(Closed) Used cameras as bridal party gifts?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Are the used cameras an ok gift?

    Yes! I'd love one of those things!

    No! don't give your besties used cameras! rude!

    Its ok to give them the cameras as long as that's not the only gift they get!

  • Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I love instant cameras, but I think it would be nice if you gave them their own in a box with a package of film. I think it’d be a little weird to give them a camera that was used. It sort of feels like an afterthought.

    One thought about having the cameras on various tables, who is going to be in charge of repleninshing the film? They only take about 10 photos. Are you going to have film packages on the tables as well?

    Post # 17
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    Busy bee

    I used disposable cameras at my wedding so anyone who wanted to could take whatever pics they wanted, with the understanding that we would be gathering up the cameras at the end of the night. Essentially, our guests were our photographers (we did not have a professional photographer). The results are pretty awesome.

    I don’t know how that woud work in your case though. Can you be sure some of the cameras won’t disappear? If some do, how will you distribute what’s left? it’s kind fo strange to leave  your bridal party’s thank-you gifts out and hope that they get returned to their rightful owner (the bridal party). I could see this being a little extra gift but relying on them as the only gift is a bit too iffy for my taste.

    ETA: just looked these up. At $60 – $100 bucks a pop – not including film – that’s pretty pricey. It would be hard for me to justifiy doing that but not getting my bridal party a thank you gift. Why not give the bridal party theirs before the reception so they can use them during?

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

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    craftylish:  I think that’s super rude. 

    On adverage (at least where I live) a Bridesmaid or Best Man puts spends about $1000 to be in a wedding from foing to the shower, the Bach and than of course the actual wedding. To give them a USED camera, that’s a slap in the face. ‘Hey, heres something recycled!’ Not to mention, it’s great you and your fi are into photography, but are you BMs? 

     

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Here in the UK, it’s common to use disposable cameras as favours on the tables. In fact, it’s a really popular idea that people love 🙂

    Personally, I’d like that. I think it’s quirky and different. We’re actually planning on using our centrepieces (faux flowers in birdcages) as gifts for our parents after the wedding. They’re all happy about it. I think you know your friends better than anyone. If you believe they’ll like it, then they will. 

    Post # 20
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I wouldn’t present them as a “gift” per se, but if you collected them all up and just asked them if they wanted it, or told them they could have it if they wanted, I think it may be better.

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee

    I think this is an awesome idea! I was a bit thrown off my the title of this post so I can see why people might be voting against it… They hardly count as ‘used’ in my opinion.. Such a cute and unique idea!

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    craftylish:  what about presenting it to them as a way to document your wedding from their eyes at their leisure? Although, you also don’t want to make them feel like you’re putting them to work….but I don’t think it’d come off that way. 

    Post # 25
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    Newbee

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    craftylish:  I think the instant cameras are an awesome idea. very fun! although if you’re paying for their outfits (suits and dresses?) PLUS hotel accomodations i would think that would be their gift. a VERY generous gift at that!

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