(Closed) Tacky or Fun!!?

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it would be fun! Just beware… you never know what pictures a drunk guest might take lol. You can get nice-looking ones and not yellow ones… like the picture below. I don’t think it’s tacky 🙂

Post # 4
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Not tacky at all. But not sure how worth the little extra money for or how successful it would be.


Post # 5
8997 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The only problem is, their flash is really harsh. If you have a professional taking pictures, the flash can screw up the photographer’s pictures.

Post # 6
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Not tacky, I just wouldn’t do it for other reasons.

a) I don’t want to pay for hundreds of blurry or dark prints of the tablecloth, someone’s lap, or fingers across the lens (especially if you have kids attending). I also don’t want to pay to develop 20 film rolls if each of them will only have 3-4 images. 

b) yes, everyone and their grandma has cell phones equipped with a much better camera, and if they’re in the mood to take pictures, I guarantee they will reach for the phone instead of the disposable camera that they will never see again. 

c) if you do get good prints, they’re just that – small, low resolution, disposable camera prints. You can hardly do anything with that. 

I would sooner splurge on super cheap digital cameras if you’re really set on the idea, but everyone’s own cell phone should be able to accomplish the same thing. Maybe you could set up a photo sharing website for your wedding guests and have them upload images from their phones. 

Post # 7
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think it’s a cute idea but honestly as a guest, I would just use my phone. It takes good enough pictures, I don’t have to wait for them to be developed (do they even still do this?!), and the pictures would be mine.

Post # 8
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love that idea!  I’ve been to weddings with those and it’s quite fun.  You get some really funny and candid shots.  You will also get the stupid or accidental photos, but who cares.  If people use their cell phones, how many of them will actually send you their photos?  This way, you keep the cameras and keep the pics off them you want.  I’m not doing them for budget reasons but I say for for it you want them.

Post # 9
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

If you think your guests are more likely to use their smart phones than disposable cameras, how about signing up for a wedding app that allows them to take pics on their phone but also puts them on a shared website for you to download?  Here are some links to other threads where this was discussed:



The first link includes my post about my experience with Wedding Snap, which was relatively cheap and fun.  Good luck!

Post # 10
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think it’s tacky, however, I don’t think I’d do it.  Everyone has digital cameras nowadays and you’ll get plenty of guest pics that way.  It’s expensive to process the disposable cameras, usually it’s children or inebriated guests that get a hold of them and you end up with a lot of weird photos and often not completely shot.

Post # 11
741 posts
Busy bee

@SummerLove24:  To be completely honest, I sort of agree with your FI. I mean, the quality of a cellphone picture is actually better than a disposable camera, and I would probably not use it. If money is no object, and you think it’s cute go for it but I’d budget elsewhere otherwise.

Post # 12
3381 posts
Sugar bee

I love this idea!  It’s been done at a few weddings I’ve been to and everyone’s really enjoyed themselves!  Not sure when the kids go round winding and snapping away though, think they’re too young to know about double exposure haha!


Post # 13
878 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

its not something i would spend out on personally – i dont think its tacky but my best friend did this for her wedding and she says she would not reccomend it. she ended up spending a bomb to get them developed and majority of the pics were under exposed, blurry, wonky, eyes closed etc. most people will have digital cameras or camera phones so there will be plenty of pics from those – all of which will be better quality than those from a disposable camera. 🙂

Post # 14
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Back before cell phones took such great pictures I’d have said go for it…but these days…naw it’s not worth the trouble and expense. 


I say ask everyone with a cell phone to upload their photo somehwere you have access to it

Post # 15
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I wouldn’t call it tacky. I think my biggest criticism is that it feels dated. I remember this being a thing in the late 90s, early 00s, before everyone’s cell phone had a good camera and long before we were all sharing everything via social media. It’s also, given the price to purchase and subsequently process actual film, an expensive option. I was at a wedding a month or so ago that had these… guests didn’t really use them, and the younger kids didn’t even know how to work the mechanism and looked at them as if they were black magic. Not ideal.

My vote is that you ask guests to take photos with their own cameras and to share them with you via email/a dedicated website/social media. I’m not a twitter or instagram user, but you could ask guests to use a special, designated hashtag so you can find them. It’s just a thought. 

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