Post # 1
My sister got married 10 years ago and had disposable camera’s on each table for guests to take pictures at the reception…i love this idea because you got to see the party from our guests point of view. Now i know this seems a little outdated since everyone these days either owns a camera or has one on their phone…but i think you can buy disposable digital camera’s these days….what do you think? how could i let them know that they arent for them to keep and that they need to leave them for us after the party is over?
Post # 3
Even though it is a pretty nifty thing to do, it is a little out dated. Not that I would put it in the, (I’m using the word! GASP!) “tacky” catagory, I would be a little afraid about how seriously people would take them. I don’t know why but I would be afraid of all of the camaras ending up in the kids’ hands and just ending up getting goofy pictures of the floor, food, and whatever else a kid would take a pic of. Most of your guests will bring their own camara and then post pics onto facebook and tag you in all of them. (thats what about 15 of my guests did!) And I still have wayyyy more pictures then I know what to do with!
Honestly I like the idea. But I wouldn’t expect it to go as planned.
Post # 4
I second MissFlipFlops.
THe majority of digital disposable cameras (meaning the Kodak ones you see for $12) are not digital in the way you’re probably thinking. They use regular film and you still have to go out and get them processed. And where you get them processed stipulates whether or not they can be put onto CDs–some labs can do it, some can’t.
Your idea is cute–consider the much more up-to-date photobooth (which you can DIY) or even (somewhat ironically) placing a Polaroid, extra film, pens, an album and double-stick tape at your guest book table and ask guests to take a pic and paste it in your book with a little message.
Post # 5
I think you don’t need to go to that expenditure. Give your family cameras to some dear friends who like taking pictures and tell them you want to see table groups and just random moments of fun during your wedding. (For example, I took a photo at a friend’s wedding of her niece and nephew signing the guest book at a kneeler.) It was just a sweet moment that would have been missed by the professional photographer because she wasn’t there when it happened!
Post # 6
From what I’ve seen and heard about giving guests cameras, you end up paying for wasted film and developing costs for a LOT of blurry, dark, out of focus, not usable pictures… or else someone sneaks a camera off into a bathroom. Not really cherished wedding memories.
Post # 7
I would say instead of disposable cameras, set up a photo share site through Shutterfly or somewhere else and ask your guests to upload the pictures they take with their cameras. I think you’re a lot more likely to get good quality pics that way, and it’s free!
Post # 8
I did this along with an “I Spy” game and our guests loved it. I only did one per table (rather than several per table) and they were all used by the end of the evening. Some of my favorite pictures from the night were from these. Yes, there were some that were too dark or were too grainy. But, overall, it was great. They all really liked the “I Spy” and it gave some direction as to what to take pictures of.
Post # 9
If you do decide to order cameras for your reception, I would like to recommend a website that offers them in a ton of designs. Check out http://www.customcameracollection.com. I just used these with a local bride I assisted. The beauty of these cameras is that they have a huge selection and can be personalized with your own personal sayings as well as can have your photo placed on the back of them. My bride was using calla lilies for her wedding and we got cameras with calla lilies on them. They are really nice cameras and of good quality.
Post # 10
Well…I’ll weigh in on this too.
I was just in a wedding that did the disposable cameras. My FI was awesome and went around taking pictures of everyone and then when our table camera was finished, he grabbed some from other tables and finished those off. By the end of the night, all ~15 tables has full cameras. Of course…who knows if ANY of these will turn out OR when the B&G will get them developed (how much does that even cost these days???). So…if you want to risk some odd shots, poor lighting and having to send it off yourself for development ($$$) as well as having to buy the cameras in the first place ($$$) then go for it. You might want to have someone at each table that you KNOW will be a great person in charge of the camera. Just having full cameras seems like it might be worth it…even if half the photos are crap.
Alternatively, you could print out Moo Cards with an upload site and have a Moo card on each place setting so that people who brought cameras know where to share photos! That would be cheaper, but you’d still be depending on other people.
Just figure out what your guests are capable of/willing to do and go for it!
Post # 11
I think you should just set up a photo share site and have people upload their own pics from their own digital cameras. It’ll give you the guest’s perspective, will be much higher quality, and will cost either nothing, or next to nothing!
Post # 12
I agree with the photo share site, that’s what I’m going to do. Everyone does have cameras now, and you can make a cute card asking them to upload their pics. Plus the quality is always suspect in those.