Sarah
Dedicated July 2011

Wedding Table Cameras??

Sarah , on August 25, 2010 at 2:54 PM Posted in Planning 0 32
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Are any of you using throw away cameras at your wedding tables? I think there are many pros and cons to this. I do think it would be neat to see the wedding "through the eyes of our guests". I have seen some that are very reasonable and cute, and they go on sale often. The other side of the debate is what will we actually do with the pictures...its not as easy as having digital pictures...they would have to be developed, scanned, etc. I wonder if this would be fun for the guests, though? Just curious if any of you are doing or have done this or your opinions. Thanks!

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Latest activity by Sarah , on August 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM
  • Justine
    Master August 2011
    Justine ·
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    If you do want to do that, there are places that develop photos that will process the negatives and instead of or in addition to making prints, they will put them on CD for you. I don't know if there's a Ritz/Wolf Camera near you, but they do that. (It used to be part of my job when I worked there).

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  • Meghan
    Master August 2011
    Meghan ·
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    It's VERY expensive. The cost of the cameras and developing... sucks!

    Nowadays, everyone, their mother and their dog has a digital camera. If you want pics through the eyes of guests, set up an online album with a password that your guests can upload their photos too.

    Some of the brides here have done and can give you the best sites.

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  • Sarah
    Dedicated July 2011
    Sarah ·
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    Good call..I didnt even consider the costs of developing upwards of 20 cameras! I love the album idea for guests to upload photos too....

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  • Lauren
    VIP October 2011
    Lauren ·
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    I saw on one ladies website - can't remember who - they created a photobucket.com account and had the login info on their wedding website so guests could digitally upload their photos.

    I'm considering doing the same. Jump on the bandwagon Smiley smile lol

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  • Dory
    Super September 2010
    Dory ·
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    I'm doing a few disposable cameras. But instead of developing all of them, we'll have the pictures put on CD's, reveiw them and then decide if we want to print any of them. I really don't think it will be that expensive. Yes, of course there will be plenty of people with digital cameras, but I have 10 disposable cameras for folks to use.

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  • Rachel  Bolen
    Rachel Bolen ·
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    Disposable cameras are really fun! Just watch out for kids getting them! I've seen that happen before! The CDs are a really great idea! You can have them done anywhere -- and if you're using a photographer and you have digital copies you might be able to use your photographer's lab to have some of your fav prints developed! I've done that before -- and just charged whatever it would cost. This way you'll get some cute "candid" shots on a great quality paper for a good price!

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  • Justine
    Master August 2011
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    @Dory - it's definitely cheaper to have the film developed and put on CD than to have them printed as well.

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  • Jennifer
    Master June 2011
    Jennifer ·
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    A friend of mine had disposable cameras put on the tables and when they went to pick up the printed pictures up later from Walgreens, there was a lovely pink slip in one of the packages that said "due to the pornogrpahic nature of these photos, we cannot develop these photos, the film was destroyed". Turns out some teenaged boys got ahold of them and took some photos of inside the womens restroom. So after that, I will not be doing the disposable camera! I'm going to possibly set aside a box of blank CDs on a table and offer people to burn their images on the CD and send them to me. Not sure how I'm going to work that out yet.

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  • Matt Potvin
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    @ Jennifer that's along the lines of what did when we were younger. We'd take them into the bathroom and get a full moon lineup. But that isn't "Pornographic."

    I shot an awards banquet earlier this year. A hobbyist photographer came up to me and starting talking camera stuff. He had gotten married recently. His wife insisted that they have disposable cameras. All said and done, buying them, getting them developed and then put on CD's, was $250. There wasn't a single usable image from them.

    The problem with the cameras is that they of course don't have quality optics in them, and weak flashes. Most are best suited for outdoor snapshots. If you're in a church or dark reception hall, forget about it.

    Save your money.

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  • Lauren
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    Http://www.weddingwire.com/twelve24ohnine heres my wedding website i just added the photobucket.com section Smiley smile

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  • Jennifer
    Master June 2011
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    @Matt - I totally agree....the boys were just messing around and taking moon shots.....but in the eyes of Walgreens...they thought of it as pornographic and thus destroyed the film. it was really embarassing for the bride to get a slip like that and everyone in the store gave her strange looks....like she did something wrong or disgusting.

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  • Lauren
    VIP October 2011
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    And photobucket.com is free. no cost. just fun pictures. i'm tellin you, check it out! lol

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  • tram
    Super November 2010
    tram ·
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    There are places that will rent out digital cameras u should look into that

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  • Mike Smith
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    Here's another alternative. Our company has a dedicated service to capture the photos and videos from your guests without them needing to login or signup. After you've gotten all the files you then choose which ones to add to a private online gallery (prevents people from uploading pics to FB you don't want public) and then are available to everyone in full resolution for download.

    The price is $9.99, but right now we are looking for testers so we'll let you use it for free. Just send me a message and I'll give you the coupon code.

    More info here: http://weddings.storymixmedia.com/guest-uploads-wedding-guest-photos-videos.html

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  • Former MDLS now Mrs. K
    Master October 2010
    Former MDLS now Mrs. K ·
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    I have been going back and forth with this one. If anything, as Brian Cesario mentioned in one of his previous, have digital cameras (sometimes he said the photographer may have some you can rent I think he said) and have guests take pics with those and they can be uploaded to a computer. I'm still on the fence about it myself.

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  • Former MDLS now Mrs. K
    Master October 2010
    Former MDLS now Mrs. K ·
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    Nevermind, it looks like he finally mentioned this in his last post Smiley smile

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  • Sarah
    Dedicated July 2011
    Sarah ·
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    THank you ALL so much for your comments. After reading through and thinking about it I am leaning towards not doing the cameras....I do love the photobucket idea and also some of the other ideas about digital cameras, etc. I am also going to chat with my photographer about it and see what she thinks.

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  • Tammy & Mark Toung
    Tammy & Mark Toung ·
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    These days probably 1/2 the people that goes to a wedding takes a camera with them, wouldn't it be easier just to provide a pc at the reception and at end of the day, ask everyone to just copy their content to it? Or maybe simply setup a picasa account and give people access to it to dump their pics there afterwards.

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    Devoted October 2010
    Lynnette ·
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    I agree that you should just set up a site for everyone to share their pictures. You can e-mail everyone a link to the site so that it's super easy for them. I used to work at Walgreens in the photo department and processing a roll of film onto a cd can cost like $6 a roll. People would spend over $100 on getting these processed and really only a handful of the images were even close to decent.

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  • Kayla T.
    Expert September 2011
    Kayla T. ·
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    I was thinking about just having my guests upload all of their pictures from their personal cameras to Photobucket or something like that. Our favors are going to have a tag on them saying thank you and stuff so I thought i could put a line on there about uploading the pictures and hope that some people would do that.

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