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By Emily

There’s nothing we love more than a DIY that is incredibly easy and pulls double duty saving you money. With the continuous development of technology and the increasing unbelievable quality of smartphone cameras, your wedding photography does not have to set you back more than the price of your dream dress. While a professional photographer is necessary for your formal portraits, you can forego the pricy luxury for your reception and leave the picture snapping to your exuberant guests.

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Sites like Flickr and Wedding Snap allow you to set up online albums and make them public to your guests. Once public, your guests can upload their own snaps from the day for you to easily revel in the undeniable cuteness of you and your spouse’s first moments as a married couple. This is an opportunity for you to see your big day through the eyes of the people you love most.

Now, we completely understand the concern that you may get one too many shots of the food, the cake, or even the floor as a result of that glorious open bar, so why not set some boundaries for your guests? You can assign each table a certain moment that you’d love to capture at every angle: your parents/grandparents dancing, your father-daughter and mother-son dances, the maid-of-honor and best man speeches, the five seconds you have when cutting your cake to decide whether or not to make your significant other a little messy, and that moment during your first dance as a couple where it seems like the world is at a standstill. A little guideline for each table ensures that your most important moments are etched in online wedding album history.

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Create your centerpieces around small signs with each photography task at hand (instead of the menu above) and print the online album information on the back of your guests’ individual table assignments.

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Now, relax! You’ve saved a TON of money and created an album for you and your spouse to instantly cherish your special moments.

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