Post # 1
we are doing a small wedding and our budget dont stretch for a photographer. we are thinking of the idea of having disposable cameras on each table so the guest can used it and catch fun moments. Im not sure if is a good idea or what type of camera or where to get them
have any of you done this?? or are planning to do this?? any thoughts…
Post # 3
We thought about this, but like you we’ve got a tight budget, so we are going to encourage guest to bring their own camera and load the pictures they take to a site we’ll have on flickr (or whatever you prefer). We decided to go with a photographer though.
I think it’s a great idea! but are you sure it won’t end up being more than a photographer?
Post # 4
@bobbypinpearls we only have 50 guest so i will buy only 5 to 8 cameras. the photographer i like is a friend but he is asking 600 just to shoot the pictures… i really like him but i dont have the money
Post # 5
Have you thought about seeing if he will reduce his price to shoot the ceremony only?
The disposables are ok, you just generally don’t get great quality with them. People tend to take more goofy/party pics, rather than all the special details you want. If you do go that route, I would also go over to vistaprint and have some free business cards printed up. Open a flickr (or something) account just for the wedding and put the username and password on the business cards and a note asking people to upload their digital pictures for you. That will give you a little more freedom to manipulate the photos, get prints in different sizes, etc.
Post # 6
also make sure that you enlist certain people to get the shots you want, otherwise you will have pictures of people at their tables, but not the cake cutting, bride and groom, wedding party, flowers etc/
Post # 7
So this sounds like a really cute idea in theory and we really wanted to do it. But, then a friend did this and the photo quality was horrible. The photos were dark and blurry, too far away to see anything, and/or photos of random people. I think if your guests bring their own digital cameras they’ll probably get better photos 🙂
Post # 8
we were going to do this but i talked my fiance into getting a photographer
Post # 9
We have friends that bought disposable cameras for all of the tables at their wedding. Half of the cameras didn’t work at all. The pictures that were taken were horrible – bad quality, not enough light, not in focus, and in general not pictures of the things that were important to her. If you decide to go this route, do lots of research into the cameras you are buying.
Post # 10
I do have a photographer but I was also considering putting some disposable cameras on each table so that our guests would be more engaged and have fun (and we can also see diff snap shots of our wedding). But after reading lots of reviews on the disposable cameras at weddings and how most pictures turn out to be really dark, blurry, and basically useless, I decided against having them… If you’re having an outdoor wedding with lots of natural light, I think it’ll work. But if it’s an indoor wedding with dimmed lights during reception, it can be tricky.
I agree with bobbypinpearls — guests usually bring their digital cameras to weddings so you can ask them to upload all their pictures to a flicker account. I know that free account has limits on how many pictures you can upload… But I think the one where you have unlimited storage space is only like $30/year. Also, there are lots of people who aren’t professional photographers but takes really good pictures b/c it’s their hobby and they just carry their cameras with them all the time. I have a few friends like that. So if you have someone like this from the group of people you’re inviting, telling him/her about the situation in advance and how you’d really appreciate it if they can take as many pictures (but also enjoying the event at the same time) and upload it onto your flicker account, I think they’d be happy to do it 🙂