How to Distribute Disposable Cameras at Your Wedding

Making disposable cameras available on your wedding day helps involve your guests while documenting your special day from various angles. Your professional photographer will take formal portraits and maybe a few candid shots, but disposable cameras will capture fun moments of guests as your photographer focuses mostly on you, your new spouse and the wedding party. Use a little creativity when deciding how to distribute disposable cameras at your wedding.


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    Place a basket containing disposable cameras on the table where you have your guest book. This is usually at the door to the chapel. Or, simply designate a table with a "Please Help Us Remember Today Forever" sign that includes instructions about where to return the cameras at the end of the ceremony.
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    Make it easy for your guest to return their cameras by using the same basket, or next to the guest book, and on the same table. Provide markers so your guests can leave special messages or mark on the camera's case. Do not forget to that you will need to differentiate the used cameras from unused.
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    Avoid using the gift table so that the camera basket will not get lost among the gifts.
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    Have the flower girl and ring bearer can help distribute cameras by distributing them to your guests. Or designate children of a family member or guest. This is a wonderful way for kids will enjoy themselves and feel good about participating in an important part of your day.
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    Place a few cameras on each table at your reception so guests at the table can pass them around. This is perhaps the most cost-effective way to distribute cameras during your wedding as there is better chance of each camera's exposures being used. It also requires fewer cameras than trying to have enough for all your guests, who may only snap a handful of pictures.


  • Have a collection basket or box at the guest book table where guests can drop their cameras when finished using them.
  • Consider using a digital camera rental company to provide cameras for your guests to use. Such companies will charge you for rental on the number of cameras you have them send you, then you return their cameras after the wedding. The company then extracts the images from the cameras and posts them on a website or copies them to a disk, allowing you to more easily share the pictures with your family and friends.
  • Having the disposable cameras processed at your local photo counter can add up quickly, especially if you want to get multiple prints. Pay the photo processing center to copy the images onto a CD so you can share them easily on social networking sites and via email.


  • This option won't work for you if your church has a rule against flash photography during the ceremony. For outdoor weddings or those held in more relaxed surroundings, having guests take pictures during the ceremony as well as the reception is a nice addition to your day's memories.

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