(Closed) Is it still ok to use Disposable Cameras at a wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

HTML doens’t work on this board like it does on most others – if you copy and paste from anywhere other then a word doc, for the most part – it won’t show up correctly.

It’s hard to read your e-mail but I’l going to try to answer your main question.

I don’t think that it’s "wrong" to use them but I do think that they are a huge waste of money! It’s what $15 to print 35 mm film and maybe 5 pics on a desposable turn out? I’d skip them!

Looking into your e-mail, from what I gather that e-mail is from a company that is also a huge wastes of money. For free you can send out an e-mail to friends and family asking them to bring their digis with (and most will with out even being asked) you could then start a community album on a web site and have it all for free. (I don’t know those sharing photo web sites but I know the other girls on here do!)

So this place wants you to have all your guest e-mail your pics in, and then unless you upgrade, you can’t print any of them?? No way. RIP OFF!

Plus their quality in prints could suck, so I say no way. DO it yourself, it sounds like it would take as long to do it yourself as it would to sign up for this rip off of a company.

 

 

 

Post # 6
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416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

Well… you can choose to do disposable cameras but at the same time, I think now a days almost everyone has digital cameras. Your guests can upload their pictures to a site you’ve created (photobucket, flickr, myphotoalbum)

Disposable cameras cost more and you have to develop them to see what pics were taken. And if you have children at the wedding, I am pretty sure you will have un-important candid shots.

At first I was thinking of having disposable cams…. but after thinking about it and trying to be eco-friendly… I wont. In hopes my guests will think of  bringing their digi cam.

I dont even know if I;ve helped you out.

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I checked out the site. It takes forever to upload photos (I have DSL and it took 10 minutes to upload 6 photos), and your album is public unless you pay $50 for a membership.

I am using snapfish. The album is free, and password protected. The upload speed is fast. Your guests can order prints for 9 cents each. You can get a photo CD with 50 high-res images for $9.49 and $10 for each additional 150 images. You can also download high res files. $.25 for the first, and $.05 for each additional for up to 50 photos.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I am doing a Polaroid album.  Guests take their own picture and sign in the book.  I did once consider the disposable idea, but didn’t think my guests would use them to their best ability.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I signed up but I tried to look at several sample albums and the site is painfully slow.  I don’t know about this one.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I think that guests have fun with the disposable cameras (I certainly have) but agree that you probably get a significant number of bad photos.  Although I have to say that many of my friends with average digital cameras manage to take some pretty blurry, underexposed or overexposed pictures too.  That’s why my photographer is staying through the reception! 

I do love snapfish – my sister has an account for her baby pictures, and we have lots of fun with it.  Your advertising email pointedly ignores the existance of snapfish and other websites like it, which allow you to upload photos from any source (e.g., digitized from film) and then allow anyone to whom you provide access to order prints directly from the website.

The advertiser, while harping on the idea that disposable cameras are tacky, is ignoring the main thing that is potentially tacky about them – IMO – which is asking your guests to serve as your photographers.  If people want to bring digital cameras, that’s great.  Specifically asking them to bring digital cameras, take pictures, and upload them for you is borderline inappropriate.  I want my guests to enjoy the event – not spend it snapping pictures on their cell phones.

If you want a more high-tech option than digital cameras, I would go with a photobooth that provides prints to the guests at the reception, which gets you some fun pictures while being a lot of fun for the guests.  In other words, something that still seems like a favor for the guests, rather than pressing them into service for you.

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I’m planning on doing both disposable cameras and asking our guests to upload photos to a photo sharing site (probably with a note in the program and a link on our website). 

Why both?  If I were to just ask people to upload photos, I might not get any candid photos.  Guests forget, are lazy, are not tech saavy and can’t figure out how to upload their photos (I have a lot of older relatives for whom this will be true), still own film cameras, etc.  I mean, I leave photos on my camera for months at a time and forget to e-mail them to my friends, so why should my guests be any different?  Any photos that get uploaded, with their higher digital quality, are a bonus.  But I’ll still have the shots from the table cameras, however blurry, as a candid record of my day.

I’m also planning on using http://www.itheesnap.com (featured on the blog before) so all that film gets into a digital format.  I’ve considered renting digital cameras for the tables as well, but people take blurry unflattering photos with digital cameras too, so I figure I might as well save the money.

I feel like the biggest regrets I hear about weddings have to do with documentation – I didn’t choose the right photographer, I didn’t get a videographer, etc.  Documentation is a high priority for me, so I feel the extra cost of the table cameras is worth it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

The site may say it’s use is free, but it also says that you nee to upgrade (which will cost money) if you want to order any photos. – Which I think is useless – why pay a 3rd party for your own photos?

Post # 14
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Helper bee

(Um, anyone else wonder if she’s advertising for them, or is it just me?)

Post # 15
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Newbee

it probably is an advertisement. but the question still makes sense. i think having the cameras on the table is a waste. i am trying to have an eco friendly wedding and knowing that those cameras will just be thrown out is disturbing. using this site or any of the other photo sharing sites seems like a better idea to me.

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