(Closed) Disposal Cameras at Dinner Tables?

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
1479 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My brother did this at his wedding and ended up with a million terrible shots of:

The first dance

The cake cutting

The best man’s toast

The MOH’s toast

All things that your photographer will be taking pictures of.  I suggest that if you do this, you put a card with the cameras suggesting that guests use the cameras to take photos of themselves since you already have a photographer dedicated to snapping every moment of you.  OR I would do the cards with the flickr site, since most of your guests will know how to use the internet or has someone who can assist them.  Of course, my own mother has issues checking her own email, so… 🙂 

If you want some good candid shots of your guests, do you have a friend or family member who has a nicer camera who wouldn’t mind walking around for a little while taking shots of your guests at the party? 

Post # 33
888 posts
Busy bee

I think this will be way too expensive to be worth it.

Post # 34
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m still going to do it, but just one camera at each table, and I plan to use the cheaper single print developing and re-print the good shots later on.  I figure we will also have a flickr account too- scan the disposables for the guests and so guests can load their own photos.  I know it won’t end up perfectly, but the more photos the better, you never know where that favorite photo will come from!  

Post # 35
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We did the Martha Stewart I Spy thing at our wedding last week and it was a HUGE hit.  It turned into a fun “competition” between the guests to see who could get the most creative shot.  I didn’t put cameras on every table, only about half.

We had a few of the odd random shots but for the most part, they were good pictures.

Post # 36
366 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Doxie, we’re actually planning on doing that!  I think disposable cameras are fun and it’s a great way to “be” at each table when you’re bouncing all over the place…plus candids are so fun!  They’d make a great album all to themselves, and you might even be impressed by some of your guests’ picture-taking skills!

Post # 37
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree that most people will have their own digital cameras that will produce better quality photos to share.  I read somewhere (most likely on weddingbee somewhere!) of a couple who provided padded, self-addressed mailers with postage and placed blank CD’s inside for the guests to take on their way out of the reception.  They could then burn all of their photos to the CD and mail it back to the couple.  This could be a bit costly too though, but I thought it was a great idea!  Also, if you are having children at the reception and decide to go with the disposable camers, maybe get some special cameras just for the kids (maybe less expensive ones and cover them with cartoon stickers or something).  This way you don’t have to be too concerned with them taking the grown-up cameras!  Plus, they’ll never know when the film runs out…they’ll just keep clicking away, having a blast with it!

Post # 38
530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

i actually got the cameras FOR the kids. i printed up a “i spy” game card from martha stewart — “find a man in a spotted necktie”, or “find a couple dancing” — and plan to use these as favors on the kids’ table, each with their own camera. (because the martha thing was a download, my cards look EXACTLY like the card in this Martha photo. i even got white cameras and red pencils. too cute, i think.)


Post # 39
2066 posts
Buzzing bee

Not a fan of the disposable cameras.  The last time I saw these at a wedding BOTH cameras at our table didn’t work.  And the shots they got were horrible.  

Post # 40
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t think it is lame at all and I was actually thinking about getting the cameras and putting them in our welcome baskets so guests could take pictures during their stay in the OBX as well as the wedding. However, after reading your posts about digital cameras and the poor picture quality I’m now unsure if I still want to do them. I think I forgot most people will have their own camera and that I could just get everyone to upload them.

Maybe I will just do the “I spy”. The nephews would love that!

Post # 41
1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree that disposable cameras would be a waste of money. I’ve not seen good results. With everyone carrying their digital cameras around and having phones with cameras, I wouldn’t bother. Maybe take the money and use it to buy a Flip camera or one of the new iPod Nanos with Video so you can get some candid video footage. ???

Post # 42
62 posts
Worker bee

My sister did this at her reception. They didn’t hire a photographer so everyone was one. There were some umm… interesting pictures but there were also really good ones. Our crazy grandmother stole one and told my mom she thought they were favors LOL.

Post # 43
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We had them on the tables because my husband’s grandmother had bought them as a gift for us. Otherwies I wouldn’t have used them, for the same reasons as those posted above. We spent a lot of money to have the pictures developed, and didn’t get very many good shots.

We also had a photobucket account set up though and many of our guests posted pictures to that. I think the idea of passing out a card at the reception with information about where to post pictures is a great idea. We sent out an email after the wedding with that information, and there are still people who haven’t uploaded their pics, despite telling us they have awesome shots that we should have.

Post # 44
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ok its your day and have whatever you want….if you want to have disposable cameras have them. I’m having them because like you said…it will be really cool to see the shots the guests take and you can find them for a really good price on ebay.com with all kinds of cute designs on them. Ultimately its your decision what YOU have at YOUR wedding.

Don’t worry what people think….do what you want! Laughing

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