Used cameras as bridal party gifts?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Are the used cameras an ok gift?
    Yes! I'd love one of those things! : (13 votes)
    24 %
    No! don't give your besties used cameras! rude! : (22 votes)
    41 %
    Its ok to give them the cameras as long as that's not the only gift they get! : (19 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium

    I think you’ll probably get a few comments from other bees who will be anti-instant cameras…but I think that’s adorable. If I were one of your BM I would be happy to get to take one of the cameras home. 

    Post # 5
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - Lacuna Artist Lofts

    I love that idea, I think it sounds like fun!

    Post # 6
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    3223 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would not want to take a camera. You mentioned that you are obsessed with this type of camera, how do your bridal party feel about them? 

    Iwouldn’t care about the usedness of my gift if it was something i actually wanted. I just don’t want the camera. I would have no use for a film camera, as i already have a nice digital camera. It also send wasteful to give a gift that means they either have to keep buying film or waste the gift completely.

    Shop for them as though it was their birthdays.As to what you do with them if you don’t gift them to the party, im not sure. I wouldn’t buy them to begin with. No matter what the pictures aren’t that great that come out of them, and the lighting will make the pics even worse unless it is an exceptionally bright venue.

     

     

     

    Post # 7
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: Ebell Club of Long Beach

    I think it’s definitely different/original.  It’s a nice added touch.  Maybe add like a mini frame with a personal sentimental pic in it as a way to more personalize it?

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I doubt I’d be thrilled if I received one (or would ever use it), though my husband who loves all cameras would probably get a kick out of it. I wouldn’t be giving them as gifts and honestly, I wouldn’t be leaving them around on cocktail tables either. You’ll be lucky if 3/9 survive the night between all the factors that can eliminate them (stolen, lost, dropped, spilled on, general malfunction, drunk person breaking them, etc.). 

    Post # 11
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    Worker bee

    I think it sounds like a really cute idea. When I first read your title I thought you were going to give them old cameras of yours that you just don’t use anymore and thought that was strange, haha. But I think letting them take home the cameras that are being used to capture your big day is totally unique and adorable. I mean – people take home the floral arrangements, right? Why not other props.<br /><br />Also WOW, you guys are paying for a lot of their expenses! Good for you guys… I wish we could do that for our BM and GMs!! That said, anything you give them as a gift kind of goes above and beyond. My understanding is that giving a gift is to thank them for all the time and money they’ve already spent – and it looks like you guys are the ones spending the money! (Did that sound bratty? I didn’t mean for it to at all! I think it’s AWESOME that you guys are doing all that for your party, and want to includ a little something extra too!)

    Post # 12
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I understand from your original post that these are NOT instant cameras. I’m not a camera buff, so I personally wouldn’t be interested in a gift of a camera. Most people already have their own camera (or use their phone), and these days most prefer digital to film.

    The problem of what to do with them afterward is why most people use instant cameras. You could find a way to ask them if they’d like a camera — in which case it’s a great gift — or save them to give to other people, or donate them. You might find that a few go missing before the end of the night anyway — they’re small, so they could end up in someone’s bag by accident.

    If you’re paying for hotel, outfits, food, & entertainment, in my book you don’t need to give them much more than a thank-you card, or a little token gift. That’s very generous already.

    Post # 14
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    Worker bee

    craftylish:  I think that you’re being more than generous with what you’re already spending on them. They should definitely still get a thank you note (which I’m sure you’re already planning on) and if you want to give them a small token of your appreciation that’s your call. But again, I think the cameras are a really great, unique idea. <br /><br />Just another thought – someone mentioned that the cameras “might go missing” during the night as some of your other guests might just accidentally pocket them – and I agree, that could happen. So if you’re hoping to give them to your bridal party you’d need to make sure that no one else took them. Perhaps give them to the bridal party BEFORE the reception saying “these are your gifts, please help us capture the night by playing unofficial photographer and getting everyone involved.” Then the bridal party will know that the camera is theirs at the end of the night (and it won’t feel like giving them a “used” gift), and they can recruit the rest of the guests to take awesome photos. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

    RoseTyler:  “I understand from your original post that these are NOT instant cameras.”<br />They are instant cameras – you take a photo, and it is instantly printed out (like a polaroid).

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