(Closed) Your experience – disposable cameras at reception? Yay or Nay?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

From what I’ve heard disposable cameras are a waste of money. You have to pay for them and then pay to get the photos developed. I’ve heard they don’t take very good photos – although that may just be that you can’t delete them like you can with a digital. My experience has been that just about EVERYONE will take their own digital camera to a wedding these days – so your bound to get lots of great photos from your guests anyway. My sister snapped some great shots at my best friends wedding and she was a guest – she just used my digital camera. I’d been through all of the photos my sister took of the wedding and had emailed them to my bestie while she was on her honeymoon – she loved being able to see some photos of the wedding while she was away!

Post # 4
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m wondering the same thing, I had thought about possibly doing something along the lines of a photo scavanger hunt, something to keep the younger crowd entertained and give me a chance to catch some pictures that I want but the pro may or may not catch and other guests may not think to get either.

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011


1) you have to buy the cameras and they’re not cheap.

2) then you have to pay to develop the cameras, which isn’t cheap and isn’t worth it because: 

3) they take really bad photos compared to a standard point-and-shoot camera that most people have in their purses

4) most people will use the cameras when they’re bored, not when it is important. which means almost all your photos will be of people goofing off at the start/cake cutting. you won’t get good pictures from later in the night

I recommend getting business cards printed that have a website like picasa you have set up so people can go online and upload their digital photos from your wedding there. Much better chance of getting good photos!

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee

I got a few cute ones form mine (a few pics out of 8 cameras). My guests loved them, I think many of them didn’t use the flash button though. Overall it wasn’t completely worth it but it’s a cute idea to use them with a scavenger hunt.

Post # 7
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My best friend paid for us to have disposable cameras at our wedding and I personally thought there were great pictures. We had one at each table and we have plenty of the wedding party and the food tables and same special moments. One of my favorite pictures is from the ones that the guests took. Yes, some aren’t wonderful, but I believe the majority look good.

Post # 8
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I suggest putting up a flickr or snapfish site where people can upload their photos to one big collection. Chances are that many guests will have digital cameras.

Post # 9
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

At my first wedding 6 years ago, we had them on all the tables (about 15 or so). We got great shots from the guests, even from the kids’ cameras. While some weren’t usuable, I’d say about 75% of the shots were good enough to use for albums and framing.

However, as I’m planning my second wedding now we’ve decided against it because digital cameras are so much more popular and affordable now that just about everyone has one.

Post # 10
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

When my cousin did this years ago (back when it was the big trend), half of the cameras were never found at the end of the night.  The little kids took hold of them immediately and god only knows what happened to them.  I never asked her what the quality of the pictures she did get was…

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