Supplement your professional photographer with some fun and interactive ideas you can implement yourself
Wedding Photo Apps
DIY becomes DIT (Do It Together) when you solicit the help of friends and family. The concept is simple – encourage your guests to share their photos and you end up with a vast myriad of POVs from your special day.
According to Nielsen’s 2013 Mobile Consumer Report, 53 percent of US mobile device consumers use smartphones. You can harness these numbers to your advantage with a whole list of excellent wedding photo apps that allow guests to instantly upload images from their smartphone devices to online albums. Same-day or rush editing from your wedding photographer can cost around $300. Pooling your guest’s photos offers the immediacy our instant-gratification culture demands at a significantly lower cost.
WedPics: iPhone and Android, Free
After creating a profile, which includes a wedding bio and cover photo, couples invite guests via email and Facebook to join WedPics. The app company also allows couples to order invite cards to be placed in invitations or distributed at the wedding. Once guests enter the Wedding ID and continue to their own account, they can view an interactive photo gallery, upload their own images from their smartphones, and even edit their images with five custom filters. The app works like other social media sites with the capability for others to comment on or “love” photos. And when it’s time to print, couples can download a complete, high-res album.
Snapable: iPhone and Android, $79 for the couple, free for guests
Couples create their album and invite guests via Snapable’s invitation system. Personalized downloadable instruction cards are also available for home printing. Friends and family can snap photos using the app or upload images from their galleries anytime before or after the wedding and the photos will be automatically added directly to the album. Couples choose which photos to share or keep private after their wedding.
Wedding Snap: iPhone and Android, packages start at $129 for the couple, free for guests
Couples sign up, create an album code, and then share that code with their guests via email, Facebook, or their own wedding website link. Wedding Snaps also offers 200 free personalized instruction cards. Once guests download Wedding Snap, they can take photos and videos through the app or upload them from their gallery to the wedding album. Guests can also choose between various filters and comment on photos.
For $199, Wedding Snap throws in professional photo retouching, and for $249, they include a six-hour, live, moderated slideshow. All packages include a money-back guarantee of at least 100 photos in the album.
Yapp: iPhone and Android, free, Yapp also offers custom IDs for $5 a year.
Not a wedding photo app per se, Yapp allows couples to create a self-made mobile app for anything, including a wedding. Simply visit Yapp.us from a computer, choose a theme, name the Yapp Event, personalize it with a photo, enter event info, and publish. Publishing creates a link or QR code that couples can send to guests. Guests will be invited to download YappBox, which will house the Yapp. Once they install the app on their smartphones they can share photos and messages in the News Feed. Couples may also connect a Twitter feed to the News Feed, allowing more photos to stream to the app.
Other Wedding Apps to check out:
Photo: Wedding Party
Appy Couple: iPhone and Android, $28 for the couple, free for guests.
A wedding app and website that allows couples to share almost every detail of their wedding with guests. The app includes unlimited picture uploads for couples and guests.
Wedding Party: iPhone and Android, free.
A wedding app that collects guests’ photos and organizes them into a minute-by-minute Wedding Timeline based on when they were captured. Guests can share notes and toasts, and photos can also be posted to mywedding.com in real time, a great perk for those unable to attend the wedding. The app also offers free, downloadable, customized place cards for guests.
Flock: iPhone and Android, free.
A photo gathering app, Flock automatically identifies photo subjects using Facebook and location information and creates shared albums.