(Closed) Disposable Cameras at Reception

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Good Idea?
    Yes : (11 votes)
    17 %
    No : (53 votes)
    83 %
  • Post # 3
    2958 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    I have done this at both my weddings.

    Wedding #1 – Got a bunch of crap pictures with very few good ones. 

    Wedding #2 – Darling Husband insisted on these cameras. Barely anyone used them.

    Post # 4
    9549 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It’s actually quite expensive to develop film since it’s used so rarely these days. I’d set up an account at Walgreens or CVS and give everyone the info so that they can download their digitial pictures.

    Post # 5
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    A friend in college told me about her brother’s wedding… he and his unruly friends got a hold of the cameras, and when his wife developed the film she was HORRIFIED.  There were a LOT of penis photos, people mooning the camera, and if memory serves there was a picture of a giant pile of poop.  

    So, I guess it depends on your crowd but with 4 brothers myself and a Darling Husband who plays rugby, there was NO way I was doing disposable cameras!

    Post # 7
    1603 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @DaneLady:  I cannot stop laughing. That would be horrifying.. and hilarious! The giant pile of poop though..oh god!

    Post # 8
    8604 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had a friend do this years ago and she spent a ton of money developing the photos and very few were even usable. There were a lot of drunk idiot photos…down the pants, the top of someone’s head, fingers over the lens, etc. Not worth it IMO.

    Post # 10
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    It’s a great idea but in actuality you rarely get enough good pictures to make it worth it.  I ended up with tons of blurry photos of hands.  Apparently one table decided to take pictures of their ring fingers but they held the cameras too close and couldn’t tell since there aren’t preview shots with film.  Another one was obviously grabbed by a small child because every photo prominently featured butt-angle photos.  It was such a waste of money.

    Instead why don’t you set up a photo sharing site and encourage guests to share their photos on the site using their smart phone or uploading their digital camera shots.  I think you get much better results.

    Post # 11
    46600 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    You said it was a long time ago that you saw this at a wedding. I think things have changes since then. Most everyone uses a digital camera. You can place little table signs asking your guests to upload their wedding pics to a common site so you get to see them all.

    Here’s a sample.

    A cure camera display for your photo share cards. Create your own or print  cards from the ourphotoopp.com template that is provided when you use our photo-sharing app


    Post # 12
    9675 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    No!!  Usually these pictures just turn out TERRIBLE quality-wise.  People don’t use the flash and the quality is just awful.  Last time I saw this done was actually at a rehearsal dinner and though some maybe were nice pictures, the quality was very very bad.

    I saw someone on FB upload 5 (5!!!) albums full of “disposable camera pictures” from their wedding and all of them were really dark and awful.

    The photo sharing site is a much better and more modern idea.

    Post # 13
    9181 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @DaneLady:  lol, I was just thinking that if we had done this, there would be a LOT of pictures of our friends’ dicks and boobs.  Classy 30-somethings 🙂

    OP, I wouldn’t.  Disposable cameras always take terrible pictures.  Instead, set up a photo sharing website (flickr, smugmug, etc) and give out the info asking your friends to upload their pictures there.  We did that and got a decent amount of nice pictures…

    Post # 14
    5162 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @CarterLove:  Have you thought about asking people to download an app that will share all the pictures?

    Post # 15
    2120 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013


    my sister did it and i think it worked out..

    but my Mother-In-Law got some for ours last min, i had a photographer. thank god! she had wanted me to base my whole photos on those. and im glad we didnt cuz

    all the pictures from all the disposable were super dark, maybe 6 were good from like 6 cameras.

    plus people have their iphones now. try that thing where its an app for your wedding pics. so everyone who takes it with their smart phones posts them on there for you to go threw. i cant remember the name and i dont know anyone whos used it but ive heard a lot about it on wedding sites.

    Post # 16
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    total waste of money.

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