Disposable film cameras have a nostalgic charm that’s really captivating. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to disposable cameras for weddings. I share why they can be such a great addition to your wedding photos as well as what you should consider before buying them.
People choose to have disposable cameras for weddings for many reasons. Here are five reasons you should consider adding them to your plans.
Guests have so much fun documenting the emotional moments and big laughs throughout your wedding day.
Your wedding photographer will document all the big moments, especially with you and your partner. You never know what your guests are getting up to when you’re not around, though! Their photos help you fill in the story of your wedding day.
Disposable cameras for weddings mean less formal coverage in addition to the professional images. These photos are less about what’s going to be framed on the wall and more about capturing the moments that will make you laugh when you’re flipping through your album.
As I’ll explain, getting film developed takes time. Film photos are also a bit of a mystery because you can’t immediately view them the way you can with digital. It’s so exciting when your scans arrive and you get a big reveal.
If you’re loving the idea of disposable cameras for weddings, here are some important factors to consider.
The cost of disposable cameras, and film in general, can really add up. On average, you can expect to pay $20-$25 per camera. Processing and delivering the film as digital scans costs $16-$19 per camera. In total, you can expect to pay at least $40 per camera. If you have twenty cameras, that comes to $800. Make sure you account for that in your wedding budget.
Instead of setting cameras out on random guest tables, assign your cameras to specific trusted people. That way you don’t end up with half-used cameras. People in your wedding party, family members, and close friends are more likely to use the whole roll of film and get the photos you care about most.
There are cheap disposable cameras on the market, especially on wedding specialty websites. Unfortunately, the images from those cameras tend to be very low quality. A camera with 800 ISO and an automatic flash will be your best bet for album-worthy photos. My favorite is the Kodak FunSaver 800.
Disposable cameras for weddings take planning from start to finish. Here are some logistics to figure out before committing to this option:
Gone are the days when you just dropped your camera off at CVS. Now you pick a processor and mail in the film per their instructions. Each film processor has its own process for sending in film and delivering scans. I personally use Old School Print Lab for all of my film processing. I’ve tried lots of processors, and I prefer Old School’s colors. Some labs have the option to order prints, but I like to wait and see which photos turned out well before purchasing. That is a definite advantage over the old way of processing film through a pharmacy.
If you love the idea of documenting your wedding from your perspective, keep a disposable camera on hand. I wish I would have done this for my own wedding. I love the photos my photographer took, but it would have been really special to document the day through my own eyes too. Keep a disposable camera in a clutch or suit coat pocket. It’s the perfect way to grab a photo with friends as the day unfolds. Bonus: You don’t need your phone with all its potential stressors and distractions.
Make a plan that feels reasonable for you, not what’s trending on Pinterest. Disposable cameras for weddings require an investment of money and time before and after your wedding. Do it in a way that makes the most sense for you even if that means not putting them on every reception table.
If all of this feels overwhelming but you’d still like film at your wedding, hire a professional photographer who specializes in film! All of the images in this blog post were taken on film as part of a package that included digital images as well. (You can check those out here.)
Would you like me to photograph your wedding on film? I’d love to document your day with photos you can feel. Let’s connect!