Post # 1
Just wanted your thoughts on this instorming idea please:
We’re planning to have a family friend take digital pics @ the entrance & maybe 1 other candid shot & have him run to the local Walmart, Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid to get them instantly printed in 1 hr & then posted on a board @ the reception ala cruise style.
Any pitfalls or negatives?
Post # 3
I think your idea has merit, but the downside would be that your family friend would miss a lot of the reception.
Post # 4
If you aren’t having a ton of guests, you could also but a cheap photo printer (around Christmas these go on sale and can be very inexpensive) and then just print from the camera. That may not be doable ink wise if you have a lot of guests, but it’s another idea.
Post # 5
Ditto @noritake22: It’s not fair to your guest to have the stress of that and miss a good chunk of your wedding (and probably DINNER!) Not to mention, that even if you only have 60 guests, it’s going to take FOREVER for guests to come in…
Post # 6
Thanks for the comments.
I think what I term ‘family friend’ is just a place holder for now.
I would never subject a true F&F to work @ my wedding. LOL!
As for the portable on site printing, logistically, that takes too long & costs too much for a party of 150+. Esp. when these photos take @ least 1 min to come out & the upfront investment for a printer maybe cost prohibitive.
I found a discussion online recently between professional photogs who actually have requests for the instant photos (apparently Asian weddings in SoCal are big on this idea though no reasons why or disrespect intended in that discussion) & the photogs were actually charging $1-$3 for each instant photo that they had ‘distributed’ to guests.
They contracted to a local professional lab to stay open late on a Weekend night to do the processing but some went to the local Walmart!
So I think it is definitely doable…but then I am here with some internalized doubts! LOL!
Still would like to hear more comments!
Post # 7
I think it’s doable. Find a college kid who will work an hour or two for $50 bucks. Then they can bail. I think it’s a great idea.
I was thinking of doing something like that but buying a compact photo printer. It only cost $99 and you get your pics right away.
But again, Walmart is easy and probably more affordable.
Post # 8
Are you really set on digital pictures? You could get a fuji instax camera and film and just take instant pics, which wouldn’t require developing at all. B&H sells the camera and film at pretty reasonable prices, so it wouldn’t be super expensive, maybe $200. Not sure what your budget is though. Good luck!
Post # 9
The problems I see with the portable printer is:
- It can break down
- It costly esp. if you need a backup
- Paper & Ink
Still on the table is the details don’t work out elsewhere!
Post # 10
if you have wifi or other option, you can email them and still get them in one hour. then someone just has to go get them and miss just a few minutes.
Post # 11
Initially, I had wanted a Fuji/Polaroid instant solution.
The problem with the new instant Fuji & Polaroid cameras are that the print is about the 2″x3″ or less than credit card.
I haven’t seen them in real life but 2×3 is very small.
thanks for comments…great input.
Post # 12
Yep. thought about that. Great minds think alike!