select which photos they want to share with you. Some of these devices even attach to a flatscreen, so guests can see the photos that they just shared!
kia kia 8 years
Another option is have a younger relative volunteer to download images directly from people's digitals at the wedding if you have a laptop and a card reader. I had a destination wedding and a number of folks were cool with letting us download their week from their cards before they flew back home.
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