Do you remember the wedding-themed disposable cameras that brides and grooms would leave on every reception table? Do people still buy disposable cameras?
The disposable cameras were always a huge hit at the weddings I attended in the 90s and early 2000s. Guests were encouraged to take photos of the reception as they partied the night away, then leave the camera for the bride and groom to develop. In theory, the newlyweds would have a lot of great photos that their photographers may have missed. In reality, I heard a lot of amusing stories of brides who developed the photos the next day to discover images of bathroom stalls and random legs or arms (usually thanks to the kiddos who stole the cameras and had a grand ole time with them).
Now a days the disposable cameras are sort of a thing of the past thanks to the ever growing popularity of digital cameras and smart phones. I still want to encourage my guests to take and share photos (in hopes of capturing photos our photographers may miss – I mean, there’s only 2 of them!), but I also want to make it fun and love the idea of turning it into a game. I’ve seen these “I SPY” games pop up on Pinterest and was inspired to create one of my own.
A couple of hours playing around in photoshop, and this is what I ended up with:
I’m going to have the “games” printed on 5×7 card stock and place one or two at every table in hopes that guests will want to play along.
To collect the photos, I created an email address guests can send photos to or they can upload them to the FREE “Wedding Party” App account I created.
The Wedding Party App is a pretty cool concept. Guests can download the FREE app and upload photos directly from their phone. The photos will populate a wedding photo stream similar to Instagram and guests have the opportunity to like or comment on the photos. For guests who aren’t into Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, this is a great alternative to any other social media platform since they won’t have to worry about creating an account to use the app.
Guests are also more than welcome to post to any other social media platform, I just like that the Wedding Party App keeps everything in a central location for easy reviewing/downloading.
A friend recently used the Wedding Party App at a wedding and highly recommended it. I can’t wait to see it in action!
(p.s. I was NOT compensated for this post. I looked at similar wedding apps that were not free, so when I discovered this one was, I got a little excited and wanted to emphasize it in my post. )