Posted: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!
If youre getting married this year, then youre probably at least familiar with social media platforms and apps for smartphones or tablets. Both of these can help you capture photos that your guests take at your wedding. There are plenty of apps that charge for their services, but youre in luck, there are also some free options!Facebook now allows you to create an album and add contributors. While you cant add your entire guest list, you can add your wedding party and any friends who you know will be snapping shots throughout the night. Post wedding, you can add anyone who may have tagged you in a photo but wasnt already a Instagram is another popular option. If youve created a hashtag for your wedding, you can have guests hashtag any photos that they post and youll be able to look back at them after the wedding. (Tip: be sure to have the hashtag posted somewhere at the reception so guests know what it is and dont create their own!).Wedsocial, WedPics, and Capsule are free apps that your guests can download and share photos. With some of these, there are options to upgrade for more services. By using an app, youll have all of the photos in one location. Its best to be proactive and let your guests know in advance of the wedding to download the app. This way you wont run into service issues or have people downloading apps during your vows. Consider including a card with your save the dates or invitations, a chalkboard at the reception or framed directions on each table. GuestShots is an interesting option. Your guests can share their photos and then post wedding, you can pay a price to copy the photos into Facebook or you can design an album or video with the pictures. As much as I loved seeing our guests photos from our wedding, I almost wish we had an unplugged wedding. Looking at our wedding photos that we paid good money for, I couldnt help but notice cell phones in almost every single one. Its okay to tell your guests to put down the phones, instead of encouraging them to play iPhone photographer on your big day.Wedsocial CapsuleWedPics GuestShots
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