(Closed) disposable cameras for the tables????

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We did it! Darling Husband was really insistent that we put disposable cameras on the tables (I didn’t really care) so we went for it. I got them in bulk at a party store. We actually got some really really good pictures from them. Our reception was inside and at the beginning people weren’t remembering to use the flash but luckily one of DH’s aunts went around and turned it on on all of the cameras.

Every single camera was used all the way and, like I said before, they captured some great moments 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Loribeth: I think you really need to know your guests – my aunt and uncle get rowdy sometimes and told us once that they attended a wedding where they had the cameras and the cameras were used for very innappropriate pics…..

Yuck.

Also, I know where I live it’s impossible to find a developer for disposible cameras, make sure you price that out as well!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I honestly don’t understand why people still do this when everyone and their brother brings their digital camera to the wedding. Pay WAY less money and either:

Have a download station at the wedding for people to upload their photos to a laptop,

OR

Set up a Flickr or other account that people can upload to and leave cards about it at the tables or include them in thank you notes.

A lot of places don’t even have places to develop film anymore – you have to send it in. So paying for the cameras, paying for all that shipping, and then for expensive developing for pictures that probably won’t turn out well (especially if things are at night/low light) doesn’t really make a lot of sense when you can do the same thing for free digitally.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@med700: Oh, my gosh, I kind of love this. If there are inappropriate pictures and YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE, you have blackmail material FOR LIFE.

“Oh, you don’t want to come to Mom’s birthday dinner? What a shame. I guess I’ll just have to show everyone the pictures from the disposable cameras at my weddings. Maybe scan them in, post them on Facebook, tag you. That kind of thing.”

(I am not endorsing blackmail, but I was raised on an intricate system of blackmail and bribery, both emotional and monetary, so it just comes naturally.)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would not do the disposable cameras…they just don’t produce that many good shots.  However, if you get a stack of disk mailers, stamp them and address them, and fill them with blank DVD’s in cases, you can let your guests know the best way to share their wedding day photos with you. 

Lots of people are reluctant to hand over a memory card as there may be a lot more than just your wedding day on there.  However, making it easy to share the photos with you via mail is a good alternative.  Some will do it, some won’t, but it makes it easier if they want to.  🙂

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with what a PP said about really knowing your guests. We opted not to do them and save some money. FI’s family is a bit immature and my family has a history of taking boob shots and whatnot when they get drunk. I really don’t want any unexpect surprises after developing them.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kristophine Haha I love your spin on the innapropriate photos. Maybe I will have to rethink my stance on the cameras. lol

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Please don’t do them they are so outdated and as PP said you can get bad shots. That and it is going to cost you an arm and leg to purchase and even find a place that will develop them.  In this digital age, have a web site set up so can people upload their pictures to share

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Loribeth: Ah…well it seemed you were looking for opinions on having disposable cameras. 

We had them at my first wedding, and 90% of the photos were unusable.  Dark, blurry and just plain bad.  I am sure they have improved in the past 11 years though. 

Post # 13
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7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I had a handful for the kids and I still haven’t developed them… 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Has anyone used disposable cameras for the tables so quests can take pictures?

I did and I loved the fact that I got some great pictures that my photographer (and friends!) didn’t!  

How did it work for you?

It worked really well.  A couple of the cameras had some parts that didn’t turn out, but as you stated, we had them put on CD, so all we had to pay for was what DID come out.  As I said, we got some great pictures that our photographer didn’t get.  If you would like to see my pics, I posted a thread on them here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/recap-part-11-disposable-camera-pictures

Can anyone recommend a site where I can get some that will take decent pictures?

I got mine at Target and Walmart.  I’m not sure if they are the best quality, but they worked for us!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I had them at mine and was warned by my guests that they had all been nabbed up by the children in attendance, and that they were just snapping anything. LOL To be honest I haven’t even had them developed yet! Just because I am sure most are not of anything you could make out…. So just make sure the kids don’t go threw them all in 5 mins. 😉

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are ordering the kodak ones from Walmart. It has a high speed film in it which usually equals better pictures. There are always great candids on them that no one else thought to get. And walmart develops the film so as long as you have one of those nearby…

 

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