(Closed) Disposable Cameras at reception??

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you have disposable cameras at reception for 100 people?
    YES : (17 votes)
    17 %
    NO : (78 votes)
    76 %
    Other (explain below) : (7 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think you’re asking to be very regretful about this. None of those moments will be captured properly.

    In my experience, when guests are handed disposable cameras, they tend to screw around more than anything. You’re begging for bad candids

    Post # 4
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Honestly, disposable cameras take pretty terrible pictures in full light/outdoors and I think you will be extremely disappointed in the quality they take indoors in low light.

    Post # 6
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    not worth it. disposable cameras give you pretty crappy pictures, and you’ll spend a fortune getting them developed. set up a flickr and asks your guests to upload their photos there.

    use vistaprint to print business cards with the login info for free. you can leave them out at the reception and include them in your thank you notes.

    Post # 7
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    2289 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I wouldn’t do it. My cousin and his wife did. They spent $150 on cameras and another $100 or so to have them developed. 22 came out decent.

    Post # 8
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    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @Alisha1190: The people who are going to take the best pictures are going to bring their cameras without you having to say anything. I have seen several people print out business cards with info on how to upload pictures after the wedding.

    Post # 9
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Most wedding guests bring their own digital cameras so I would suggest setting up an account on a photo sharing website (like Snapfish) and printing cards with the login information for your guests. You can ask them to upload their digital pictures to the site so that you can print them from there.

    I find that the cons greatly outweigh the pros to using disposable cameras…

    • People tend to take stupid pictures that you are not going to want for your wedding album. Can you imagine how annoyed you would be if you got all these pictures developed only to discover that you paid to have pictures of peoples feet?
    • The pictures tend to come out crappy. I’ve yet to meet a disposable camera that took a decent picture.
    • It can get VERY pricey to develop all of these pictures.
    • I tend to think that disposable cameras are an eye sore.

    As I’m sure you can tell, I’m not a fan of disposable cameras. If it were me, I would go with the photo sharing website. In the end, you’ll actually save money foregoing the cameras and just printing cute cards to give to your guests.

    Post # 11
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

     Its a total waste of money and you wont get any photos that are even close to quality with a disposable camera. You’ll end up with 80% thumbs, body parts, table edges, possibly butts, and more. If it is an indoor ceremony and reception, you’ll end up with 100 shots of speechs from 30 feet away with the subjects smaller than a 1/4 inch and the flash blown out on the few heads in front of the “photographer”.

    Not to mention you have to pay for each camera, and all the developing fees to even see the prints, it’s just not a good idea.

    If you REALLY don’t value photography at all, and don’t care if you have any good pics, AND want to throw away a couple hundred bucks (minimum), then go for it 😀

    Outside that, I think the best option would be to hire someone from craigslist looking to expand their portfolio, or try to find a photo student with at least a DSL, a external flash, and a couple decent lenses.

    Post # 12
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    No, i don’t think a better option is to ask guests to take your photos for you unless you’re not expecting much. I had two diligent bridesmaids who took a ton of photos, but they are NOWHERE near the quality someone with a real dslr is going to give you. Most of them are pretty dark because the flash was just not strong enough indoors.

    Not only that–i tried the flickr thing. Most guests took photos for themselves–their family, etc. Asking them to take photos FOR you is like asking them to work at your wedding and only two or three of my bridesmaids uploaded photos for me….none of my other guests did. EVEN THOUGH i had cards and everything asking them to upload photos to my site.

    Post # 14
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Alisha1190: Most people will bring their cameras on there own, or you could ask a couple friends if they wouldn’t mind shooting for you. I shot a few for the mother of the groom once. You can print out cards from VIstaPrint or Moocards, with the information to an upload site (Like Photobucket, flickr, or shutterbug), the sign in and password, and then they can upload the photos for you!

    Post # 16
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    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If budget is the issue, have you considered contacting local colleges to see if they have any talented student photographers that you could hire for a few hours? I can guarantee that these students would do a much better job at capturing your reception than your guests who will more than likely be too concerned with drinking and dancing to take any decent photos. You could probably score a student photographer for $100 and a free meal.

    I don’t know about you, but pictures are too important to me to leave in the hands of my guests.

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