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5 Ways to Share Wedding Photos Online (That Aren’t Facebook)

Posted by Chelsea Drusch on Feb 15, 2018 4:17:00 PM

5 Ways to Share Wedding Photos Online

Wedding hashtags have become a staple in today’s wedding world. It seems like a simple way for anyone who takes pictures during the event to categorize them so the bride and groom can easily find them later.

The problem is it's not easy to comb through every social media site searching for a hashtag that may have been used improperly or forgotten altogether.

And that’s how wedding photo sharing apps came to be.

The Purpose of Photo Sharing Apps

Countless developers, and even some novice entrepreneurs who went through the same hashtag struggle with their wedding, have come up with apps that aim to make gathering and sharing wedding photos online painless.

The challenge is there are quite a few choices and not a lot of general public knowledge on the topic.

So, some eager members of our staff who are engaged or recently married tested the top ways to share wedding photos online and we summarized the results for you.

Check out our top picks – not in any particular order since some involve different price points.

1. Evite

Evite isn’t specifically marketed toward weddings, but events in general. Its main use is for party invitations, but the photo tab can be useful to collect photos from your event.

This app collects all of the pictures that are uploaded and puts them into a feed rather than separate albums. If you have a large wedding, this may not be the app for you since there is no way to organize the photos.

To set it up, you sign in via Facebook or email, and you can get started by creating an invitation to your event. Once the event is created, you can invite your guests to join. This is accessible through the app or on desktop.

Pros

  • Simple app interface
  • Easy to add guests via text, email, and Facebook
  • Free

Cons

  • No separate albums to categorize different wedding activities
  • Can’t upload videos or edit pictures
  • No cool extras like a countdown or live slideshow

Evite

Evite

2. Moments

Moments is an app created by Facebook - so for those of you that use Facebook, it has a familiar feel to it. It was made to create private photo albums for family and friends to see.

You create a moment by first selecting the pictures you want to add. Add your pictures, select your friends that you want to view the pictures, and then they can start adding their own to that specific moment.

The security settings can be changed, so you can control who sees each of your moments and who can join in. It can be members only, public, or public and joinable. Public and joinable allows you to share your link, have friends and family view and join the moment.

Pros

  • Resembles other Facebook apps
  • Easy to add guests via text, email, and Facebook
  • Free
  • Can create separate memories to categorize by wedding activity

Cons

  • No way to log out once signed in
  • No editing pictures option
  • Not wedding specific

Moments

Moments

3. WedPics

WedPics boasts that they’re the “#1 Photo and Video App for Your Wedding,” and we can’t argue ... as long as you’re willing to pay for it.

With a truly beautiful interface, WedPics is able to make you feel like their app is truly a part of your wedding, not just an add-on.

The free version features the use of multiple albums, photo and video uploading, photo editing tools, and social sharing, but downloading the images or videos is only available if you purchase it.

This app can get spendy, but they often offer discounts up to 50% off. The paid version offers unlimited photo downloads, purchasing of the photos, ad removal, a customized URL, a countdown, wedding information, and a color-customizable interface.

Pros

  • Effortless to organize photos
  • Customizable, easy-to-use app interface
  • One stop app for photos, registry, event info, etc.

Cons

  • Costs money to access all of the features

WedPics

WedPics

4. Veri

Veri is a newer app that makes photo sharing as easy as possible. This is another app that costs money, and the kicker is that there is no free version available.

Veri takes the photos and videos that guests are taking on their phone cameras and auto-shares them within the app while the event is taking place.

It’s fairly effortless. You’ll pay for the service, update your guest list, and then all your guests need to do is download the app. Once your guests are actually at your event, Veri will ping them a reminder to download it.

During your wedding, guests will use their iPhone or Android camera like normal, and the footage will automatically end up in the Veri app. This process completely cuts out manually uploading photos unless they choose to do so.

A guest may turn auto-sharing on or off at any time they wish, and unwanted photos/videos are able to be deleted by the host or by who shared it.

Pros

  • No manual uploading necessary
  • Instant access to guests photos of event
  • Beautiful, easy-to-use app interface

Cons

  • Costs money

Veri  

Veri

5. Picshare Party

Does your phone not have enough space to download another app? Then Picshare Party is for you.

Picshare Party allows you to gather event photos via text messaging. It really doesn't get any easier!

Here's how it works:

1. Create your gallery online.

2. Assign an event phone number.

3. Your guests text pictures to that number.

4. Photos are uploaded instantaneously!

Pros

  • No need to download an app
  • Simple way to collect photos
  • Free version available
  • Approval Delay lets you review photos before they're published
  • Video uploads available

Cons

  • Costs moneyto access all features
  • Not wedding-specific
  • No pictured-editing function
  • No separate albums to categorize activities

Picshare Party  

Picshare Party

In Conclusion

While there will always be more traditional ways to share your wedding photos online, photo sharing apps have really come a long way.

It’s nice to be able to keep your photos private until you are ready to share with the social media world.

When you simply ask guests to hashtag their photos, it means they will be uploading them to various social sites for all their friends to see. With these apps, only those you invite will have access until you decide which ones you want to share socially.

Which app you choose depends on what you want to get out of it:

If you want super simple photo gathering, go with Evite.

If your guests are huge Facebook fans, you might choose Moments so they are familiar with the style of the app.

If you want to splurge on a full suite of features in an app that feels built for your wedding, go with WedPics.

If you want treat yourself and your guests to the convenience of auto-uploading, Veri is for you.

If your guests don't want to download another app, choose PicShare Party.

Which photo sharing app did you or do you plan to use? Leave your review in the comments!

 

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published September 11, 2015 and has been updated for accuracy.

 

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