Friday, July 15, 2011

Sharing is caring

At some point during my blog-surfing, I was introduced to the idea of a photo-sharing card to ask your guests to post their photos online at one central website so anyone and everyone can take a peek.  I immediately bookmarked the idea, thinking it was an ingenious way to get our grubby little newlywed paws on our guests' photos to hold us over until the professional pictures become available and to give us an additional photographic perspective on the day's events.

I tasked BM K with the duty of finding a site that would work for us.  I wanted a place that would allow easy uploads without downloading or installing any software, tons of storage space, and the ability to upload/print full-resolution photos.  In no time, she delivered her official recommendation: Shutterfly.  I took her at her word and decided Shutterfly would be the site for us.

After our positive experiences with VistaPrint with our save the dates, I decided that we'd disseminate our photo-sharing site information on a business card from VP.  I'm not even going to try to fudge it and take any credit for the wording - I blatantly stole from Mrs. Cream Puff.  In just a few minutes, I'd created our wedding-specific Gmail account for everyone to use, our photo-sharing site and designed our business cards to be sent off to the printer.  They just came in the mail, so take a peek!

The game plan is to pop one of these cards at each place setting and include them in thank-you notes, in case people need a little extra encouragement or misplace their cards in the aftermath of the wedding.  I'm not sure what sort of reaction we'll get; I've heard quite a few tales of couples receiving a paltry amount of photos.  However, I keep reminding myself that we have a small group of guests who moonlight as paparazzi; they take more photos than any fifty people combined.  I figure that if some of those guests utilize the website and no one else does, it'll still be a worthwhile investment.

Do you have any experiences with wedding photo-sharing, either as a guest or a bride?  How did it go?


  1. Fully and gladly embracing my role as wedding guest paparazzi!!
    - Kate

  2. I like this idea and am anxious to hear how it works out.

    Glad you had a good experience with Vista. There are on my list of options for our DIY invitations.

  3. i love this idea! i definitely should do this too :)