(Closed) Disposable Cameras… Do or Don’t

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Not worth it, imo. The cameras are not cheap to develop and you’ll more than likely just get pictures of feet and stuff you don’t give a crap about. 

What about setting up a flickr account and printing cards with the site info for your guests to upload to? It’s free (vistaprint free business cards would be perfect for this) and it serves the same purpose without being a waste. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m with Caitmarie: so many people use digital cameras these days that you will get more pictures and higher quality pictures asking for guests to share.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wouldn’t. My cousin had them at her wedding. They were expensive to develop like @UpstateCait: said and most of them came out horrible. The lighting in the venue was just not meant for disposable cameras! Plus, nowadays almost everyone has a digital camera and will send you their pics if you ask. 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Not worth it. You’ll get a million pictures of the floor and it costs A TON to develop.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Don’t do it.  Most people bring their digital cameras anyway!  Just send an email after the wedding for people to send them the pictures they took. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

UGH. My mother decided last minute without my approval that we HAD to have these at the reception. They were the kind you can only develop at walmart and the nearest walmart for me if 45 minutes away. I dropped all 12 of them off and then they called me like 4 or 5 times to come pick them up or they were throwing them away. It cost me over $100 just to develop mainly shots of the floor or waitresses or things I didn’t even know what…. They’re still sitting in their envelopes, 3 months later. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wouldn’t do it. The picture are terrible quality and you pay a fortune to get them developed to end up with crappy pictures. Just have a photo sharing sight for people to put their images from their digital photos on.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with the bees above. I’d set up a flickr account and make neat little cards or send out an email requesting that people upload them to there.

You could also make a cute little ‘photo hunt’ card to hopefully nudge guests in the direction of taking photos you’d really love to capture (i.e.- photo of the cutest little kids dancing, photo of an old couple holding hands, photo of the groom staring at the bride, craziest dancer, etc). 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

*grin*  Let me jump in and be the sole voice for the opposition on this thread!  🙂  I did have disposable cameras at my wedding and I’m really glad that I did.  I got some shots from the disposable cameras that my photographer missed, and while many of them were somewhat grainy, I think the shots came out pretty well!  I didn’t have them print out prints, just had the pics developed and put on a cd for me to print or not as I wanted.  

If you are interested in checking mine out, here’s a link to them:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157625083544823/

I had 10 cameras, and probably 7 of them were fully used, the rest were used in varying amounts.  Maybe I got lucky though… I had no pictures of ceilings or floors or wait staff, and even though 2 of the cameras were “manned” by little girls under the age of 7, all but 3-4 pictures were of people, groups, etc.  I liked the pictures enough to create a page that I’m putting in both parents albums and my wedding album:

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I vote no, I’ve seen the result of wedding disposables and it looked like the photos were taken 20 years ago. The quality and lighting (as another bee said) are not very friendly for that type of technology (or, lack there of).

Everyone has digital cameras these days, maybe include a blank CD and a self addressed and stamped envelop at each place setting and ask people to burn you a copy of their photos after the wedding if they don’t want to upload them online.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think it’s tacky at all. I like the wording “to use your personal camera is encouraged & appreciated” or something along those lines.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wouldn’t include that line on your actual invitation, maybe in a separate insert or something.  I’m actually toying with the idea of having a couple laptops at the reception manned by my cousins, and just asking to copy people’s memory cards before they leave.  I’m not sure if it would be become a mess, or if anyone would get upset about it, but I’d love to get to see all the pictures without waiting for everyone to maybe get around to uploading them.

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