(Closed) Tacky? old school disposable cameras at tables

posted 9 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are disposable camera at the tables tacky??

    Hells to the yes

    Nah.. I've seen worse

  • Post # 32
    3089 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    As a guest I would love it and have fun taking some pics as though I were a professional photog ;). As a bride I can’t justify the time, energy, and money vs. other options like just having guests tag us on facebbok or using an app.  


    Post # 33
    15 posts
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I had disposable cameras at my 9/1/12 wedding and they were a hit! I also took the time to do I Spy which in retrospect was a waste (spending the time/energy) as NOBODY did it lol maybe a couple pictures out of the hundreds? It was neat to see everyone having fun and taking the cameras around. One friend is crazy – he took the camera to each table and took a picture of himself with everyone at the table! lol and some people took pics of decorations, people dancing, it was just neat. I had them developed at Costco for $4 a roll and they turned out great (make sure someone turns the flash on). I purchased the cameras for $3.50 each at ecamerafilms.com.  Hope this helps! All in all I don’t regret it!  I wanted a photobooth – cheapest I could find was $700 so disposable cameras are definitely cheaper.  You could always get some props and have them in an area in your reception so people could use!

    Post # 34
    30 posts
    • Wedding: October 2013

    If you take your film to Walmart, they will likely only make you pay for the photos you actually want to keep. I’ve considered a similar idea, but since the disposables don’t have an adjustable focus, I may actually hit up some thrift stores and look for some older battery operated point and shoot cameras with auto focus. I think there is a certain quality with film that digital pics just don’t have… And I actually think it will be less expensive going my thrift store rothan rather than the disposables, I’ve seen some of these cameras for a dollar or two. 

    Post # 35
    6013 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We had a bunch of teenagers and kids, and I so wish we had done the disposable camera’s with a checklist of pics they should try to get.  It would have been fun to see from a guests perspective.

    Post # 36
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Could you put blank CDs on the tables for people to take home then post back to you with their digital images on? Could get cute pink cases, or whatever colour, to make them more decorative.

    Post # 37
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I don’t think they’re tacky, but I’ve heard a LOT how they are a waste of money. You have to pay to have them all developed, and then most of the pictures are terrible.

    Post # 38
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    It’s kind of tacky, I’d say. But moreso just a waste of space and money. Disposable camera pictures suck, and it costs even more to get them developed. Plus people generally just take crappy photos. Just make sure your photographer hits the tables. Besides, smartphones take much better photos. Make sure everyone has your email so they can just email you the shots from their phone.

    Maybe you can “request” them to take photos with their smart phones with a note on the table, or on the and list your email on the program so they can send them directly, etc. 

    Post # 39
    1084 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I wouldn’t.

    They take horrible photos anyway!

    Post # 40
    1156 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t think its tacky,just expensive.I paid 15 bucks to have my sons disposable camera from camp processed.If he had not have been with me when I went to pick up the pics,I would have left them at the store,forever!lol

    Post # 41
    10449 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Not tacky, but these days everyone has a 5MP+ camera on their phone so they would take much better quality pictures than disposable cameras. 

    Post # 42
    1396 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I like b&w disposable cameras (I think everything looks better in b&w, anyway) or polaroids… but that could get pricey.

    Post # 43
    155 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    HUGE waste of money!  I planned my friends wedding and she wanted to do this so of course I did it for her…  very expensive developing and most of the pictures were too dark, blurry, or of the floor , wall or so on!!


    We are doing a photobooth.  However, I have 2 flower girls and 2 ring bearers and for those 4 I am giving a disposable camera with an I SPY checklist for them.  Something fun to keep them busy during the reception… but they are all family too

    Post # 44
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

    I agree with what everyone else said.  I am actually also planning on doing the I Spy activity but asking people to download an app to their phone.  Another idea (which we might do for our guest book) is a polaroid camera.   We were onsidering a photobooth, but we found our dream venue (a gorgeous ballroom) where a photobooth would just look out of place.

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