(Closed) Disposal Cameras at Dinner Tables?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I don’t think it’s lame. If you think you’re going to get good shots, than I’d go for it. I just remember people getting pictures of stupid things and wasting the film, so I don’t know if I’d want to do it.

Post # 4
7 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

I love it. I think it’s a fun perspective… things you and/or your photographer might miss. We had custom disposable cameras, so they weren’t such an eye sore. The kids at our reception especially loved them and it was great to see the funny shots they got.

Post # 5
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i don’t think it’s lame and it doesn’t hurt. i think whether they get used or not depends on your guests.  some people have great results with them, and sometimes not. i was at a wedding where they had the disposable cameras and (1) not many people used them b/c they were using their digital cameras and (2) the picture quality from the disposables wasn’t that great.

Post # 6
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I considered it, but honestly…anyone who likes to take photos these days has a digital camera (or at least that’s what I find).  So we opted against it.  Instead I created a separate Kodak Gallery account for friends to upload their photos all in one place.  We can then order an archive CD with all of the photos on it.  It’s been great so far…there are some really fun shots.

All that said, if for some reason you think most of your guests would not have their own cameras, then do so.  I’m just saying that if I were at a wedding I’d be more likely to want to use my own camera than the disposable one from which I might never even be able to see a shot.

Post # 7
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was considering doing it until I saw an acquaintance do it at her wedding and the quality of pictures were REALLY BAD!!!!!!

So I think I am just going to provide an upload site for digital pictures from my guests!

Post # 8
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

no one used them at my brother’s wedding and when they developed the ones that were used, the pictures had been taken by kids of random things.  I don’t plan on having them and like Future Mrs. Martin will have an upload site for my guests to post pictures.

Post # 9
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Rather than do that we set up a Flickr site and handed out cards asking our guests to upload their digital photos.

Post # 10
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Victorian Gardens of Two Sisters

I saw a really cute idea in the last edition of Martha Stewart weddings where they put a disposable camera at each place setting of the children’s table along with a scavenger hunt card, encouraging the children to take pictures of “a couple’s loving kiss” “boogying on the dance floor” etc.  It was so cute.

I agree with Fizicsgirl, though.  Anyone who’s going to take pictures will take them digitally, imo.  Have you considered setting up a flickr account for guests’ pictures?  You can make little cards with the login and password along with instructions on how to upload them. 

Edit: Here’s a link to the Martha idea: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/templates-and-clip-art?contentid=de139da73ad81210VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD#slide_17

Post # 11
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

are you having kids? If they get ahold of it…you will have some interesting shots..


One of my friends did this..and well, she got some pictures of a random dog that was wondering around and its butt; a piece of cake in the tiolet; and some kids doing some very random stuff….it was hilarious but not exactly what she was looking forward too. If you have a photographer and want others, I say go for it. But, if it’s your only option..make sure the adults keep them and not let the kids run wild with them “accidently.”

And, when processing: be careful with whom you go too…or take them in batches just in case someone screw up.

I think a photo booth would be a better (yeah..more expensive) option but more controlled and less random cake photos..

Post # 13
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t think it’s lame at all, but we opted against it for two reasons:

1. As everyone else has mentioned, probably 90% of our guests will have disposable cameras and we’ll get better pictures from those if we can get people to share the pics on KodakGallery, Snapfish, etc. after the wedding.

2. Not to be gross, but, my fiance has a number of friends from college who are notorious for taking rather inappropriate photos with disposable cameras whenever they’re present on wedding tables. As in, CVS probably wouldn’t even develop them kind of photos. I’d be afraid to see what we ended up with!

Post # 14
11891 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

I don’t think it’s necessary anymore since so many people now have digi cameras.  Instead, you can have cards printed up asking people to upload their digital photos either to Facebook or to an account like Flikr.

Post # 15
4485 posts
Honey bee

In this day and age, most people have their own digital camera that they take with them. Even before the invention of the digital camera, people took their own cameras to weddings and then gave the couple copies of the pics taken after they were developed. Add to that, I have yet to see a single picture come from a disposable camera that wasn’t bad/mediocre quality at best, even from the top of the line film companies. Just ask people you know who have digital cameras to share their pictures with you and most will be more than happy to do so. They might do it even if you don’t ask. The other advantage of digitals is that you can filter through them and see which ones you want to print/develop. You can’t do that with disposables.

Post # 16
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you inviting kids to your wedding? If so, don’t get disposable cameras bc they’ll get their hands on them and then all the shots will be used up in like 10 min. and of nothing in particular. My cousin did that and said that out of like 8 cameras she could use like two shots. It is expensive to develop too if you don’t get good shots!

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