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How to Crowdsource Your Wedding Photos

crowdsourcing-your-wedding-photosWhile some couples are opting for “unplugged weddings,” where they ask guests not to use their phones to take photos or videos, most people look for a good middle ground for technology usage on their wedding day.

Sometimes your wedding guests are able to capture some of the most candid and fun moments throughout your ceremony and reception. Your uncle in the first row of the church catches you both getting misty-eyed when exchanging your his and hers matching ring set. Your best friend from high school takes an epic group selfie of the whole gang on the dance floor.

But at the same time, wired weddings have the potential to get out of hand, with every person glued to a phone the entire day - live-tweeting and Instagramming instead of enjoying the celebration.

So how do you crowdsource your wedding photos - collecting all the great shots from friends and family - without going over the top? Here are a few tips on keeping it fun, while making sure guests still have a good time in the moment.

Discuss what you want with your partner in advance.

What friends’ weddings have you been to that found a good balance with technology? What did they do? What are your personal pet peeves (for example, guests who get in the way of the professional photographer while snapping their own pictures)?

Talk to your guests.

On your wedding website or as part of the invitation materials you send, tell your guests what you have in mind. If there are any times you don’t want them to take photos - for example, in a place of worship that doesn’t allow flash photography - ask them politely to refrain. Same with social media - if you prefer people don’t post photos to public sites, let them know in advance. But otherwise, encourage them to enjoy themselves and capture relaxed moments during the wedding and share them with you in a simple way.

Set up an account for crowdsourcing your wedding photos.

Find a website or mobile app where you can easily gather all the photos friends and family members take. For example, WedPics is a fantastic app that lets you collect unlimited photos and videos from your wedding day - and it’s free and secure. Guests just have to download the WedPics app to their iPhone or Android phone and use the unique ID you set up for your wedding, then they can upload all their photos and videos to one location. After the wedding, you can download photos at full resolution to save, display or print.

Find the his and hers wedding ring set that will make your wedding picture perfect

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Photo Credit: Danielle Holman Wedding

 

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