(Closed) Disposable Cameras at wedding tables?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
11752 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

i wouldn’t use it as a guest personally. 

Post # 4
7653 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I wouldn’t worry so much about if the guests like it. If they don’t then they won’t use them.

From personal experience at my wedding, there is a pro and a con. The con is be prepared to have snot nosed little kids take a shit ton of pics of themselves. We only had one table that did that, and it wasn’t a big deal because I got the cameras on sale at a really cheap price.

The pro is I got a ton of great photos of my guests. I used the pics in a wedding book. We got an awesome photo of DH’s grandmother holding up her foot to the camera and sticking out her tongue. Someone took some wonderful pictures of Darling Husband and I’s last dance, which is something our photographer couldn’t stay to capture. Most of our guests used the cameras properly and gave us some wonderful pictures and memories to hold on to. I am all for them!

Post # 5
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve heard most guests don’t really take pics with them.  Or if they do, they are not great shots at all.  Or that kids take them and go take random pics with them.  Plus you have to spend all the money to get them developed and not know what kind of pics.  With all the digital cameras and cameras on phones, I think this idea is just outdated.


Most people would rather just take their own pics with their camera if they are the type to take pics.  Seems like you would just be better off setting up an account on shutterfly or sites like them where people can upload all their pics to.  That is what we did.  We were able to share all our wedding  photos with our guests(you make a list of who is invited to view them) and then they can download any pics they like and upload any pics they have as well.

Post # 6
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

It was a waste of money in my opinion and I did it for my first wedding.  The guests that take decent pictures usually bring their own cameras or use their camera-phones.  The photos from the disposables I put on the tables turned out awful.  Of the 12 cameras I put out I didn’t get a single picture that was worth doing anything with.  One table did something really cute, they took pictures of the left hands of each married couple; sadly the photos were too close and turned out blurry when printed.  I would look into an easy photo sharing website and encourage guests to share photos from their phones and cameras online.

Post # 7
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

They don’t turn out very well… Thumbs over the lens, blurry, etc. You’ll get a lot of weird angles of the same events: 1st dance, cake cutting, etc. Then you’ll get pics of food and centerpieces and if your guests are REALLY rowdy you’ll get shots of their private parts!

Post # 8
5966 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

It’s a preference thing, really.  And it depends on your guests, sure, Aunt Milly is probably going to keep trying to take pictures of YOU two, but that is what the photographer is for…if you invite some super awesome guests like Mr. 99 and I….well, then it turns into a quest for the truth!  A peek at the parts of your wedding reception that you didn’t get a chance to see and usually pretty hilarious since we tend to get all paparazzi on everyone’s ass….

so you’ll see your best friend’s 13 year old daughter and your 15 year old cousin sneaking a smooch in the coat room, get the inside story on what REALLY happened to Uncle Eddie’s scotch & soda and discover that Louella has not in fact, quit smoking, since we got a shot of her bumming a coffin nail off the wait staff out back by the dumpster. 

Post # 9
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it depends on your guests.

Personally, I enjoy having something to do during my down time, and you may get pictures you wouldn’t otherwise get.

With most cameras, you won’t get great photos, but its a throwaway, you can’t expect much.

I am still going to have them on each table, probably a couple because we’re doing the ISPY thing. Guests will be welcome to take pictures with their own cameras, as well as a professional photographer.

Post # 10
259 posts
Helper bee

I’ve been to weddings where they do this, it was great fun! Some of the best photographs of the night come from people snapping pics of each other laughing. I would say though that there is a chance of guests taking the cameras so you never see the pictures, but personally I think it’s a great idea!

Post # 11
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m expecting 99% of our guests to have smartphones, so it’s Appy Couple for me. Or you could use an instagram hashtag instead. We’ll have a professional photographer but I’m also planning to ask a handful of friends if they can make it a point to remember to take some photos of stuff the professional photographer might miss (mostly just people enjoying themselves hopefully!).

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