Give your guests YOUR camera for instant gratification wedding photos at the end of the night

By on Oct. 11th

Photo by Sheldon Schwartz, used under Creative Commons license.

Reader SarahP gave us a great tip for getting more candid reception shots. She recommended that couples leave a camera in a conspicuous area and let their friends go wild with photos. This saves money by not having to buy tons of disposables that you have to purchase and then get developed, and allows your friends to be themselves and surprise you later. Win-win. She left this comment on our post, "13 things I wish I'd known on my wedding day."

Here's what SarahP had to say:

At our wedding, I put a tag on my camera that said "Sarah's camera: please take photos with this!" and left it at the table with the guest book/card holder. It was still there at the end of the night with 250 photos on it taken by my friends. Even though we had two photographers at the wedding, I am so happy we did this. A lot of people try to look nice for the official photos, so they're constantly posing. They're more themselves when they're the ones taking the photos. On my camera, I had friends making ridiculous faces, doing shots of maple syrup (the favor), switching ties, etc. So worth it.

If you missed the 13 things post last month, go back and read it — and be sure to check the comments!

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Catherine Clark (aka Superman) is Offbeat Bride's Editor and a Chicago-based freelance web consultant. In her spare time, she loiters at her local library, makes art, and overshares on Twitter and Instagram.